ou have no car. Remember?
” The consultant smiled and looked to the floor for a second. Then she said in her soft and gentle voice, “Come through.”
The woman opened her eyes and looked up. “Through to where?”
The consultant was indicating an adjoining room with her outstretched arm and a kind,
welcoming smile. “Another consulting room it’s, more private.”
thought the woman, but she wandered through all the same.Once the client had walked through the inner door, the calm, sympathetic consultantstepped in with her and quietly closed the door behind her. And
that’s when the
blinding light and the terrible screeching
started. That’s the moment
Linda Patterson’s life slipped through her fingers like sand.
* * * The Captain and Paulo were standing around on a grassy hill top, gazing around at the beautiful vast expanse of countryside. All there was, as far as the eye could see was bright, lush greengrass, blue sky... and nature. Just nature. The smell of nature, the sound of nature, a perfectpicture of clean, refreshing nature.Evie Bamford was soaking it all up, wandering off and enjoying the sunshine.
She seemedunaffected by the fact that the three travellers had no idea where they were. That something hadgone wrong with the controls of the Train.
“So if we’re not on your planet Captain,” said Paulo, “where are we exactly?”
“Well I hate to fill you with anxious doubt and insecurity,” replied the Captain, “but I have
absolutely no idea. I mean, usually when I land on a strange planet, I could give you a rough ideaof at least
what galaxy we’re in
But I regret to say, I can’t for the moment. We were meant to
have landed on my
home planet but... this is nothing like my home.”
“This place is beautiful though.”
“Exactly. Definitely can’t be my home.”
“But this kind of landscape...” began Paulo, “well it could very well be Serothia.”
“It could very well be Evie’s Earth too. It cou
ld very well be any number of different planets.
That’s why it’s so hard to say where it is we are.”
“I see what you mean. So what do you reckon? Those three days Mallory was stuck insidethe Train, he battered up the controls a bit?”
“In a fit of rage probably, trying to get free.”
“What do we do then, look for him or what?”
“No, since he’s decided to run off–never to be seen again, he’s no longer our problem. He’llbe stuck here. Come on, let’s get back inside the Train and see if we can get it back on track. It’stime I got Evelyn home.” On his way to the Train door, he called out, “Evelyn, come on, let’sgo!”
There was no reply.
“Evie?” called Paulo.
Evie Bamford was from Earth like you and me, (I assume), and more specifically, from Adelaide, Australia.She was fourteen and her bursting curiosity was what had thrown her and the Captain together.
a set of carriages or wagons, whether self-propelled or connected to a locomotive.
todiscipline and instruct a person or animal to perform specified actions.
a vehicle made from the wreckage of arailway steam
train specially built to travel in space and time, the paint work of which enabling it to ‘appear’
Serothia is Paulo’s home planet. It is found in the Black Eye galaxy (or M64) and it’s a pla
ce where everyoneis always really nice to each other.
Mallory was a man they had recently met who wanted to steal the Train to escape and travel around theuniverse by himself, probably only to do evil deeds and plan devious schemes for his own benefit. The Captainhad been on his way to returning him back home and now here they were.