“This is hopeless,” said Ferdinand, “What on earth are we going to do next.”
“The bird be right,” joined in Captain Rotskagg Blenkinsopp. “We be no nearer to finding him now than when we started. The other matter be going to catch up with us. Les Chats Souterrains have already gifted us more time than I had anticipated and the foo fighter will soon come for the Queen Anne. She be defenceless against its Tesla Death-Ray. We must relocate.”
Mother Superior and Consuella looked at each other and the nun spoke reluctantly, “The Generalissimo and I must scoop up our charges and regroup, prepare for the worst.”
“But…” from Phoebles.
“The air-search is just wasting time,” said Ginsbergbear, “The forest canopy is too dense to see anything.”
“So we start again, on the ground,” said Phoebles. He had been doing some serious thinking. “Last we heard of Bozzy, he was at the omnibus near the zoo. We go there and look for clues. Split up and work outwards if need be. Flo, you’re good at this tracking lark.”
“Sounds like a plan to me,” said Dark Flo.
The discussion continued for a while longer, but minds were made up. Soon they were outside, splitting into teams.
“Where will you go Captain?” asked Ginsbergbear.
“Guernsey Hangars first, to restock and assess the situation. Be not afeared Mr Bear we will not abandon the fight.”
“Can you drop us off on the way?” Phoebles was fired up with newfound hope.
“Of course lad. Comrade Pol, you be looking lost without your plane. Would you like to borrow one of my scouts? We could paint it red. Can you fly an ornithopter?”
“I can fly most things,” replied Polly, “How hard can it be?”
“A lot harder than you’d think,” said Beryl, “None of the controls seem to do the same thing twice.”
“Cap’n!” There was a cry from the lookout tower. “There’s something moving in the woods.” They could hear rustling and suddenly a murder of startled crows took to the air, cawing as they went.
“What can you see, Smee?” Rotskagg shouted up to the lookout, whilst reaching inside his shirt for the cold Uzi Pro that nestled there out of sight.
“It’s coming this way. It’s…”
A wraith like figure stepped out into the clearing; covered from head to toe in a coating of light grey ash, streaked with sweat, fur scorched to a frizz, shirtless, jeans tattered and torn. It strolled nonchalantly towards them.
“I’ve been thinking.” The spectre spoke in a parched near whisper. “We’re going to have to do something about those Chats Souterrains.”