Cliffhangar—and then suddenly


Something that the rest of my fellow Mounties should emulate, but alas, even the inspector does not,” Yatkov agreed, “Tell me, do you think, considering all the cars this train is pulling, we can catch-up with my train?”

Larry didn’t answer. Instead, he opened the throttle and Loco 01 responded—causing Yatkov to grab on to the window-sill, “I daresay it will. What manner of boiler and running gear does this beast have to make her so powerful?”

Before Larry could reply, Flutters squawked, “Four-Twenty-Six Hemi!”

That bird SPEAKS?”

Season 8—Chapter 5—New Adventure—Episode 11:

Continuing our story—with Larry and Murphy in Locomotive 01…

Did it really sound like the bird spoke?” Larry had to think fast and this was the best he could come up with.

It did, and I swear the bird spoke.”

Larry & Murphy in Locomotive 01

“It did, and I swear the bird spoke.”

Wow! That’s the first time my attempt at ventriloquism actually worked!” Larry was looking directly at the suitably chagrined carrier pidgeon.

What does ‘Four-Twenty-Six Hemi!‘ mean?”

Just jibberish—it means nothing.” as he spoke Larry noticed a change in Loco 01, she was slowing. He quickly assumed manual control—to no avail—the train continued to slow. Larry looked down the track and…

About five minutes previously—in the Parlor car [please note, GENTLE READER, the Parlor Car is NOT missing the near wall—think of it as a “stage”]Inspector MacIntyre was meeting with the Americans whose help he desperately needed, “’At is abit aw Ah can teel ye, we need yer help tae prevent uir western provinces frae becomin’ yer wild west.

The reputation of our ‘wild west’ is largely due to dime novels written to amuse people in the east,” Boomer’s exasperation was reflected in his voice, “Cowboys carry firearms as a tool, and are not gunfighters, farmers generally have a shotgun or rifle in the farmhouse and use them to hunt game.”

Occasionally, very occasionally,” Chris added, “Cowboys had to defend themselves from cattle rustlers, but not nearly so often as as legend would have it.”

Inspector MacIntyre in the Parlor Car

“Whit abit thes ‘Mainfest Destiny’ ye Americans believe in?”

Whit abit thes ‘Manifest Destiny’ ye Americans believe in?”

That is a problem—not ALL of us believe in that,” Grey Wolf Silverthorn deadpanned—with rich irony, “I am chief of the Eagle Point band of Ojibwe, and we have successfully, with help from my friends here, defeated it in our shared territory.”

The conversation was interrupted when first they felt the train slowing and then suddenly—everyone was thrown to the floor…

To be Continued…


About Jack Boardman

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12 Responses to Cliffhangar—and then suddenly

  1. sgtmajcarl says:

    FIRST AGAIN! I suspect you did the cutaway drawing to make the illustration less oblong. I noticed the earlier illustrations appeared too small to appropriately show Collie’s beauty and my handsome ruggednessright? 😛


  2. Excuse me but cowboys carry tools as firearms. Or spoilers.


  3. Sarah Cooper says:

    I’m just glad to know that wall is really there. Otherwise, I wanted a seat belt and some goggles.


    • Jack Boardman says:

      Carl is correct (in part) about the reason for the cut-away view. It was to make the illustration less oblong. 🙂


  4. Chris Shouse says:

    Tools! gotta love tools 🙂


  5. fluttermatters26 says:

    Methinks Thinks FlutterMatters talking to himself in his silent internal voice that there be a couple of tools running this 426 Hemi engine.
    It is hard to imagine what the Master would think of this –


    • Daisy Boardman says:

      “…It is hard to imagine what the Master would think of this…”

      REALLY? It’s not hard to imagine you imagining. ‘Cause the evidence suggests IT’S ALL YOU EVER DO! AR-ROOO!!!


  6. fluttermatters26 says:

    Methinks thinks Fluttermatters that the unusual “SWIFT” re-joinder suggests the brown and white imagines herself a Greyhound.

    But as things are what they are which is the only reason they are there was found between the lines in an ever so secret but shareable telepathic missive from the Master a message outlining the possibility that there was a possibility that some nefarious weed was accidentally infused into her GOOD DOGGY biscuit. Secondary but equally possible alternative explanations implied that a snow flake got stuck to her nose. 🙂


    • Daisy Boardman says:


      BOL That is funny beyond barks. Telepathy requires more than a rudimentary bird brain, Bird Brain. AR-ROOO!!!


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