The Great Pitstop Pandemonium - Part 6As Velma slowly opened her eyes, she realised very quickly that she was not exactly in Kansas anymore. Nor, for that matter, was she in the boathouse as she heard the soft lap of water against wood. She tried moving her arms, only to realise with a growing sense of inevitability that she was unable to move them at all.
"Hgdddd, ntgggn," she heard herself say, which was a surprise as she had wanted to say "Oh god, not again." She moved her lips, feeling the cotton that they seemed to be resting on again as well as pressing down on her tongue, and came to the conclusion that she had been gagged with cloth. From the feel of her fingers, she figured that her arms were been held together with some sort of rough hemp.
"Open your eyes, Velma - might as well see what's going on," she thought to herself, and with some effort she forced her eyelids apart, to be greeted by the sight of a wide eyed Daphne staring back at her from the other side of the bo
Missed Her By That Much... In The EndDave turned his head as he heard Alex and Katie laughing under their hoods, but said nothing as he got behind the wheel and set off....Missed Her By That Much... In The End2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Thank you, Charlotte, I think that will take care of things for the moment - I’ll bid you a good day.”
Charlotte Danson smiled at her lawyer as he put on his coat and collected his briefcase. The twenty two year old was wearing a Springsteen concert t-shirt, with the cover of Born in the USA on the front, grey leggings with baggy white socks pulled over the bottom, and a pair of slippers on her feet. Her long dark hair fell over her shoulders, while her blue eyes sparkled almost as much as her smile.
“I’ll be in touch,” Mr Peabody said as he walked with her to the front door of the flat, doffing his hat before he left. As she closed the door, Charlotte stood with her back to it and sighed - it had been one hell of a morning, running from pillar to post, but finally she was in a posit
The Great Pitstop Pandemonium - Part 4"Cavey!! What are you doing here?"The Great Pitstop Pandemonium - Part 43 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Dee Dee embraced the small, hirsute man who was standing in the tent, holding a large wooden club in his hands.
"Oogga Booga Cavey need find Dee Dee," he eventually said as he was let free. "Oogga Booga girls had to be saved from boom."
"What, someone attacked the girls," Dee Dee said as she looked at him. "What happened - are they all right?"
"Oogga Booga they fine - ate bomb. Taste like spicy chicken - have same effect too."
Dee Dee had to suppress a laugh as she stroked his head. "Thanks Cavey - I always know we can depend on you." He blushed before saying "oogga booga - Dee Dee in danger too. Taffy say bad man coming for her."
His words made Dee Dee frown. "Bad men - what..." Her words were interrupted by the sound of shouting outside, and as she looked out of the tent she saw the smoke bomb exploding, the black plumes enveloping the car.
"Come on, C
The Great Pitstop Pandemonium - Part 2RichvilleThe Great Pitstop Pandemonium - Part 23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As Penny escorted Daphne and Velma into the dining room, they found a tall, well built African American woman sitting there already, who stood up as they came in.
"Hi Daphne," she said as she came over and embraced the new arrival, "It's been a long time!"
"DEE!" Daphne exclaimed as she returned the hug, "I didn't know you would be here!"
"Penelope employed me to help with the security arrangements," she said as she finally let go of Daphne. She was dressed in a red roll neck sweater, blue denim skirt and knee high red leather boots, with her hair tightly permed.
"So you know Dee Dee - I should have realised you would have met before."
"It was a mystery convention," Velma said as she sat down at the table, "Dee and the others were there as well. We'll tell you the tale later. What's for dinner anyway?"
"Are you sure something of Shaggy hasn't rubbed off on you," Daphne said as she sat at the table as well. Dee Dee laughed bef
The Great Pitstop Pandemonium - Part 1Crystal CoveThe Great Pitstop Pandemonium - Part 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"It was nice of Fred to let us borrow the van for the weekend." Velma nodded as she sat beside Daphne in the front of the Mystery Machine, reading the map as the brightly coloured van made its way out of their home town.
"Well, he was so intent on staying in town for the Trap Convention, and Shaggy had the track meet, so neither of them really wanted to come with us," Velma eventually said as she closed the book. "It makes a nice change for us to have a girl's weekend."
Daphne nodded, her green scarf moving slightly in the breeze that came in through the open window. "Oh I so agree - I love Fred dearly, but we do need some time away from them and the Mystery Incorporated team."
Velma nodded as she crossed her arms in front of her. "So this cousin of yours - how well do you know her?"
"Oh, we used to visit them all the time when we were all younger," Daphne said as they turned onto the freeway. "Penny and I used
The Great Pitstop Pandemonium - Part 3RichvilleThe Great Pitstop Pandemonium - Part 33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"The Hooded Claw? But he must be dead - it was your great-grandmother who had all the trouble with him. Why would you think that?"
Velma looked across the table at Dee Dee and Daphne, while Peter held Penny's shoulders. "It just seems so funny hearing that voice," was all she would say eventually.
"Look, Penny, it's just somebody's stupid idea of a joke. Don't let it get to you - besides, it's time for all of you to get into costume. Go on - I'll see you outside."
Daphne and Velma stood up and walked out of the room, as Dee Dee looked at a small parcel that had arrived for her.
"Wonder what the girls are sending me now," she said as she looked at the return address label.
San Francisco, two days ago0
"I know the seventies are coming back into fashion, young lady, but even then sleeveless mini dresses and Farah Fawcett hairdos were so passé."
Taffy tried to lunge forward to hit the man who had just taunt
Missed Her By That Much... At The University10 amMissed Her By That Much... At The University2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As he pulled into the yard at the back of the university building, Jack looked round before climbing out of the driver’s seat and walking round to the side door. As he opened it, Katie and Alex looked round, their heads now covered in brown burlap bags.
“You going to be able to keep an eye on them,” he said to Dave, who was sitting with his arms on his knees watching the two girls wriggle round.
“Yeah, I’ll be fine,” he said with a big smile, “you go and get the Charlotte chick, and we’ll be on our way tout suite.” Jack smiled a she picked up a toolbox and closed the van door, walking towards a rear entrance to the building.
“Thank you for dropping by - I’ll see you at the tutorial tomorrow.”
Professor Jane Lawton watched as the dark haired student walked out of her outer office and down the corridor, her coat hitting lightly on the back of her legs as she did so. Professor Lawton was
The Great Pitstop Pandemonium - Part 7PREVIOUSLY ON THE GREAT PITSTOP PANDEMONIUM...The Great Pitstop Pandemonium - Part 72 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Velma and Daphne have arrived at the stately home of Daphne's friend Penny Pitstop, but perils are approaching from all sides.
A villainous fiend, taking the name of The Hooded Claw, has traced a jewel known as The Star of Alamein. The trail has led to Pitstop Manor - a place where he feel she can avenge the ignominy poured on his ancestor.
Penny had hired Dee Dee, of the San Francisco based Teen Angels, to help with security, but over the last 24 hours the girls have been kidnapped, tied up, nearly killed and generally menaced by not only The Hooded Claw, but another villain who is after The Star - or may be after Daphne. Dee Dee has been joined by the hero known as Captain Caveman, and a small man by the name of Clyde, who have their suspicions about Penny's brother Peter.
When we last saw them, Velma and Daphne had been rescued from a watery grave by Taffy and Brenda, Dee Dee's colleagues, while Penny and Nida, the real owner of Th
Missed Her By That Much... At The Deli11.30 amMissed Her By That Much... At The Deli2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
“Right,” Dave said as he parked the van outside Manny’s Deli, “You keep an eye on the four back there. I’ll go in, find Charlotte, and bring her out here.”
“Sounds good,” Jack said as he looked at the four captives, quietly mewling under the canvas hoods. “Your four ladies just stay quiet now, and we’ll be able to let you go soon enough.”
Climbing out from the front of the van, Dave stood on the double yellow lines that lined the road by the pavement, and walked towards the wooden and glass door with a sign saying “Open” on the front. Opening the door, he saw that the deli was empty, save for a young woman standing behind the counter.
She was about five foot four tall, with short blonde hair, and was wearing a short sleeved blue blouse and long trousers, with a pair of comfortable trainers on her feet. “Hi,” she said as Dave walked towards her, “Can I
Missed Her By That Much... At The Lawyers1 pmMissed Her By That Much... At The Lawyers2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The offices of Mumford and Peabody were in a tree-lined avenue in one of the more wealthy suburbs of the city, meaning that the grey van stood out a little as it stopped on the road.
“Can’t you keep that lot quiet in the back,” Jack called over his shoulder as he heard a muffled group of yells and wails.
“If you don’t shut up,” he heard Dave say, “Then...” The calls suddenly stopped, making Jack smile as he looked at the door to the building.
“Right,” he said as he picked up a balaclava and his handgun, “Keep your phone on. I’m going to go inside, and if she’s not there I’ll call you, all right?”
Babs Carter hated her lunch hour. As Mister Peabody left with his last client, she smiled and said she would be fine, lying through her teeth as she said it. She hated having to do the office cover for the phones, but everyone had to do their turn, and she had to make t
Missed Her By That Much... At Her Flat8.30 amMissed Her By That Much... At Her Flat2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The grey van did not look out of place as it pulled up beside the Victorian terraced house. From inside, the two men looked at the front door.
“Which flat is it?”
“Ground floor - I suggest we go round the back and park, and then come in from the rear entrance.”
The driver nodded as he set off again, turning down the service road as a tall, dark haired girl came out of the front of the building and walked down the street.
“What time’s your first lecture?”
Katie looked up from the breakfast bar and replied “Ten o’clock - I’m going to head off in a few minutes. You?”
Alex smiled as she said “Not until twelve, so I’m going to hit the shops first.” She was a short, slightly rotund girl, with short cut black hair, and was wearing a white t-shirt over a dark blue long sleeved top, a pair of blue denim shorts, dark leggings and knee length tan leather boots.
Katie was taller and thinner, with
The Great Pitstop Pandemonium - Part 5Velma struggled against the ropes holding her down to the log as the conveyor belt slowly started to move her towards the blade, the metal starting to spin as it slowly picked up speed. She looked frantically to one side, watching the gerbils running towards the grain, and then raised her eyes to the heavens.The Great Pitstop Pandemonium - Part 53 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"If there's a god up there," she thought to herself, "then do something about this - please!"
As she looked down to the spinning metal, she became dimly aware of a rushing sound in the air, and what sounded like a hoarse, deep voice calling "cffffmnnnnn." Looking to the far side of the building, Velma heard the sound getting louder, and then instinctively closed her eyes as the wall disintegrated into a mass of wooden splinters and dust.
"Oogga booga - you friend of Dee Dee?"
She opened her eyes to see - well, a walking hairball holding a club that was looking at her with big blue eyes. "Ysssss - gtmmttghr" Velma called out as the log started to ap
As Time Goes By - Part 2Sitting on the couch, facing the doorway, was Carol’s daughter Kate. She looked very much like her mother, if slightly slimmer, and her hair was a darker shade of brown. She also wore a pair of metal framed glasses - which she was looking at her mother through, as she tried to speak.As Time Goes By - Part 22 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Mssreemm,” was all she could say through the knotted brown and white spotted headscarf that had been pulled into her mouth, the ends sitting around her head and tied together at the base of her neck. Kate was wearing a brown and pink tartan style blouse over a white round necked top, the sleeves of the blouse rolled slightly back to show the cuffs of the undergarment - and the white plastic zip tie that had been used to secure her wrists together.
A second tie was around her ankles, compressing the cuffs of her skin tight jeans around the white ankle socks she was wearing, and third strip was around her legs, just above her knees. One more strip held her wrists do
I Told You...“Oh come on, Betty, it will be exciting. Nothing can possibly go wrong, Betty. It will be a blast Betty - we will be the heroes of the...”I Told You...2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
“All right, all right - so I goofed. I’m sorry - but we need to find a way out of this.”
Veronica looked at her friend, as the man pulled her hands behind her back and she heard the ripping sound of silver tape coming off a roll, and let out a sigh. Betty was right, in a way - she had persuaded her to come into this, and now they were both in trouble.
Them and their friend Ethel...
The day had started just like any other at Burnfield College - the students walking in, chatting to each other and looking forward to their classes. For Veronica Berry, the first class of the day was Drama - a subject she tried her best at, but even she had to admit she was better at the technical and writing side then the acting.
That was the forte of her two best friends - Betty Drake and Ethel Corman. They had been friends for years,
As Time Goes By - Part 3“So, is this the first time you have ever been in this situation?”As Time Goes By - Part 32 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“What, held hostage in my own home by a crazy masked woman with a gun,” Carol said quietly. “No, I don’t think I can say this has ever happened to me personally. What about you, Kate?”
Carol turned and looked at her daughter. “What? When did that happen?”
“Earlier today - that was what I was coming round to talk to you about Mum. The jewellery store I work in was robbed this lunchtime. Two men in motorcycle helmets came in, made Bobbi, Dave and me sit on the floor behind the counter, taped our wrists and ankles, and then covered our mouths before they took the contents of the display cabinets.”
“My god,” Carol said as she pulled her daughter closer to her again, “I’m sorry you went through that, darling.”
“It is a little unfortunate,” the masked woman said as
As Time Goes By - Part 5“Hello, darling - long time no see,” the man said as he pulled the stocking off, revealing a close cropped head of grey hair and a huge smile on his face.As Time Goes By - Part 52 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Uncle Dave?” Kate said, her jaw hanging down in astonishment, “and Aunt Gina? What the hell do you think you’re doing?”
“Their job,” Carol said as she watched the masked woman finally remove her balaclava, revealing a slightly older version of her own face, the blonde hair streaked with grey. “How’s the objets d’art procurement process, big sis?”
“Can’t complain, but then you would not know we’ve branched out into the internet sales business,” Gina said as she sat down and piled some fried rice onto a plate, “after all, you stopped fifteen years ago.”
“For very good reason - that hoodlum was going to have me killed. I had to go into hiding - to protect Kate and myself. What about my boss?
As Time Goes By - Part 8“Are you sure this is the place, Dave?”As Time Goes By - Part 82 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Rowan looked at her brother in law, who nodded as he turned off the engine of the van.
“This is it - the current domicile of Katherine Benson, the wife of the man who wanted to hurt June. She got out two years ago, and has lived a quiet life ever since - trying to hide from her husband as well probably. Look - over there.”
The front door of the small cottage opened and they both watched as a small, grey haired woman in a bright housecoat put out an empty milk bottle, and then closed the door again.
“Does she know where he is - or does he know where she is?”
“No idea - but in about an hour, he’s going to find out where she is the hard way. Suit up - we move in a few minutes.”
“Are you sure Mum’s boss is not going to get free?”
“June, your mum was one of the best ropers in the business - a skill I believe you may have picked up as well, from wha
Staying inKirsty stood in front of the mirror, running the red stick over her lips as she puckered them in her reflection. Eventually, satisfied with the way they were looking, she dropped the covered stick into her handbag and looked at herself again.Staying in2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
“You’ve still got it, Kirsty,” she said to herself with a smile. She was rapidly approaching her fiftieth birthday, but looked younger thanks to her personal trainer and diet. Her long blonde hair was cut in a fringe over her eyes, while the purple sleeveless dress she was wearing hugged her figure. It was accentuated by the wide black leather belt she was wearing around her waist, and the hem came to just above her knees.
Walking into the front room, she sat on the chair and started to put on the purple wedge shoes that matched her dress. Once her daughters were there, the plan was to surprise her own mother on this, her seventieth birthday, with a meal out at an exclusive restaurant.
Glancing at her Cartier watch, Kirsty s
As Time Goes By - Part 4The blonde haired woman who was standing there was wearing a tan leather jacket and a pair of patterned leggings, the legs of which were tucked into brown leather boots that went over her knees. “Good evening,” she said as she looked up, “I’m sorry to disturb you, but I am collecting for... Carol?”As Time Goes By - Part 42 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Amanda,” Carol said as she recognised her boss, “What are you doing here?”
“I... I’m a volunteer for the local homeless shelter,” the blonde haired woman stammered out. “We put a bag through your door the other day, and I’m going to each of the houses in the area to see if you have anything.” She looked at the older woman, and then said “Of course, I’m not sure if you would have anything worth giving to charity - I suspect you still wish to wear those things.”
Carol had to stop herself from shouting, when a sudden thought occurred to her. “Actually,
As Time Goes By - Part 6Rowan took a deep breath and said “Well, the reason was actually you, dear.As Time Goes By - Part 62 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“You were only a young girl when I did my last job - I was working alongside a woman known as The Vixen, before she too had to disappear under - well, you’ll see. We both broke into a house on the outskirts of Manchester - a place we spent a long time researching, studying the layout and even visiting a couple of times in disguise to locate the safe.
“Anyway, it would have been at about one in the morning when we entered the house, and I disabled the alarm. Vixen made her way upstairs, and my task was to find the safe and open it as quickly as possible. Before I got a chance to do much to the door, however, I heard a shout from upstairs, and feet running down, so I stepped out and grabbed the young woman who was trying to get to the telephone.
“She was a little younger than you - twenty one I later found out - long red hair, thin, and was not exactly what you woul
As Time Goes By - Part 11“Uncle Dave? Am I just being stupid, or isn’t there a big flaw to your plan?”As Time Goes By - Part 112 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Dave looked at June, the smile still fixed on his face, and said “go on?”
“Well, if Benson is as well connected as you think he is, isn’t he going to track down you by finding out where the web page is hosted, and then your home address?”
“Do you know, Gina,” Dave said as he looked over to his wife, “our smart niece may have a point. Should we be worried about Mister Benson tracking us down and paying us a visit rather than the ransom?”
“Well, I guess that would be a concern, Dave,” Gina said with a smile, “if we had not taken certain sensible precautions.”
June looked at both of them, before saying “Just where is your web server based anyway?”
“For most purposes, my dear, the server is based way out of this country. For the purposes of Mr Benson, however, the route will take him
The Dating Game"So, what time is Jed picking you up at?"The Dating Game4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Lucinda turned from her dressing table, where she was applying her favourite deep red lipstick, and looked at Tara sitting on the bed, smiling as she pulled on her boots.
"Seven-thirty, since you asked I expect you'll be out of the house by then?"
"You know I will be I've a meeting at seven with the governors of St Blazius, but once that is done I'll be back here waiting for the phone call."
"Yeah it must be tough having Bobby away on the American visit on the 14th of February." Lucinda put the lipstick down, removing the excess with a tissue, before standing up and slipping on the pair of black suede heels by her feet. "So, right idea for St Valentine's"
"Well, Red and black is the right combination," Tara said with a smile. Her friend was wearing a red tie-necked blouse, made from satin with puffed sleeves, a new black leather skirt that came to just above her knees and creaked slightly as
As Time Goes By - Part 7Amanda had no real idea how long she had been lying on the floor, unable to move and the only sound the muffled talking from the kitchen, the squeak of the plastic ties on her leather coat and jacket, and her own feeble attempts to call for help.As Time Goes By - Part 72 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
So when she suddenly felt her wrist released from her ankles, and the thud of her toes on the carpet, she was surprised. Her surprise only grew when she felt the band around her ankles released and then the pressure over her eyes disappear.
“Get up,” a male voice said, and as she was forced to her feet the pillow case was finally removed from her head. Amanda blinked a few times before she saw a man, with a stocking pulled over her head, standing in front of him. Turning her head, she saw her original captor smiling at her as she held her arm.
“Move,” the man said, and Amanda was frogmarched out of the front room and up the staircase to the first floor. As she passed one door, she was stopped and
As Time Goes By - Part 9Her eyes widened as she looked into the room. Lying on the bed was a woman, not much older than her, dressed in a powder pink crop top and shorts. Where her skin was bare, around her midriff, wrists, and legs, were bands of silver tape holding her in place, and a similar band of tape was wrapped around her mouth. The woman was staring back at June, her eyes wide as she tried to talk to her.As Time Goes By - Part 92 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
What was worse was that she recognised the girl - she was the younger sister of her colleague Dave. They had met at a party at his place a few weeks previously, and June - well, Kate, had got on well with her. She realised that this was how they managed to stop Dave from doing anything stupid that day as well.
“I’m sorry,” she said, trying to disguise her voice as she did so, “but I can’t help you - not now. The women who held you captive are captives themselves now - so here’s what I’m going to do.”
She walked to th
Jayes and the Mummy ProblemThere have been occasions when, in the course of life, my strong right arm Jayes and I have needed to head for sunnier climes for the good of our health. By that I mean that if we did not rather sharpishly leave the Metrop, we would be enjoying a forced health cure and diet at the expense of His Majesty, which while it undoubtedly would lead to a slimmer and more muscular boy is not the style of life Bartholomew Judas Rhymaes was born for.Jayes and the Mummy Problem3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
So it was on one particular December that, instead of shivering in the cold winds of Londonium, I was relaxing on the sun deck of a boat floating down the Nile, waiting for Jayes to bring me the before dinner cocktail. It was he who suggested an Egyptian trip would be a sensible idea, rather than stay and explain the unfortunate misunderstanding over the ownership of Lady DeBonneville's diamond necklace, and I had to admit it was a jolly good idea.
A slight cough to my side told me that, silent as ever, Jayes had arrived with th