|Purred: Sat Apr 15, '06 11:35am PST |
Meanwhile underground, in the network of cellars which run beneath Tabby Hall, three tabbies, totally unaware of the events unfolding above them, worked by candlelight. Heads bowed in concentration and silence, the only sounds to be heard were the plop, plip, plop of a leaking pipe dripping into a black puddle which had formed on the stone floor of the dank cellar.
The air of tension was almost suffocating as Tigga's latest experiment was nearing it's conclusion. Busbee stood 'statue' still as he observed 'the chemist' at work, writing occasional notes on his clipboard and generally admiring the dedication of Tigga, a cat whose lifes work had been focussed on creating the purest, most mind-bending catnip elyxir ever known to cat-kind.
In the corner sat Tigga's assistant, Sunrise, filing her claws and daydreaming about meeting 'the cat of her dreams'. Suddenly Sunrise was distracted from her claw filing, when out of the corner of her eye she spotted a spider, scurrying into a crevice in the cellar wall. Jumping to her feet suddenly with the intent of swatting the spider, she began to swoon, as a morning spent inhaling the potent brew fumes had taken it's toll on her coordination.
Sunrise toppled onto her side and lay motionless for several seconds. "SK!....SK!...." Busbee dropped his clipboard and dashed over to Sunrise, who was by now drooling heavily and giggling like a kitten. "Are you OK?" asked Busbee as he gently slapped her cheek with his paw, to bring her round. Springing to her feet in an instant, Sunrise appeared perfectly alert again. "Yes Busbee, I'm fine! Why do you look so worried?".
Tigga looked on, slowly nodding. He knew this time he'd cracked it - the ultimate catnip experience, with no nip hangover or after effects of any kind. "Busbee, you can be the first to try it properly..." Tigga hoisted down the huge bubbling flagon of brew from its stand and carefully poured some of the liquor into a thimble sized glass. Just as he handed the glass to Busbee, Jack burst into the cellar. He'd ran the entire length of the undergound corridor to inform the workers of the mystery of Hectors disappearance. Gasping for breath and overcome with thirst, Jack snatched the thimble from Busbees paw and gulped down the murky green contents.
"Uuuurrrrrrrp!" belched Jack. This was the last coherrent noise to come out of Jacks mouth for the next 4 hours. Tigga had underestimated the power or his brew and as Jack giggled, gurgled, drooled and writhed on the cobbles, his mind was taken on a journey through a swirling psychadelic 'rainbow world'. Luminous mice with the wings of peacock butterflies flew around his head, while pastel coloured chicks moonwalked down his spine. It was kitty heaven but for Tigga and his two helpers, this was a living nightmare! Tigga turned away from a sobbing Busbee, as he himself doubted that Jack could ever come back from this 'nip-trip too far'.
Fortunately their worries were unfounded as precisely 4 hours after injesting the thimble of brew, Jack snapped out of his stupor and proceeded to blab out the news he'd originally been in such a hurry to deliver.
The words weren't sinking in with these three tabbies just yet though, as they were engulfed in a huge tide of relief that Jack was OK. Tigga removed his white coat, took of his spectacles and rubbed his watery eyes. "This brew must NEVER see the light of day again! We almost lost Jack to it and I'll be dashed if I'm going to risk destroying the mind of an innocent tabby to this stuff again. In the wrong hands, this brew could be DEADLY. I'm going to take it to Miss Muppets study where it can be locked in the safe, out of harms way".
That is exactly what Tigga did, though for how long the brew would remain there was at this point unknown. As these four tabbies rejoined the group and their search for Hector, they knew Jack had a lucky escape but somebody else may not be so fortunate if that brew ever found it's way out of Miss Muppets safe.
Edited by author Sat Apr 15, '06 2:24pm PST
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