For Judy in Raglan

‘Most impressive.’ Professor Glooper could be extremely sarcastic when he wanted to be.

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Griselda said nothing.

‘So what’s your plan now, eh?’ jeered the Prof. ‘What can you possibly do to stop me going over there?’ The tea party was in still in full swing, oblivious to what was going on in this part of the garden. ‘And taking over! I have plans for your little friends! The mice are coming straight back to the Gloop Lab! The Penguin too, and as for that Spider…!’He put a hand into his pocket and drew out a tube. ‘Do you know what this is?’ he asked, nastily.

‘Nope, and I don’t think I want to know either,’ said Griselda, sounding slightly bored.

‘Of course, you’re just a rather silly little pussykins aren’t you. A daft moggy. A dippy kitty. You don’t know anything about anything, do you? No idea about science, about experiments, about bounding and leaping into the future…’ His ears started to bubble, as they often did when he got excited about things, and his face went a bit greener.

Griselda just looked at him.

The Professor hesitated for a moment; he was used to people behaving as Mr Archibald had behaved. Their teeth should chatter, their knees should turn to jelly and fainting was an entirely appropriate reaction. Standing and staring, holding onto a rubber ring and a bucket and looking bored was not part of the deal.

He decided to overlook this.

‘Ha! It’s a dart gun. You blow little darts out at the people you want to immobilise…’

‘Yes, except you aren’t going to immobilise anyone, Professor.’

‘And just how do you think you are going to stop me?’ chortled the Professor, derisively.

‘Like this!’

And before he knew what was going on, a rubber ring with purple dots had been thrown over him and was pinning his arms to his sides. Then everything went dark as the bucket was unceremoniously placed over his head.

‘Ha!’ said Griselda. ‘Dippy kitty, am I? You might just want to re-think that, Professor.’



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