Wednesday, 31 December 2014
"Still gathering up a few odds and ends," Seville informed Nerissa. "Toss those nuts and bolts into a bag. We might need them."
Nerissa pawed at one of the piles of nuts and bolts scattered about the room. "Where did they all come from?" he asked Seville.
"Oh, here and there."
Nerissa narrowed his gaze toward his brother. "Here and there?"
"Well you see, every time I take something apart, I have leftover pieces when I put it back together again. Those are the leftover bits from various projects," Seville explained. "We might need some of them in London. Could come in handy."
Earlier that morning, Nerissa and Seville had been summoned by Her Majesty, the Queen of England; Scotland Yard; and some guy who called himself The Keeper. Nissy didn't know exactly what this guy kept but the scroll on which the summons was written looked extremely official.
The toaster transporter had been dinging away like it had never dinged before. Every time Nissy turned around, another summons appeared. The people of London were desperate for his and his brother's assistance.
"Should we bring along one of those scrolls?" Seville asked Nerissa. "You know, to let everyone know we're really us and not some impostors tryin' to access Big Ben."
"Nah, I think they'll recognise us without the paperwork, Sivvers. I'm pretty sure the Queen reads my blog."
Nissy grabbed a couple of extra backup whisks before ordering, "PREPARE THE TELEPORTATION DEVICE," and moments later the two cats were soaring through time and space on their way to London, England. Gently gliding to a stop on the ground below Big Ben, they climbed out of their flying frying pan and looked around. "Hmmm... no official welcoming committee? MOUSES!"
A very frazzled looking man, wearing a long lab coat, hurried out of the clock tower. Clasping his hands to his face he exclaimed, "You've arrived! Come along, moggies," and he grabbed each cat by a paw, dragging them into the tower. "You're our last hope, you two. If you can't fix this, I don't think anyone can."
"Excuse me, Mister, but we can walk a whole lot faster if you let go of our paws," Nerissa huffed.
"Of course, of course... And where are my manners? I'm Alistair Thackeray. I summoned for you this morning."
"You and just about everyone else in London," Seville said. Looking around he added, "When do we meet the Queen?"
"I'm sure we'll meet her after we fix Big Ben," Nissy hissed to his brother.
Seville glared at Nissy before whispering, "And why did he call us moggies? What is a moggy, anyway?"
"I think it's somethin' the English call cats," Nissy answered. "Roll with it. You know, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. That sort of thing."
"But we're not in Rome, Niss. This is London!"
"Uh, yeah," and Nissy turned back to the man he now believed to be The Keeper, although still unaware of what exactly was being kept. "Anywho... Time's a wastin'. Let's get this show on the road, Alistair. What exactly is the problem?"
Alistair cleared his throat and began to explain. "Early this morning, it was noticed that Big Ben had stopped chiming. I immediately investigated and discovered that the mechanism inside the clock tower had stopped working. Everything had simply ground to a halt."
"The entire city is in a panic," Alistair continued. "The mechanisms inside the tower are powered by gravity. As gravity is constant, the gears should continue moving. If they've stopped..."
"I see," and Nissy sat back on his haunches. "If the gears have stopped workin', somethin' has altered the gravity around the clock tower. Is that why you called us in? 'Cause Seville and I are the world's leading experts in eggbeater-whisk time travelling-teleportation technology and you're aware that in order to travel through time, we have to manipulate the gravity waves..."
"Not exactly," Alistair interrupted. "I called for the two of you because of the discovery I made while inspecting the gears in the clock mechanism. See for yourself," and he pointed to the mechanism that powered Big Ben.
"Hmm..." murmured Nerissa.
"Er-hmm," Seville cleared his throat.
"What you have there are a couple of whisks," stated Nissy. "They appear to be uh... jammin' up the works, so to speak. We're gonna have to get those out of there. Sivvers, pass me a wrench."
"Hold on Nissy!" Seville cried. "Don't touch them. I'm picking up electromagnetic anomalies in the space-time continuum. The whisks appear to be generating their own magnetic force, altering the gravitational forces within the immediate area. They're warping the very fabric of space and time."
"What could cause somethin' like that?" Nerissa questioned. "Those whisks must be..."
"Out of sync with space and time," and Seville finished his brother's thought. "They're creating a small time vortex in which the localised space-time continuum has been frozen. It's that vortex that has stopped Big Ben from chiming."
"What are you two moggies going on about?" asked Alistair. "Time vortexes? Continuums? Just tell me how those whisks got into my clock mechanism."
Nissy peered closely at one of the whisks. "Oh-oh... Sivvers take a look at this."
The two cats immediately recognised the whisk as being one of the whisks Nissy and Seville had brought with them to London. "But we just packed that up this morning. Packed it up after we were summoned here..." and Seville's voice drifted off.
"Well that explains the anomalies in the space-time continuum," muttered Nerissa. "Big Ben is caught up in a time causality loop. No wonder it's not chimin'!" Grabbing the whisk with both paws, he gave it a mighty yank, freeing it from the clock mechanism. "Sivvers, grab that other whisk and pull."
With the whisks removed, the gears in the clock mechanism stirred to life. Nissy stood tall, holding his tail high in a confident position. "All fixed up, Alistair. Just in time, too. This is New Year's Eve. Can't imagine what would happen if Big Ben wasn't able to chime on the stroke of midnight to bring in the new year."
Alistair narrowed his eyes. "Now explain to me again how those whisks got into my clock. They were your whisks, did you say?"
Nissy coughed. "Time causality loops are very complicated things," he explained, hurriedly. "Have to do with quantum theory and whatnot. You probably wouldn't understand. My whisks... Seville's whisks... The Galloping Gourmet's whisks! Who knows to whom those whisks originally belonged. Or will belong..."
Stuffing the whisks into the bag with the extra nuts and bolts the cats had brought from home, Nissy directed Alistair away from the clock mechanism and down the staircase.
"So tell me, what have we got planned for tonight? Fireworks? Music? Snacks? Midnight arrives here in London four hours ahead of Nova Scotia so Sivvers and I have a couple of hours to kill before headin' home to celebrate with the peeps. Didn't receive a party invite from Buckingham Palace but I'm pretty sure that was just an oversight. You think they'll have nip? Oh, and while we're there, you can introduce us to the Queen. I'm gonna wanna wish her a Happy New Year, for sure.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Posted by Seville at Nerissa's Life at 13:45
Labels: adventure, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, clock tower, clockwork, egg beater-whisk time travelling-teleportation technology, Happy New Year, Her Majesty the Queen of England, London England, New Year's Eve
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Happy New Years :-)ReplyDelete
And a Very Happy New Year to you, too! purrsDelete
I just love reading about Nissy's adventures. I tell mom about them all 'da time. But Herman says I can't go on my own wifout him.ReplyDelete
Then you and Herman should both join Seville and me on an adventure. What fun we would have, for sure! purrsDelete
Oh Nissy! To think you and Sivvers were so close!! BTW I have a digital alarm clock thingy here that needs a screwdriver or something! Could you possibly ....? Oh well, perhaps not!! It's a digital solar powered alarm thingy and I don't think the sun would take too kindly to having a screwdriver stuck in its workings!!ReplyDelete
The Staff *glares meaningfully in her direction* accidentally marked as read everything in the Feedly reader, so she's going doolally here trying to remember who she's missed, so apologies for tardiness in commenting!!
Happy New Year Nissy :) x0x
I have staffin' issues, too. My IT support is just about the worst in the history of IT support, if you know what I mean. purrsDelete
Soooo tired you will be tomorrow after celebrating new year 2 times :)ReplyDelete
Wish you and your family a Happy New 2015 !!
Yup, gonna have to take extra naps, for sure. purrsDelete
Whew - fixed just in time for the new year's ringing. Good job pals. If I were you, I'd find a way to sneak into Buckingham Palace before Whisking yourselves back home. Might as well say hi to the queen - watch out for her doggies tho - they might be cat haters!ReplyDelete
Yup, I think I might just have to do that. Bet the Queen wants to meet with me, for sure. purrsDelete
Happy new year, Nerissa!ReplyDelete
Happy New Year Summer! You excited 'bout 2015? purrsDelete
An important job, for sure. Hmmm, and just how did YOUR whisks get into the chimes?ReplyDelete
Happy New Year to your family. Times two!
Not quite sure 'cause it hasn't happened yet. Those darned moused-up time causality loops. They're as confusin' as all get-out, if you know what I mean. purrsDelete
Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2015!ReplyDelete
Hailey, Zaphod and their Lady
And a VERY Happy New Year to you, too. purrsDelete
Happy New Year you clever kitties for fixing the chimes etc. Good job. We knew you could do it. Happy New Year.ReplyDelete
Yup, one the gears were dewhisked, everythin' went right back to normal. purrsDelete
Happy, happy new year!ReplyDelete
And a VERY Happy New Year to you, too! May 2015 bring us all lots of the nip. purrsDelete
"Did you remember the monkey chow?"ReplyDelete
Oh, geeze, don't mind our mom. She's watched too much of Toy Story lately. Have a safe and Happy New Year!
Monkey Chow? Oh-oh... I've never watched that movie. There are monkeys? purrsDelete
Happy Mew Years Eve!!!ReplyDelete
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! purrsDelete
guys...even if de Queen her self asks...ewe noe nothin bout whisks, ewe never haz known bout whiskz, N ya due knot even noe what a whisk iz !!! grate storee guys...we enjoyed ♥♥ReplyDelete
heerz two a burd free, happee, healthee N blessed 2015 two everee one♥♥♥♥♥
Whisks? What's a whisk? *winks* purrsDelete
Out of sync you say, that can be fun with a little nip on display. Happy new yearReplyDelete
A nip display? Like a museum of nip? How great would that be! purrsDelete
Wow, New Year's Eve in London! How very exciting. Happy New Year to you and your family.ReplyDelete
Yup and then followed by another in Nova Scotia. It was a busy night, for sure. purrsDelete
You two sweeties are quite the fixer-uppers...we could use your expertise around here at times. We wish you all a Very Happy New Year and we hope that 2015 will be filled with love, happiness, good health, all you need to live comfortably and lots of hugs and nose kisses! Mumsy, Pooh and familyReplyDelete
You havin' problems with whisks? Be right over. Sivvers... PREPARE THE TELEPORTATION DEVICE. purrsDelete
That was fun! Happy New Year from all of us!!!ReplyDelete
And a VERY Happy New Year to all of you, too! May 2015 bring us all lots of nip. purrsDelete
I think you need to get a TARDIS. Happy New Year to both of you and your peeps!ReplyDelete
Hmmm... You know if the Doctor would be willin' to do a trade? purrsDelete
Mes so furry happy that yous gotted Big Ben working again, now explain the space time thing.....ReplyDelete
It's very complicated, Nellie. Why don't you teleport on over and we'll discuss it over some nip. purrsDelete
Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!ReplyDelete
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! May 2015 be our best year yet. purrsDelete
Hope you have a Happy and Healthy New Year!!!ReplyDelete
So far, so good. Three hundred and sixty-four more days to go. purrsDelete
What an adventure : a double year change ! Happy New Year and all the best for 2015 ! PurrsReplyDelete
Yup, got to bring in the new year, TWICE. The advantages of teleportation, you see. purrsDelete
So did you find out how the whisks got in the clock?Happy New Year,xx SpeedyReplyDelete
Nope. Technically, it hasn't happened yet. Those time causality loops are pretty tricky things, you see. purrsDelete
Happy New Year! I hope 2015 only brings amazing things your way!ReplyDelete
Awww... thanks. And a very Happy New Year to you, too! purrsDelete
Such a creative writer you are! Happy New Year and blessings to you and yours from the Zee and Zoey Gang!ReplyDelete
Just reportin' the facts, ma'am. Tellin' it like it happened. By the way, they have AMAZIN' nip at Buckingham Palace. Who knew? purrsDelete
Happy New Year, sweeties! May it be a blast for all of us! :D Much love, Roxy & Tigerlino <3ReplyDelete
And a very Happy New Year to you, too! I'm purrin' that 2015 will be the best year for us all, ever. purrsDelete
Have the happiest and healthiest new year!ReplyDelete
You too! May the new year bring with it lots of fun and love and everythin' else we hold dear. purrsDelete
Thank COD you fixed Big Ben, Nissy and Sivvers. Happy New Year to you and your Peeps!ReplyDelete
Yup, good thing we were able to fix Ol' Ben especially since it's kind of lookin' like we might have broke him in the first place. MOUSES! purrsDelete
What an adventure! London sure is lucky you kitties were there to fix Big Ben. Wishing you all the best of 2015 - Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
Had it not been for us, no one in London would have known when 2015 began! Good thing we were able to help out, for sure. purrsDelete
What a fun adventure you guys had!!...Wishing all of you a very Happy New Year filled with great health, great joy and great love!...xoxo...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy CatReplyDelete
It was fun. Hopin' to have many more adventures in 2015. HAPPY NEW YEAR! purrsDelete
Happy New Year Nerissa and Seville! That was quite the experience, we hopes you made it home in time to ring in the New Year with the peeps.ReplyDelete
Sasha, Sami, & Saku
We sure did! We had four hours to spare. purrsDelete
Happy New Year Nissy and to yous whole furmily. Weez so glad we met you and fanks fur bein' ow furiends. Luvved da story. Weez purray lots of luv, blessings and nip fur yous this year.ReplyDelete
Dezi and Lexi
Happy New Year, my friends and may 2015 be our best year, yet. purrsDelete
Sending You A Happy New Year from Your TX furiends!ReplyDelete
Love Your Adventures!
Samantha & Mom
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I'm hopin' to have more adventures in the coming year. Seville and I sort of have a knack for gettin' in the midst of 'em. MOUSES! purrsDelete
Mowzers, that was a CLOSE one! Good thing you were available to do the repairs! (and whisks? Tsk-tsk!)ReplyDelete
Happy HAPPY Mew Year to you!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you, too! Yup, good thing we knew just what to do with those pesky whisks. They occasionally pop up in the wrong place and time. purrsDelete
We hope the Queen was suitably grateful, Nissy. We didn't hear who made the New Year's Honours List this year but - surely a knighthood was forthcoming, at the furry least!ReplyDelete
Happy Mew Year!
Trixie, Caspurr and Shimshi
Sir Nerissa... Sounds good to me! Yup, a knighthood would be very much appreciated. I'll have to let Her Majesty know. purrsDelete
Another great save of life and... well maybe a great save of the Nick of Time. Was the keeper named Nick? Hmmm... I think I have arrived before my thoughts but, no matter.ReplyDelete
Happy Mew Year Nissy Seville and you fun family!
Timmy Dad and Furs
You been messin' with whisks yourself, Timmy? Arrivin' before your thoughts could indicate that. HAPPY NEW YEAR my friend! purrsDelete
Nissy so glad you two saved the day!!! Hope you all have a blessed and joy filled 2015!ReplyDelete
Marty, Mom and the Gang
And I wish the very best for you in 2015, too! May this be our best year, yet. purrsDelete
Happy New Year to one and all!ReplyDelete
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! purrsDelete
Oh man, this is a neat story!ReplyDelete
I'm wonderin' what adventures the new year will bring. Got my paws crossed they'll be fun. purrsDelete