Pink – ‘U and Ur Hand’ original video…
“Thank you, Justin!” I remember to say, retrieving the clockwork hand, while he rolls up the little doormat and tucks it under one arm. Although I’m not sure I fancy another stroll through the hen-house, mingling with the monitor lizards again straight away – Higham Dry Junior might have to wait until I’ve at least had a lie down and several Sloe Gin Slings before getting his toy back. “How can I repay you?”
“Oh…” He pauses and looks thoughtful, and it occurs to me that making open cavalier offers to the rickshaw pilot might be unwise. “I like your little clockwork thing…”
“What?” I was right.
How stupid am I? I can’t give him the clockwork hand!
“Yes, with the little sparkly light,” he says. “I saw you pointing it at aircraft carrier. Flash-flash. Good for signalling.”
“Oh…” Relief bursts inside me. Fortunately, my bladder and everything else in there is empty. “The Trevor Baylis torch! Yes, of course…”
I pull it out of my pocket and pass it to him. He gives it an experimental twirl and a click on-and-off, looking very pleased.
“This good for busy air-traffic,” he says. “I make special sequence for ‘Get out of way, Stupid!’ But not tell anyone else what it is…”
“Phew,” I say, holding up the clockwork hand. “For a moment, I thought you meant this…”
“Oh, really?” His eyebrows go up. “Well, if you insist…”
And he snatches it from my grasp, and runs out of the front door.
“You get back here, Justin Time!” I yell angrily.
“And don’t forget, your friend promised to cook me dinner as well!” he calls over his shoulder. “Goat curry!”
Damn, damn, damn! And as I hurry after him, I hear an engine start.
Oh no – the Trevor Baylis torch was attached to my keys!
I tumble down the impressive stone steps, as my poor little Pizza Heaven scooter races away down the drive.
“No!” I shout, struggling back upright and spitting out gravel. Already, I’m getting flashbacks of musical push-along cart, and Old MacDonald Had A Farm. “No, no, no!”
“Has he gone?” Frankenminky asks, appearing in the doorway. “I didn’t even get his number…”
Something nudges me sharply in the behind.
Old MacDonald had a goat…
“Baaahhh,” bleats the billy goat, giving me the drunken eye.
“Right,” I say. “I’ve ridden camels, clams, donkeys and doormats today!”
I grab the goat by the curly horns, and lean forward to whisper in its bearded ear.
“We are going to follow that scooter,” I tell it. “And in exchange, you will not become my housemate’s special, Goat à la Soggy Cheerios!”
I just remember to lift my feet off the ground, as the indignant billy goat bolts. We skid at the end of the driveway, and give chase down the main road.
How could I have been so stupid?! I should have learned by now that he isn’t to be trusted!
Justin must know we are on his tail, because he takes a short-cut through the park on the way into town. A park full of Saturday morning strollers, duck-feeders, and unwary fairground visitors…
Oh no – so many innocent bystanders…
My billy goat pounds after him untiringly, stopping only to divest a small child of its ice-cream.
The scooter, meanwhile, has become stuck on the Merry-Go-Round between a Cinderella pumpkin carriage and a fibreglass rocket, and Justin finds himself giving rides to children who pull on his whiskers and insist on calling him Ali Baba.
“Stop!” I shout, once my goat has polished off a ball of candyfloss and a blue raspberry Slurpie.
“Haha!” Justin cries, finally managing to kick the scooter free of the ride, and vanishing into the mirror maze.
We clatter after him, like the proverbial bull into a china shop. A china shop full of incredibly sticky children, and the occasional excitable puppy.
“I know you are in here, Justin!” I shout at my many distorted reflections. I already know what my goat is thinking – it’s thinking that maybe that last Guinness was one too many. “I can smell the two-stroke oil! Give back the clockwork hand! That was given to me to look after!”
“Can I pat your horsey?” asks a little girl with Elastoplast covering one lens of her glasses.
“My Dad says your pizzas are always cold,” adds her brother informatively, who is wearing a striped jersey with his spectacles, in a typically mean parental act of inferring that their child resembles Waldo.
“Well,” I say, while the billy goat receives his scratch around the ears magnanimously. “You tell your Dad that when his tips turn out to be legal tender in this country, maybe his pizzas will magically turn up on time.”
“Just in time?” says the little boy.
“Where?!” I look all around, but only see more reflections. “Where’s Justin Time?”
“Who?” asks the little girl.
“Creepy man, evil laugh, riding a motor scooter.” I struggle for descriptions that match First Grade interpretation. “Ali Baba!“
Both the children point, to a gap in the mirrors that only small (and possibly bifocally-enhanced) eyes would notice.
I see a flash of Pizza Heaven top-box whizzing past.
“Tell your Dad the next pizza is free,” I say, and spur my steed to follow. “With onion rings!”
We gallop out of the maze, in time to see Justin and the scooter mount the Helter-Skelter, going up the spiralling slide the wrong way…
I race to the gate, but the attendant blocks my path and tells me my goat isn’t tall enough.
“No!” I scream, as Justin reaches the top, revs the tiny engine, and opens the throttle.
The Pizza Heaven scooter flies through the air, high above the funfair.
The billy goat butts the attendant out of the way, and we dash for the steps…
In slow motion, I watch the poor little work scooter falling, falling – the poor children beneath running, scattering, as fast as their slippery socks will allow…
…We’ll never reach the top before it…
The scooter lands smack in the middle of the bouncy castle, which nearly folds up double. And then springs back up, catapulting Justin Time far over the treetops beyond, and out of sight.
“Jump!” I shout at the billy goat. “He mustn’t get away!”
But instead, my billy goat merely joins the queue at the top of the steps, to slide down the Helter-Skelter the more usual way.
“Oh my God, you are such a pussy!” I grumble, once we reach the bottom.
The goat takes no notice, but rewards itself with a bag of popcorn from a passing Disney princess.
“Never mind,” says the princess’s big sister, as she starts to cry. “Look up in the sky – at the lovely rainbow…”
I look up too, and pretty soon I’m crying as well.
Horseback/motorcycle chase scene from ‘True Lies’ – Enjoy 🙂
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