Pit Stop.

The desert was hot and everyone including Cornelius wanted to get to the destination on the map as quickly as possible. Ducky tried to encourage Cornelius to speed up by repeatedly smacking the camel’s hindquarters with a stick and yelling “Giddy Up!” This approach, however, did not have its intended effect because, after a couple of minutes, Cornelius found a shady spot and sat down refusing to go further.

“Well, it’s probably about time we all took a short rest anyway”, said Pembleton as he unharnessed the supplies that Ducky had packed. “Maybe we can have some lunch.” Pembleton was trying to sound positive because he knew everyone was cranky after being in the sun for so long. When as he unpacked the “supplies ” he couldn’t help but be annoyed. “Ducky! Where is the water and the food?”

“Oh, I, uh, forgot to pack water, but I’m pretty sure I packed food,” said Ducky.

“What are you talking about?” said Pembleton as he laid out the stuff from their pack. “I see a few mushy french fries, two sticky butterscotch candies, a rusty fork, an old blanket, a cracked bottle, UNO cards, and a very stinky boot. Ducky! Why did you pack ONE stinky boot? We don’t even wear SHOES! What are we supposed to do with this junk!?!?”

“I was rushing. I just started grabbing stuff. Plus, you have to admit, UNO is a good family game,” Ducky said sheepishly.

“We got an idea,” Ted and Blizzard said in unison. “It looks like there is a well behind Ducky and an old bucket with some rope,” explained Ted. “If Pembleton is able to fix this bottle, maybe we can use it to store water for the rest of our trip,” Blizzard added.

“Good thinking little guys,” Pembleton said, “but I’m not sure how to fix the bottle.” Pembleton thought about it for a minute, then noticed Ducky was chomping on some gum. He forced Ducky to hand over the used gum and molded it over the crack. He then used some of the cloth from the old blanket to cover the gum to keep their hands from getting sticky. “I think that will have to do until we get to our final destination.”

After everyone had enough to drink and their bottle was filled, Pembleton made Ducky apologize to Cornelius. After some coxing, Cornelius forgave Ducky and they were on their way, again.

To be continued…

"What?!? One stinky boot?" - Pembleton

“What?!? One stinky boot?” – Pembleton

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