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In response to the information from Ducky and the gang, the police came to arrest Captain One Mitten and Egor, but when they arrived the cages were empty. A thorough search of the premises revealed nothing. The camel cops radioed in their findings and returned home empty handed.

"We got a jail break. Do you copy?"- SGT Camel

“We got a jail break. Do you copy?”- SGT Camel

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Secret Entrance.

They looked everywhere for the trigger mechanism that must open the secret passage, but they couldn’t find it anywhere. Eventually Ted and Blizzard got tired and started to play in the sand. Cornelius decided to take another nap, but Ducky and Pembleton kept searching until the Sun started to go down.

Suddenly, Cornelius’ ears perked up and he sniffed the air. Then he said in a low deep voice, “Everyone hide, someone is coming!”

Ducky, Pembleton, and Cornelius hid behind a giant obelisk, while Ted and Blizzard hid behind a sand dune. They waited for what seemed like forever before anyone but Cornelius could hear someone coming. Then they saw Captain One Mittin’s first mate, Egor, leading a camel with a large sack through the desert. When the camel, wearing a large purple bow, got closer they could see that the sack actually contained a prisoner.

First Ducky whispered, “It’s the cat pirates, again!”

Then Pembleton whispered, “That’s Multilingual Mole tied to the camel’s back! We need to rescue him.”

Cornelius tilted his head to get a better look at the female camel. Losing his mind with infatuation, he was about to whistle, when Pembleton managed to clasp his wing over Cornelius’ lips.

“Get a hold of yourself”, Pembleton whispered harshly.

“Sorry”, sighed Cornelius quietly.

Then they watched as Egor walked directly toward the wall where they had seen the foot prints leading into the wall. Egor hopped on top of the female camel’s back and used a gnarled staff to press a tiny button high up on the wall. The wall itself began to slide away revealing a long dark tunnel. When Egor was out of sight the wall slid back into place.

Pembleton examined the button that Egor had pressed to open the secret entrance. It was too high to reach even on top of Cornelius’ back. “How are we going to reach that button?” asked Pembleton.

“Don’t you remember. I packed a long stick”, said Ducky. “We can stand on Cornelius back and use the stick to reach the button.”

“Wow! Good thinking Ducky”, agreed Ted and Blizzard.

“See! I packed some useful stuff”, said Ducky.

Pembleton reluctantly climbed on top of Cornelius and used Ducky’s stick to press the button. The secret door slid open and they entered the long dark tunnel.

To be continued…

Shhh... be very, very quiet.

Shhh… be very, very quiet.

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 1

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 2

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 3

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 4

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 5

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 6

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 7

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

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 1

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 2

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 3

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 4

Desert Trek.

“Now that we have figured out the map, we need transportation. Any ideas?” Pembleton asked.

“I got an idea!” Ducky shouted. “I’ll be back soon. Stay here with the little guys.”

Ducky went to Ali Baba, owner of Ali Baba Ganoush’s Restaurant and asked if he could borrow his brand new Jeep Cruiser. Unfortunately, Ali had heard about the ‘Great Pudding Disaster of 2011’ and would not allow Ducky anywhere near his new jeep. Instead, he offered the services of Colonel Cornelius, a four humped Camel.

Pembleton was starting to become impatient after 15 minutes of waiting. Their friends, even though he didn’t know which ones, were in trouble. Just as he began to pace, Ducky and his new friend the Colonel, showed up. Ducky had even gotten supplies!

“Hop on! We got some trekking to do!” Ducky exclaimed.

“Wow, Ducky! Great job.” Pembleton said, as he hopped on and took the reins.

“Tally Ho.” Ted and Blizzard shouted as they ventured out in to the unforgiving desert.

"I'm getting Thirsty." -Ducky

“I’m getting Thirsty.” -Ducky

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 1

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 2

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 3

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