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  1. bassmanbob commented on Dick Tracy 27 days ago

    The Dr. Magpie Chronicles
    Previous chapters can be found on these dates; 6/25, 6/27, 6/30, 7/8, 7/11, 7/22, 8/1, 8/14 & 9/19

    Chapter 10
    .

    “Tracy, where the blazes are you and have you been able to track down my Annie”? Dick forced himself to suppress laughing over the phone. He felt it strange to hear someone as powerful and wealthy as Oliver Warbucks lose his cool like he just did. Tracy figured it was all his years of training and of being in extremely dangerous situations that prepared him to always expect the unexpected and to never get rattled. He assumed it was Warbucks concern for Annie that was causing him to express such emotions “I’m at my hotel room Warbucks and yes I’ve been able to track down Annie”. Tracy quickly brought Warbucks up to date on everything that happened since the planes emergency landing, including his feeling that the engines explosion was no accident. He did however leave out the part about how he and Annie were teaming up. “No sense causing Warbucks anymore agitation”. Tracy figured. “We’re investigating this possibility of sabotage right now.” Warbucks informed him. “My people believe we can prove a link to this incident and to the act of sabotage on the Red Raven last year”!
    .
    Were you able to get the information I texted you for”? “Yes”. Warbucks said over the phone. “This Dr. Magpie of yours has done a very good job of hiding his past”. “Why do you say that”? Tracy asked. “The only thing we were able to determine is that his real name apparently is Martin D. Hudson.” “What else can you tell me about this Hudson guy”? “That’s the problem Tracy. There’s nothing about him in any records anywhere. It’s as if he doesn’t exist”.
    Tracy knew his feelings about Dr. Magpie were just confirmed. “No one can just wipe out their entire past without some very important people helping them”. He told Warbucks who quickly agreed with him. “I’ll call you tomorrow to update you on how Annie’s doing”. Tracy told Warbucks before disconnecting the call. “Seems like I’ll have to pay a visit to Dr. Magpie”. Tracy said out loud while feeling a sudden adrenaline rush come over him.
    .
    Meanwhile;
    .
    “Annie, are you alright”? “Where are you”? Annie assured Amelia that she was fine and that there was nothing to worry about.
    .
    “I’m having a ball over here! This little vacation away from everything was the best idea you’ve ever had”! Annie figured there was no need to let Amelia know about the little ‘incident’ that happed yesterday. Annie knew that Amelia would ignore her promise not to interfere and would come and try to find her. “Hey, it’s not like I’ve never had someone want to kill me before”. She thought as she suppressed a grin. “Amelia, were you able to get that information I texted you about yesterday”?
    .
    “As much as I could. This Dr. Magpie of yours really is a mysterious person. The only thing I could find out is that his real name is apparently Martin D. Hudson. His whole history is a blank”. Annie was disappointed but not surprised to hear this. “OK, thanks Amelia. You didn’t tell “Daddy” about any of this, did you”?
    .
    “No, certainly not. You know I’d never break a promise to you”! Annie was satisfied that Amelia was telling the truth and after promising Amelia that she would call her in a few days Annie went back to the task of reviewing all the information she could find over the web regarding Dick Tracy. “Very impressive resume, that’s for sure”! She thought as she waited for his call. Meanwhile Amelia Santiago, wondering just what it meant that her source told her Warbucks had also requested information on Dr. Magpie began making preparations to get her plane ready for flight.
    .
    To be continued………….

  2. bassmanbob commented on Annie 27 days ago

    The Dr. Magpie Chronicles
    Previous chapters can be found on these dates; 6/25, 6/27, 6/30, 7/8, 7/11, 7/22, 8/1, 8/14 & 9/19

    Chapter 10
    .

    “Tracy, where the blazes are you and have you been able to track down my Annie”? Dick forced himself to suppress laughing over the phone. He felt it strange to hear someone as powerful and wealthy as Oliver Warbucks lose his cool like he just did. Tracy figured it was all his years of training and of being in extremely dangerous situations that prepared him to always expect the unexpected and to never get rattled. He assumed it was Warbucks concern for Annie that was causing him to express such emotions “I’m at my hotel room Warbucks and yes I’ve been able to track down Annie”. Tracy quickly brought Warbucks up to date on everything that happened since the planes emergency landing, including his feeling that the engines explosion was no accident. He did however leave out the part about how he and Annie were teaming up. “No sense causing Warbucks anymore agitation”. Tracy figured. “We’re investigating this possibility of sabotage right now.” Warbucks informed him. “My people believe we can prove a link to this incident and to the act of sabotage on the Red Raven last year”!
    .
    Were you able to get the information I texted you for”? “Yes”. Warbucks said over the phone. “This Dr. Magpie of yours has done a very good job of hiding his past”. “Why do you say that”? Tracy asked. “The only thing we were able to determine is that his real name apparently is Martin D. Hudson.” “What else can you tell me about this Hudson guy”? “That’s the problem Tracy. There’s nothing about him in any records anywhere. It’s as if he doesn’t exist”.
    Tracy knew his feelings about Dr. Magpie were just confirmed. “No one can just wipe out their entire past without some very important people helping them”. He told Warbucks who quickly agreed with him. “I’ll call you tomorrow to update you on how Annie’s doing”. Tracy told Warbucks before disconnecting the call. “Seems like I’ll have to pay a visit to Dr. Magpie”. Tracy said out loud while feeling a sudden adrenaline rush come over him.
    .
    Meanwhile;
    .
    “Annie, are you alright”? “Where are you”? Annie assured Amelia that she was fine and that there was nothing to worry about.
    .
    “I’m having a ball over here! This little vacation away from everything was the best idea you’ve ever had”! Annie figured there was no need to let Amelia know about the little ‘incident’ that happed yesterday. Annie knew that Amelia would ignore her promise not to interfere and would come and try to find her. “Hey, it’s not like I’ve never had someone want to kill me before”. She thought as she suppressed a grin. “Amelia, were you able to get that information I texted you about yesterday”?
    .
    “As much as I could. This Dr. Magpie of yours really is a mysterious person. The only thing I could find out is that his real name is apparently Martin D. Hudson. His whole history is a blank”. Annie was disappointed but not surprised to hear this. “OK, thanks Amelia. You didn’t tell “Daddy” about any of this, did you”?
    .
    “No, certainly not. You know I’d never break a promise to you”! Annie was satisfied that Amelia was telling the truth and after promising Amelia that she would call her in a few days Annie went back to the task of reviewing all the information she could find over the web regarding Dick Tracy. “Very impressive resume, that’s for sure”! She thought as she waited for his call. Meanwhile Amelia Santiago, wondering just what it meant that her source told her Warbucks had also requested information on Dr. Magpie began making preparations to get her plane ready for flight.
    .
    To be continued………….

  3. bassmanbob commented on Annie about 1 month ago

    Thanks marvee for your encourging words!

  4. bassmanbob commented on Dick Tracy about 1 month ago

    Thanks everyone for your encourging words!

  5. bassmanbob commented on Dick Tracy about 1 month ago

    The Dr. Magpie Chronicles
    Previous chapters can be found on these dates; 6/25, 6/27, 6/30, 7/8, 7/11, 7/22, 8/1, 8/14
    .

    Chapter 9
    “So now young lady, it’s your turn to answer a simple question and tell me who you are”! Annie pondered how she should answer his question. Tracy was after all an employee of her daddy. She quickly realized she couldn’t reveal who she was. At least not yet!
    “My name is Shirley Bell. I’ve been staying with some relatives of mine”. Annie saw what seemed like a little smile cross Tracy’s face. While she was wondering what had just made him do this some airport police officers finally came over to where they were standing, Tracy excused himself for a moment, asking Annie not to leave and went over to talk to them. After a few moments all of them walked over to where Annie was standing, one of them holding a camera in his hand which was extended towards her.
    “Excuse me Miss but would you mind taking a picture of us with Mr. Tracy? “Annie was quite surprised by this request but agreed to take the picture, handing the camera back to the officer after doing so. “Thanks for taking care of this for me”. Tracy called out to them as he began to walk away. Annie could tell by Tracy’s face she must not have done a good job of hiding her puzzlement. “I spent a little time on the police force some years ago. For some reason they heard of me and wanted a picture of us.”
    “How nice of them”. Annie dryly blurted out, wanting to come across as indifferent. “We can go”, Tracy said, “they said they’d arrest this guy for trespassing and jail him”. Annie wondered why this Tracy fellow that daddy had working for him could get the cops to leave her out of this situation. Normally they’d make her go to the station to give a statement. “Don’t they want to interview me about his attack on me”? Annie said to him. Tracy stopped walking and looked right at her. “I figured you’d rather not get involved. You can catch up to them if you want”.
    Annie knew right away he was calling her bluff. “No, best to continue playing along”. She thought to herself. “I thought so. How about the two of us working together to find out who this Dr. Magpie fellow really is and why he wanted to kill you”? Annie suddenly realized that this was the adventure she’s come all the way here to go on, to find herself, and Tracy was the one to help her on this journey.
    .
    To Be Continued……..

  6. bassmanbob commented on Annie about 1 month ago

    The Dr. Magpie Chronicles
    Previous chapters can be found on these dates; 6/25, 6/27, 6/30, 7/8, 7/11, 7/22, 8/1, 8/14
    .

    Chapter 9
    “So now young lady, it’s your turn to answer a simple question and tell me who you are”! Annie pondered how she should answer his question. Tracy was after all an employee of her daddy. She quickly realized she couldn’t reveal who she was. At least not yet!
    “My name is Shirley Bell. I’ve been staying with some relatives of mine”. Annie saw what seemed like a little smile cross Tracy’s face. While she was wondering what had just made him do this some airport police officers finally came over to where they were standing, Tracy excused himself for a moment, asking Annie not to leave and went over to talk to them. After a few moments all of them walked over to where Annie was standing, one of them holding a camera in his hand which was extended towards her.
    “Excuse me Miss but would you mind taking a picture of us with Mr. Tracy? “Annie was quite surprised by this request but agreed to take the picture, handing the camera back to the officer after doing so. “Thanks for taking care of this for me”. Tracy called out to them as he began to walk away. Annie could tell by Tracy’s face she must not have done a good job of hiding her puzzlement. “I spent a little time on the police force some years ago. For some reason they heard of me and wanted a picture of us.”
    “How nice of them”. Annie dryly blurted out, wanting to come across as indifferent. “We can go”, Tracy said, “they said they’d arrest this guy for trespassing and jail him”. Annie wondered why this Tracy fellow that daddy had working for him could get the cops to leave her out of this situation. Normally they’d make her go to the station to give a statement. “Don’t they want to interview me about his attack on me”? Annie said to him. Tracy stopped walking and looked right at her. “I figured you’d rather not get involved. You can catch up to them if you want”.
    Annie knew right away he was calling her bluff. “No, best to continue playing along”. She thought to herself. “I thought so. How about the two of us working together to find out who this Dr. Magpie fellow really is and why he wanted to kill you”? Annie suddenly realized that this was the adventure she’s come all the way here to go on, to find herself, and Tracy was the one to help her on this journey.
    .
    To Be Continued……..

  7. bassmanbob commented on Dick Tracy 2 months ago

    The Dr. Magpie Chronicles.
    .

    Chapter 8
    .

    “Ye Gads, someone has grabbed Annie from behind and is trying to strangle her”! Tracy exclaimed out loud while springing into action. As he bolted away from the plane and towards Annie he quickly figured it would take him about 30 seconds to get to her. “Not as young as I used to be”, he reluctantly acknowledged as he began to huff and breath heavily. He was glad when he saw that Annie was trying hard to get out of the grip of her assailant. “Spunky girl, she’s buying time for me to get to her”

    .

    Annie, shocked to be attacked from behind was angry at herself than anything else. “How could I be so careless, allowing someone to sneak up behind me”! She though as she tried in vain to loosen the hands wrapped around her throat.
    “Get off of me Mister”! She managed to blurt out while trying to kick him in his knees. “Sorry girly but I’ve got my orders”! Annie was surprised that she felt no fear, only anger. “Never again will I let anyone harm me”! Annie determined while biting down hard on several fingers wrapped around her mouth causing her assailant to briefly let go while letting out a loud yell.
    “OOWWWW. Now you’ve done it! I’ll make you suffer greatly for that”!
    .

    A brief look of horror came upon Tracy’s face quickly replaced by one of determination when he realized he was separated from them by an 8 foot fence. Without breaking stride, Tracy leaped as high as he could when he reached the fence, grabbing hold of it about half way up. Summoning up all his strength he climbed the rest of the way to the top, then leaping off he managed to land directly on top of Annie’s assailant, knocking the wind out of both of them.
    .

    Annie, bracing herself for his continued attack almost jumped out of her sneakers when out of thin air someone suddenly jumped on top of her attacker, causing a quick end to his attack on her.
    “Gee Mister, thanks! You saved my life”! Annie looked towards the two men who were lying on the ground behind her. Her assailant who was definitely knocked out and the guy who seemed to come out of nowhere to save her from certain death. She watched as he struggled to rise to his feet, finally making it upright.
    .
    “Are you alright, young lady”? Annie gave Tracy a quick look-over, deciding right away that she’d never seen him before. “Doesn’t matter who he is, he saved my life, that’s for sure”! She thought to herself before answering him. “I am now but golly, I’d be dead if you hadn’t stopped this guy from strangling me”!“Glad to be of assistance. Do you know who this bum is”? Annie looked directly at the face of her assailant who was lying on his back, deep in la la land. “Gee, I don’t know, maybe I’ve seen him before,,Wait! I have seen him. He’s the guy who handed me a flyer just a little while ago”. Annie handed the flyer she’d put in her pants pocket to him to look at. She waited a moment as he looked over the flyer then heard him say, “The mysterious Dr. Magpie. Very interesting”! Annie, figuring she’d been patient long enough decided it was time to get tough.
    “Who are you Mister and why were you on this Warbucks International plane”? Annie saw that the guy was thinking about what she asked him then was very surprised to when she heard his answer. “Why, my name is Dick Tracy and I work for Oliver Warbucks. He asked me to investigate Dr. Magpie”!
    .

    To be Continued….
    .

    Thanks Nun’Ya Bidness for your interest in my silly story. Took a little vacation with the family.

  8. bassmanbob commented on Annie 2 months ago

    The Dr. Magpie Chronicles.
    .

    Chapter 8
    .

    “Ye Gads, someone has grabbed Annie from behind and is trying to strangle her”! Tracy exclaimed out loud while springing into action. As he bolted away from the plane and towards Annie he quickly figured it would take him about 30 seconds to get to her. “Not as young as I used to be”, he reluctantly acknowledged as he began to huff and breath heavily. He was glad when he saw that Annie was trying hard to get out of the grip of her assailant. “Spunky girl, she’s buying time for me to get to her”

    .

    Annie, shocked to be attacked from behind was angry at herself than anything else. “How could I be so careless, allowing someone to sneak up behind me”! She though as she tried in vain to loosen the hands wrapped around her throat.
    “Get off of me Mister”! She managed to blurt out while trying to kick him in his knees. “Sorry girly but I’ve got my orders”! Annie was surprised that she felt no fear, only anger. “Never again will I let anyone harm me”! Annie determined while biting down hard on several fingers wrapped around her mouth causing her assailant to briefly let go while letting out a loud yell.
    “OOWWWW. Now you’ve done it! I’ll make you suffer greatly for that”!
    .

    A brief look of horror came upon Tracy’s face quickly replaced by one of determination when he realized he was separated from them by an 8 foot fence. Without breaking stride, Tracy leaped as high as he could when he reached the fence, grabbing hold of it about half way up. Summoning up all his strength he climbed the rest of the way to the top, then leaping off he managed to land directly on top of Annie’s assailant, knocking the wind out of both of them.
    .

    Annie, bracing herself for his continued attack almost jumped out of her sneakers when out of thin air someone suddenly jumped on top of her attacker, causing a quick end to his attack on her.
    “Gee Mister, thanks! You saved my life”! Annie looked towards the two men who were lying on the ground behind her. Her assailant who was definitely knocked out and the guy who seemed to come out of nowhere to save her from certain death. She watched as he struggled to rise to his feet, finally making it upright.
    .

    “Are you alright, young lady”? Annie gave Tracy a quick look-over, deciding right away that she’d never seen him before. “Doesn’t matter who he is, he saved my life, that’s for sure”! She thought to herself before answering him. “I am now but golly, I’d be dead if you hadn’t stopped this guy from strangling me”!“Glad to be of assistance. Do you know who this bum is”? Annie looked directly at the face of her assailant who was lying on his back, deep in la la land. “Gee, I don’t know, maybe I’ve seen him before,,Wait! I have seen him. He’s the guy who handed me a flyer just a little while ago”. Annie handed the flyer she’d put in her pants pocket to him to look at. She waited a moment as he looked over the flyer then heard him say, “The mysterious Dr. Magpie. Very interesting”! Annie, figuring she’d been patient long enough decided it was time to get tough.

    “Who are you Mister and why were you on this Warbucks International plane”? Annie saw that the guy was thinking about what she asked him then was very surprised to when she heard his answer. “Why, my name is Dick Tracy and I work for Oliver Warbucks. He asked me to investigate Dr. Magpie”!
    .

    To be Continued….
    .

    Thanks Nun’Ya Bidness for your interest in my silly story. Took a little vacation with the family.

  9. bassmanbob commented on Dick Tracy 3 months ago

    The Dr. Magpie Chronicles
    .
    Chapter 7
    Dick could feel the plane hitting the runway and then lifting back up in the air. He suddenly had the sensation of being on an amusement park roller coaster. He never liked roller coasters since they always made his stomach feel queasy. “Feels like I’m in the front car of the Cyclone in Coney Island”, he thought as he kept trying to stay upright. After what seemed like an eternity but was really no more than a few seconds he could feel that the plane was finally on the ground, although it felt like the plane wanted to roll over. “Pilot still doesn’t have total control of the plane”, he thought as he grimaced due to a book that was flying through the cabin hitting him on his right shoulder. “Might need to sue Warbucks over my medical bills”! He managed to joke to himself.
    .
    Annie, both hands pressed as hard as possible against the wire fence that kept the public away from the runway held her breath as she witnessed the planes front wheel touch the ground and then lift back up, doing this several times until it finally stayed on the ground. “Gee, it keeps looking like the plane wants to tip over”! Annie yelled out loud in great fear to the crowd that had gathered around her to watch the landing attempt.
    .
    Finally it became apparent that the pilot was able to get control of the plane which began to rapidly slow down, quickly coming to a halt. Dick, looking out the window could see that flames and smoke were still pouring out of the damaged engine. “Please make your way to the emergency exit”! Came the urgent message over the planes intercom. “Can’t get off this flying bottle rocket soon enough”! Tracy muttered while helping usher the others on the plane towards the exit. “Please Mr. Tracy, slide down the chute quickly”! The stewardess urgently appealed to Dick when he approached the door. As he placed himself on the chute and began sliding down towards the ground, it suddenly occurred to him that if the girl Annie had somehow heard about this emergency happening to a Warbucks plane she might have come to the airport to see if the plane would land safely. Upon reaching the ground he quickly sprang up and began to search for Annie. “Shouldn’t be too hard to find a young Red haired girl”.
    .
    Annie, breathing a sigh of relief that the plane landed safely ran over to an isolated area where, being less than 100 feet away from the plane she would be able to get a better view of the passengers as they slide down the emergency chute. After a few minutes those on the plane began to leave it. “I don’t recognize anyone who was on the plane”. She thought, relieved that no one close to her was in such danger. She suddenly noticed an older, somewhat tall man wearing a bright yellow hat, red tie and snazzy suit who emerged from the plane. She quickly decided she didn’t know who he was but even from this distance she sensed an air of confidence that seemed to engulf him. “I wonder who he is”? She pondered just as the man who was scanning the area suddenly looked directly at her. Startled, Annie backed up a few steps only to be grabbed from behind by two large hands that wrapped around her throat and began to squeeze the life out of her.
    .
    As Dick scanned the area suddenly his attention was directed towards a fence about 100 feet towards his right. “That has to be her”! He said right at the moment he saw someone jump up from behind Annie and place their hands tightly around her throat.
    .
    To Be Continued,,,,,

  10. bassmanbob commented on Annie 3 months ago

    The Dr. Magpie Chronicles
    .
    Chapter 7
    Dick could feel the plane hitting the runway and then lifting back up in the air. He suddenly had the sensation of being on an amusement park roller coaster. He never liked roller coasters since they always made his stomach feel queasy. “Feels like I’m in the front car of the Cyclone in Coney Island”, he thought as he kept trying to stay upright. After what seemed like an eternity but was really no more than a few seconds he could feel that the plane was finally on the ground, although it felt like the plane wanted to roll over. “Pilot still doesn’t have total control of the plane”, he thought as he grimaced due to a book that was flying through the cabin hitting him on his right shoulder. “Might need to sue Warbucks over my medical bills”! He managed to joke to himself.
    .
    Annie, both hands pressed as hard as possible against the wire fence that kept the public away from the runway held her breath as she witnessed the planes front wheel touch the ground and then lift back up, doing this several times until it finally stayed on the ground. “Gee, it keeps looking like the plane wants to tip over”! Annie yelled out loud in great fear to the crowd that had gathered around her to watch the landing attempt.
    .
    Finally it became apparent that the pilot was able to get control of the plane which began to rapidly slow down, quickly coming to a halt. Dick, looking out the window could see that flames and smoke were still pouring out of the damaged engine. “Please make your way to the emergency exit”! Came the urgent message over the planes intercom. “Can’t get off this flying bottle rocket soon enough”! Tracy muttered while helping usher the others on the plane towards the exit. “Please Mr. Tracy, slide down the chute quickly”! The stewardess urgently appealed to Dick when he approached the door. As he placed himself on the chute and began sliding down towards the ground, it suddenly occurred to him that if the girl Annie had somehow heard about this emergency happening to a Warbucks plane she might have come to the airport to see if the plane would land safely. Upon reaching the ground he quickly sprang up and began to search for Annie. “Shouldn’t be too hard to find a young Red haired girl”.
    .
    Annie, breathing a sigh of relief that the plane landed safely ran over to an isolated area where, being less than 100 feet away from the plane she would be able to get a better view of the passengers as they slide down the emergency chute. After a few minutes those on the plane began to leave it. “I don’t recognize anyone who was on the plane”. She thought, relieved that no one close to her was in such danger. She suddenly noticed an older, somewhat tall man wearing a bright yellow hat, red tie and snazzy suit who emerged from the plane. She quickly decided she didn’t know who he was but even from this distance she sensed an air of confidence that seemed to engulf him. “I wonder who he is”? She pondered just as the man who was scanning the area suddenly looked directly at her. Startled, Annie backed up a few steps only to be grabbed from behind by two large hands that wrapped around her throat and began to squeeze the life out of her.
    .
    As Dick scanned the area suddenly his attention was directed towards a fence about 100 feet towards his right. “That has to be her”! He said right at the moment he saw someone jump up from behind Annie and place their hands tightly around her throat.
    .
    To Be Continued,,,,,