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  1. bassmanbob commented on Dick Tracy 7 days 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.

  2. bassmanbob commented on Annie 7 days 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.

  3. bassmanbob commented on Dick Tracy 20 days 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,,,,,

  4. bassmanbob commented on Annie 20 days 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,,,,,

  5. bassmanbob commented on Annie 29 days ago

    Previous chapters can be found on 6/25, 6/27, 6/30, 7/08 & 7/11

    Hi Nun’Ya Bidness I’m trying to post about one chapter a week. I put my previous story out as one post and it was too much. Thanks for reading.

    Peace

    BB

  6. bassmanbob commented on Dick Tracy 29 days ago

    Thanks to all for your encourgement.

    Peace

    BB

  7. bassmanbob commented on Annie 29 days ago

    Thanks David for your encourgement.

  8. bassmanbob commented on Dick Tracy 30 days ago

    The Dr. Magpie Chronicles
    .

    Chapter 6
    .

    “Please fasten your seatbelt and place your head down as low as you can”! Tracy barely heard what the stewardess said, instead taking a quick scan of who was on this flight.
    “Maybe about fifteen people tops, including the flight crew”. He quickly concluded. All the passengers seemed to be employees of Warbucks International but no one of particular importance. “Something seems wrong about the way that engine exploded like that”. He pondered the possibility that someone sabotaged the plane to bring it down, but why?
    “Mr. Tracy, I must ask you to fasten your seat beat and place your head as low as you can. The pilot is going to try an emergency landing in a few minutes but it might be a little rough”. Tracy, noticing the fear on the stewardess face smiled while reassuring her that everything would turn out alright.
    “If only I could convince myself that we’ll get through this”, he sighed. Tracy began thinking of Tess and how much he loved her. He felt pangs of sorrow rising up in him when he thought about how devastated she’d be over this tragedy. “Snap out of it Dick, you need all your strength and focus to get out of this”, he said out loud as he demanded himself to push any thought of defeat from his mind.
    Meanwhile,
    It took about 20 excruciating long minutes for the cab to get to the airport. Handing the driver a couple of twenties and telling him to keep the change, Annie leaped out of the cab and ran towards the nearest terminal.
    “Golly, there’s no way to know who’s on the plane. It could be Daddy, Amelia or anyone else”! She worriedly thought as she saw the lights of all the emergency vehicles that were prepared for the worst. “At least it’s easy to tell what runway the plane’s gonna try to land on”! She grimly realized while trying to figure out a way to get close enough to the runway to see if the plane landed safely. “It’s not like one of “Daddy’s” planes to have mechanical or engine problems”, she angrily thought when she remembered what Tom Short told her when he explained how Red Rover was brought down due to a sabotage that was never solved. “Could the same people who got to Red Rover in an attempt to kill “Daddy” somehow manage to sabotage the plane”? She knew that had to be a possibility. Her attention was quickly diverted upward towards her right when she heard a loud roar come from up above.
    “It’s the plane”! She shouted out loud, fear welling up in her. She quickly noticed the black smoke coming out of one of the engines which she knew couldn’t be good. Knowing that there was nothing she could do except wait to see what happened in the next few minutes, Annie found herself saying a prayer for the plane to land safely, an act that surprising brought her an immediate sense of peace and calmness.
    Tracy raised his head to snatch a quick glance at where they were and was shocked to see the runway mere feet below them. “THIS IS IT! He shouted while bracing himself for what he hoped would be a safe landing.
    A shout of “HERE SHE COMES”! Brought her back to awareness regarding the plane which seemed mere seconds away from landing. “It looks like it’s wobbling way too much”, Annie feared right at the moment the front wheel of the plane touched the runway.
    Tracy suddenly felt a large jot that almost knocked him out of his seat.
    Then everything went dark.
    .

    To Be Continued…

  9. bassmanbob commented on Annie 30 days ago

    The Dr. Magpie Chronicles
    .

    Chapter 6
    .

    “Please fasten your seatbelt and place your head down as low as you can”! Tracy barely heard what the stewardess said, instead taking a quick scan of who was on this flight.
    “Maybe about fifteen people tops, including the flight crew”. He quickly concluded. All the passengers seemed to be employees of Warbucks International but no one of particular importance. “Something seems wrong about the way that engine exploded like that”. He pondered the possibility that someone sabotaged the plane to bring it down, but why?
    “Mr. Tracy, I must ask you to fasten your seat beat and place your head as low as you can. The pilot is going to try an emergency landing in a few minutes but it might be a little rough”. Tracy, noticing the fear on the stewardess face smiled while reassuring her that everything would turn out alright.
    “If only I could convince myself that we’ll get through this”, he sighed. Tracy began thinking of Tess and how much he loved her. He felt pangs of sorrow rising up in him when he thought about how devastated she’d be over this tragedy. “Snap out of it Dick, you need all your strength and focus to get out of this”, he said out loud as he demanded himself to push any thought of defeat from his mind.
    Meanwhile,
    It took about 20 excruciating long minutes for the cab to get to the airport. Handing the driver a couple of twenties and telling him to keep the change, Annie leaped out of the cab and ran towards the nearest terminal.
    “Golly, there’s no way to know who’s on the plane. It could be Daddy, Amelia or anyone else”! She worriedly thought as she saw the lights of all the emergency vehicles that were prepared for the worst. “At least it’s easy to tell what runway the plane’s gonna try to land on”! She grimly realized while trying to figure out a way to get close enough to the runway to see if the plane landed safely. “It’s not like one of “Daddy’s” planes to have mechanical or engine problems”, she angrily thought when she remembered what Tom Short told her when he explained how Red Rover was brought down due to a sabotage that was never solved. “Could the same people who got to Red Rover in an attempt to kill “Daddy” somehow manage to sabotage the plane”? She knew that had to be a possibility. Her attention was quickly diverted upward towards her right when she heard a loud roar come from up above.
    “It’s the plane”! She shouted out loud, fear welling up in her. She quickly noticed the black smoke coming out of one of the engines which she knew couldn’t be good. Knowing that there was nothing she could do except wait to see what happened in the next few minutes, Annie found herself saying a prayer for the plane to land safely, an act that surprising brought her an immediate sense of peace and calmness.
    Tracy raised his head to snatch a quick glance at where they were and was shocked to see the runway mere feet below them. “THIS IS IT! He shouted while bracing himself for what he hoped would be a safe landing.
    A shout of “HERE SHE COMES”! Brought her back to awareness regarding the plane which seemed mere seconds away from landing. “It looks like it’s wobbling way too much”, Annie feared right at the moment the front wheel of the plane touched the runway.
    Tracy suddenly felt a large jot that almost knocked him out of his seat.
    Then everything went dark.
    .

    To Be Continued…

  10. bassmanbob commented on Dick Tracy about 1 month ago

    Previous chapters can be found on 6/25, 6/27, 6/30 & 7/08
    .

    The Dr. Magpie Chronicles
    .

    Chapter 5
    .

    Dick, reclining back in his seat was amazed at how fast Warbucks private jet seemed to fly. “Makes flying coach seem like horse & buggy” he chuckled to himself. He was glad Tess was so supportive of what he was doing. He was surprised at how fast she got over her shock at his walking away from the only job he ever knew.
    “She’s a real gem, putting up with me being away from home so often because of the job all these years”. He vowed right there to make good on this assignment so she could be proud of him. “Let’s see what’s in these papers that can help me locate Annie”. Tracy had requested that several days’ worth of the local Chicago papers be on the flight in order for him to see what was happening in the city. He hoped something would jump out at him that would help find her. After about a half an hour Tracy came across a small story that caught his attention.

    “The Mysterious Dr. Magpie to bring his traveling medicine show to local venues”.

    Before Tracy had a chance to read the entire article he was jolted out of his seat by a loud explosion that seemed to come from right out his window. “Ye Gads, what was that”? He shouted out loud while getting his answer a moment later when he saw the flames shooting out of the left wings engine.
    .

    Meanwhile, at the Hotel,,,
    .

    As she slept on the rooms sofa something in Annie’s subconscious seemed to be repeating itself, like a car alarm the kept going off in the middle of the night. She began to get restless until she was jolted to full awareness upon clearly hearing the name “Warbucks” coming from the TV. Looking at it she read what was scrolling across the screen.
    “Plane owned by Warbucks Industries has experienced engine problems and is attempting to make an emergency landing at O’Hare airport”!
    Annie, who knew she would never forgive herself if her “Daddy” was on that plane and something happened to him was practically out the door and headed to the airport before the reporter finished his sentence. Running to catch a cab Annie accidently bumped into a short, stubble man wearing a long dark coat
    . “Sorry mister, I didn’t see you”. The man just smiled, handed Annie a piece of paper and walked away. “What an odd man”. She thought to herself as she sat down in the cab that was waiting on the corner. After telling the driver where she wanted to go Annie looked at the paper the man had given her. “Come out and see the Mysterious Dr. Magpie and his traveling medicine show”!
    .

    To Be Continued……..