The Great Mouse Reporter ~ Chapter 5Mrs. Judson offered Cholena a warm blanket and some hot cocoa as the young girl curled next to the fire on Basil’s couch to warm herself after the long journey. Nellie sat beside Cholena and warmed the poor girl‘s hand, still in awe that Cholena had made it all the way to England, while Basil paced back and forth.“I do not know where to start,” Cholena said, sipping the hot cocoa and then eyeing it, having never tasted something quite like it, “It was like a nightmare…”“Start from the beginning then,” said Nellie, “Why did you leave your tribe?”Cholena’s ears went down and she turned her gaze to the fire. Basil took a seat beside Cholena on the couch to observe.“I could no longer tolerate being trapped underground. I had seen so much with Fievel and his friends. The blue sky, the fresh air, the clear water, riding on the back of a bird. It wasn’t fair to be trapped under the Earth like a prisoner.
The Great Mouse Reporter ~ Chapter 1It was another cold, rainy day in London. As Sherlock Holmes readied himself for another case at his residence on 221 Baker Street, below the floorboards his mouse counterpart, Basil of Baker Street, perused the newspapers in search of a case of his own. His partner, Dr. David Q. Dawson, was over for his daily spot of tea, when Basil’s newest addition to his household unlocked the front door and entered; reporter Nellie Brie, fresh off the boat from America and still doing her best to adjust to life in England. She had just been out for a while to get some fresh air and run an errand, opening the door and shaking her umbrella off before placing it in a basket beside the door. She carried a long rectangular package under her arm.“Ah, welcome back Ms. Brie,” Dawson greeted her, “I trust all went well?”“It did, yes,” she said, removing her coat and hanging it up on a coat rack, “I’m not used to all this rain though. I guess that
The Great Mouse Reporter ~ Chapter 6Green River, Utah- Three Weeks EarlierWhen disembarking the train from Salt Lake City, the mice of Green River were met with shocking news. Cat R. Waul and his gang had escaped prison. A crowd immediately gathered around the jailhouse, kept at bay by Tiger and Wylie Burp. Tiger had a bandage over his forehead where he’d been hit.“Stand back everyone,” Wylie said, “We’re searching for clues.”The crowd murmured and talked amongst themselves. What would Waul being free mean? He surely wasn’t going to fool the mice of Green River a third time, after all. What was his plan?“I’m sure we can figure it out,” Olivia said, holding Fievel’s hand as the two of them beheld the crime scene, “We jus’ got ta keep our eyes open fer clues. Interview anyone still in town at the time.”Fievel gave a nod, “We can use your magnifying glass to look for footprints or fur.”Olivia looked around, and whisp
The Great Mouse Reporter ~ Chapter 7“Hey slow down there, so lemme get dis straight,” Tony said, in the middle of cleaning out a mug at the bar when Tanya suddenly bombarded him, telling him all about the job offer she’d received and then asking him to come with her, “You want me to take a week off from work, leave my wife and daughter behind, and go back to a city I was more than happy never to set foot in again?”“Pleeeease Tony?” Tanya begged, clasping her hands together and leaning over the bar, “You’re the only one I can think of. Vartan’s not old enough for my Papa’s tastes. Everybody else is too busy. You’re one of my best friends Tony, you and my family have been through thick and thin together, and I wouldn’t mind traveling with you one bit. Come on, don‘t you wanna leave this little town for a while? It could be fun.”“You’re makin’ a lotta assumptions, Tilly. I got a family and a life here in dis ‘