Train Wreck

Avatar Author: Bob Liddil I am an author of science fiction, general fiction short stories, poetry, and non-fiction. I have been published in several genres, including fantasy and poetry, as well as non fiction. At one time I published my own c... Read Bio

It was a terrible mess that was made that fateful snowy morning in November. The track was laid waste, rails twisted and torn asunder. Flat cars and box cars were scattered like tenpins hither and yon. The tank engine lay on its side in the cold, its fire out and steam pressure down to zero.

“This is a terrible tragedy,” the Chief Inspector declared to the press, holding in his hand a heavy crowbar that had been used to pry the rails away from the ties. “More than that,” he continued, “it is a deliberate act of sabotage.”

Sir Topham Hatt stepped up to the microphone and said, “We shall not rest until the culprit is apprehended and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!”

“Indeed,” reiterated the Chief Inspector, “this is a blatant and obvious case of Thomascide!

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Comments (3 so far!)

  1. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Heck of a last line there. Another example of the story/joke ficly, and nicely done at that. Not high art or anything, but a good pun.

  2. Avatar Foolhearted

    Sir Topham Hatt! I bet he did it…

    A solid setup for a very _groan_worthy pun.

  3. Avatar Tad Winslow

    This made me laugh— my niece is a Thomas fanatic, and I know this narrative all too well I’m afraid. haha. I prefer the old episodes with george carlins voice…and I’ve noticed that for a kids show it is written exquisitely well. You’ve really captured the narrative sound here.

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