Whatever. Judith was here.
NOW there were two small girls.
After much adventure they arrived, and Judith did this :
Then in 2021 Clara and Judith decided to go to Scotland again, together.
They didn’t have a lot of money so decided to hitchhike to the airport.
It was a grey damp day, but they were full of enthusiasm and sure they'd get a lift.
not the first car
or the second
or the thirty-second
and the rain started...
and not the thirty-fourth car,...
"No she didn’t" said the small man, "she came from Sweden."
"Oh yes", said the tall woman. "I always get those muddled up. Sweden. Where the tigers are."
The small man sighed sadly, the fat lady in the back leaned forward and said "please, Lofty, leave her alone."
The fat lady, leaning further forward, said “you can call me Slim, that's Lofty, and this, pointing to the driver, "is Thumb”. The girls leaned into the window and shook hands, noticing the small man was actually kneeling on the seat, he was so short, and even then the seatbelt was too high for his shoulder.
"Can you give us a lift? "asked Judith, as rain started to patter on the van roof.
The two in the front looked at Slim, then at each other, then back at Slim. They all looked at Judith, and the rain streaming down her cheeks.
"OK!" said Slim, "but on our terms."
"We’re going to stop..." she paused, "er, to, er, call in and pick something up."
"Stop for a minute and a half, to be precise," said Slim quickly, because it looked like Thumb and Lofty were going to start arguing,
"Leave the engine running", Slim said to Thumb, then told the girls “you wait here with Lofty while Thumb and I go in to collect some things.” Turning to Lofty she said “Lofty, keep the engine running, keep the back doors open, and watch all the time. When you see us come out we'll need to get going."
"Girls sit tight and be good.”
Off went the very very fat lady and the very very tall lady, and Lofty stood on the driving seat and held onto the wheel.
Climbing into the front she found the seat was built up so high that though it suited the 2-metre high Thumb, she wouldn't be able to reach the pedals, and Lofty obviously wasn't happy to let her take the wheel.
All was going fine until suddenly a bell started ringing, quite alarmingly, and sirens. It sounded like police cars coming towards them.
Clara saw Slim and Thumb come running round the corner, each carrying two big bags
Thumb came running, Slim was sort of waddling as best she could but not keeping up. Thumb threw her bag into the back of the van and turned to help Slim, and Lofty jumped over the front seats to get in the back to help, shouting "oh oh oh" in panic, and knocking the handbrake off as he went.
Of course this made the van shoot off, as Judith was still pressing the accelerator down. Everyone started shouting in confusion, and the quick acceleration made Lofty, who was trying to get over the sofa, roll right out the back door, followed by Thumb’s bag which came open as it fell out, leaving a 5 euro note flapping in the air behind the seats. The last thing Clara saw behind them as the back doors clanged shut was a mass of floating paper in the air behind the van as it sped forward.
"Brake brake" shouted Clara, and Judith pulled herself back to the drivers side and stamped on the brake as hard as she could with both feet
The 5 euro note floated slowly forward and landed on their lap
I don't want you to be alarmed but, frankly, things got alarming.
very angry shouts.
For really rather nice young ladies.
The last thing they saw as it took off and screeched away with them was a man in a white coat picking up the 5 Euro note with a pair of tweezers and putting it into a plastic envelope.
All the time they kept saying things like "we were just hitchhiking" and "we didn't know those people" and "it wasn't us" but the policeman just ignored them, licked his pencil again and said "School address?"..."name of head teacher?"....
One, they later learned was Sergeant Delgado, an ugly ugly man with warts on his big bent nose, ears that looked like cauliflowers and a neck that was as wide as his head. His boss, Inspector Clever, had pale runny eyes, a pale face and looked a bit lost.
They told their story again for what felt like the twentieth time, but at least this time someone was listening. Well, both policemen were listening, Sgt Delgado making notes in a small book, and Inspector Clever listening with a sort of far-away puzzled expression on his face, his mouth hanging open, as if he could hear them in the distance but wasn't sure what they were talking about.
Judith decided to talk a bit louder.
"No, I understand all that" he said. "You were hitch hiking home from the airport..."
They all looked at each other. Sgt Delgado's face had gone an interesting shade of red. No one seemed sure who the inspector was asking this time, so eventually Clara said "but we didn't rob anyone."
"Innocent sir" said the sergeant. "I've just got a text message to say we apprehended two adults..."
"Hmm, we'll see about that" said Inspector Clever. "Substantiate, eh?
They left the two girls sitting nervously, damp from the rain, and shivering slightly with both the cold and the scary situation.
"OK" he said, "I have decided to let you go home to Scotland..."
He picked up the notebook again, and said....