"Fairies? Father Christmas? They exist?" Lady asked, exasperated. She had heard Jim Dear and Darling speak of fairies to the baby in bedtime stories, and they had always spoken of Father Christmas each year but Trusty had let slip a long time ago that he wasn't real, much to Jock's dismay. But now... What would they all make of this?
Although she couldn't blush, Lady look down at the floor and gave a small little smile. She was a little embarrassed after all that she had given Basil, as he put it, 'Food for thought'.
"Are you trying to work it out?" She asked him after a moments pause, hoping that she hadn't thrusted a job on to his shoulders.
"Oh!" Said Lady, then realising she had no idea what he meant added, "What's a... Three-pipe problem?" She hoped he didn't think her an idiot, he must have beem very intelligent after all seeing as he was a detective, and a very good one at that.
Lady watched patiently as he began to pace up and down with what must be the pipe he had just spoken of dangling from his mouth. She kept her mouth tightly shut, not wanting to break his concentration. How exciting it was to see him in action!
Lady eyes widened as Basil spoke, silently in awe at how observant a mouse could be at the world around him. She the nodded at once as he spoke of needing more data.
"Would you like some help?" She asked him, wondering if he's accept help from a dog like her. She knew little about detective work after all, but was extremely eager to be in on such an interesting investigation. A part of her felt it an obligation to Bolt, her dear friend who could not talk to humans but had never found out why.
"Certainly. We shall begin at once. Toby!" The hound jumped up at the sound of his name. "The game is afoot!"
Toby ran forward, excitedly licking first Basil, then Lady. He was happy to be on a case, though he didn't understand what they would be doing. He didn't care; he liked Lady, and she was coming with them, and that was good enough.
"Now then," continued Basil, wiping drool off with his handkerchief, "have you ever been inside..." he paused, raising an eyebrow meaningfully, "...the tunnels?"
"Oooh, yes! That would be simply wonderful!" She exclaimed to Basil as he agreed to her coming along. She instantly felt a huge bubble of anticipation and excitement in the pit of her stomach, wondering what he had in store.
Lady stumbled slightly as Toby pounced on her, but giggled all the same. He was really quite nice, even if he was over excitable all the time.
"The tunnels?" She repeated, a slight nervousness in her voice now. The bubble of excitement she had felt moments before was twinged with a tiny knot of worries. She had never been down to the tunnels before, but they didn't sound very friendly at all.
"You would never suspect that, under our very feet, indeed, under the entire park, lie an intricate series of hidden tunnels, used by the employees to move about unseen. It is where they perfoem such mundane services as laundry, dust collection...and record-keeping."
"I learned of these tunnels quite by chance, but I have no doubt that all the park secrets are kept there."
The cocker spaniel seemed a bit timid at the mention of the tunnels. "So, my dear, are you game?"
"Really?" Said Lady, quite amazed at this discovery. How extraordinary to think that right at this very moment, busy people were hurrying around with such services, unnoticed by anyone high above them on the solid ground.
"I - " she began, feeling nervous but determined. "I'm just a little nervous," she added, deciding to be honest. "You don't think bad of me, do you?" She doubted Basil ever got frightened, being a detective, it must be quite dangerous after all. "But - why - of course I'll come -" she stood up, readying herself for an adventure, her head high and proud "- it would be an Honor, Basil," she finished with a warm smile. "How do you get to the tunnels?"
Lady watched in amazement as she followed Basil's eye line to see the cast member walking past. No one but the two of them seemed to notice him go behind some bushes and disappear from view. Lady wondered if anyone had ever noticed this strange behavior but had never took the time to figure out what it meant.
"How very observant!" She exclaimed, feeling very in awe of the famous mouse detective. "I would never have noticed that! Do you know that young man?" She asked curiously. How did he spot things like that?
"Tsk, it is my business to observe. That was elementary, really."
How delightfully in awe of his talents she was. It made conversation so very pleasant.
"Now, back to the matter at hand. We must have some sort of disguise to sneak inside. Something that will not attract attention...hmmmm." The detective looked round with a critical eye for something that would suit.
"Ah, the very thing." Basil dashed into a souvenir shop and out again, dragging a canvas tote bag with the Disney World logo emblazoned on the side.
"Inside this bag, we can move about unobtrusively, stopping whenever there are people nearby. No one will pay the slightest attention to a satchel someone left lying on the floor."
<<Okay, is that too dumb? It was the only thing I could think of. Do you have a better idea for a disguise?>>
((Noo, it made me laugh! xD Reminds me of Woody and Buzz when they're trying to sneak in to Pizza Planet LOL))
He's very modest thought Lady as Basil spoke of it being 'his business' to be observant. She on the other hand, found it a very valuable and precious talent that she wished with all her heart she could have.
Lady watched in surprise as the mouse dashed off and returned a few moments later carrying this strange disguise. It was a little unusual perhaps but Lady was not one to judge his ways. "Okay," she said, "How will we see where we're going, Basil?" She asked, thinking she must have missed something.