Basil sighed audibly and rolled his eyes heavenward. Toby had wandered off again, and though it wasn't difficult for the detective to track him, it was deuced inconvenient.
Basil had spent his time training Toby to track criminals, neglecting such basic obedience commands as 'heel' and 'stay.'
But, dash it all, that mundane business should've been handled by the hound's human owners. Basil had little interest in such things.
As he trailed across the grounds, eyes intent on tracing Toby's footmarks, Basil was unaware that a largish snake had escaped from its cage in the Animal Kingdom, and was even now prowling through the grass seeking a prey.
The soft sound of flapping wings could be heard ad a large brown owl flew through the sky above the forest.
eyeing the snake closing in on the rodent Archimedes landed on a large rock nearby, observing them both with interest.
One may think belonging to a hunted race, should learn you to keep an eye on the surroundings, he commented dryly. The owl had no intentions of competing the snake, knowing most rodents at this place were above his definition of a prey. Though should the mouse be as unfortunate to belong to the lower non-speaking part of the specie.. his owl instincts were still alive and on guard.
Posing on the rock, Archimedes started to nonchalantly pluck his feathers.
Although he the mouse looked somewhat familiar, he couldn`t quite place the fellow right away. However the moment he opened his mouth to speak, Archie instantly recognized him as that rodent his so called master(Archie himself had his own idea of that term.) was so fond of for some strange reason.
The owl looked up from his feather plucking as Basil criticized his approach. Like i would hunt something like you, he replied with a slight tone of disgust at the mere thought. besides, owl as he was he preferred not to hunt at this time of day if he could avoid it.
Detecting predators with no intension of hunting won`t help you much when there`s other dangers lurking in the shadows, he stated dryly, nodding in the snake`s direction.
As said long built reptile slowly moved closer Archimedes hissed warningly at it, making it aware there were other predators than itself around.
Archimedes rolled his eyes, How useful it must be to know the species and nationality about to devour you, he remarked dryly sarcastic. If you`re just as good at playing harp everyone`ll love you.
He watched as the snake closed in at the mouse, realizing the small rodent didn`t stand a chance against the large fellow. Oh my, what am i doing? he muttered to himself, as he took off from the rock, aiming at the snake.
Next minute, gravity was increasing heavily at said snake, as Archie folded his wings in mid air, "accidentally" dropping down on it.
(a penny if you guess which character i just made a pun of XD)
His attack had successfully distracted the snake from it`s pray, that was the good news. The bad news was that Archimedes now found himself inches from the furious snake`s wide open mouth. He didn`t believe it, but he could swear that mouth was bigger than him, a fact the owl found "slightly" disturbing.
Hissing back at the reptile, Archie lifted a claw, ready to slash at it of it dared to even think of coming closer.
Which it did.
Ugh, someone needs to learn table manners, he remarked sarcastically, as he placed some nice red tattoos where he could reach at the snake`s head.
Although the owl had succeeded in inflicting some damage with his talons, Basil remained uncertain which animal would emerge victorious. But, how to help...hmmm...
He might hit it with a stone...or find a sharp stick...what was wanted was something more effective...
In less time than it takes to tell, Basil had a better idea. Nearby lay a discarded cup such as a human might drink Coke from. And when the Coke was finished, the mouse had learned, what was left was a cup filled with ice.
He hastily rolled the cup to the scene of battle, popped off the plastic lid, and spilled the crushed ice onto the serpent's body.
Reptiles, being cold-blooded creatures, are slowed down considerably by extremely low temperatures. The ice bath not only distracted the snake, but, more importantly, dulled both its senses and its reflexes.
Archimedes ought to have no difficulty with the creature now, even if it chose to continue the fight, which was unlikely.
Archimedes hissed and beat the snake viciously with his wings as it furiously snapped after him, dangerously close. Although he`d succeeded in causing some damage, and probably some serious pain on the creature, the battle seemed remarkably even.
The owl started fearing he might not pull this off with all his feathers intact, when he miraculously were saved by the bell. Or rather the frost.
The frozen giant snake blinked confused, unsure of what to do next, but the gust from it`s rival`s flapping wings finally convinced it that this wasn`t the place to be.
As the snake crept off, sending them both a death glare as it disappeared, Archie tilted his head, blinking. Saved by a rodent? now that was new.
puzzling of how to cope with having his life saved by his own "lunch" so to speak, the owl kept to nonchalantly checking if all his feathers still were in place.
The owl turned his attention back to the mouse again, studying him for a moment with his intense owl gaze. Nothing to talk about, he shrugged it off, seemingly modest. ..To anyone, he added in a somewhat harsher tone. Still he found his lately increased affairs with rodent to be rather unowl-ish.
Not that he`d interacted much with other owls for quite some years, the strange ways he`d adopted from his pet wizard ( ;D ) didn`t make him much like the average owl.
I hear you`re quite the detective.. he finally spoke up again, not quite comfortable with the awkward silence that was setting in.
Archimedes got a glimpse of amusement in his eyes ipon the mouse`s modesty. A "small way" wasn`t quite the way he`d heard the stories be told.
Indeed i highly respect that way of life, the owl replied to Basil`s question: Unfortunately i haven`t got the chance to experience any such process first hand, he admitted. He were always too busy watching Merlin and his students. And it was a well known fact that the elder wizard fancied going on ridicoulus quests and journeys.
Unfortunately i haven`t got the chance to experience any such process first hand
"Oh, the art of detection is not so very difficult. That is, for those with superior intelligence. One can train oneself to observe details, and then the intellect makes the deductions."
"Owls have particularly sharp eyesight, they say. Observation ought to be child's play for you."
Basil's mind strayed for a moment to the famous tales of the Round Table. "I should think that life with Merlin would be even more exciting than the life of a detective," he observed dreamily. "Knights slaying dragons, chivalry, damsels in distress..."
He stared into space for a bit, hands clasped behind his back, a half-smile on his face.