After a quiet day spent idly caching with no agenda at all had left me on 665 caches, I arranged to meet some friends in the cafe at John Lewis to discuss which caches were worthy of the honour of being #666. I was expecting some social chit chat over a caramel macchiato and possibly a slice of blueberry cheesecake and had dressed accordingly. I should have been suspicious at the attire of my comrades but I assumed Muzza was going clubbing in SoHo afterwards and MrSVimes had probably come straight from work. Also, Belarus was performing at Eurovision, I was 2 glasses into a bottle of Pinot and my attention span was limited. Odd choice of parking spot too, when we got there, but no matter - perhaps this was the VIP entrance.
You know that sound made when you scratch a needle off an old vinyl record? Insert that here.
There was no cappuccino, macchiato or latte.
There was no cake.
I was bitterly disappointed.
Thankfully, I had worn my Anti-Bat Hat, which doubled as arachnid protection. Nevertheless, I stooped far more than was strictly necessary in order to put at least 24 inches between my head and anything with more than two legs. As it happens, there were no bats. Probably because the spiders had eaten them all.
At one point I thought I was going to be swept away by a maelstrom of... well, let’s just leave it at maelstrom shall we...? But other than that all was as pleasant as an uneventful riverside stroll in the spring sunshine. Apart from the spiders. Did I mention those? Usually the advice when doing stupid things is “Don’t look down.” This was definitely a case of “Don’t look up.”
After a short while, I skipped happily up to the cache and signed the log.
Or I may have hissed, menacingly, “Just tell me where the $£%&*@ thing is and get me out of here.”
Who knows. Either way, the cache was found.
After signing the log, I turned round to find Homer Simpson and King Kong. Clearly there was something other than water in the mist.
And, after a short while, Elvis turned up.
As did a large spider, sitting on my hand, which I brushed off nonchalantly and laughed about. Or shrieked and danced around flapping my hands... I forget which.
I would like to say TFTC but I’m not entirely sure that covers it...