It was a rather quiet day, all things considered in Sleepy Hollow and I was feeling rather bored as I ambled down to the Control Room in the secret bunker.
I'd just activated all the systems when the rest of The 'B' Team suddenly appeared and took their seats.
"Basil," Humphrey said rather seriously. "Do mew have a minute, we need to talk."
"Yes Humphrey," I replied as I looked at him intently and suddenly noticed the grey whiskers springing out through his black fur. It was in that moment I finally recognized how old he'd become. My heart squeezed and I gulped trying to swallow the hard lump that had just constricted my throat. "What's on your mind dude?"
"Well," Humphrey began. "As mew know Snowie and I aren't getting any younger and time is ticking."
I tried to hold back the tears that were stabbing relentlessly at the back of my eyeballs like a thousand spears.
"OH..." was all I could manage to choke out.
Snowie seeing that a blubberfest was about to burst out all offur the Control Room said quickly. "Basil, Humphrey and I have a bucket list."
"A what?" I asked wiping a tear off my nose.
"We have a bucket list," she repeated. "Mew know, a list of things to do before mew depart this wurld."
"OH..." I choked out again, trying my damnedest not to cry.
"Yes," she continued. "We have a list of places that we'd both like to visit and wanted to turn it into a furrmily vacation so we can have one last adventure together."
I bit my bottom lip, wurds just wouldn't come forth as I realized that my two older fursibs had furry limited time left. I took a deep breath and tried to collect myself as best I could before I said. "Mew can have anything mew want, anything at all!" And then I noticed that Parsley was absent. "Where's Parsley?" I asked suspiciously.
Smooch sniffled and blew his nose. "He's on the phone to his broker and is just cashing in a couple of his ISA's and savings accounts so we can get some foreign currency."
I nodded and then asked. "So this bucket list thingy, where are we going?"
"EVERYWHERE!" Snowie and Humphrey replied and grinned at me like maniacs.
She tapped a few more buttons and a list of destinations began to scroll up the screen:-
"Don't panic," Humphrey said as he saw my wurried expression. "We've purretty much gone it down paw and sorted, as Snowie and I have been wurking on this since Catmass, all we need to decide is when we're leaving."
"Yep it's all been taken care of, we've got it all planned out as most places are just to stop, take a picture or two and be on our way," Humphrey said with a smirk. "And we think we can do it in 42 and a bit days."
"What?" I said again. "Are mew guys fur real?"
They nodded at me.
"But there's 48 destinations on your list and mew think it can be done in 42 and bit days, mew guys are insane!" I said doing a bit mental arithmetic. "That's 1.1429 destinations a day!"
"No we're not insane, we're The 'B' Team and anything is possible!" Humphrey replied.
Pandora suddenly spoke in her funny little foreign accent. "Basil I 'av vurked out the statistics and it is purrfectly possible and I 'av already calculated the fastest route fur us to take."
"Hmmm... that's good to know Pandora!" I answered as my mind went on a rampage of utter unadulterated bewilderment.
"And..." she continued. "Ve're starting our little journey in Paris, my 'ome city, c'est magnifique mon amis, OOH LA LA!"