Blue said "right meet me in the garden cave, I have some other things to do", and strode off thinking "Clumsy female turning that back wheel without warning , still I will do a proper job of treating my hand later."
Pedalling as fast as she could Zach cycled through to the power room where she boost charged Mr Phonie, checking she still could not get a signal so she cut back to the map room, went through the central cave and into the garden where she hid herself and bike behind some fruit bushes. Strange she thought there was no sign of Shocking Blue in the map room.
Suddenly she felt a prickly sensation on the back of her neck as if she was being watched. Spinning round she could see nothing but then in her peripheral vision she saw the soil moving just 2 metres to her left. When she turned her head that way there was Blue. How had he got there without her seeing or hearing him?
"Right said Blue, "Next destination the unexplored passage over there, you may get your proof."
Off he went with Zach struggling to catch up after walking down the tunnel for a few hundred metres she suddenly felt disoriented and dizzy as if the world had shifted and closed her eyes. When the dizziness had passed she opened her eyes again to realise that she was in bright sunlight. Turning round there was no sign of the tunnel just a cliff face.
"Come on, stop dawdling" said Blue and off he went again down a track. Following in his footsteps like a little scared puppy they turned a corner and Zach saw
She heard a clock a long way away strike 12
and a little further on at the side of the track was a big sign with a map
"Just where are we and how did we get here?" Zach demanded.
"Ok" said Blue. " For over a century people have been disappearing when they became inconvenient or had information that was wanted. Some returned but were changed in subtle ways or they may have been clones. Only two people have ever really escaped from here, one was well shall we say a consulting detective who was captured after he left the Reichenbachfall and although he recorded the account in his archives he told his scribbling doctor friend that he had been in Tibet. The second was well you don't need to know who that was but he thought he had destroyed the place and caused a television series to be made called "The Prisoner" and shown in 1967. You asked for proof ,well you are about to get it. Now excuse me for a moment I need to change."
Saying that he walked behind a large boulder and re emerged a few moments later in totally different clothes and with a different face.
"Blue? Is that you? " asked Zach . "Well how many other people have you injured with a bike chain" was the reply as he held up his hand.
Just then there was a roaring noise a bit like an elephant cry and a 2 metre white balloon bounded up the track stopping just behind Blue.
Behind it came a portly man with a beard wearing a badge showing a weird penny farthing bike with the no 2 on it. He was accompanied by 6 tough looking ruffians all wearing striped sailor -shirts.
"Welcome back Number 6" said the bearded man. "You won't escape this time , here is your number badge". Blue took the badge and threw it away saying "I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own. " "We will see, you know you own way back to your house" said No2.
Turning to Zach he told her to come with him although she had little choice as she was frogmarched to his office in the Green Dome.
"You are number 66" said Two.
Number66: Where am I?
Number 2: In the Village.
Number 66: What do you want?
Number 2: We want information about Number 6.
Number 66: Oh you mean Blue, whose side are you on?
Number 2: That would be telling. We want information... information... information.
Number 66: You won't get it.
Number 2: By hook or by crook, we will.
Number 66: Who are you?
Number 2: The new Number 2.
Number 66: Who is Number 1?
Number 2: You are Number 66.
Eventually she was released after being taken to a curious dwelling she was told was her new home.
Zach decided to explore and looking at her map made her way to the cafe in the hope of getting a coffee and fries. Reaching it she saw Blue relaxing with a coffee and watching 2 seagulls on the roof.
Sitting herself down at his table she said "I want answers, firstly how did you change your appearance and clothes so quickly ?"
Blue replied " As an old Celtic friend of mine used to say Si tibi narrarem, te interficere deberem."
"How do we get out of this crazy place" was Zach's next question
"Look at those seagulls on the roof and that strange cloud going across the sky" was the reply.
Just then the own clock struck 5 and blue got up & said "Same time same place tomorrow, Be seeing You"
Zach woke late the next morning having had a surreal dream that she was a saloon girl in a wild west town called Harmony and they were trying to make Blue become the Sherriff.
She went to the cafe again just before 5 and again joined Blue.
"Look at those seagulls on the roof and that strange cloud going across the sky" he said again just as she was watching the clock struck 5 again.
"How is this going to help us get out of here? " she said
Blue replied "I suppose it is pointless to ask if you can calculate Noetherian rings of infinite Krull dimension" and seeing the blank look on Zach's face continued You should have observed that we are in a time loop a mobius strip of time, that being the case it should be obvious how we escape. I will see you at the correct location tomorrow, be seeing you".
That night Zach dreamt that she was the daughter of a crazy professor and kept trying to find ways to kill Blue.
The following morning she thought long and hard about Blue's final answer.
As Zach wanders around in a multi coloured cape twirling a golf umbrella and prancing to the Radetsky March has she forgotten all about Mr. Phonie & can she solve Blue's paradox riddle? Or is she just an airhead? Have they already brainwashed her or was there not enough brain to wash Battery Status 40%