Quest For Honey Part Two: We Can't Give Up Now

Winnie the Pooh and Master Goat are trapped in a dungeon and their friends are on the run from the cruel heffalumps and woozels. The evil Jagular has nearly seized all of the remaining land and now all that remains is the One Rocky Mountain.
Will the bad guys stop our heroes from saving the world or will they make more allies? Or even more enemies?

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9. In Which The Refugees Get Trapped

The refugees had been walking for days with very little rest. They were getting very tired, with Rabbit, Eeyore and Owl among them. Owl was even tired of flapping his wings as much as he walked on his feet. It was President Cat’s encouragement speeches that kept everyone going. They were ‘We’re nearly there’ this and ‘The future depends on this’ that. They were motivating at first but they began to lose their touch the more he kept on repeating them without coming up with anything new. Owl tried some motivation speeches from his uncles but they were all boring; all they ever did was put them to sleep. That did put them behind schedule but there was some good from it; they always felt better after having a bit of sleep and they were able to pick up the pace more.

            “Well, here we are,” President Cat said.

            The refugees started to feel very relieved.

“The Sixty-Five Abandoned Mines.”

            They were not impressed by the sound of that; they were even less impressed when they saw it.

             “We walked for days and nights in search of rotten, dusty old mines?” Rabbit laughed loudly and out of control.

            President Cat shushed him. “Keep it down, Rabbit. You’ll alert the enemy towards us. This hideout is my most secretive one. I couldn’t risk letting anyone know, not even my Forest Protection Rangers. It was just in case someone might spill the beans.”

            “Like a spy?” Owl asked.

            “Preciously, Owl,” Cat said. “Now let’s get down there before the enemy spots us.”

            Rabbit, Owl and Eeyore just pulled themselves together and followed the rest of the refugees into the mine entrance. It wasn’t as bad as they thought it was when they entered. It was a little dusty, but they could breathe just fine. The strong beams supporting the roof above them and the bright lights made them feel more relax.

            “Let’s head down to middle,” President Cat said. “It’s safer that way and we’ll be more protected from enemies that way.”

            So they all did. But they stopped when they heard a low rumbling noise. They started to worry.

            “The entrance is caving in, President Cat!” yelled a Forest Protection Ranger. “We can’t get out!”

            Everyone followed Cat back to the entrance and saw that they were completely blocked in. Then the lights went out. Everyone started to panic.

            “Everyone, please calm down,” Cat said. “The generator must have gone out. I’ll fix it. Then we’ll focus on unblocking the blocked entrance.”

            Seconds later, the mine lights did come back on. Everyone was relieved and grateful.

            “Where’s the president?” Eeyore asked.

            When everyone noticed that President Cat wasn’t anywhere to be seen, they started to panic.

            “Ladies and gentlemen, please calm down,” said the Chief of the Forest Protection Rangers, who was a badger. “We will get to the bottom of this disaster. Please just stay where you are for your safety.” She split the remaining rangers in two squads. One to look after the refugees and the other to go and find the president. She sent the latter on their mission at once.

            “Oh, this is hopeless,” Rabbit moaned. “We’re stuck in the middle of the tunnel and our president is missing.”

            “Do you suppose that he meant to trap us in here and leave?” Eeyore said.

            Rabbit panicked. “I don’t need any more bad thinking now, Eeyore. I have enough bad thoughts in my mind on the go as it is.”

            “Now, wait a minute, Rabbit,” Owl said. “Eeyore could be onto something. President Cat escorts the refugees and the remaining Forest Protection Rangers out of the One Rocky Mountain, takes them into the middle of the mine, then the entrance gets blocked, then the lights go out and the president goes missing?”

            “Probably along with the Honey sample we gave to him,” Eeyore added.

Owl pondered for a long pause. “This reminds me of the time my Uncle Ross – ”

            Then he stopped talking when he could hear footsteps. Everyone else could hear them. They were coming from the darkness. The rangers got ready for whatever was coming. When the faces showed, they were relieved that they were the faces of the rangers that were sent out to look for the president. But they panicked again when they saw more creatures behind them. Heffalumps and woozels!

            “Stand down, Chief Ranger,” the Heffalump General said, “or I’ll trap you in.”

            “Yeah, with you and your army in it,” the Chief Ranger said.

            The rangers and the refugees laughed. The heffalump and woozel soldiers were so confused.

            “We’re already trapped,” the Chief Ranger explained. “We can’t be any more trapped than this and you can’t escape any more than we can.”

            “Don’t be too sure, Chief Ranger.” Then the Heffalump General turned to his soldiers. “What are you morons waiting for, a coffee break? Get them!”

            The heffalumps and woozels charged for them, but then they heard another new noise. This one startled even them. They saw some lights coming towards them. They panicked and screamed.

            But the refugees stood where they were. Rabbit, Owl and Eeyore thought they could recognise the voices that came from behind the moving lights.

            “Yoo-hoo!” cried a voice. “All aboard the mine express.”

            That sounded a lot like Roo. Rabbit, Owl and Eeyore were delighted to see Roo, Kanga, Boomer, Tigger, Piglet and Christopher Robin along with Selena and Howard. They were all in mine carts and wearing hard hats.

            The rangers were delighted to see Pigeon with them and the refugees were so pleased to see the carts that they got in immediately. Then they heard more train carts coming behind them. They looked behind to see a new train of train carts full of heffalumps and woozels catching up to them.

            “Step on it, Pigeon!” Christopher Robin ordered.

            Pigeon, who was in the lead cart, tried to push the lever down but it wouldn’t go down. “It’s stuck!”

            Tigger got out of his cart and bounced to the lever. He bounced on it and it went down slowly. He bounced on it and it went down further but still slow. He was getting really annoyed with it. “This is all very ‘per-cool-i-lar’.”

            Christopher Robin saw the enemy train approaching them. “Tigger, I know you can do it! Believe in yourself as much as I do! Even more than me!”

            That seemed to boost Tigger’s self-esteen. He bounced up higher than before and slammed the lever down. The lever went down fully and the train started to move. Feeling good about himself again, he bounced back into his cart before the enemy train could catch up to them.

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