Chapter 6: Where is Thomas and Baby Hedgehogs.
A few minutes later, at Sheffield Park...
Stepney: (Thomas pulls Stepney along the line then he whistles to stop) We're here. (Thomas looks at the track ahead of him, and there it is, the Bluebell Railway for his very eyes)
???: (a blue tank engine puffs up and sees Stepney at as Thomas had shunted the trucks to a siding) Stepney! There you are! We were worried you had broken down!
Stepney: All of you worried, Bluebell?
Bluebell: (chuckles) Okay, maybe not Baxter, Adam or Cromford, but I was worried about...
Stepney: That's right, only you were worried. (Bluebell blushes) Oi, Thomas! Come over here and meet my friend, Bluebell!
Thomas: (puffs towards Stepney and Bluebell) Hello, I'm Thomas.
Bluebell: (gasps as she looks at Thomas all around from face to wheels then to his number) Not THE Thomas the Tank Engine from Sodor?!
Thomas: Um... Yes?
Bluebell: (squeals excitedly while Thomas and Stepney look at each other in confusion) It is an honour to meet you, Thomas! Stepney has told us about you and...
Stepney: Bluebell, calm down. (chuckles) Sorry about her, Thomas. She's just excited to see celebrities.
Thomas: (chuckles) I wouldn't call myself a celebrity, but I can see where she's coming from.
Euan: The Bluebell Railway, always wanted to come here. (jumps out of the cab) What should we see first?
Sophie: Let me think. The Sheds!
Euan: (looks at Sophie confused then remembers that it was night and Thomas and Stepney needed to go to the sheds) Ah, right. Sorry, got overexcited.
Thomas: (to Stepney and Bluebell) I don't think I introduced these two. This is Euan and the girl in my cab is Sophie.
Bluebell: Very nice to meet you, Sophie.
Sophie: Nice to meet you, Bluebell.
Euan: Heard all about you, Stepney. It's hard to believe that it's really you.
Stepney: Why? Never visited our railway before?
Euan: Never! I've been longing to though. (climbs back into the cab) Now then, let's get you two into the sheds. (pulls the lever and Thomas and Stepney follow Bluebell to the sheds)
Primrose: (a tank engine painted green identical to Bluebell sees the three tank engines pull in) Bluebell! Stepney!
Bluebell: Hello, Primrose.
Primrose: Hasn't it been such a lovely day?
Stepney: Well, it would be if I was restored. (sighs) Back to the museum with me, Thomas.
Thomas: What? You're a museum piece now?
Cromford: (the black tank engine next to them looks cross) You shouldn't be replaced with a replica! The railway should restore you!
Captain Baxter: (the red tank engine next to Cromford) Really? I rather like shunting him onto the train.
Adam: (crossly) YOU do, but we don't!
Stepney: (sighs) Why do I feel the museum's a lot quieter tonight? (Cromford, Adam and Captain Baxter start to argue)
Cromford, Adam and Captain Baxter: WHOA! (they all turn to a tender engine who looked cross)
Earl of Berkeley: Would you three stop arguing on whether Stepney should be restored or not?! The manager has made up his mind and that replica is already underway! So stop arguing over it, there's nothing we can do.
Thomas: I take it that those three are Cromford, Adam and Captain Baxter?
Captain Baxter: (turns sharply at Thomas) And who might you be?
Thomas: Um... Thomas? The North Western Railway's Number 1? The Number 1 tank engine? Former member of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway?
Primrose: (gasps) No way! You're THE Thomas the Tank Engine?!
Thomas: Um... Yes?
Primrose: (squeals in excitement) You must tell us all about EVERYTHING!!! (Thomas looks surprised)
Bluebell: Calm down, Rose. Sorry, Thomas. Primrose can be a bit overexcited sometimes.
Stepney: Just like a blue tank engine who often goes off to other railways.
Euan: (in the cab with Sophie) Looks like Thomas is settled. (calls to Thomas) We'll leave you here tonight, Thomas. We'll be in the workmen's hut if you need us. (he and Sophie walk to the workmen's hut to sleep for the night)
Cromford: I don't think we've introduced ourselves. Cromford's the name.
Adam: Adam the Adams Class Tank Engine. (chuckles)
Captain Baxter: Captain Baxter. Ex-member of the Dorking Greystone Lime Works, now member of the Bluebell Railway, and the Station Pilot of Sheffield Park. I shunt around here because the manager asks me to, end of story, goodbye, the end! Any questions? (Thomas stays silent)
Stepney: (chuckles) That's Captain Baxter all right.
Thomas: Um... (yawns) Well, I think we should get to sleep now.
Stepney: (yawns) You're right. This lot's got a big day tomorrow.
Bluebell: (yawns) One of us will put you back in the museum in the morning. (they all go to sleep)
Meanwhile, on the Eurostar...
Sally: (tries not to burst while on the train) Ugh! AH! Sonic, I can't...
Sonic: Just keep breathing.
Mario: We're nearly there now. (they all notice that the train had stopped) Huh?
Luigi: Why have we stopped?
Tails: (looks out the window and sees they were at their destination) We're here!
Antoine: (they all step out of the train) Paris...
Sonic: (dashes out carrying Sally) We gotta get Sal to the hospital, NOW!
Antoine: (sees a local on the platform, walks over and speaks in French) Pardon me, Sir. But where is the nearest hospital?
French Local: (in French) It is just behind the station. Just exit the station and take a right.
Antoine: (in French) Thank you. (walks back to the others and speaks in English) He said ze nearest hospital is just outside ze station.
Sonic: Then, we'd better get a move on! (makes a dash for it outside without thinking)
Tails: SONIC! WAIT!
Sonic: (dashes into the hospital just as everyone catches up with him, then they all see they were in a place filled with hundreds of humans) Uh oh...
Mario: Everyone, disguises. (they all turn the spy watches and turn into humans themselves)
Sonic: Alright, Antoine, you're on.
Antoine: (walks over to the receptionist and speaks in French) Good evening, Madam. A friend of mine needs doctor's assistance.
Receptionist: (speaking in French) What kind of doctor's assistance?
Antoine: (whispers in French) Giving birth to a child.
Receptionist: Oh, I see. Better bring her in, then. (Antoine walks back to the group)
Antoine: Should be getting a doctor now.
Sonic: Where do we go?
Antoine: Follow me. (they all follow Antoine to a spare room to where they keep patients who are giving birth)
Meanwhile, on Sodor...
The Fat Controller: (walks over to the sheds to find Thomas, but doesn't see him. Then she addresses to the other engines) Has anybody seen Thomas?
Eagle: Haven't seen him since this morning, Ma'am.
The Fat Controller: Where did you see him?
Eagle: Well... (thinks back to when he saw Thomas) He and I were taking Peter to the Steamworks as you requested, however, we had nearly been in that flood of acorns. After that, I haven't seen Thomas.
The Fat Controller: I see... Well, if any of you see him, tell him I would like to see him at the Steamworks.
Steam Team: Yes, Sir.
Emily: (once the Fat Controller had left) Now that you mention it, Eagle, I don't seem to recall seeing Thomas tonight.
Donald: Wasn't he supposed to take the Post Train?
Eagle: Yeah, but he never showed up. Duck and I had to take the trains. Where could he be?
Meanwhile, at Paris Hospital...
Sally: (cries out in pain as the baby comes out) ARGH! AH!
Sonic: (looking a bit worried) Ugh, standing here waiting for it to happen is starting to make me uneasy.
Mario: Calm down, calm down. She'll be fine.
French Doctor: (comes out and addresses Sonic in disguise) Mr. Acorn, you will need to come in right away. Your babies are waiting.
French Doctor: She's carrying four.
Sonic: Four?! (gulps) Hoo boy...
Sally: ARGH! AH! (Sonic takes her hand)
Sonic: Come on, Sal. You can do it. Just keep breathing.
Tails: I hope Sally's all right.
Knuckles: I wouldn't worry, Tails. The technology today is much better than the technology back in the past.
Luigi: (shudders) I think being brought to the world by stork is much better.
Mario: Sadly, this isn't the Mushroom Kingdom.
Sally: (they hear Sally give a final push) ARGH!!!!!! (they hear baby cries)
Mario: Can it be?
Luigi: Is it?
Tails: (the French Doctor comes out) Is Sally okay?!
French Doctor: She's all right. Mrs. Acorn lives.
Tails, Knuckles, Rotor, Antoine and Bunnie: Phew...
French Doctor: You may go in. (the friends go in to find Sonic and Sally holding their four children in their arms)
Knuckles: Whoa! You okay, Sonic?
Sonic: (holding two of the babies) Could be a bit better. Someone care to help, please? (Tails takes one of the babies)
Tails: Aw, he's got his father's looks.
Bunnie: (takes one of the babies Sally was holding) Four twins at once. That must be record, Sally-Girl.
Sally: (chuckles) Well, I'm glad you think so.
Mario: What are their names?
Sonic: Hmm... Good question. What should we call our first born, Sally?
Sally: Hmm... How about Amanda?
Sonic: (thinks about the name) Yeah, I think Amanda sounds cool.
Tails: (the baby hedgehog in Tails' arms looks at him and giggles) I think he likes me, Sonic.
Sonic: Heh, well, good. Maybe we should call him Miles. (Tails blushes)
Tails: I'd rather you didn't... How about Mickey?
Sally: Hmm... Mickey sounds lovely.
Sonic: (chuckles) Which leaves the last born twins. Hmm... How about Sonia and Manic?
Sally: Sonia and Manic? (thinks about the names) Yes. That sounds perfect for those two.
Sonic: Then it's settled. Amanda, Mickey, Sonia and Manic it is.
Mario: (to Sonic) We're going to need a bigger hotel.
Sonic: Wish the others were here. Euan would probably say...
TO BE CONTINUED!