As you may have noticed, I am partial to the fluffier Richie stories vs. the action and adventure ones. As a girl, I would definitely have flipped straight past the below story because I would have judged it too “boy” for my taste. But, as an adult, I love any Richie story I can get my hands on and therefore have read all kinds of new (to me!), exciting stories that I missed the first time.
The benefit of the fluffy stories is that I can accept them as is and happily move on to the next one. But, this Ernie Colón story has my brain working overtime!
The basic premise is that an evil scientist has created a way to dehydrate soldiers into pill form, thereby easily transporting them to enemy territory. Once there, just add water and the soldiers pop back into human form with no ill effects and can go win whatever battle needs to be fought.
But, I ask you, what kind of a person would volunteer for this?
What is running through their minds in the final moment before dehydration?
What if the lone evil scientist has a heart attack and dies right after finishing an entire batch of soldiers?
What if a fire burns down the lab while you are still dehydrated?
What if you are the one pill to roll off the table and a rat hides you in the wall? Do you have a consciousness that would be aware of this?
What if an ant thought you were candy, took you into the ant hill and thousands of ants took a nibble of you? Would the ants’ saliva cause little pieces of you to come popping through the ants?
What if you were flushed down the drain accidentally and then the water in the drain popped you back to life, yet you were in a three inch tube underground?
Ahhh! My brain can’t stop the What ifs!
So, in the spirit of Halloween, I say, read on….IF YOU DARE!!!
I must assume this Captain Trace has no family; what wife would agree to this? Or perhaps all the estate guards are Jason Bourne-type men that don’t have any memories of family or friends and just do their mission.
And excellent job, Bascomb, just drop Richie off in the middle of nowhere because that’s safe! Did he not read the “Eevil Laboratories” sign on the door? Never let Bascomb babysit your children, friends.
What “What ifs” were you thinking? Will this story haunt you all day? (Insert scary laugh here)!