Captain Haddock Returns To Earth

Captain Haddock Returns To Earth

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The year was 2045 AD. Captain Remington Haddock looked into the screen of his sonic boom communications computer and sighed. He had been cut-off from earth without any means of communication for the past two days. The sonic boom computer had suddenly conked out two days back and he was deserted in this vast universe in his spaceship.

Thankfully, the instruments meant for navigation were still intact, but he was running short of fuel because of a leak in one of the jet engines. He did not have enough fuel to reach earth intact. He had managed to clog the hole in the engine to prevent further loss of fuel. But his spaceship would probably collapse long before he could even get halfway to earth.

Normally he would have ordered the fuel through the sonic boom computer and it would have been uploaded to his ship, sent across space as small dissembled particles through the FTCAS (Fuel Transport Channels Across Space). He needed to somehow power up the engine. Any form of energy was okay. If only DinDin had been here he would have thought up of a solution in moments. 

But DinDin was probably in some other part of the universe busy with an adventure of his own. He thought of his great-grandfather Archibald Haddock the sea-faring captain and his close friend the reporter TinTin. DinDin was to Captain Remington Haddock what TinTin had been to Captain Archibald Haddock. Suddenly Remington thought of an idea and smacked his fist into his palm. 

‘Gosh, why didn’t I think of that earlier?’ He said to himself. ‘Any form of energy would do to power up the engine, right? Then why not sound?’

He went to his cabin and rummaged through his personal belongings and pulled out an old sound recording which he had preserved for years. He put it into a sound player and connected it up to the misfiring engine. He switched on the sound system. Suddenly the engine room was filled with the loud, shrill and piercing voice of the yesteryears opera sensation the Milanese Nightingale Bianca Castafiore’s rendition of the Jewel Song from Faust.

‘Ahh, My Beauty Past Compare… These Jewels Bright I Wear… Tell Me Mirror… Was I Ever Marguerite…’  

The loud high decibel voice of Bianca Castafiore filled the engine room. Remington Haddock stuffed some cotton into his ears hurriedly and grinned to himself, ‘That amount of sound energy should be enough for him to reach earth and then some more…’

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Comments

  1. Bwahhaha haha. Funny idea, powering the engine with a shrill song.

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  2. Jai , I am really enjoying your creative twists and turns in your stories! This was such a fun read! Love the names you give your characters!:)

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  3. Haha.. A good take on a fav classic set of characters for so many of us.

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  4. What a creative and musical idea I would say. Enjoyable read Jai.

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  5. What a beautifully written story. Loved it!

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  6. Such a cool twist to the classics .Tintin I have preserved.

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  7. really innovative way out..cheers

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  8. I am not really too much into classic comics or super heroes. But this story have ha some laughs and also how I wish that my son enjoy this genre

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  9. That was quite innovative to think of opera musical sound as a form of energy. Funny indeed. Guess Captain Haddock used this idea in further mission. ;)

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  10. Haha! I just hope Senora Castafiore's soprano doesn't shatter the glass panels and instruments on the ship. But why does Haddock wish DinDin was there? A better bet would have been the good professor Calculus (some version of him.)

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    1. Agreed. Valid point. Professor Calculus would have been a better bet. Did not think of that. :)

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  11. Sound pollution otherwise would be Captain Haddock's saving grace, cool! Hope he doesn't get too involved in it. :-)

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  12. This is the coolest thing i read today. so much fun!

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  13. I missed a post in between but I loved the way you have used classic characters in this part.

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  14. What a twist! Haha. Asha Bhosle at her peak would take him to the sun and beyond.

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  15. Did Captain Haddock get chance to shout out,"Blue blistering barnacles"? Hahaha... loved this flight of fancy! Funny, cool SciFi!

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  16. Made me chuckle ! Fantastic imagination, Jai !

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