Ticking? Clicking? Dripping?

200 drip 578512The door creaked open. Fred peered round and stepped slowly into the dark room. There was a distinctly familiar smell and a ticking. Ticking? Clicking? Dripping?

He sniffed and wiped his nose on his sleeve.

“Hello?” he whispered.

Silence.

“Hello?” he repeated, this time a little louder.

A small squeak came from the other side of the room.

Stretching out his left arm, Fred felt along the walls, keeping closely to the skirting board so as not to trip over anything.

As his hand edged along the wall, something fell on to the floor and another squeak emitted from a few feet away.

Fred tapped the object on the floor with his foot, moved it a few inches, then leaned down and touched it. A book. Picking it up, he slid his flat palm along the edges like a blind person feeling the contours of another person’s face.

As he felt for a space in the wall, his fingers thumped against a barrel-shaped object. Peering inside he could see a flicker of what looked like a candle. Holding a cigarette lighter over the exposed top he saw a long green arm. Fred’s eyes followed the arm to its owner.

“Hello!” Fred said. “What are you doing here?”

Gold eyes stared back.

“And how did you end up in a water butt? You know you’re not allowed in the library.”

Revesby stared back up, opened his mouth, but nothing came out.

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