WORRALS DOWN UNDER
by W. E. Johns
11. MOVE AND COUNTERMOVE (Pages 174 – 188)
Worrals does the dawn watch, thinking that if
anything happens, it is likely to be then.
Worrals is convinced the “offer” they have
been made is a trick to bring about the speedy ending that Moran must desire,
but she can’t see how. Time passes and
nothing happens. Worrals
thinks that Moran would want to kill them in an “accident” so he has probably
done something to their aircraft.
Eventually, Worrals goes outside. Nothing happens so she goes to check the
machine. “Beginning with the controls,
she sets to work to make a thorough examination of the aircraft. She worked quickly and methodically for an
hour without finding anything out of order.
Worrals tests the fuel and sees tiny white
specks of crystal. They have put sugar
in the main fuel tank. “An internal
combustion engine, running on such fuel quickly overheats and takes fire”. Worrals returns to Frecks and Janet with a plan. They will take off using the gravity tank,
which is unaffected, then fake a crash landing and burn oil to create the
impression that they have crashed. They
will then walk to the villain’s car and Janet can drive to Oodnadatta
to go and get Dan Terry. This plan is
put into action as soon as they have buried Maginty,
the dog. It’s a four
mile walk from where they land the aircraft to the car and Janet sets
off on the long drive to Oodnadatta. The time is eleven and they expect her back
by sundown. Worrals
and Frecks return to the house.