Part 11 of the genius new novel ‘The Cat That Reversed Time’. Terror, love, fear, tin helmets, Mrs Slefton and more!

“Stand aside, stand aside you fool, let me get to the patient.”

The echo of a doctor’s words reached Lupin the cat’s ears and it came from the deepest depths of the universal pit, from a forgotten world and a time many moons before the intergalactic atrocities.

Lupin sat still and rolled the words around in his mind; he kept them clean and supple, making sure they were content, he needed to make them last, they may be the last words he’d ever hear.

Arthur, Peralopolies and Mrs Slefton waved goodbye to Peter the robot child.

“Goodbye Peter my love!” called Mrs Slefton through her tin space helmet, forgetting that the words would be lost in such thick tin. “This tin is thick”, she thought, “It really is thick tin.”

Peralopolies unhitched his space pants and lowered the retaining lever, while Arthur engaged his girlfriend and pressed the ‘Go’ button. The shuttle started to lift off the ground, “We’re away, we’re away!” screamed Arthur.

Little did Arthur know, there was another passenger on the shuttle, one who would change the fate of the voyage and in doing so, spill some tea and bring on the end of time.

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