|Caboose's Diary by Tumblepatch
10:55 - Ok, I just put my new theory to Flat-Top. All he did was said “Now what could give you that idea?” in a very sarcastic voice, then scoffed and stalked off. There’s no-one else around (hmm…) so I’ve just been left to guess why the other trains are scooting round me. Oh, looks like we got a freight run. Gotta go!
11:01 - Right, they didn’t want me on the freight run; driver said he didn’t need a caboose, then the Rockies commented on how caboose’s were going out of fashion! Hmph! The cheek of it! One of these days, I’ll get those boxcars.
11:30 - Oh, dear Starlight! The coaches just passed - and I really screwed up bad! Dinah was with them (of course) and I just couldn’t resist saying ‘Hello!’ to her. Big mistake! You’d think I’d have committed a major crime, or something, ‘cos the coaches just looked at me (Dinah included!!!) then whirled away. I was pretty humiliated - but that wasn’t the worst of it. Before I could register what was happening, I found myself on the floor, looking up at the huge, rather menacing figure of Greaseball! I was terrified! Fortunately, he just gave me a brief ‘lecture’ on ‘keeping my filthy brakes away from his girl’, before leaving me lying there. Hmph! His girl indeed! Well, she is, but that’s not the point. I mean who came and comforted her when that high-and-mighty diesel dumped her? Me, that’s who! There’s just no pleasing some trains!
10:30 - Alright, that’s it! Now I’m really mad! Big-headed Greaseball just strolled by, talking to even bigger-haired Electra. I prayed that they wouldn’t see me - no such luck! I turned, to see them looking at me, each with a smirk on his face. I tried to make it look as though I was just there, not being punished like a 5-year-old child, but they (unbelievably!) were smarter than that. They made many, very snide remarks about freight in general, then got very personal, with comments involving how ‘out-of-date’ I am (supposedly). But Greaseball delivered the final blow - by taunting me about my obvious crush on Dinah, and the fact that she would never love me. Ouch! That really stung! Of course I didn’t let him see he’d got to me, just ignored him. But the comment rang in my ears long after he’d gone! I just wanted to cry (not that I would, of course! I never cry). *sniffs* Man, I really hate those two engines. In fact, I hate most engines. But especially Greaseball and Electra! But, no fear, one of these days I will get my own back. I will!
10:45 - Ok, I’ve explained my theory to Poppa, seeing as he was the one who wanted it. He simmered down a little, but just when I was on the verge of getting him totally convinced I’m not all that bad, who should ‘steam’ in, but Rusty! Stupid little steamer! So, yeah, he went and began convincing Poppa how bad I am! Argh! Well, I got out of there pretty quick. I’ve decided, I don’t care what they all think. They’ll never really catch me anyway. ‘Cos I’m just an innocent little Red Caboose, and I am proud of it. Proud of being villainous, proud of being hated, proud to be ME!!!