The continuing Extraneous Adventures of Fernando Alonso.... The dark shadow which pervaded the atoll provided the perfect cover. A small squirrel hopped across the clearing, before disappearing into the trees. Christian was not to be easily distracted though. From his hiding place, he kept his eyes on the path through the trees, which led to the clearing in front of him. Whilst he was not distracted by squirrels, Christian’s thoughts still wandered as he waited… “The Maltese Falcon must be found”; thought Christian. “Seb’s season is going for a Burton. Those bloody technicians and their bloody missile! Fernando…” Christian’s thoughts were brought to an abrupt halt. A figure had come into sight. It moved along the path and then it reached the clearing. Christian held his breath, not wanting to make a sound. The figure stood for a moment in the clearing, before perhaps realising that it was exposed in the open (albeit shrouded a little by the dark shadow) and moved towards the shelter of the trees… Christian could still make the figure out though. And he could also keep half an eye on the clearing/path. And so they waited… --- --- --- --- From her vantage point, next to the trees at the edge of the clearing, Coffey Muggs could see Christian Horner quite clearly. If he was some-one important, Coffey would have been concerned. But, as it was, Christian was just a bit part in the grand scheme of things. “He can watch what is going to take place here and he won’t matter in the slightest”; Coffey thought. --- --- --- --- To Christian’s horror, a huge blanket of fog descended onto the clearing! He couldn’t see a thing! But, all was not lost… Although he couldn’t see what was happening, he could hear it! Where there’s fog, there is no wind. And where there is no wind, sound could travel better! Christian listened… *The Sound of some-one walking into the clearing.* “Are we alone?”; said a strange sounding voice. “Yes. Well, as good as”; replied the figure by the trees (?) “We better be alone. If not…” “No! We are alone… Honest.” “Okay then… Did the transfer happen as planned?” “Yes. Howard received the tomato trophy without mishap.” “Excellent! Now we can keep an eye on Fernando and his search!” *A moment’s silence* “Howard won’t be harmed, will he?”; sounding worried. “No… Do I sense a touch of tenderness for him..? No matter. The carbon unit known as Howard won’t be harmed. And neither will the unit known as Fernando. As long as…” Right then, Christian’s radio crackled into life. “Christian, are you receiving me? Over.” “Oh shit”; Christian thought. “I forgot to turn my radio off..!” As Christian fumbled about trying to turn off his radio, the fog slowly cleared from the clearing… When he looked up there was no-one in sight. The strange voiced fellow and figure by the trees were gone. --- --- --- --- Fernando arrived back at Maranello with relief. Upon entering his apartment, Perky was oinking until he picked him up. And then he persisted in licking Fernando’s face! “Hello boy”; said Fernando. “How are you? Nothing amiss I hope!” “Oink”; said Perky. Carrying Perky through to the trophy cabinet, Fernando put Perky down in the cabinet whilst taking the mushroom trophy out of his bag. He swapped the trophy with Perky, smiling at his growing collection of memorabilia. “This looks like a grand breakfast!”; said Fernando. “All it needs now is some toast and a cup of tea!” It was then that Fernando realised that the tomato trophy was strange… “I don’t remember seeing that before”; he thought. Remembering his mother’s penchant for employing the help of Howard Hollowitz, Fernando forgot any misgivings about it and devoted his time to making Perky happy, scratching his tummy… "Oink"; said Perky, happily... --- --- --- --- Will Coffey Muggs be Okay? Who was the strange voiced fellow? What is the Tomato trophy? And will it be detrimental to Fernando's fight against the One Car? In fact, shouldn't Fernando be searching for the Maltese Falcon instead of worrying about breakfast related trophies? Is this all nothing but a big distraction? Stay tuned..!