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“The pirates are closing, Jacques,” says Bertrand. “But I’ll be damned if we’re going down on my watch, understand?”

“Not to worry,” Jacques says proudly. “This dirigible is armed well!”

“I know,” says Bertrand. “Now, where did you move the ammo?”

“I was cooking an omelette and it was in the way. I sent Jean-Pierre down to store it in the cellar.”

“Jacques,” says Bertrand, “this is a dirigible. Dirigibles don’t have cellars, Jacques.”


“We do have a bombing hatch, Jacques.”

Jacques considers this.

“Bertrand,” he says eventually, “we don’t have any ammo.”

“I gathered as much, Jacques,” says Bertrand.