Bill and Ben's Excellent Misadventures
Based on "One Good Turn", "Heroes", and "Buffer Bother"
Bill and Ben are the most mischevious twin engine drivers you could ever meet. And their interns, Snips and Snails are almost as bad. They're kept busy hauling trucks up and down the line that runs from the China Clay Pits to the Harbor Yard. They like to have fun together and often play tricks on the workmen.
*Ben reverses his engine away from the hopper before his trucks can be loaded with clay.*
Ben and Snails: *laughing*
Ben: Sorry! My hand must have slipped.
*Next, Bill tosses a small firecracker by another workman, causing it to go off behind him*
Workman: *startled by the bang* Yeow! *hides under a bench, shaking*
Bill: *chortles* Just making sure you're on your toes.
But sometimes, their teasing ways can land them in trouble, and get punished with having to clean up the messes they make.
One day, Sir Topham Hatt came to the Clay Pits to see them.
Sir Topham Hatt: Important goods have arrived at Wellsworth Yard. Bill and Ben, I would like you two to help out for a while.
Bill: Yes sir! But what about Derek?
Ben: Yeah. Surely he'd be enough help.
Sir Topham Hatt: Derek has taken a few days off to visit his ill mother in the hospital.
Snips: Well that was kinda nice of him.
Snails: Yeah. Who says it's wrong to love your mother?
With that, Bill, Ben, and their helpers set off. Boco was in Wellsworth Yards with Big Macintosh when they heard a pair of familiar whistles.
Boco: Hmm. Here comes trouble.
Big Macintosh: Eeyup.
And in come the troublemakers themselves.
Bill: *in a teasing manner* Hey Boco. Sir Topham Hatt told us you were tired.
Ben: And he asked us to take all your trucks for you while Derek's gone.
BoCo: *chuckles* You two never stop, do you? But I'm wise to your pranks, and we do need help around here.
Big Macintosh: Eeyup.
Just then, Fluttershy and her cousin Song Cue came into view. Fluttershy was carrying a picnic basket.
Fluttershy: *cheerfully* Good morning, everyone. Ready to go, Big Macintosh?
Snails: Aren't you supposed to be working with BoCo and Edward?
Song Cue: Big Macintosh asked for the day off so that he and Fluttershy could go on a picnic. And I gladly offered to fill in.
Fluttershy: *blushing* It was a very nice offer to let me come with, Big Mac. *cuddles with him*
Bill and Ben/Snips and Snails: *cheekily* Ooooooooh!
Bill: *cheekily* Well would you believe it, Ben? Timid little Fluttershy on her very first date.
Ben: *cheekily* Who'd have thought she had the courage?
Bill and Ben:
Fluttershy and Big Mac sitting in a tree
*Snips and Snails joining in* K-I-S-S-I-N-G!
First comes love, then comes marriage,
then comes Angel in a baby carriage!
The 4 laughed at their joke, but poor Fluttershy felt most flustered and buried her blushing face in her hair. This made Song Cue very cross.
Song Cue: *firmly* That's enough! *uses the stare to make the teasing stop* Now, are you boys going to help us with this work, or do I have to convince Sir Topham Hatt to send you back to the Clay Pits in disgrace?
Bill and Ben: *scared* No, miss Song Cue!
Snips and Snails: *also scared* We'll be good! Promise!
Song Cue: Much better. Now off you go.
The twins and their interns were soon kept busy, pulling and pushing the heavy trucks into place. Song Cue made sure that they did no more teasing while they did. At last, they day's work was done. Bill and Ben were excited. They were given a chance to use a turntable for the very first time.
Ben: This is going to be so cool.
Bill: Now we get to see what those tender engine drivers get to enjoy.
After flipping a coin, Bill went first. He stopped his engine on the turntable.
Bill: *as the turntable spins* Whee! This is fun!
Snips: We're basically just spinning towards another track. How's that fun?
Bill: I have no idea, but it just is.
Bill didn't want to move off, but his enjoyment was short lived as the Foreman stopped the turntable.
Foreman: Please make way for the other engines.
Bill did so, but what no one realized was that the turntable had been stopped in the wrong place. Bill and Snips were now on the same line as Ben and Snails! The two engines came to a halt just in time. The twins gazed grimly at each other.
Bill: Oi! What do you think you're playing at, Ben? You're in my way!
Ben: No I'm not! You're in my way! You gotta go back!
Bill: I was here first!
Ben: No, I was!
Snips: Uh, guys?
Bill: Was not!
Ben: Was too!
Snails: Can't we be reasonable about this?
Eventually, Sir Topham Hatt came to stop the noise.
Sir Topham Hatt: *firmly* Bill and Ben, if you do not behave yourselves, then I shall not be inviting you back! Do I make myself clear?
Bill and Ben: Yes sir.
But the twins were so cross, they refused to speak to each other for the rest of the day. Next morning, Ben was still grumpy and complained to BoCo and Big Macintosh.
Ben: That Bill. Imagine getting in my way for the turntable. He is such silly fool!
BoCo: That's not what we heard.
Big Macintosh: Eeyup. Sounded like you were both to blame.
Ben: Pah! You've got apples in your ears.
Meanwhile, Bill, who was also in a bad mood, was complaining to Edward and Fluttershy.
Bill: And can you believe that Ben had the nerve to say I was in his way? How thick can one be?
Fluttershy: *surprised* Bill, how can you say that about your own brother? That's just mean!
Edward: Indeed. Especially since it wasn't even his fault.
Bill: Ha! Show's what you know, don't it?
The twins grumbled about each other for the next few days. Eventually, even kind Edward and Fluttershy lost patience.
Fluttershy: This has gone far enough.
Edward: I agree. All this grumbling is spreading bad atmosphere in the yard.
Song Cue: There has to be a way to get Bill and Ben to get along again.
BoCo: You're quite right. That's why I've come up with a plan.
BoCo whispered his plan to the others, and Big Macintosh told it to Sir Topham Hatt.
Sir Topham Hatt: I'll set the arrangements right away.
Next day, before Derek was due to return, he called in Bill and Ben.
Sir Topham Hatt: BoCo is taking a special train to the harbor while Neville's engine is in the works. His usual goods train is in the sidings. You two will have to take it together.
Bill and Ben: Together?! But sir...
Sir Topham Hatt: Good. I knew I could count on you.
Bill and Ben didn't want to work together, let alone talk to each other.
Snips: Guess this means you guys gotta stop fighting.
Snails: Yeah. How else we gonna get the job done?
Ben: I don't need help. I can take the train myself!
Bill: Go right ahead. Be my guest.
So Ben coupled his engine up to the train of trucks, but they were too heavy for his engine to pull them alone.
Bill: Well, go on. Aren't you going to impress us?
Ben: I can't!
Snips and Snails sat to the side eating popcorn.
Snails: Shouldn't we do something?
Snips: And miss the entertainment? No way!
At last, Ben brought his engine to a stop, and suddenly, both twins started laughing.
Bill: You know what, Ben? I don't think we'll take turns this time. I think we'd better pull together.
Ben was delighted. It was good to be helping each other. And best of all, it was good to be friends again.
Song Cue: I'm so glad you two are friends again.
Bill/Ben: Thanks, Song Cue.
Ben: Thanks for the help, Bill. And I'm sorry for those rude things I said about you.
Bill: That's alright. I'm sorry for getting in your way in the first place.
Snips: Actually, it was the Foreman who started it.
Snails: Yeah. He was the one who stopped the turntable on Ben's line.
Bill: Hey, that's right!
Ben: Wait till we get our hands on him!
Song Cue: *sternly* Now boys, stop that. The Foreman didn't realize what line he stopped the turntable on. There's no reason getting mad over a simple mistake.
Bill: She's right. Let's go get some fish and chips.
Ben: Fine by me.