One day Thomas was waiting at Knapford station when his driver's
mobile phone began to ring.
"Hello?" the driver answered. "It's the Fat Controller for you Thomas," he said, holding the
phone to Thomas' face.
"Thomas, I've been kidnapped by pirates. Send Harold the Helicopter to rescue me. Oh, and until
I get back, you're in charge," said the Fat Controller, the sound of clashing swords ringing in the background.
sir!" said Thomas happily. He was proud to be the new leader of Sodor.
Early the next morning, Thomas arrived at Tidmouth
Sheds. He was wearing a golden crown studded with fabulous jewels.
"Listen up you lot!" shouted Thomas. "The Fat Controller
has gone away on holiday for a bit. I'm in charge of the island now, and there's going to be some changes!"
"Go away Thomas,
we're trying to sleep!" cried Henry.
"Insolent whelp! You shall be punished! Guards! To the dungeon with him!"
your majesty!" said 'Arry and Bert, who were also at Tidmouth Sheds apparently. They coupled up to Henry and dragged him away.
The sound of Henry's screams could be heard for miles.
"Anyone else wish to raise their voice to me?" Thomas asked sternly.
The other engines looked scared.
"Now then, I have some new orders to decree. Order number 1 is that all other blue engines
must be painted a different colour, so that I may be more unique."
"Disgraceful!" Gordon spluttered.
"What was that,
Gordon? Do I need to get my guards here again?"
"Erm, I mean, disgraceful that we should stand in the way of your uniqueness
by being blue, Thomas."
"Yes, yes, of course, my apologies your majesty!"
"Very well. Order number
2, silly accents will no longer be tolerated!"
"Order number 3, in order to save on coaches, all third
class passengers will travel in coal trucks."
"Thomas," said Emily, "Do ye no think ye're maybe letting the power go t'your
head a wee bit? I don't think the Fat Controller would..."
"How'd you like to be my queen?"
"...Long live King Thomas!"
"Can I be a prince, Thomas?" asked Percy eagerly.
"No, I plan to make you my royal fool. You will perform
silly actions for my amusement," said Thomas.
"Well, it's better than being a serf, I guess."
For the rest of the
day, Thomas reigned over the island with an iron fist, establishing draconian laws over everyone.
"I tell you Edward, I
don't think I can stand this much longer!" said Gordon, who was now a deep shade of orange.
"I say we revolt!" cried Edward,
now coloured a lovely shade of purple. "We shall rise against this tyrant and establish a new republic!"
"Oi!" cried Bill
and Ben, who were passing by. "Saying stuff like that is against the law of the King! To the dungeon with you!"
gasped. "So even the faithful twins have gone against me. What was your price? How much did you sell your souls for?"
should show more respect to the new dukes of Brendam Docks," Bill sneered.
"Well, vice-dukes, at any rate," corrected Ben.
Gordon!" Edward shouted as he was hauled away. "Remember me! Avenge me!"
Later on, at Knapford Station, or as it was
now known, King Thomas' Palace...
"...So henceforth all buses will be required to keep at least one wheel off the ground
at all times," King Thomas issued a decree. "And since Bertie is disobeying this rule, to the dungeon with him!"
Bertie shouted as he was towed away.
"Now then, my next order is..."
Everyone was amazed to see
Sir Topham Hatt standing on the platform. He was wearing a pirate hat and carried a scimitar in his belt.
"Sir! I thought you'd been kidnapped by pirates!"
"I was, but I managed to escape, no thanks to you! Fortunately I still
remembered my fencing lessons from my university days. After beating off the pirate captain, it was simplicity itself to steer
the boat back to the shore."
The Fat Controller angrily seized Thomas' crown. "And what do I find you up to? Establishing
a cruel and harsh monarchy in my absence?! I'm surprised at you, Thomas!"
"I'm sorry, sir," said Thomas sadly.
well Thomas, but see that this never happens again," said the Fat Controller. He replaced his pirate hat for his top hat,
and turned to the crowd.
"I hereby take back control of the island," he said proudly. "And I decree that all the people
held in the dungeon are to be let free."
"Erm, it may be a bit late for Henry," said 'Arry.
"Yeah, he kinda got sentenced
to death," said Bert.
And everyone had a good laugh.