Skillet pushes open the door to the cafe. There is a clatter of conversation and tea-cups. He sees his friend sitting at a table at the back of the shop and walks over to join him. Skillet speaks:
Hello, my old friend!
Hello, indeed! It's wonderful to see you!
I wasn't sure if it was you at first.
Ah, yes, sorry about that. It's the pointy hat that does it.
But you don't wear a pointy hat.
Have you eaten?
Not yet - I was waiting for you. The coffee cake looks good, though...
OK, but first, can I ask you a question?
Of course - anything.
What did you find out?
Ah - straight to the point, eh? Well, there is something...
It's not what I was expecting.
But there is some news?
Yes, and it's very intriguing.
You're to go on a journey.
A journey? Where to?
Ah - that's the intriguing bit...
In what sense?
Well, this journey won't take you where you want to go. If you get my meaning.
So.. where will it take me?