Oh my! According to today is Ashima Appreciation Day!
I had no idea!
I...honestly don't know what to say, except... I'm flattered...!
And I appreciate all of you, too! I can't think of better friends.
Thank you, everyone!
~Ashima the Indian Engine
What Makes You Beautiful - Chapter 4CHAPTER 4 - Memories
Gordon groaned miserably as he sat still in the Steamworks shed. He hadn't done anything really useful for the past week, and he was very bored and irritated. He'd given up on asking Victor when he would be fully repaired, as the past 50 times he had asked him had all ended up receiving the same answer of 'not anytime soon, my friend,' or 'not for a while, Gordon.'
Victor and Kevin were in the back of the Steamworks, trying to carefully craft Gordon's new firebox built to the exact measurements of his previous one, which had been taken apart off of him. His tender was uncoupled and stored safely in the corner. Gordon was now out of his frames, but he had been covered by a large white tarp from his cab to the edge of his smokebox, revealing only his face.
Gordon groaned again as he thought about how ridiculous he must've looked. Oh, what he would give to be pulling the express
What Makes You Beautiful - Chapter 3CHAPTER 3 - Growing Stressors
The engines of Sodor were miserable as they struggled about their work. Gordon's overhaul would have him out of service for quite some time throughout the summer, and he wouldn't be available to pull the express. Sir Topham Hatt had to take precautions, as the Flying Scotsman was, unfortunately, not available to come assist with work on the island until the next week.
As such, Henry was temporarily assigned to pull the express during the day, and then his usual job of the Flying Kipper during the evening. James had been switched over to doing most of Henry's goods work, much to his dismay. Emily and Edward had to work hard in sharing their own goods trains as well as taking over James' passenger trains. And whatever other jobs were left over, it was up to Thomas and Percy to work together make sure they were completed.
One day, the two best friends were getting ready to take a lon
Forever Now, And All Over Again: Part 1 Section 11
**Special thanks to MaddGirlz3761 for ideas and reviewing
**Author’s Note: Reader, watch the scene “Take My Breath Away” from the movie ‘Top Gun’
**For the movie scene (or the part that really matters for the whole 'back-lit concept'):
**For the full song (which is used in the story):
Heaven In Your Eyes
Three weeks later…
It was nearing noon at the medical facility. Thomas and Ashima were tucked up close to each other in his room; their hushed whispers the only sound that could be heard as they desperately fought against the temptation of k
Forever Now, And All Over Again: Part 1 Section 10It was several hours later and already getting dark again when Ashima’s eyes slowly opened. Her eyelids were so heavy she had to blink several times just to get them to open fully. She looked around in the dusky glow, not quite remembering where she was but definitely considering just letting her eyes close again to the sleep that wanted to reclaim her. She yawned, and was surprised when a stinging pain shot through her cheek as she stretched her mouth open. She closed her eyes, gingerly running her tongue over the painful area and felt a small little indent amidst the smoothness on the inside. ‘What is that’ she puzzled. Then she remembered the needle…the blood draw… The surgery!
She gasped as her eyes shot open, completely pushing aside all tiredness as she forcefully came slamming back to reality. Her eyes darted to the glass…it was evening. They were going to start at 2am, so had she really been asleep that long? The digital
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