The sail unfurled and Basil was flung into the air. He opened his eyes, gasped, and frantically began to fly. He looked down only to discover the ship was already moved on. There was nothing below him but water. He looked out toward the horizon in every direction, but there was no land to be seen.
“You’ll just have to fly home then, Basil,” he said to himself, trying not to panic. He looked down at the sea to see which way the waves were moving, and decided to fly in the same direction, hoping they would guide him home.
He flew and flew until he began to feel he had been flying forever. He had no way of knowing how far he might have traveled, but there was still no land in sight. The trouble was, he hadn’t really gotten much sleep and he was dreadfully tired.
When he realized he was dropping closer and closer to the ocean, he cried out in fear.
“Help! Someone help me!”
But there was no one in sight.
He fought as hard as he could to keep flying, but was desperately afraid he was about to fall into the sea. He looked down, expecting to see the waves just inches away. Instead he saw a huge eye. He wasn’t about to fall into the ocean. He was about to land on a great blue whale. His cry for help had been heard after all.
The instant Basil landed on the great whale, it surged forward. Keeping its back above the surface of the water, it moved as fast as the sailing ship had done. Basil was having a great time. His fear and exhaustion were forgotten. Traveling by whale was even better than traveling by ship. As he hung on for dear life, a huge grin covered his little bat face.
Once they came within sight of land, the whale flipped up his gigantic tail and prepared to return to the open sea. Basil called out a delighted and very grateful thank you and set off to fly home.
As soon as he entered the cave, his family began to wake up. They had no idea he had even been gone. Basil decided it was best to keep it that way. Otherwise he figured he would be grounded for sure.