When James woke up the next day he nearly screamed at the sound of another train's whistle, is wasn't till he properly came round that he realised he was still in the engine's shed and the whistle came from Thomas, who was the third to last engine to have left the shed. James didn't even notice the fire lighter going into his cab to light up his fireplace, he still felt cold and his eyes were killing him. He didn't even notice Edward being given his orders.
"Ah James, good to see you are awake" James would have jolted forward if his breaks had not been on "I have a job for you" he now recognized the voice as The Fat Controller.
James looked around to find the voice, only to realise that the man was in fact at the edge of the rail he was on and looking at him with an expression he could not read.
"Y-yes sir" James stuttered nervously
"I would like you to pick up some coal trucks at Brendon Docks then take it to the stations as the weather reports are saying we might be getting a snow storm within the week"
"What happened to the coal I delivered last time?" it hadn't been long since his last delivery of coal, so he shouldn't have needed to make another delivery yet.
"Apparently someone stole them but we aren't completely sure yet, so can you do your job? Edward will be getting your trucks sorted out while you get your snow plow on?"
"Yes sir" he was so preoccupied with his thoughts that he never heard Edward's name being mentioned in the sentence.
As James left The Fat Controller turned to Gordon "you will have your usual chores Gordon so go get your plow on"
"Before I do sir" Gordon hesitated for a split second but The Fat Controller noticed "I need to tell you something, regarding James sir"
Normally the Fat Controller would wave it away but from the look on Gordon's face and his discussions with James made him concerned "what is it you wanted to tell me?"
After Gordon explained last night the man in a suit knew that he would need to talk to James the next time he saw him.
No one knew that Diesel had abandoned his work to spy on a certain red tender engine, James would have heard the noise but he was so caught up in his thoughts he never noticed, or that he was about to cause an accident.
"JAMES!" cried a voice.
Snapping out of his thoughts James slammed on his brakes, screeching to a stop just inches away from the trucks buffers. He looked up and saw that it was none other than Salty who had snapped him out of his thoughts.
"That be a close call me hearty" exclaimed Salty in his usual pirate voice "what's rattled your rods today?"
"Nothing you should be concerned about" James retorted calmly "now if you don't mind I need to get these trucks to the stations before the passengers freeze to death"
Once he was coupled up he left the docks before Salty could say anything, he never noticed Edward hiding behind the trucks after shunting them and out of his sight.
Edward watched as the line of trucks dissapeared round the bend, he then looked at Salty "what do you think is wrong with him?"
"When I used to work on the main line I remember two engines having similar behavior as James" Salty looked at Edward with his toothy grin "and there is only two things I can think of is either there is trouble ahead, or James is in love"
No one saw Diesel dissapear from where he had been hiding.
Half way through his journey James had seen most of his friends, the chilly breeze blew around his warm boiler but he didn't pay attention to it, he was too busy feeling happy at the moment to care, as he began to stop at the next station he thought.
It's a good thing I haven't seen Edward yet "Hi James" oh snap I spoke too soon.
"Hi Edward" a fake smile appeared on James' face, silently wondering why Edward was there, it wasn't until he saw the Station's name that he realised it was Edward's station "you being late again?"
Edward was about to say something when he noticed James was shaking slightly on his wheels but decided to ignore it, thinking that it was to do with the weather "I was going to ask if you think the snow storm was going to happen tonight? There seems to be snow clouds heading our way..."
James was too busy staring at Edward's boiler and tender to hear what he was saying, while it was true that he didn't like blue paint in winter Edward seemed to make it different. Some how Edward always seemed to make Winter look like the best season of all, he secretly called him an angel, because from what he had learned from his driver and fireman, Edward seemed to glide on the rails and make it look easy and not causing an accident like he usually did.
"JAMES!" cried a voice.
James jumped, slightly thankful that his brakes were on, he realised that his driver and Edward had been calling him as he had missed the Guard's whistle.
The guard had blown his whistle again and waving the green flag before getting into the brake van. James used this as an excuse to ignore Edward and quickly left the station, his driver Jack and his fireman John looked at each other with concern written on both of their faces.
Once he had left Diesel saw his opportunity, he rolled up calmly to Edward "so you are the one that has James' wheels move in excitement" he purred lowly
Edward looked at him with confusion "what are you talking about Diesel?" while Edward was kind and polite to everyone he saw, he was still weary of Diesel after the incident with Duck and his accident.
"Wouldn't you like to know?" was all Diesel said before he left .
Something in Edward's boiler told him that this wasn't the end of Diesel's encounters with him.