“We’ll have to use force when we catch up with them.”
Mark Malone seemed sure.
“Perhaps not,” this professor said. “For instance, they might surrender.”
Mark Malone lowered his sunglasses and his bright blue eyes nearly blinded me. (I was able to shield myself in time, don’t worry.)
“P.VJ,” he said, “how many times have you done a thing like this?”
“How many times have you gone after…criminals?”
The professor laughed. “Umm…maybe this might be the first. Maybe. Might.”
He nodded. “You should leave the figuring to me. I was trained to do this.”
“No you weren’t, cur!” a voice broke in.
It was Daddy Salami who came skipping up to us.
“Both of you don’t know what it’s like, ‘cause you’re curs and half. But I…” Salami paused there briefly. “…I know full well.”
“And why would you know anything at all on the matter?” Mark Malone asked.
“Because I trained me Ruber, didn’t I?”
The professor sighed.
Salami turned on me. “Shut-up, turtle-trout! And ya too, Marky. Nobody likes agents who think they know more than Daddy Salami.”
Salami broke off laughing.
“Let’s go, then,” Mark Malone said. But I don’t think he was pleased with the situation.
“We’ll go when I say,” Salami said. “Okay, let’s go.”
We all loaded into Salami’s pale blue minivan, only because he refused to ride in Mark Malone’s neatio agent car. The professor was disappointed, I admit—but not freely.
Daddy Salami is a bad driver.
I won’t go into the specifics. But he doesn’t listen to the rules of the road.
And he laughs—a lot.
The car stopped ten minutes later—outside of Ruber’s Catering.
“Let’s get a bite to eat,” Salami suggested.
“Speed is everything,” Malone said. “We can’t stop.”
“How about you, P.VJ?” Salami asked.
“I think I’m going home,” I answered.
Salami grew angry. “I’m surround by curs!”
And that’s when we heard it on the radio.
It was something about Frankie S. and Smiles Riot being taken into custody.
We were too late.
They were already caught.
There was complete silence in the car.
“Someone just cooked our trouts,” Salami observed.
We all went home.