On with the motley! Note: once again the tired and cheap device of using newspaper headlines to get rid of words crops up - you have been warned..
The Mini (article, blind, watery, leap, crescent)
WHYIt is late and I am late. A thin crescent of silver moon is watching through the window as I scurry down one mental blind alley after another, trying to get my article finished for tomorrow’s edition - today’s edition now, I suppose I should say. But, when it comes down to it, what on earth is there to say about a pair of young newlyweds who suddenly decide to hold hands and leap from a local bridge to a watery grave in the rain-swollen river below? My editor is demanding 300 words, but I can only think of one.
The 10-Worder (newspaper, empty plate, tiger, box, chewing gum, heating, traffic, books, canary, shoe)
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“If Moon is our traitor,” sighed Mercury, “I suppose it would explain a lot. We weren’t being particularly secretive about our investigations when we were operating out of Aunt Bessie’s, were we? He could easily have overheard what we were up to, and he would have access to our files as well." He shook his head sadly, "I still find it hard to believe, though.”
“The thing is, what can we do about him?” said Othello.
“We could grab him and threaten him till he sings like a canary!” suggested Prada, “Only kidding,” she continued hastily, “but we could maybe confront him.”
“He’d just deny everything and act all innocent, and it would be our word against his.”
“We could tell Director Opal our suspicions,” suggested India. “He might be persuaded to launch an official investigation.”
“He’d want more proof than just our suspicions, and all we really have is circumstantial stuff.” replied Mercury. “We really need to get something more concrete if we’re to get rid of him.”
“Are we sure we actually want to, as you say, get rid of him?” said Teatime.
“What do you suggest?”
“Well, our traitor’s biggest advantage has always been that we didn’t know who he was. Now we do – or think we do - and he doesn’t know that we know, if you take my meaning.”
“So the question then becomes, what use can we make of this situation?” said Othello. “Hmm, We need to know exactly how he’s connected into all this – is he just naively passing information or is he actually organising things. I, for one, would definitely like to know whether he knew about the bomb in the Osprey building.”
“OK, so let’s think about how we can de-claw our tiger then,” said Mercury, relieved to have something concrete to focus on, “Box? Do you have any ideas?”
“Well, there’s one that springs to mind,” replied Box, “You could follow him around, see where he goes, who he talks to and so on. If he doesn’t realise he’s been rumbled, he won’t be taking too many precautions against that kind of thing.“
“Maybe you could plant one of those clever little tracking things on him.” suggested Harold who had been quite impressed with this particular piece of technology.
“That’s actually not a bad idea,” said Othello.
“We should do both,” said Mercury. “Someone should be close enough to Moon to get pictures – both for our own investigation and also for evidence to show Opal if needs be.”
“The best place to hook up with him again will probably be at Aunt Bessie’s,” said Prada.
Dr Flowers finished off the last of her bagel, pushed aside her empty plate and picked up the newspaper. She always liked to have a few minutes alone with some carbohydrates and the daily news as a way to re-focus after the nightmare of the morning traffic and the tedium of the morning checks. The headlines were full of a mixture of gloom (Tensions Heating up in Middle East) the promising (Seventy-Year-Old Inventor Patents Non-Stick Chewing Gum) and the frankly odd (Sotheby’s Declares Hitler’s Shoe A Fake). There came a brisk knock at the door and Haynes walked in. Flowers folded up the paper with a small sigh and tossed it on top of a pile of medical books.
“Sorry to disturb you, Doctor,” Haynes said, “the computer’s finished analysing the last batch of readings and I thought you’d be interested to see.” He held out his clipboard. Flowers took it from him and inspected it carefully.
“Looks like we’re finally getting what we need.” She said.
“We’re double-checking, but if these numbers are confirmed, we could move to the next stage as early as tomorrow.”
“I think so, too. Give RolexBoy a call and tell him we’re almost ready for him.”