I shall do this...Once I do number sixty eight. X-D Sorry, been feeling really awful. Tired, too. Prayers appreciated.
Number sixty eight and part two of the story done. Part one is on sixty seven. Will do this one shortly.
The Case of Tesla's Missing Chain - Part ThreeIt's been two days since our trap was laid. Much time has been spent in prayer, reading the archives of Calvinistic Cartoons, and similar activities. The staff has been closely observed with no signs of trouble. However, our prime suspect has seemed to be acting a little strange for the past few hours. Coincidence, or setup?"Homes, we're about to go out for some lunch," my colleague declares as he walks into the room given to me by Tesla, "would you like to join us?""Mmm, I'm not sure," I reply, rising to my feet. "I think I might stop by the lab...Maybe call up the local police inspector.""Alright, we'll see you when we get back. Do you want us to bring anything back? Chinese buffet.""Yes, that would be fine," I answer, smiling. "After all, you do know all of my favorites.""Quite true," he laughs. "Godspeed until then, friend.""Likewise."As I watch my friend leave, I decide to set about my first order of business: contacting the local inspector."Initiate call to Inspector Calvin W. Lee," I order my in-ear communicator. It rings for only a brief moment until our new ally is ready to chat."Hello, Homes, what can I do for you?" he inquires."Greetings, Inspector Lee, I hope you are well," I answer, glancing down at my watch. "I was just wondering if our hidden cameras at the lab have picked anything up yet.""None yet, and my men are constantly viewing the footage. No leads, either. This was the work of a professional."Nodding, I stroke my chin. "So it would seem..."-"You bumbling idiot, why didn't you tell me that hidden cameras had been installed?!" Doctor Eddy Son screams, causing his minion, Thomas Alva, to shrink back."Because they were hidden, sir," he squeaks, peeking out from behind his raised hands. "Well, actually, they were already installed...But they were briefly off for maintenance. I stole the chain out from under the guards' noses...""I deserve professionals, and I am up with fools like you," the doctor sobs. "I need those notes soon. I want Tesla's and his colleagues' heads!""Isn't murder going a bit far?""It's a figure of speech, imbecile. How could an Arminian be so stupid?""I'm actually a Pelagian.""I don't care what you are - get me those papers!""Yes, sir," Alva replies. "Whatever you say."(Continued in next comment.)
(Continued.)The lab is empty at this time of day, I ponder as I drive one of Tesla's vehicles to his lab. Minus the guards - it's just less of them, to draw our little thief in, hopefully. But I wonder if he didn't steal during the day...Arriving at the grand building, I notice a familiar vehicle - one of the employee's. This could be legit...Or it couldseemlegit. We're about to find out.Stepping out, doors locking soundly behind me, I stride up to the entryway, almost jumping as I hear police cars in the distance - and it sounds like they're coming this way.Should I pray, or should I go? I wonder as I look down at my passkey. With a smile, I glance at the vehicles in the distance, my right hand going for the laser pistol at my side. Definitely both."Initiate call to Thomas Watkins," I order my communicator as I dash for the door. "I think we've got our man!"-"Good work, Calvindrone 9000," Doctor Son praises his Calvin-faced drone, with cutting-edge cloaking capabilities. "Your invisibility combined with the little smoke plan of my incompetent assistant proved successful...All with him left looking innocent. Oh, there may be circumstantial evidence, but nothing substantial."Rising to his feet, the madman laughs uproariously, casting darts at photos of Eddie Eddings, Sherwood Homes, Tom Watkins, Corky Velveeta, Nikola Tesla, and Inspector Calvin W. Lee. "Soon," he cackles, "you will all fear me!"-"Oh, hello, Homes," a gruff voice greets as the doors blast open before I can even reach them, revealing a detective whose name I barely know, Thomas Alva being led along by two policemen. "Nice of you to join us!""But Inspector Lee..." I stutter, perplexed."We had to keep the plan from him to prevent leaks," our ally, W.A. Fink, explains. "I'll fill you in as soon as the others arrive...I assume you've called them.""Yes, yes," I reply, still stunned. "Well, thank God it's over...I assume.""The police can do things right every now and then, Mister Homes," Fink tells me with a wink as the rest of the group arrives, including some police vehicles, one a high-security transport one.Smiling, I laugh. "I guess so."
Hahahaha, I wrap it up in a way that both surprises and pleases me, and then I forget about the word challenge. X-D Sorry. So, this is a bonus...You can search high and lowAfter an explosionOr with an EskimoBut you won't find it, no, noIt's not a matter of confusionYour head you better be usingA Bible verse about losing your salvationIt ain't in thereNope, it ain't in there(Chorus)Rarer than real map to Narnia'Cause Narnia doesn't existNo matter how long your quiet time isI'll just smile and shake my head at yaGod keeps those who are HisTo the very endYeah, to the very endWhen I talk to y'all about thisYou sometimes jump like frogs in a fireYou shake, and bite your lip'Cause you can't find itIt's such a central desireBut you could do it until you dieAnd no mater hard you tryIt ain't in thereThank God, it's not in there(Chorus)Rarer than real map to Narnia'Cause Narnia doesn't existNo matter how long your quiet time isI'll just smile and shake my head at yaGod keeps those who are HisTo the very endYeah, to the very endGod will finish His work'Cause even though we weren't worthItHe died to make us worth itThe debt's already paidThe future's already laidWe'll be with HimWe're conforming to HimOne day at a timeOne day at a time(Chorus)Rarer than real map to Narnia'Cause Narnia doesn't existNo matter how long your quiet time isI'll just smile and shake my head at yaGod keeps those who are HisTo the very endYeah, to the very endApologies for kinda breaking the rules...This isn't a story, and it's not super comical. But hopefully the two combined will be close enough. :-P
Joel, if there was an award for "Most Time Taken on Commenting" you would certainly win the prize!
That's reward enough.