I sent my eyes into the hills to search the dark places; to see the dark places. My eyes returned with good report. To begin with, there was much darkness. There was also some darkness, and in conclusion, the overall theme was that of darkness. I took my little black book out of the dark inner pocket of my black leather jacket and jotted down notes in shiny blue ink on the blackened pages. Alibis - Sarah was at Clem's house, Mik was in Ireland, Joan - had a hair appointment, Kyle - was with Janie fishing, Janie - was with Kyle fishing, Custer - where was Custer? As it turned out, Custer was being shot to death at the time, & so was ruled out as a suspect. That left Chief Crazy Horse. Det. Manatee was wary of visiting his teepee, given the sign saying "Whiteys entering this tepee will be killed", but he knocked anyway. "Pardon me, Chief Crazy Horse, but it's me, Det. Manatee here to help prepare your defense." The chief appeared to be a bit pissed, "Manatee...how many times have a told you to not enter my tepee without an invitation? Didn't you read the sign?" "The racist one outside?" The sea monkeys had laboured day and night to build it so it met building standards. Det. Manatee and the chief declared a truce. They had no choice in the matter, really. Truth be told, Det. Manatee and the chief were both delighted with the sea monkeys' efforts. The construction was beautiful & with the disagreement now behind them all were free to sign off on their respective paper-work and return home with the knowledge that a done job was a job well done.



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