Chetspeak on Sunday
We rode up to the stilt house and I saw that the front part was a deck. A sign was nailed to one of the stilts. Bernie read it: “Beware of Iko.” A wiry dude with a bushy white mustache walked onto the deck and looked down at us. That mustache brought it all back: this was the dude who’d bought Mami’s crabs. So there I was totally in the picture. What was next? Something good: I just had the feeling. Then I noticed the gun in his belt and wasn’t quite as sure.
Bernie cut the motor, reached out and got a grip on one of the stilts, holding us steady.
“Hey,” he said, looking up at the wiry dude.
The wiry dude put his hand on the gun butt. Guns and hands: I watch them real close. “Lookin’ for someone?” he said.
“That’s exactly it,” Bernie said. “And maybe you can help. I’m Bernie Little and this is Chet.” Bernie took a quick glance at that gun. “Are you Iko?”
The wiry dude squinted down at Bernie. Then he laughed. “You’re not from around here.”
“True,” said Bernie.
“Where you from?”
Ha! We were from Arizona? I’d wondered about that.
– from The Sound and the Furry. On page 93 of the 6th book in the Chet and Bernie series, Chet finds out they’re from Arizona. Spence sometimes reads this passage at his appearances.
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