Donut Heaven: From To Fetch A Thief
Donut Heaven is across the street from Burger Heaven. We met Rick Torres outside, parking beside his cruiser cop-style, driver’s side door to driver’s side door. He handed a bag through the window.
“Bear claws,” Rick said. “Half price after four.”
Bears I’ve seen plenty of on Animal Planet, never in real life – fine with me – and I’d watched what their claws could do, oh, brother, but how these delicious bear claws fit in was a mystery. We got busy with our bear claws, Rick and Bernie sipping coffee at the same time.
“Got anything?” Bernie said.
“Nope,” Rick said. “An elephant disappears and no one saw zilch.”
“Plus the trainer.”
“Yeah, plus the trainer. We checked his bank account. Balance of a few thousand dollars, no recent withdrawals amounting to anything.”
“But he could have stashed something somewhere,” Bernie said.
“Thanks,” Rick said. “That’s a big help.”
“There’s also this,” Bernie said, handing over the ankus, now wrapped in plastic.
Rick turned it in his hand. “Which is?”
“An ankus,” Bernie said.
“It’s an ancient device from Asia, apparently. For training and managing elephants.”
“They poke them with it?”
“More like goading them,” Bernie said.
“Yeah. Chet found it in a ditch, not far from that back gate at the fairgrounds.”
I thumped my tail, or at least thought about it. This was the best bear claw I’d ever had, no question.
“Someone dropped it?” Rick said.
“Or it fell off the back of a trailer,” Bernie said. “Hard to imagine Peanut on foot and not even one lousy citizen calling in.”
“I can imagine that easy,” Rick said. He touched where the point of the ankus hook pushed at the plastic. “I thought DeLeath was supposed to be humane.” Rick sipped his coffee for a bit. “I’m gonna have this dusted for prints,” he said.
“See?” Bernie said, talking to who I didn’t know. “That’s the kind of thing that can’t be taught.”
Rick winged his coffee cup lid at Bernie. Bernie laughed. Humans can be impossible to understand but I don’t let it bother me.
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