Chapter 68 of The Empty City

By Andrew Looney

"I just can't believe it was Doug," said Dave. "That goofus in the elevator. I'd never have figured he'd try something like that."

The Four sat in a curtained booth at "Dollars to Donuts," where they'd just finished reading the newspaper account of Doug's nuclear holdup.

"I can't believe it was our bomb," said Peter.

"Poor guy'll probably get twenty years in prison," said Paul.

"Man, that would be tough," said Bert.

"Oh, jail probably won't be so hard on him," said Dave.

"Are you kidding?" asked Bert, incredulous. "It would stink!"

"Well, think about it," explained Dave. "That guy spent all of his free time hanging around in an elevator. He's obviously not too concerned about being cooped up in a small space for long stretches of time."

Bert shrugged. "I guess not, but I still feel sorry for him."

"All I know," said Paul, "is that he won't be clogging up the elevator anymore, and I for one am glad about that."

They tossed this topic around for a while longer, and then they played Icehouse. Dave used some of the new strategies he'd learned from The Emperor and Doctor Cool, and utterly trounced Bert, Peter, and Paul.

Copyright © 1991 by Andrew Looney.

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