“That’s great news, Dottie!” Buzz says into the phone. “Where’s Moseley holed up?” “At the El Dorado Motor Court on Highway 7. Cottage 3.”
“Thanks, Dottie. You’re a peach.” “That’s two you owe me, Ace. One for nosing around and one for monkeysitting your furry little friend.”
“And if he’s made a mess of the apartment when we get home tonight, it’ll be three.” “Don’t worry, Dottie. Fido is housebroken. I promise.”
The pilot hangs up and turns to the scrapyard owner. “Thanks for your help, Buddy. Now I need to go have a talk with the rat who framed me.”
The old man lifts a footlocker onto his desk and opens it. It’s filled with pistols, machine guns, and hand grenades. “For your rat problem.”
Buzz parks the borrowed truck in front of one of the six cabins that comprise the El Dorado roadside motor lodge and walks to the front door.
He glances about before drawing a .45 pistol from his back pocket and trying the doorknob. Finding it unlocked, he eases the door open.
Moseley sits at a desk on the far side of the room, his back to the door. Smoke trails up from a cigarette resting in an ashtray on the desk.
Buzz steps inside, the .45 held at hip level. “Hello, Moseley.” The other man stays silent and still. Edging closer, Buzz grips his shoulder.
“It’s time for us to pay a visit to your pal Dr. Zeus.” Moseley topples from the chair to the floor, a gold-hilted knife buried in his chest.
“I’m afraid the only place he’ll be going is the morgue.” Buzz hears Dr. Zeus’ voice behind him, followed by the sound of a door locking.
“But there’s no need to go looking for me. I’m already here. No, don’t turn around. Just toss your gun on the bed and raise your hands.”
Buzz grinds his teeth in frustration but follows the Lightning Legion commander’s orders. “Taking care of a few loose ends?” “Precisely.”
“Your colleague Mr. Moseley tried to use his knowledge of our operations as leverage for demanding a higher ranking, and paying, position.”
“I paid him a traitor’s wages.” “And I’m next on your ‘to kill’ list?” “Not yet.” The world goes black as Dr. Zeus clubs Buzz over the head.
TO BE CONTINUED!