One Good Turn Deserves Another
A Deuce Bigalow II preview fic

"Global Manwhore Association, Mason McDaniel speaking," I say pleasantly, taking the tea infuser
out of my teapot and laying it in a saucer. Like any good Englishman worth his salt, I like my tea
and the day's selection was Darjeeling. No milk, please. 

There are a few seconds of silence and I now use this opportunity to straighten my desk blotter
and to align a small pile of napkins with the blotter's edge. If anything, I am over-organized. 

"There's a slight problem," the husky male voice on the other end of the phone informs me. 

"What kind of problem?" I next inquire. I furrow my brow, trying to place the voice. Why did the
voice sound so familiar?

"The kind of problem where we need...some discreet services."

"Then you've come to the right place," I pleasantly told the voice. "GMA provides its members with
any service, at any time anywhere in the world. We are here to serve," I said automatically, biting
my lip before I began to recite the entire GMA benefits manual. 

The voice laughs nervously. The laughter rang clearly into my earpiece. I grimace at the
unexpected clarity, cursing the earpiece's makers for such meticulous attention to the manufacture
of their product. I pour myself a cup of tea. 

There was another pregnant pause. I fiddle with the wire leading to my earpiece, hoping I wouldn't
unplug the phone in the process. 

A slight cough, then the voice informes me, "Matey, it's like this. Someone has kidnapped Deuce
Bigalow."

"What?!" I stand up suddenly, banging my knees on the desk and upturning my tea pot. My teacup
shudders but maintains its stance firmly in the middle of my desk. Only half the tea spills out, a
testament perhaps, to the large size of the tea cup.

Fragrant, hot Darjeeling tea spills down the side of my desk to puddle on the carpet. "Who would
want to kidnap Deuce?" I implore wildly as I grab a few napkins from the pile on the corner of my
desk, and use them to mop the spill on the desk. 
 
"Don't know yet. Deuce was supposed to arrive at Harrah's Casino half past nine last evening."

"And he never showed."

"The car showed."

Now I am confused. "The car showed but Deuce didn't?"
"That's right. The limo he hired showed up at Harrah's on time, but instead of carrying Deuce, the
limo was carrying a note."

I take a step back. "What did the note say?"

"Pay the ransom and Deuce comes back alive. Don't pay, don't see him again. Wait for further
instructions Tuesday at 2 pm near the Eye. Carry a pink umbrella for identification."

"Anything else?" I ask, glancing at a clock on the wall. 

"There was a lock of his hair inside the envelope. A long lock of his hair. Ripped out of his head."

I suck in my breath then let it out. "Seeing as how it's going on 1 pm and that today is Tuesday, I
presume I am to pop on over to the Eye and see how things turn out." I try to make my voice
cheerful but under the circumstances I think my voice sounds phony. 

"That would be very helpful. Usual rate?"

"Usual rate." 

"Agreed. Meet me at Harrah's straight afterward."

The phone clicks off in my ear and I did the same. The napkins I was using to mop up my tea were
sodden. Dropping them into the trash receptacle, I take off my earpiece and lay it on the desk. 

I wonder who kidnapped Deuce and who had phoned me. The voice is very familiar, but who? I
shrug, knowing that I will see the owner of the voice soon enough. 

But for now, time is of the essence in these matters, so I drop the day's newspaper onto the wet
tea stain then left my office. 


A few minutes later, I am merrily humming through London's crowded lunchtime streets on my
Vespa. Truly an innovative machine, my pale blue Vespa can weave through the densest of
London's worst traffic jams which seem to occur with frightening regularity. 

My name is Mason McDaniel, if you've forgotten that small fact since your shocking discovery that
Deuce Bigalow has been kidnapped. I carry a minor title, being the third son of a nobleman. I rarely use my title.  My education consisted of university followed by legal training which resulted in my becoming a barrister. And in case you didn't catch my workplace, I am employed by the Global Manwhore Association. 

As I've explained earlier, GMA performs any service required by its members. Mostly, the services
provided by the London office relate to locating amenable private apartments here in London or on
the Continent. GMA also arranges yacht rental, limos, ticket services...ah yes, you think I am
describing a concierge service? 

That, and more. GMA also provides health and retirement benefits to its members. And in the
years since the American stock market went bust, GMA has provided financial services and I'm
happy to say that few GMA members lost more than twenty thousand quid. 

Legal advice on certain matters, usually pertaining to immigration, are where my skills are utilized. 

GMA provides me with a rather plush, though small office, located on Berkeley Street in Mayfair, just up the street from the Mayfair Hotel. My office is tastefully furnished with a mix of modern furniture and antiques that I purchased from the Edinburgh and London auction houses. 

I ride my Vespa down Berkeley to where it intersects Piccadilly in front of the Ritz Hotel. I turn left
on Piccadilly and head towards the urban landmark of Tower Records. As I ride, I watch tourists
scratch their heads as they try to figure out the difference between a Mars Bar and Milky Way. I
chuckle as one hapless tourist bites into a candy bar then gets into a squabble with the vendor
because the candy bar is obviously not what the purchaser wanted. 

Where to purchase a pink umbrella? I slow the Vespa down, and look carefully at the street
vendors hawking umbrellas at ten pounds each. Glancing quickly at their selections, I noted the
umbrellas were mostly dreary colors in your everyday basic black. 

Sighing, I decide to detour so I veer left on Air Street and head towards Soho. There, amongst the
artists' stalls, I might find a pink umbrella meeting the requirements of the ransom note. 

I pass the Cafe Royal and remember that my tea was a prelunch tea, as normally around two, I
am lunching somewhere. My stomach grumbles but I ignore it for the time being. I cross
Glasshouse Street, which forms kinds of an odd shaped oval on maps, and end up on Brewer
Street. 

People crowd Soho’s sidewalks, jammed shoulder to shoulder as they move en masse towards
their post-lunch destinations. They are moving rather slow, so I suspect they are on their way back
to the office. I see more than a few of them with maps pulled out, indicating their tourist status and
evidently hoping that a friendly native will point out the way. 

After crossing Wardour Street, I ride my Vespa slowly down Old Compton Street, looking at the
umbrellas on sale. Here the umbrellas are also selling for ten pounds, but one has a better
selection of color here in Soho. I spy my quarry and I pull the Vespa in front of the vendor. I don't
get off. 

"Hullo!" the vendor, a teenage girl, says. She's about nineteen with short blond hair and icy blue
eyes and dressed the way teens seem to prefer: jeans and a t-shirt. 

"Hullo. That pink umbrella, please," I indicate the umbrella and reach into my pocket. The girl
retrieves my umbrella, hands it to me and I hand her a ten. 

"Thank you!" she tells me. I nod, place the umbrella in a small bag on the side of the Vespa and
leave. 

Some twenty minutes later, I find a place to park my Vespa. Taking the pink umbrella, I meander
around the banks of the Thames until I find a bench relatively near the Eye. I take notice of a little
old lady wearing a saggy cardigan and speaking on her cell phone. She notices me and smiles.
Absently, I smile back. I sit down and look at my watch. 

Ten to 2. 

"Two hundred fifty thousand quid and you get Deuce Bigalow back," a female voice says beside
me. 

I start. The contact was more than punctual. I didn't even hear her walk up. I turn sideways to look
at her. Right off, I notice she is leggy, dressed in a canary yellow short trench. I raise my eyebrows
at her canary trench & knowing this fact about her, I am able to ascertain that Deuce Bigalow is
alive, well and not likely to be in much danger. The only danger would be to GMA’s pocketbooks.

Quickly, I glance at her feet to confirm my suspicion. Sure enough, she is wearing black leather
mid calf length boots with platform heels. A dead giveaway as to her professional affiliation. Her
face is shaded by a large floppy hat. Oversize sunglasses shield her eyes and a large part of her
face. 

I pause a moment. "When?" I ask.

"Edinburgh. ____. tomorrow, 2 pm. Cash in a small carryall. You may bring one other person. No
funny stuff or Deuce Bigalow takes a trip to Davy Jones' locker," the lovely lady tells me. She was
trying to clip her responses, perhaps so I would not be able to identify her voice or perhaps she
wanted to refrain from giving away too much information. I felt like telling her that she needed to
watch her wardrobe. 

I nod and the lady gets up and moves away. I take a small pair of field glasses out of my pocket
and peer through them. I tsk softly. Lady, my love, you should never wear a canary yellow trench
on a grey London day. You will be seen for quite some ways, especially by chaps like myself who
carry field glasses. And especially when you are part of a well-known group of sticky-fingered
youngsters. 

Far down the street, I notice the lady captor getting into a black Rolls. I peer intently at the plate
and memorize the number: N654ZJ. I could use that number to trace the car, presuming, of
course, that Deuce’s captors haven't temporarily swapped license plates, something that particular
group has been known to do to elude detection. 

The Rolls drives off and I return the field glasses to my pocket, exchanging them for a pen and
paper. I jot down the license number. 

I stand up. The little old lady smiles at me and I notice that she is selling newspapers, coffee and
candy. Again, I smile back at her. I return to the Vespa and head over to Harrah's casino--a
popular place with Londoners day or night. 

Finding another parking place and locking the Vespa, I enter the casino and wander around,
popping in a quid or two in the slots. In one slot machine, I win thirty pounds with a quid bet. I
smile, remove the tokens and pocket them to cash in later. 

A lady approaches me. "Mason McDaniel?" she inquires. I nod and she beckons me to follow her. I
do so, thinking that in earlier years, this particular lady would have been quite a looker. But sadly,
time and gravity have taken their toll on her posterior. 

I am led to one of the private rooms in the back. My lady escort leaves me and I open the door.
The room is dim. 

"Step in, and close the door," a husky male voice tells me. It is the same voice who talked with me
earlier. I follow the instructions. When the door snicks shut, lights go on. There is a table, a few
chairs. A small mini bar is laid out on the table and a man in white is seated with his back turned
towards me. He swings around in the chair to face me. 

"Antoine!" I cry, glad to see my old friend. I take off my coat and fold it over the back of a chair.
Antoine nods, but worry lines crease his face. I know what he is feeling about our mutual friend,
Deuce. 

"What did you find out?" he asks me by way of greeting. He is nursing a whiskey. 

"____. tomorrow, 2 pm. Two hundred fifty thousand quid or Deuce is deep sixed," I bluntly tell
Antoine. He sighs and I take a seat at the table. 

"We can get the cash together," Antoine states flatly. And he is correct. GMA maintains investment
jewelry which we can sell off to estate jewelers as the need arises. Truth be told, GMA has never
had to sell off its jewelry. 

"I do have some further information on who kidnapped Deuce," I next tell him. Antoine looks at me,
surprise showing on his face. 

He raises his arms, palms up. "But it's so soon after you met the contact!" he tells me. "Not even a
half hour! How do you know more information about who kidnapped Deuce?" 

"It's the Modsters who kidnapped Deuce."

Antoine narrows his eyes and growls. "The Modsters? Who are they?” he pounds his fist on the
table to demonstrate his agitation. His dark eyes look angrily at me. 

"A loosely based gang of cat burglars,” I calmly tell him. The fire in Antoine’s eyes dims and his
demeanor grows calm. I continue my explanation. “The Modsters are well known to Scotland Yard.
Mostly small time crimes, pickpockets, petty theft, purse lifting. Also liquor and cigarette runs. The
contact was wearing a canary yellow trench with black mid-calf length boots. That’s the Modster
ladies’ latest trademark outfit."

“Will they harm Deuce?” Antoine asks me, leaning to rest his elbows on the table. 

“Not the Modsters. Despite the deep six threat, they’re young, non-violent petty thieves. Mostly
raised by the state.” 

"They must want something big time if they're resorting to kidnapping," Antoine says smoothly,
understanding what is at stake. He pours himself another whiskey. "Want one?" he inquires. 

"That would be lovely," I reply. Antoine fixes me a whiskey and pushes the glass over to me. I sip.
"Yes. They must want--or need--something big."

"Such as?" Antoine asks, refilling his whiskey. 

"That remains to be seen."


Upon rumination and a meeting with other high placed members of the GMA, it was decided that
GMA would not bring in the Yard. After meeting with Antoine, I had conferred with other legal
counsel, then taken a diamond and sapphire necklace, and a ruby and diamond necklace out of a
safe deposit box and headed over to one of London’s reputable jewelers. I received a check for the
jewels. 

Eyebrows had been raised at the bank when I requested two hundred fifty thousand quid in cash,
but in a few hours I had obtained what I needed. Last evening, I had taken the liberty of arranging
for some private protection and I hoped the bumbling duo would meet Antoine and myself near the
rendevous point. 

This morning, Antoine and myself then traveled to Edinburgh by the early train, arriving in time for
lunch. Lunch was at a fish and chips shop. Now Antoine and myself are standing in a bleak
subterranean part of Edinburgh known as the _____. My private protection is either detracted by
the music festival, or they are seriously lost. 

I suspect the Modsters chose this subterranean location because of its meandering tunnels built a
few hundred years ago. Darkness and age prevent many people from touring this part of
Edinburgh. _____ get the wash times article on edinburgh. 

Antoine is pacing then we hear the sound of heels. A muffled ‘oomph!” sounds, and a harsh
‘shush, a bit longer and you’ll go home to mummy,” is heard in the murky darkness somewhere
ahead of us. 

I strain to see through the murky darkness, wishing I had thought to bring night vision goggles.
Antoine nudges my shoulder and I see three forms coming towards us. It looks to be Deuce and
two women, judging from the sound of their high-heeled boots. 

“Got the cash?” the taller woman curtly asks. As the three get closer, I see that the two women
were dragging Deuce along by his elbows. I try to place her accent--Manchester? Bristol? 

I nod, then frown. In the darkness, the women couldn’t see my movements. I clear my throat and
say, “Here.” 

“On the floor. Kick it over. I want to look inside it. Then I’ll let Deuce go,” the taller woman tells me.
Liverpudlian. She was from Liverpool trying to hide her accent. 

I carefully place the small carry all on the floor and kick it toward the woman. She caught it with
her foot, bent down, opened the bag. With a small penlight she looked at the stacks of 100 pound
notes. 

“Good,” she says.

“It’s all there,” Antoine offers, his voice soft. Deuce turns his head towards the sound of Antoine’s
voice. In the glare of the penlight, I see that Deuce is blindfolded, gagged and his hands are bound
behind his back. Antoine see Deuce’s condition as well and I nudge him to remain silent. 

Snapping shut the carry all and holding it in her right hand, the woman stands up. She nods to her
silent partner and flicks off the light. “Two and three!” she calls. 

Deuce is pushed suddenly towards Antoine and myself. Being blindfolded, he stumbles into us,
and the three of us tumble to the ground. Retreating footsteps tell me the two ladies have
disappeared into the tunnels beneath Edinburgh. 

Deuce is struggling to get free of his bonds. I manage to untie his hands and he removes his
blindfold himself. 

“Antoine! Is that you?” he peers at Antoine. “Antoine, my friend! Am I glad to see you!” I frown,
feeling a bit left out as Deuce ignores my presence. I notice that Deuce’s words are a bit slurry and
I wonder--briefly. Then I take a deep breath and know what Deuce has been fed these last few
days. 

“Yes,” Antoine replies gruffly. “It’s Antoine! I have come to your rescue! I have brought Mason as
well.”

Deuce scrambles up and I see he is trying to hug Antoine, but Deuce keeps stumbling down.
Something appears to be on the bottom of his shoe. Slime, most likely.

“Did you get a photo of them?” I now ask Antoine, hoping to distract Deuce. I help Deuce up and
steady him by gripping his elbow. 

“I think so,” Antoine replies. He fumbles around in the dark and I realize he has lost his cell phone
camera.

“Deuce, are you all right?” I now ask Deuce. 

“Yeah, man. Am I glad to see you, too! But it was the weirdest experience!” Deuce tells me.
Antoine must have been really close to the cell phone for I hear a loud click. 

“Damn!” Antoine says. From my pocket, I pull out a small flashlight and the subterranean room
lights up when I flick the on switch. 

“There it is!” Antoine says, going to retrieve his cell phone. He fiddles with it. “Yes. I have an
image. Not very good but you can see part of one’s face.”

“Save the photo. We might need it later,” I say, replacing the flashlight and brushing my suit off.
Antoine puts the phone into his pocket and brushes himself off. 

“Dirty down here,” Antoine tells us and Deuce nods. 

“Man, you two don’t know what happened!” a slightly dazed (and I suspect slightly drunk, judging
from the overpowering whiskey smell) Deuce was now saying as we made our way up to the street
level. I am trying to steady Deuce but he isn’t helping me much. 

Outside, the sounds of the music festival are going on. Antoine now peers at Deuce. “Are you all
right?” 

Deuce nods then wobbles on his feet. He giggles. “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down!”

Antoine nods, understanding about Deuce’s involuntary condition. “One good turn deserves
another.” 

I am a bit grumbly because the protection I hired has not yet shown their faces. We exit the
subterranean tunnels and run full blast into the ongoing festival. People are drinking, and whooping
it up, shouting merrily. We retreat to an alley some ways down the street where I have a car ready. 

As we walk towards the alley, Antoine smiles at the people. He waves his hands around. “Some
good women here, yes?” he asks me, smiling. “Good for business.”

I ignore him. We reach the alley. “You can get a bath and some dinner at the hotel,” I now tell
Deuce, steering him towards the car. Footsteps sound behind us. I turn, see who it is, then plant
my hands on my hips. 

“It’s about time you showed up!” And it was true, the private protection that I had arranged was a
bit late for the festivities. I sigh. Although Colin and Sean were excellent protection when one could
get their attention long enough, leave them at a festival and they were bound to get lost. Purposely
lost. 

Sean and Colin hurry towards me. “Sorry, mate. Crowd’s a bit thick with the festival,” Colin tells
me. I glare at him. Sunlight glints off his red hair, burnishing it to a deep copper. I suddenly notice
a bruise beginning to darken Colin’s cheek. I peer at Sean. His shirt is a bit torn but he is otherwise
unhurt.

“You too?” I ask the blackhaired Sean. Brothers they are. Behind me in the car, Antoine and Deuce
are talking softly so I can’t hear them. 

“Yeah,” Sean responds. 

“How?”

“Pickpockets.”

“Get any cash?” I say.

“Nope. Too smart for them!” Sean says.

“A Modster?” I now inquire. 

“Think so, mate,” Colin tells me. “Dressed all in black ‘e was, and ‘e ran towards a woman in a
short canary yellow trench coat. If they’re ‘ere at festival, it’s a jolly good day for pickpockets,”
Colin finishes, straightening his shirt. He grinned, rubbing his purpling cheek. “I gave ‘im a spot of
trouble!” he told me now. ”Bet ‘e wasn’t counting on that!” Colin punches the air then grins at me. 

I make a mental note of this information on the injuries to one of the Modsters. 

“Trade went down all right?” Sean asks now, eyeing Deuce and Antoine in the car. “’e looks a bit
under the weather,” Sean finishes. Inside the car, Antoine and Deuce smile at the three of us still
standing on the cobbled street. Deuce gives a little wave. I ignore him for now. 

I nod at Sean. “Simple trade. Cash for Deuce, then off into the tunnels went the women.”

“We’ll see them again if they’re Modsters, I’ve no doubt,” Colin tells me. 

Seeing that my protection was pickpocketed, I can’t fault Colin and Sean for their lateness. I slip
each man an envelope. Inside is the usual payment: cash, gift cards and lottery tickets.

Glancing about to see if they’re unobserved, the men slip their envelopes inside their shirts. I
suspect each one is wearing a neck wallet and considering that members of the Modsters were in
attendance today, it seemed a wise idea to use neck wallet. 

The two men nod at me and blend into the crowds. 


Back in London over dinner, Antoine, Deuce and myself were lingering over drinks. 

“Ready to tell us about it?” I ask of Deuce. For the last several hours, Deuce had been quiet. Even
the masseuse reported that she couldn’t get him to talk. He’d gotten over his slight hangover but
couldn’t tell us much about where he had been taken since being snatched in the limo Monday
evening. 

He shakes his head. “There’s not much to tell. I was blindfolded and kept blindfolded until I was let
go.” 

I was curious as to the finer details of the kidnapping but I kept my mouth shut. So I say, “Looks
like they fed you whiskey.”

Deuce nods. “That’s all they fed me. A blended variety, they told me, for the grains.”

Antoine snorts. “Whiskey diet. Looks like it did you some good, mate!” He slaps Deuce on the back
and Deuce grins. A lovely waitress comes into the private dining room laden with a tray of
desserts. Antoine has chosen what has to be the world’s largest banana split. The waitress places
the banana split in front of Antoine and he grins. 

“What? I like ice cream,” he tells us.


Ah! The weekend is here! It’s Friday morning, and I am not expected in my GMA office. You think
I’ve forgotten that I’m the only employee in my office? I haven’t forgotten; I merely state fact. 

Up in my Thames riverside loft in a converted warehouse, I am having brekkie and watching the
morning news. I hear an interesting item. “For an update, we now turn to Lana Sinclaire.” The
lovely Lana! I always have time for the lovely Lana. I put down my tea cup and peer at the telly. 

The ever lovely Lana is standing in the shadow of the Eye, and she informs all of England that an
“incredible gem heist went down in the early hours this morning at the Millenium Dome Gem Show.
Reports are estimated that the thieves stole loose gems totaling pounds five million.”

I whistle through my teeth. Then my cell phone rings. Using the remote control, I mute Lana. The telly switches over to close captioning so I can follow the lovely Lana. Fearful of brain cancer, I put in my earpiece and answer the phone.

“Hullo!” As I’m at home, I don’t answer with the GMA greeting.

“It’s Antoine.” Trust the man to get right to the point. I smile. 

“Top of the morning to you, Antoine! What may I do for you, mate?”

“Watch the news.”

“Already doing so, mate.” I pick a scone and spread it with jam. I take a bite. 

“Now?”

Chewing, then swallowing the bite of scone, I reply, “Yes.”

“You are watching Lana Sinclaire now?” Antoine repeats urgently. So that’s what this call is about. Antoine wants an introduction to Lana Sinclaire. Aside from the other things that GMA provides its
members, personal introductions are the heart and soul of GMA.

“Through GMA, I can arrange for you to meet the lovely Lana,” I smoothly tell Antoine. Hell, I’d like
to meet Lana and this would be a wonderful excuse to arrange for a lunch date with her. 

“No!”

No? How can I be wrong? Who wouldn’t want to meet the lovely Lana? Before I can run through a
list of reasons, Antoine continues. “Look closely at the screen. In the background, wadded there in
the trash can behind Lana’s left, no, right, no, yes, her right shoulder, which is your left. What do
you see there?”

I do as Antoine instructs me. Fortunately my telly is a large screen telly, one which completely
dominates one side of my brekkie nook. I like big things. I scan the background behind lovely Lana
Sinclaire. And there, in the background, I see the item to which Antoine is referring. 

“Is that what I think it is?” I ask Antoine. The rest of my scone falls to the floor and my jaw drops in
disbelief. 

“Yes. A canary yellow trench coat,” Antoine confirms what my light grey eyes are telling me. At the
bottom of my telly screen, the lovely Lana’s words are crawling across from right to left: “Police
have no idea who is responsible for the gem heist, and Scotland Yard is perplexed as well.”

“Modsters,” I say. 

“They used the cash from Deuce’s kidnapping to get the equipment they needed to do the heist.”

I am in agreement. “I’m following you there, mate.” 

To carry off their heist, the Modsters would have needed some high priced equipment to get past
the Millenium Dome security, coordinated by Scotland Yard itself. Such equipment would have
cost more than the Modsters usually took in for any given month, which was generally enough to
support themselves in quiet luxury. The reason for Deuce’s kidnapping became clear. 

“Shall I come around to knock you up?” I ask Antoine. 

“Meet me down at the Virgins,” Antoine instructs me. I try to hold back a snicker. What Antoine
means is for me to meet him down at Virgin Radio Cafe. 

“Virgins it is. What say, an hour?”

“Now!” Antoine instructs. His end of the phone clicks off and I follow his example. Leaving my
brekkie dishes on the table, I rumamge through the closet in hopes of finding some shoes. 

A few minutes later, I arrive at Virgin Radio Cafe. Antoine is there, dressed in pale grey pants with
a cream colored turtleneck that I have to admit looks good on him. He is pacing agitatedly back
and forth. “Morning,” he greets me. 

“Morning.” I decide to ask a question which popped into my head as I was heading out the door.
“Does Deuce know?”

Antoine shakes his head. “I don’t think so. He’s still asleep. He was up gaming until the wee hours
this morning.”

I sigh in relief. “What are we going to do?”

Antoine grins hugely. He stops pacing, spreads his arms. “My friend Mason,“ he says, “we go on a
helicopter ride.”

I am perplexed. “A helicopter ride?”

Antoine nods. “I won a helicopter ride in a radio contest.”

Okaaayyy. This is news to me. I decide it’s best to go along with Antoine’s idea. “What do you plan
to do?” I inquire gently. 

He looks at me. “We look down on London and see the canary yellow trench coats. They should
be out in full force today, celebrating their successful heist.”

A lightbulb goes off in my head. Yes, Antoine is correct. Today would be a good day to celebrate.
But personally, If I were a Modster, I would lay low for a few days, perhaps even leaving the
country. I’d also chang