Saturday, July 14, 2012

Dead Rite chapter 117.05


“I still think we'd have got more out of him by being polite.”

“You can think all you like, sergeant, as long as it's during your time off.” White chuckled as put the car back into gear. “We'll have a shufti at Chervil Court, see what the army's been up to in the last couple of days.”

“Do you really think the lads were the victims of Magelight?”

“Almost certainly. To judge from the reports of them on the morning they were last seen, I think they hacked their way into the cryogenics program and suffered the fate of these other poor buggers we've been hearing about. Bodies notwithstanding, we'll be hard pressed to find something we can convict on. It's all pie-in-the-sky science fiction rubbish, isn't it? At least, that's what any prosecutor would say.”

“And if they're zombies?”

“Tch. Don't be ridiculous. Who would you suggest we arrest? Corporal Beckett and his dead associates? Sergeant Beecham for carrying out his orders? Jimmy Hunt for probably having something to do with raising the dead? We'd get laugher out of the superintendent’s office.”

“There must be something we can do. We've got the theft from the college and ABH of the night watchman for a start.”

“That reminds me. I promised to go and check on his dog, didn't I?”

“Yes sir.”

“What's your report going to say then? 'We investigated the theft of a sentient computer by a robot that bore a passing resemblance to a killing machine from a nineteen-eighties science fiction film?' Do me a favour sergeant. There are some cases you can never solve. You just have to kick the perpetrator hard enough so he stops doing it.”

“And have we?”

“Kicked Jimmy Hunt's arse hard enough?” White grinned. “Not by a long chalk yet, Sergeant. Not by a very long chalk.”

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