Weekend Writing Warriors: Full Metal Librarian (Unknown Devils)

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We bought a couple of Powerball tickets yesterday, mostly because we thought it would be a good way of warding off being struck by lightening while simultaneously being stung by bees and gnawed by sharks in our kitchen, which is approximately 950 miles away from the nearest ocean.

But if I don’t make the rounds in a timely fashion today, it may mean  I’m out at a car dealership, looking at Lamborghinis—perhaps one for each foot.  Or maybe I’m just taking a nap and dreaming of a working Honda . . . 

Meanwhile, this week’s passage is about that pesky John Anderson-Smith, who’s been present at a lot of mysterious deaths, including the murder for which our Clyota was framed.   Mr. Anderson-Smith has a way of installing revolving doors in police holding cells—but it doesn’t look as if he’s ever been held in a Library detention cell before. . . 

Unkown Devil

“Anderso— the unknown gentleman is still in the Cooler, right?” I asked.

“First thing I checked this morning,” said Charlie.  “He tried to lawyer up , which is tough to do without phone privileges, then tried a bribe—so once he does cough up some ID, he’ll be visiting our friends in Federal court.”  He rolled his eyes.   “We’re going to have to file his incident report under ‘Crime dash dash Stupidity.’”

“Good,” I said, looking at Reynard, who was frowning.  “Not good?”

“The problem,” he said, “with trapping the devil one knows, is that one is then forced to deal with unknown devils.”

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39 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors: Full Metal Librarian (Unknown Devils)

  1. Love this! the idea of library holding cell and an incident report from this librarian’s POV is fabulous. There are times when I wish we did have holding cells and could fill in incident reports on stupidity 🙂 Last line is a great hook.

    • Seriously, Virginia. Though, technically speaking, most incident reports are about patrons who aren’t exercising their right to make intelligent behavior choices—right? 😉

  2. Love the 8 and your blog-post build up, sigh, we didn’t win either (forgot to buy a ticket is the only reason!). Great pic to go with the snippet, too!

    • He thought he would be allowed to make a call without identifying himself to the Library, and when that didn’t work, he tried bribery—not the best idea! 🙂

  3. Just wondering what the classification would be for Crime–Stupidity. Also, if there is one for Stupidity–General. (We could probably fill volumes with anecdotal evidence.)

    • No, just regular people . . . 😛

      This world has some serious problems—someone told me it was fun to read, but he’d hate to live there.

  4. Always the voice of reasons–Reynard. And he’s more than right in this case. It’s the puppeteer that we should worry about. I love the slip of Clyota had the at the beginning of this snippet, and the humor Charlie holds throughout.

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