Saturday, February 11, 2012
Hi Mum, It's Sammy (Clone 63 - Part 9)
"Sam, what's up?" Felipe was still yawning like his head was about to come off. "This had better be good, I hate moving a minute before I have to in the morning."
"Sorry Felipe. Well, I've been thinking about the missing pet reports that I've been writing up. I'm pretty sure that there must be a reason so many dogs and cats are going missing."
"Chuck specifically told me that he wants nothing to be done about the pets. He feels that it's a waste of police time." I looked at the two of them. "So I was wondering if either or both of you wanted to pursue this out of hours."
I looked over at Felipe. "How about you?"
I smiled at Felipe. "I'm glad you're in. I'm not sure I should handle this alone. And I wouldn't want to involve my housemates or anyone else that isn't a cop."
"So, if you've been thinking about it, then how should we proceed?"
I asked Felipe, "Do you happen to have a pedigree cat or dog?"
"Well, the disappearing pets are entered into the Pet Show next week, right?"
"Yes, that's true."
"I was thinking that if we had access to a pedigree pet we could surrounding the area the pet stays in during the day with surveillance cameras. Maybe one obvious one and 2 or 3 well hidden. After that enter the dog in the show and see if we can catch the pet nappers in action."
"Only one problem with it?" That was a bit of a surprise, I was anticipating more. "What's the problem?"
"It's going to be expensive. The entry fee to the pet show is bad enough. But getting several cameras with a plan that may sacrifice one of them will really cost a pretty penny. We can't use any police equipment. Not if you want to keep it from Chuck, we have to sign everything out from him." Felipe shook his head. "I've no spare cash to put into this."
I nodded reluctantly. "Yeah, I hadn't actually thought about the cost. I don't know how much those cameras would be. I guess I'll have to look into that." I sighed, that would put a crimp in the plan. "But Felipe, you should know at least one pedigree pet is missing that wasn't entered in the show. Your dog may disappear too."
I lead the way into Chuck's office and he closed the door after entering the office. "Now, Sam, my computer has the exam. The computer's been taken offline so you'll have no net access. The test is automatic, it will start in 5 minutes and end in four hours or when you've clicked the "Finished" button. A passing score is anything above 70%. If you can score higher than 90%, you'll be on the fast track to the next promotion." He waved me toward his desk.
"Any questions before it begins?" I shook my head as I sat down. I was feeling quite nervous, if I failed, it was months until the next time I could take this test.
The test flickered to life and I felt even better. It was long but it was also multiple choice. I scanned the first few questions and noticed that each question had one or more answers that were easy to eliminate. It wasn't going to be a super simple test, but I finally had confidence that I'd be able to pass it.
Two hours into the test when it suddenly flickered off. Chuck looked up from the book he'd been reading. "Ah, right. Break. Get up, walk around, stretch. The test will be back in 10 minutes."
"Nope, just a break."
He slumped back in the chair, disappointed by the lack of escape. "Damn, and you've been manning this desk for how long?"
Jared nodded glumly, "Which means I'll get stuck in here some of the time." He looked at me, "Is it bad if I hope you fail?"
"It would be if it works that way." I shrugged. "We'll see." I walked back to the office, it was nearly time for the test to resume.
I breathed a sigh of relief. No desk for me today. "Thanks Chuck, I'll be here tomorrow."
Time to go home, where my family is.
Jericho met me at the door. "What had you so flustered this morning?" He wrapped me in a big hug. "It took me a little while to figure out exactly where that feeling were coming from."
"The boss sprang the police test on me today. I was worried that I might not pass. They only have the tests every couple of months, if I fail, I'm stuck at that damned desk every day until the next time. Sorry if I caught you by surprise."
"Don't worry, love. We have plenty of time to learn about our bond. It's a bit different for every bonded Strider couple and there is the blessing of the goddess. So I don't know much more about what to expect then you do."