Swamped Chapter 56 Page 3

Right. You’re not going to address the actual plan in detail yet. You want to keep things sparse. See who seems to react as if they know more than they should.

You’ll start off with the part that doesn’t demand any action.

“So, here’s what this is all about,” you begin. “With Rider’s disappearance, Razor has taken over the investigation into strange animals showing up all over the place. He’s been making note of where they’ve been spotted, and written down descriptions of them.”

You glance down at your notes for effect, while keeping an eye on the crowd see if there are any early reactions. Though, you gotta say, Razor did a pretty good job with this map of known disappearances. You saw Rider’s when it was in progress, but it was a lot sloppier. Functional, but not much more than that.

“As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, most of the weird animals are native to the desert. But there’s a few that don’t seem to be coming in from there. We’re working on figuring out if they came here the same way as the desert creatures, or if there’s a more natural explanation.”

Now you scan the crowd. A few people look surprised, but that doesn’t tell you much. Most of them would have heard some report or other about one of these weirder cases.

On the other hand, there’s one sighting here that you’re pretty sure only you and Razor know about. And neither of you likes to blab needlessly. So if you want a reaction, that might not be a bad example to try and catch someone with.

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Toobles is looking real nervous when you mention the rainbow mallows…odd you thought everyone knew about those already.