Elias E. Gorr was in a bit of a pickle.
Being allowed entrance into the secret underground poker tournament had given him nothing but pleasure the last few weeks. He’d never have thought his ability to lie to the law about the illegal activities the professor required of him would come in handy. But, alas, he was shockingly good at bluffing.
Too good apparently.
Especially according to the five burly men circulating him in the alley. Three held tire irons. Another held a length of thick rope. The fifth held what looked like a can of hairspray and a lighter.
“Good sirs,” he started, wiping the sweat off his forehead with his coat sleeve. “It does not have to be this way.”
There were a few grunts. Some snarls. One man banged his tire iron against his open palm.
Intelligent lot. Perhaps that’s why they failed at cards.
He swallowed. How would he get out of this?
The group swarmed.
. . .Poor Elias, clever at cards, wonderful at digging up bodies was burnt by a mob.
Grogar was having a marvelous time with Balthazar. True the dog’s affection could get a bit slobbery on occasion. And Grogar did have to deal with those rug burns on his back fur from that one unmentionable interlude that he hoped would never, ever, happen again – he just didn’t swing that way – but otherwise it was a tremendously happy life. Certainly better than sitting around in the Professor’s basement waiting for the next gruesome surgery. And to tell the truth, he didn’t really like Melissa all that much. She was a bit spoiled. Always carried him by the ear so half his body dragged on the ground. He might be a bear, but he deserved to be treated with respect.
“Grogar.” Balty came into their room, carrying a large creamy envelope in his mouth. “Something came for you by carrier. It looks official.”
Grogar tore open the envelope. If his eyes were something other than black buttons, they would’ve widened. “Elias has died.”
Balty rubbed his fat head against Grogar’s side in sympathy. “I’m so sorry.”
“And he left me some money. I didn’t even realize he cared this much.”
Grogar, the teddy bear, had landed a legacy.
So right now the scores stand like this:
Lord Slogar: -45
Professor Helena Slogar: 0
Melissa Slogar: 0
Elias E. Gorr: -5
The Old Dam: -25
Angel: -45 Cousin Mordecai : -10
Willem Stark: +10
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