I dash to the grotto and knock on Spring's door. Spring, a ten year old girl, one of the oldest kids in the grotto, opens the door. Her face lights up when she sees the donuts.
"Oh Missy, these are great!"
"Thanks, now I need you to hand these out to the others."
Her smile disappears. "You're not gonna do it?"
"I'm really sorry, Spring, but I have to make sure this undercover investigator doesn't get away! I don't know if I can find him again, so I have to keep track of him."
Spring pouts, and then raises her head. "Uo's that?" she asks.
I turn around and see @Badcop_Blackshine sprinting madly into the grotto. "HIDE!" I shout to Spring.
"Get in me house, quick!" she says, pulling me inside her little one room hut. It's not much larger then the metal crate I live in here in the grotto. Officer Badcop stops running to catch his breath. Standing up, he looks about, taking in his new surroundings.
"Who's that feller?" Spring whispers to me.
"He's the guy who might work for the Empire." I whisper back.
"but, if e works for the Emp'r, why is he running away from somethin'? Them Emp'r folks never run from nothin!"
"Hmm," I reply, "Maybe, but we don't really know, do we?"
"We can ask im,"
"I tried, he's as tight as a pickle jar lid."
"Then let's do it the Movie way!" Spring whispers excitedly.
"The movie way?" I ask.
A few months ago, @Eerie_Coppernight brought a projector to the grotto and showed the urchins a few movies. One of them was an old spy movie. A smile spreads across my face, I know where this is going!
"Yeah! We'll tie im up to a chair and ask im all kins of questins!" Spring frowns, "Only, I can't cetch im by meself."
"I'll do it Spring, don't worry."
"Yay! This'l be so fun! I'll go tell the others!"
She slips out of her hut as silently as a ghost and skitters down the grotto. I pull out my flame cane and approach Officer Badcop from behind. Without firing up my cane. I knock him over the head with it. He falls to the ground with a satisfying thud.
"Got him!" I shout to Spring.
The grotto fills with the sound of excited chatter. Spring sets up a stool while Georgia and Billy find as much rope as they can. I haul Officer Badcop onto the stool and the urchins tie him up.
Now we wait.