I followed their gaze. A girl was standing in an open doorway at the back of the enclosure. The tigers must have liked the looks of her too. Or maybe they just thought she was bringing more food. They all turned away from me and walked toward her. I darted forward and grabbed that chunk of meat. It was cool and moist and heavier than I expected.
It slimed through my hands and almost slid out of my grip, so I hugged it to my chest. Now I was moist and slimy. I ran for that back door, pushing past Zookeeper Babe. But why did cute girls always go for Mr. Tall Dork and Handsome? The cops are going to want to test the residue inside it right away. I glanced down at myself. This new one was from the gift shop. I prefer not to worry until I have to.
That was a tough case. The name stands for American Teens Against Crime. For instance, we were able to pose as high school interns at the zoo and figure out how the drug runners were slipping their merchandise past the cops. Other assignments might send us somewhere like a rock concert or a skateboard park. Basically, anywhere teens would hang out and adults would stand out. Nobody was around when we let ourselves into the house.
That gave me a chance to sneak upstairs and change my shirt. Better safe than sorry.
Because as soon as we flopped on the couch in the den to start relaxing, Aunt Trudy found us. And she had that look in her eye.
She never got married or had kids, so I guess Frank and I became her substitute kids. She loves to boss us around. Not even turned inside out. Frank and I traded a look. Luckily, our ATAC training has taught us how to think on our feet. That clever bird of yours needs his cages cleaned.
We sort of inherited him during one of our earlier ATAC cases. Now he was part of the family. He had two cages—that regular-sized one in the den and a huge one in the backyard, where he got to hang out when the weather was nice. Aunt Trudy really hates it when we whine. That usually meant trouble.
He was just grumbling to me about how you boys need to take responsibility for your pet. They really think Frank and I spend most of our time going off on school field trips, study programs, and whatever other crazy cover stories we come up with to explain our travels. Unfortunately for me, he was also Mr. Lucky—that day, at least.
He won the toss and picked the inside cage. It was way larger than the inside one and got cleaned less frequently. That meant I was in for a huge, stinking, fly-encrusted mess. I shot him a glare, then grabbed a bucket and scrub brush from the laundry room and headed outside.
Might as well get it over with. The cage door was standing open. Flies buzzed in and out. They were here, making my miserable job even more miserable. The cage was taller than I was.
It was pretty foul in there. I wished that cute zookeeper was around to help. And not only because she came with a shovel, a hose, and lots of experience cleaning up after messy animals. Just seeing her might distract me from the grossness. Maybe thinking about her would help. I tried it as I got started. Dipping my brush in the water, I stepped over to start scrubbing the main perch. As I did, something whacked me on the head. A large new mirror bird-toy thing was hanging off the bars of the cage. Where had that come from?
I wondered if Aunt Trudy, who had developed a soft spot for Playback, had started buying him stuff. Then my eyes widened as I realized there were actually two mirrors attached together. And something was stuck into the narrow space in between. I dug in with one finger—and pulled out a shiny silver disk. Even as I did it, I knew it was pointless. Whoever had hung that mirror toy was long gone. Then I dropped my scrub brush, tucked the disk into my pocket, and took off for the house. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.
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