Round Duck

Part 2

by Stacey (SST205 at aol.com)

Inspector Beth Lestrade sat at her desk, poring over some very bothersome paperwork. "Grrrr....I don't see why I have to be the one to fill these papers out...."

"Because, Lestrade, you're the one who wrecked that cruiser!"

She glanced up to see the rotund Chief Inspector standing in front of her desk. She had been so busy complaining, she hadn't heard him come in.

"Sir, I was in the pursuit of a wanted criminal!"

The Chief Inspector's bushy brows drew together."Lestrade, don't take that tone with me. That is most always your excuse. There is no excuse for constantly destroying New Scotland Yard property, and doing the reports about the matter is the least you could do. You're lucky I don't start deducting credits from your paycheck!"

Lestrade sighed. "Yes, sir."

The Chief stormed out, and Lestrade tried to return to the pile of papers. She did return to her grumbling. "Well, now, isn't this just ducky...."

Ducky? Where had that come from?

She sat a moment, staring at the paper on the desk in front of her, but not really seeing it. In her mind, however, a rather odd image popped into her head -- that of a duck in a garish purple and orange costume, throwing smoke bombs and arguing with a little rodent with an electrical plug on its head....

Lestrade shook her head. "What the--??"

She turned her chair around and stared out the window. A few blocks away from New Scotland Yard lay the entrance to the Old London Underground. It was there, as a young teen, she had had the oddest adventure of her life. Or had it been a dream? It was too strange to have been real -- or could it have been....?

"Ah, not again," she said, shaking her head. If that all had been a dream, why was it still so vivid in her mind after all these years? She had been arguing that point with herself for just as long.

She shook her head again and turned back to the paperwork. "I'll probably never know the answer to that, but I do know I'll be in serious trouble with Greyson if I don't get these done." With that Lestrade picked up a pen and tried to push thoughts of the duck out of her mind....

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