By Spider Robinson
Over time, the twice-transplanted consumers of Callahan’s position attracted a set of neighborhood zanies so quintessentially Key West pixilated that they made the recent York originals appear, good, virtually common. The elfin little Key deer, for instance--with a stevedore’s mouth; or the merman with eczema; or Robert Heinlein’s teleporting cat.
For ten sluggish, merry years, existence was once stable. The sunlight shone, the espresso dripped, the breeze blew simply strongly sufficient to burn up the scent of the puns, and little supergenius Erin grew to the verge of early life. Then catastrophe struck.
Through the gate one sunny day got here a malevolent, moronic, mastodon of a Mafioso named Tony Donuts Jr., or Little Nuts (don’t ask). He’d determined to resurrect the vintage safeguard racket in Key West--and bet which tavern he picked to hit first? Then, because of very bad accessorizing (she selected the inaccurate belt--and no, we’re unlikely to give an explanation for that one), Jake’s spouse, Zoey, unexpectedly chanced on herself in a spot without mild, no warmth, and no air. And no method domestic. The pressing query was once where--precisely where--but that became out to be an issue so advanced that even the whole gang, built with teleportation, time shuttle, and telepathic syntony (you can glance it up) may not be in a position to crack it in time.
And whereas all this used to be occurring, dying himself walked into where. yet this time he wouldn't depart on my own. . . .
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