The Sword Thief - 39 Clues 03 by Peter Lerangis

The Sword Thief - 39 Clues 03 by Peter Lerangis

Author:Peter Lerangis [Lerangis, Peter]
Format: epub
Tags: Juvenile, Puzzle
ISBN: 9780545090599
Publisher: Scholastic
Published: 2009-03-03T00:00:00+00:00

"We have to move before the yakuza return," Nellie said. "I'll explain everything. Oh. And we squeezed your duffels in the trunk."

Yes!

Dan thought. That meant they had the swords. Dan climbed into the soft leather backseat with Amy and Ian as the others squeezed into the front. "Whoa,

This is street cred," Dan said. "Can we keep it?"

"We left some ... outer clothing near the subway station," Alistair said carefully. "Perhaps I can direct you there, Nellie."

"Seat belts!" Nellie commanded. She started the car, pulled away from the curb, and floored it to get through a yellow light. Alistair pointed her to the right as she continued: "Okay, update. When I see Poindexter and Morticia on the plane? I freak. I'm, like, what happened to my kids? I think, they've, like, eaten you. Then they tell me what happened. Bragging.

They're, like, fourteen and eleven, but they talk like they escaped from a Clue game. 'Forged the tickets, ho-ho!' Anyway, they try to threaten me, yada yada, and of course I argue and I'm figuring in my head, 'Ha-ha, the next thing is they put poison in the drink' -- but I'm, like, 'Nahh, of course they're not that skeezy.' Then I see her actually doing it, like two inches away from me -- uh, hello? So I get kinda mad -- you know, act like I'm going to drink it, and then zam,

I spritz the stuff all over their faces. Well, I'm, like, 'Nyah nyah, this is really funny,' but they start to totally wig out and fall all over each other to get to their carry-on --they're, like,

'Eek our faces have schmutz on them!' And I'm, like, 'Dudes, grow up!'

So I take their carry-on and sit on it. Um. Baad idea."

"The poison was in a concentrated form," Ian spoke up. "In the amount that Natalie had used, it would have mutilated, perhaps blinded us."

Amy squirmed away from him in disgust, nearly squeezing Dan into the side of the car.

"And you were going to let Nellie drink it?" she said.

"We meant to temporarily disable her," Ian said. "Just a drop. But Natalie slipped during air turbulence. Before we could warn your nose-ringed nanny, she drenched us. Luckily, she allowed us to retrieve the antidote from our carry-on."

"That's kindness," Amy said.

"I made them agree to give me all their cash," Nellie explained. "That's bribery," Natalie grumbled.

Nellie jerked the car to the right, and Dan felt like he was going to carry an Amy imprint on him for the rest of his life. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Amy's hand brush accidentally against Ian's. She let out a yelp and pulled it away.

"Mrrp!" said Saladin, arching his back and spitting at Ian.

"Er, ahem," Ian said, leaning away from the cat, "the reason we are still here is that we'd like to propose a temporary alliance. As we explained to your porcine au pair, we have something you need."

"Like, two plane tickets?" Dan said. "Too late. And we'd rather have an alliance with a bucket of slime than with a Kabra -- if we could tell the two things apart.



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