Chuck rolled Puddles over, quickly running his paws over her body looking for wounds. She slapped his hands away, “I’m fine.”
“Oh Lovey, you served me well,” the man said tossing the remains of the robopuppet to the ground as he accelerated down the thoroughfare scattering wageslaves.
“Check Amson,” Puddles commanded as she sat up. “Damn that was close.”
Chuck looked over at Amson, “He’s definitely gone.”
“Shit. Where’s Whiskers?”
“He took off after the puppet man.”
“He’s fast,” Whiskers said breathing heavy over comms.
Whiskers ducked underneath the arms of an overburdened wageslave, keeping an eye on the puppet man. Three wageslaves tumbled to the ground in front of Whiskers. With a leap, he cleared all three landing hard, slipping, and falling on his rump.
“Where are you at?” Chuck asked.
“Near the taxi pads,” Whiskers replied resuming the chase.
Puppet man swung the case in a low arc taking the legs out from two wageslaves who were too busy with their electronic devices. Both of them tumbled into Whiskers path who used the nearest wall, to wall ran past the wageslaves. Puppet man rounded a corner to the taxi pads, Whiskers heard screams and watched as wageslaves ran away from the taxi pad in a panic. Sliding around the corner, he remembered he left his katana at the office. No need to worry, Puppet man dove into a taxi that immediately flew into traffic.
“He is gone.”
“Gone?” Puddles asked.
“Jumped into a taxi.”
“Police are here,” Puddles flatly reported.
“I will be there in a few minutes.”
Out of breath Whiskers jogged back avoiding the knots of wageslaves rubbernecking the scene. Standing over Amson’s body, the SCPD Officer spoke into his com while recording the scene on his tablet. Puddles and Chuck sat to one side waiting. Whiskers sat next to them with a thud.
“What the hell was that all about?” he asked.
“No clue,” Chuck replied. “Officer Chu doesn’t know anything either.”
“No surprise,” Puddles said. “He showed up after the fact. I got his ID so we can get any information the SCPD may find.”
“Great, does he need anything from me?” Whiskers asked between big breaths.
“Not that we know of. He asked us what happened, took our information, and that was that. We only sat here to wait for you.”
With a groan Whiskers stood up and approached Officer Chu. A brief conversation and Whiskers signaled Puddles and Chuck time to leave.