So, having ascertained at the Metropolitan Library that a cursed jade buddha is central to the plot, what IS Speed's next step...? He travels via silhouette to...
an Authority on Chinese Custom.
Of course he does. Speeds Saunders doesn't need the internet; the entire world of expertise is at his disposal; he knows who everyone is, he knows what they know about, he knows where they live, he can tesseract to them directly or travel by silhouette, and no one would dare deny him. And their expertise is always useful.
|"I think you should seek professional help, young man. And I don't mean from an Authority on Chinese Custom."|
|Um, Speed, that woman obviously has stolen that coffee pot, why are you letting her sneak away? Do you feel she's urned it?|
|I guess now we know what goes through Speed's head.|
|Ah; of course, Speed doesn't rent a U-Store-It, he just keeps all his crap at Headquarters. Because who is going to deny Speed Saunders?|
|I mean, really: jade buddhas. Isn't this all a bit much for a jade buddha? Just go buy one at the 古玩店 and "replace" it, they all look the same. But perhaps I am being culturally insensitive.|
|Is that left-side rat handing him a note? |
"THERE IS AN URGENT CALL ON THE PHONE!"
"Thanks, but, not now, Gus Gus."
|"The trick is in not minding that it hurts."|
|Like ya do.|
|"Yessir! Will you be, um, getting in the car, first, or do you want I should just give them a message when I get there? Nice suit, by the way."|
|Although why anyone should make a fuss about the jade buddha, which should surely be returned to its rightful owners in India, anyway, is beyond me.|