The CAP: The money it just keeps rollin' in (and out)
We got the money!!! the chancellors screamed, holding each others
arms and jumping up and down in a circle.
Rose watched coolly. This is quite a hefty sum, she said, holding up the
check. It needs two chancellors signatures to be cashed. Who would like to
handle that responsibility?
ME! they all chimed, and then looked at each other in suspicion. An argument
ensued as to who could be trusted. Each accused the others of hooking up with one other
chancellor to get the money, thus shafting everyone else.
I suppose I could take it, Rose offered. They blinked.
You? Astraea said. I suppose you could.
Shes not a chancellor, Nanaea noted.
She cant sign the check, Omar remarked.
Even if she forged Omars name, none of us would sign it with her, Nanaea
All right, you keep the check. Guard it with your life! Astraea said. We
have to have that thing intact when we get home. Oh, the hot tubs it will buy! she
said with glee. Uh, textbooks. I meant books, and supplies and things. Sure.
I will protect her, O.M.A.R. said, looking at her warmly. Nothing shall
harm her while Im around.
Aint that sweet, Nan growled.
And so sweet little Rose tucked the check into her bosom (remember that, not being our own
Ladybug, this would actually be a pretty safe place) and promised she would see it safely
to Deb U. It shall arrive there safely, even if you dont, she thought to
herself, and had to suppress a sinister laugh.
O.M.A.R. bounced along. He had a date with Ladybug. A real date, not just dinner with
everyone else, to be followed by sleep and only sleep. Shed promised him that they
would finally have some time alone.
So when he opened the door to their hotel room and found her tied to the bed with scarves,
he was excited. So this is what the real Omar got to partake of! He realized then that
hed grown to like Ladybug. In fact, he liked her a lot. And he might not give her
back when they got home. He was sure he was stronger than his creator.
But wait, something was wrong. She was gagged too. How could she have gagged herself? He
ran over to pull the scarf from her mouth.
The check! she gasped. Its gone!
O.M.A.R. was taken aback. Gone? he said. Who took it? And why did he
steal your clothes too? He noted her black undies with approval.
He didnt steal my clothes. I was getting dressed for our date when a man came
in and held me at knifepoint, said he knew I had money, and if I didnt give it to
him, he...he...he would kill me! She started to cry.
Dont cry, he urged her. I am here. Youre safe. Everything
will be all right. He kissed her on the cheek, and then on the lips. Ill
protect you now. He went to untie her.
Wait, Ladybug said. Not yet. Kiss me again.
When the chancellors were called together to hear the news of the theft (some hours
later), they were devastated.
Our money! wailed Nanaea. My poor empty vault!
Wait a minute, wait a minute. Its all right. They cant do anything with
it; its just a check. They cant sign our names. Astraea tried to calm
But how will the bank know its not our signatures? Nan demanded.
Anybody could sign our names.
Nobody knows all of our names. They just have a check made out to the
university, Astraea explained. It would only be dangerous if the thief were
someone who knew us.
Sorry Im late, breathed Hebea, running into the room. I would have
been here earlier but I couldnt find Autolycus. He seems to have disappeared.
Checked out and everything. So whats the emergency?
The chancellors looked at each other. Uh-oh.
Posted on Sep 08 1999, 04:14 PM