Zippo ignored all the questions and instead tried to convince Zeppo that Dunbridge was a good man, a fellow carnie. Upon hearing this, Dunbridge uneasily fled the scene to resume his investigation.While Zippo’s appearance was unexpected, stranger still was the news that he brought to the Carnival. Mr. Delgado was alive and plotting his revenge! Given the circumstances in recent months the Ragtag Misfits weren’t buying Mr. Zippo’s story. In an effort to win Zeppo’s trust Mr. Zippo convinced his son to perform with him. While this certainly stirred a variety of emotions in Mr. Zeppo, he remained unconvinced. For her part, Bella didn’t want the police attention that follows a fugitive and instructed Zeppo to get rid of his father. Zippo, however, had other plans and refused to budge until the troupe believed his story.
Zippo…Zeppo….we’re getting dizzy too, don’t worry…maybe this will help…
The younger clown then turned on his father, expressing disgust at what led him to be sent away to prison in the first place: Grand Theft Auto. The older clown maintained his innocence, insisting that he had been framed by Delgado himself. Like a deranged super hero, Detective Dunbridge burst onto the scene and accused the younger clown of killing Delgado to avenge his old man’s unjustified incarceration. Well, he didn’t actually say it that way. Those words are too big for the dimwitted Dunbridge.
Zeppo replied that he had an alibi for the time that Delgado went missing, but refused to give the details. With Bella’s urging, Zeppo reluctantly revealed that he had been at a miming workshop. Dunbridge had a good laugh.
You were miming? That is your alibi? Of course! That’s a perfect defense.
You couldn’t have killed Delgado because you were stuck in an invisible box? How
could I have missed such an obvious hole in my accusation? Miming! Who even does that
At that moment, the ever seen never heard Mirage a Trois walked up behind Dunbridge and gave him a good kick in the shin. Good for her, we say. She then handed Dunbridge the following note:
Miming is an art form that was first seen in Ancient Greece. Again, popularized by Marcel Marceau, DO NOT insult Mr. Marceau. I was with Mr. Zeppo at a miming workshop in Venice, California that night. There is simply no way he could have committed this crime. Hugs and Kisses, Mirage A Trois.
Having been thwarted, again, Dunbridge left the tent to find the means to conduct more aggressive interrogations.The evening’s festivities seemed to be winding down, or so our heroes thought. Without warning or reason Fortissimo abruptly entered the tent leveling a pistol at Winchester Hamilton III. Just as Fortissimo was going to pull the trigger Detective Dunbridge entered the room carrying a bed of nails. Seeing the Detective, Fortissimo fled into the night with Dunbridge giving chase. Bella and William Draven took advantage of both enemies being occupied and put their bed of nails to good use, with a little help from Vincent Wolf. As hot as that sounds, it’s probably not what you’re thinking.
With the dawning realization that they are now running from two aggressive entities, our Ragtag Misfits fled once more into the wild blue yonder, leaving Boise and potatoes behind. Dunbridge returned to find nails, discarded clothing and bits of broken cement scattered across the stage where his suspects had been. He was starting to get ideas about the measures he may need to take to break the carnies when a chill came over him. Haunted, he ordered the audience to leave the venue.
Now, with even more questions, we plunge into Episode #4…