EdBecerra . CH_218a .Gotham -_ NigmaEddie, Skip, ChitChat, IceBerg??, Tracing, PickupPerv, Surcharges, EyeCandy Here is for comment. I think it works, but if it interferes with anything, I'll delete it and start over. Next part's at the Iceberg, from Skip's pov... Ed. - - - Nigma looked at the display on the phone. Odd, usually caller ID was blocke-- oh, hell. Area code 970? Colorado. Skip again? Eddie wanted to lay his head on his desk and cry. Tracer wasn't a bad guy, and his money spent as easily as the next guy's. Better, even, given that it didn't need to be laundered. But dammit, couldn't Skip EVER take a case that didn't involve retrieving someone whose sexual peccadilloes made Jervis seem like a clean-cut upstanding conservative citizen? He picked up the receiver like a man trying to disarm a bomb. (And he'd disarmed quite a few of his own over the years during his clashes with Bat/Bruce.) "What is it this time, Skip?" "..." "I can do that. But the Iceberg? Why?" "..." "Wait, what? WHO?" "..." "You're serious?" "..." "Shit. You realize the Bat's going to blow a fuse. Hell, he'll probably short out the entire Gotham power grid." "..." "Okay, I can arrange that. A sit-down with Bane, Ivy, Oswald, Hagen and Fries." Eddie sighed. "You want to add anyone else to that list? Like maybe the Angel of Death, or someone along those lines?" "..." "You're going to pay for this, Skip. Really pay. I mean it. Cash isn't going to cut it, not for this one." "???" "An original Game Jugo Flower puzzle. No knock-offs, it has to be one of the original seven production run." "!!!" "Hey, hey, hey! You're the one coming to me, Skip. And if you don't think this won't cause trouble, you've got another think coming. With the mayoral elections coming up, and HARVEY in the running? This is like standing outside in the rain in copper armor, daring Maxie to hit you with his shock prod! There's no way in hell you can keep a pick-up like this quiet." Nigma shook his head. "The Feds will want you crucified, you know that. And everyone in the race will try to make political hay out of this." "..." "Okay, I think I can fit you in just before the Tabletop night. Bane, because of the Pena Duro connection, right?" "..." "Thought so," Eddie sighed. "Dammit, this was such a nice clean town before all the perverts thought they could start hiding here. Just the Mob, the Rogues and the Bat. We had an understanding, damn it. We're honest criminals and lunatics here, no molesters need apply." "..." "Yeah, yeah, I know. Look, just tell your principal that the standard Gotham surcharge is being added to your expense account, and have them add an additional 'pissed-off theme villains and costumed extremists' fee to the bill. And if they bitch about the cost, they can go whistle. This is GOTHAM we're talking about here. They want their pervert behind bars, they're going to have to pay the freight." "..." "Okay. And hey, Skip? Thanks for being nice to Ivy that last time. She's going through some rough times, and a friend - just a friend - is what she needs right now." "..." "I know, but thanks anyway. You want your usual waiting for you when you get here?" "..." "It takes some time to order it, Skip. NO ONE drinks that crap but you. Seriously, what the hell were you thinking when you decided that stuff was drinkable? It dissolves CONCRETE! Even BANE backs away from it. Slowly, in a very manly fashion, but he still backs away from it. And he pumps Venom into his head." "..." "Wow, really? That explains a lot. Hey, maybe if you told him that, he might be a little more co-operative, y'know?" "..." "Okay, give me a call when you arrive at Gotham International. I'll send the girls with a car." "..." "Yes, they do make nice eye-candyeeeee-- oh, crap, they overheard me. Gottagobye!" CLICK.