Note: This is my last post until next Sunday, where I’ll try to catch up on the strips I miss. It’s also stupid long, because my storyline made even less sense than I thought.
LAST TIME on Sunday Brain Bogglers: after tools are stolen from a construction site, Slylock and Max couldn’t agree on the case. As Max came close to cracking it, an unseen force began working against him. It ended with a random fish suddenly attacking him.
Also, they were on a beach but now they aren’t.
This week: Slylock and Max and the Case of the Half-Baked Plot Resolution
As Max wrangled his attacker with a fishing rod, Slylock’s attention shifted over to Smitty. The workers were lucky he came through with his lust for gold. With their equipment still missing, they’d never have retrieved that chest miles down. Smitty did it with his fingernails. Slylock wondered if he could have stolen the tools just to gain the advantage.
When he heard Smitty’s story, Slylock remembered he was much too stupid for that.
Ever since Max murdered the fish in cold blood and fed it to a stranger, the mysterious assaults seemed to dwindle. The pair decided to celebrate by buying pretty shoes, but it wasn’t long before they got wrapped up in another case. Slylock was quick to point out Shady’s nonmatching shoes.
“Aw, man, you know I never wear matching shoes!” said Shady.
Max didn’t tear his eyes off his sexy new footwear. “He’s got a point there, Sly.”
“Max, we have a quota to fill and you bungled the wheelbarrow case. Shady’s shoes don’t match so he’s guilty.”
Another rash of thefts through the neighborhood led the detectives to the home of Count Weirdly. He sat in his bone-legged chair, a skull at his side, lit by only the pale flame of the candle. From his raspy, evil voice came the words: “Wipe your feet! I mean, really, I never enter your domain without wiping mine! You know, I like the word ‘domain’…”
Weirdly went on for a while, gradually getting off-topic. It was all background noise to Max as his gaze shifted towards the Count’s soaking shoes. “Hey, Sly, how big were the footprints at the construction site?”
“–oh, and those little mint cookies! I always wanted to be a girl scout, you know,” Weirdly continued.
While he was occupied with tales of girl scouts, lighter fluid of the etymology of “of”, Slylock and Max decided to investigate.
The shoes matched the footprints exactly. The detectives followed their wet trail to a freshly dug underground chamber… hastily built with stolen equipment. Inside, they discovered an elaborate trap containing a page of exposition.
Weirdly stormed down the stairs. “How did you escape the Plexiglass?”
“I picked it up and walked underneath it.” Slylock pointed to the paper. “It says here you bribed Harry Ape with a copy of Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing to transport the tools for you.”
“Well, of course. He could play that thing for hours. But when your little mouse started sticking his nose into things, I had to intervene.”
“All this to hide a paper explaining how you’d hide the paper?” asked Max.
“Oh, well, on the back there’s a formula for a gas that deflates eyeballs.”
For possibly the first time in Sunday Brain Bogglers history, Slylock Fox and Max Mouse made a legitimate arrest. Their friendship strengthened, they celebrated by testing the formula on Shady.
Next week: Granny Squirrel arrested for assault! See you guys Sunday!