Dan's nose gave a sniff...
It was true apparently. Wingman's mere presence magnified Dan's senses. The house smelled old, no surprise there. He also smelled no "life" of any kind inside the house. Somewhat surprising, since they had just seen the monstrous figure go inside, a minute ago. He also smelled a familiar scent. Dog. Or dogs rather, patrolling the grounds? Lastly, he smelled something even he did not think he was capable of detecting. Ghosts. Or rather, that nebulous hint of the dead, the fleeting awareness of those who did not go to the grave peacefully. Nothing else interesting from the estate. No meatloaf baking...But still, d**n, this Wingman was good!
"What the @!#$, Karl? I know I owe you, but c'mon! Wait, hold on..."
Teddy Best's "hold music" was bizarre. Juice Newton's, "Angel of the Morning", Karl exhaled as he waited for the FBI agent to get back on the line...
"There will be no strings to bind you...Not if my love can't bind your heart...Just call me aaangel, of the morning, aaangel...Just touch my cheek before you leave meeee, baaaaby..."
Wingman got a call of his own. The 'Cuda was crowded and loud now.
"What? Speak up. What? Bounce? I can't understand what you're saying. Girl and a bum? What the hell is wrong with you? Come now? Can't. Feels like old times here Bouncer, I'm running with a team again! What? I can barely understand what you just said, but it sounded nasty..."
Artie continued trying to understand what the hell Bouncer was growling on the line...
Just call me aaaangel...Ted came back on the line. "Karl, no can do on the gun, but can do on chopper. 30 minutes. Can you hold out that long? I'll get you a @!#$ing chopper in 30 minutes. Got your 'locay' from your phone. That work? Karl, please, I'm begging you with tears in my eyes, do NOT go in half-cocked! We have a plan...Karl? Karl?! Listen, this could all be ok after another hour. We're going in heavy. If Katie is there, alive, we'll get her out. Karl?...What? Yeah, i may have some new intel, but gonna have to call you back with that..."
"Chopper? Oh @!#$ no! I don't do choppers. Wingman don't @!#$ing fly!" Artie had gotten off with the Bouncer and now heard the snippets of Karl's plan, and Kate's green light. "Why don't we split up? Chopper and boat. Bam, bam? By the way, you guys want the Bouncer's help? That was him. Sounds @!#$ed up. But he's the Bouncer, I'm sure he'll be fine soon."
At that exact moment, Eddy, who was sitting there silent as a church mouse, spied the hulking figure exit the Wernstrom house, and make its way back across the grounds, clutching something...books? The figure was heading sideways along the iron fence, and still hadn't spied the 'Cuda, or the super heroes inside it.