“Fancy a stretch of the legs, Jones?”
DS Jones pirouettes proficiently, crunching loose car park gravel beneath her flat rubber soles. She squints into the bright morning sun beyond Skelgill’s silhouette.
“Oughtn’t we get these under lock and key, Guv?” She refers to the loose bundles of documents cradled against her thorax.
Skelgill does not reply immediately. He casts about and sniffs the fresh dewy air. Then pointedly he glances at the sturdy piebald dog that stands obediently at his side, seemingly unconcerned by the fraying lengths of rustic yarn threaded through its collar.
“I think you’re outvoted, Jones. Cleopatra’s up for it.”
DS Jones frowns. “What exactly did you have in mind?”
Skelgill casually flaps a hand in an easterly direction, towards the silvery grey bulk of Great Gable, its flanks attractively dappled with irregular sliding shadows cast by small fair-weather cumulus. “I was thinking we might stroll over to Gladis’s at Seathwaite.”
Now DS Jones’s voice takes on a distinct note of exasperation. “Guv – that’s miles – we’d be hours.”
Skelgill beams generously. “Trust me – I know a short cut. We’ll be there by eight.”
“But what about my car, Guv-and all this evidence?”
Skelgill shrugs. “Lock it in the boot. Leyton needs to take a statement from his lordship. He can bring a DC to drive your motor back to the station this afternoon.”
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