Written by Big M.
Granny was getting concerned, perhaps discombobulated. No one had heard from Foodge, Wes and O’Way since Foodge had sent that stupid Carrow Wack inspired Stream of Urine. Micturating over the handrail indeed. Merv was lazily wiping horizontal surfaces with a dirty rag to ensure COVID compliance. “Merv, are you busy?”
“Flat out like a lizard drinkin’?” Merv laughed quietly to himself. “Why?”
“Have you heard from the Boys?”
“What Boys?” Merv had lost interest in his work so stood there wondering what to do with the rag.
“Foodge, Wes and Father.”
“They’re hardly Boys (with or without capitalisation).”
“The Hardy Boys?” Granny is a touch deaf.
“Anyhoo, ‘ave you ‘eard from Foodge ‘n’ Co?”
“Not since the ‘Stream of Unconsciousness’ thingy. Why?” Merv hadn’t bothered to read Foodge’s Kerouac Inspired whatsaname because it sounded like shit.
“I’m worried about them.” Granny had poured herself a Lady’s Waist of Trotter’s Best.
“I’m not.” Merv tossed the rag behind the bar.
“Why not?” Granny skulled the dirt brown concoction then poured a second.
“I’m tracking ‘em, or, more to the point, tracking Foodge.”
“How, I mean, why?” Granny had moved on to a pint of IPA.
“I placed a tracker in his toiletries bag.” Merv had already anticipated the next question so fired up his laptop and placed his reading glasses on the end of his nose. “Let’s see, now, it only switches on twice a day, to conserve power, ah….okay, it gave a position a couple of hours ago. They’re in Cadiz, which is odd. They should be somewhere way further south. Either the ship’s got mechanical trouble or they’ve been thrown orff.” Merv suspected the latter but went checked on the whereabouts of MV Wasted Seamen, which, it turns out had already rounded the Cape. “It looks like the wasted Seaman has left them behind!”
“Wasted Seamen??” Granny was slightly intoxicated. “What would sailors be doing wasting…”
“Did you want to send a message?” Merv had adopted the attitude of a parent with a small child, which was Granny to a Tee when she was on the sauce. “Seeing as we know where they are, or, at least where Foodge’s toiletries are.”
“Oh, yes…I dunno, I just want him back.” Granny dissolved in tears.
“You want him back? I can organise that.”
“Can you really get him back?”
“I can probably get them home by the end of the week.” Merv was already typing an email to an old mate in Spain.
“So you could have got them back earlier, I’m guessing!” Granny had taken an accusatory tone.
“Of course.” Merv didn’t look up from the laptop.
“No one asked, besides, I thought they were enjoying the thrill of the journey. Hold on, I’ve got a reply. An old copper mate lives in Spain. He’ll track ‘em down easy enough and pop them on a freight plane. They’ll be in Inner Western Cyberia by Thursdee arvo.” Merv slammed the laptop shut. “Another pint, dear?”