#The Security Footprint. I’m apprehended. Court Caper Part 3. (“Chapter” 42)
Michael the Policeman is actually a Marshall and he’s going to herd me, not Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Quack, and Pack—you know, the adorable, innocent ducklings that Mrs Mallard was trying waddle across Mount Vernon Street? Michael crossed them to safety. Not me.
I’m at the perfect height for a terrifying look at his utility belt—called a “duty rig” in police procedurals: A mallet-flashlight that could be also a cudgel, a Taser, baton, handcuffs, pepper spray, and all sorts of other hooks, and devices to stun and stop Bad Guys.
Despite the tight spot I’m in, I take a second to marvel that until this very moment, I’ve only seen belts like this on Batman: pouches, cylindrical cartridges, grappling hooks, bolas, cryptographic sequencer, miniature camera, recorder, and of course Batman’s supply of batarangs. Also I wonder if this is what it means to “gird your loins?” (Anatomically imprecise, but he’s girded that’s for sure.)
On TV you know how you see the police tilt their heads and muttermutter into their collar tip? That’s exactly what my Marshall does. He whispers, Subject is here. He listens and says, Roger.
I snap out of my fugue (a state where I’ve mentally meandered away from my hot mess of a predicament) and crank up bravado. I’m Isabel, Marshall. Is there a problem, sir?
He looks at me with pity. Pity! He doesn’t answer my question. Please come with me, Isabel. He turns, and I follow him to a little room in the front hallway.
I don’t even get to go through the metal detectors.
How does he know the Scheherazade part of my name? He even pronounced it correctly. I keep pumping out irrelevant and immaterial thoughts. Then it’s like I hit an invisible wall; the shock is so immobilizing.
Seated in two antique oak banker-type armchairs—the kind you see in movies of old courthouses is—can you guess?
Mimi and Pop.
Isabel Scheherazade, thwarted court interloper who must regain her composure before continuing her story. (And, yes yes, I realize I’m talking elaborately right now, but fancy words keep me from wilting like a daisy in drought.)