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Scene Two: Monday afternoon. 1:45 pm. The team has now been airborne for forty minutes, following the directional signal that they key has been emitting. Electronics genius John Slate has put the finishing touches on his jury-rigged tracking device. The Skipster and Glory Becker are piloting the massive aircraft.
Skipster (to Glory): I'm going to turn on the intercom so they can hear us back there. (The Skipster flicks a switch.) Hello? Can y'all hear me? (The Skipster and Glory hear Mr. Winter's voice through the flight deck speakers.)
Glory: Really nice work, John!
(Glory throttles back and lowers the large flaps on the trailing edge of the wing.)
Skipster: It's a United Transport Service van.
Slate: Can you get the number off the back?
Glory: It looks like E-47. I repeat... Echo-four-seven.
Slate: Cool beans! (He turns to his laptop computer and begins typing.)
Slate: Aha! UTS van E-47 is scheduled to arrive at the freight terminal at Louisville International Airport for offloading.
Glory: You really are sharp, John. (pause) Are you married, by any chance?
Slate (holding up his left hand, displaying a gold wedding band): Wednesday will make five years.
Glory (a little diappointed): Oh. (pause) Does your wife know what you really do for a living?
Slate (sighing):She thinks I work for our decoy company, Global Telecommunications, as an electronics engineer. (sadly) That's the only lie I've ever told her...
Mr. Winter's Voice: Lies are a bad thing in a happy marriage, Mr. Slate. What was it the poet once wrote...?
Glory: What the hell's in Louisville, Kentucky?
Slate: According to Googly, "Louisville is Home of the Kentucky Derby, Fort Knox, bourbon whiskey, the home offices of Papa John's Pizza, the air freight hub of UTS, and the world's largest annual Rutles Festival."
Glory: What the hell's a "Rutles Festival?"
Slate (reading his computer monitor screen): Again, according to Googly, "The Rutles (also known as the Prefab Four) are a band that are known for their visual and aural pastiches and parodies of The Beatles. Originally created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes as a fictional band to be featured as part of various 1970s television programming, the group evolved into a real band that recorded and toured, and released two UK chart hits. Unexpectedly, this parody band became extremely popular, and has spawned many tribute bands, which arrive in June for a week-long Rutles Festival."
Slate: Which reminds me... maybe I should call and tell her I'm gonna be working a little late tonight, huh?
(The Skipster and Glory both nod.)
TO BE CONTINUED...