Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Guilty or Innocent Marcus
Percy: I'm going to lie her comfortably and listen as Marcus narrates today's mystery. See if you can figure out who is responsible for the destruction of private property. If you need a hint, you already know the culprit.
Marcus: In November, we dogs all got a new bed because someone had destroyed all the old ones.
This was mine. A nice soft extra large bed Jan would fold in half for extra padding and warmth in my crate.
And then one morning, I discovered my bed flipped over and the bottom ripped open.
Yes, ripped open! The material on the bottom is as thin as tissue paper and could not be sewn, so Jan used duct tape to put it back together. She folded my bed so the soft, warm side was up once again.
And again the bed was flipped over and another hole was dug in the bottom.
And yet again! And again! This is what the bottom of my bed looks like now. And I had absolutely nothing to do with it.
Percy: Yes, Marcus had absolutely nothing to do with it.
Marcus: Are you making fun of me?
Percy: No, I'm just repeating your statement of innocence. You are innocent, aren't you?
Marcus: You know I am!
Percy: So if you are innocent, who is the guilty party?
Marcus: The same one who destroyed all the beds so Jan had to buy new ones for the winter. And she should go to jail.
Percy: Jan should go to jail?
Marcus: No, little Miss Messy Merci who keeps sleeping in my bed! I thought old folks are supposed to be quiet and neat, but instead of knitting, she took up digging in bedding and shredding it.
Percy: We did a whole series on Merci's vandalism last year. (I think the final one was Dust Mites Exonerated.) I know you all thought Marcus was guilty, but in this case he is the victim, not the perpetrator.
Marcus: Do I get a reward for that?
Percy: For being a victim? I don't think there is such a reward.
Marcus: For being assumed guilty until proven innocent.
Percy: How about if you get to keep what's left of your bed?
Marcus: How about cash?