Hello, Denny. Are you going to sit still, or shall I utilize Jasper's newest trinket?
|Denny on a rare occasion when he wasn't smiling. |
Jorge's must have been out of sausages.
(public domain photo by Lewis Hine)
Why don't you begin by telling us a little about yourself.
My name is Denny. I'm seventeen, and I'm currently the errand boy for Rudin Sugar Factory. Although I'm informally detective's assistant, it will become official here pretty soon.
Detective's assistant? That sounds pretty ambitious for a seventeen year old. What qualifications do you have to be a detective's assistant, Mr...?
Denny. It's just Denny. And while I may be only seventeen, I'm plenty smart. I've been doing a lot of research into detective work and private investigation. Besides, I have skills that Detective Hollock lacks. Charm and charisma can go a long way. He needs me.
A lot of research? Such as?
Oh, you know, reading and observation and such. I've been honing my deducing skill for years now.
Ah, deducing. I'm sure Jasper will find your knowledge of Sherlock Holmes cases invaluable. Just how do you intend to help him?
It's just as I told him. I'm all around town. An incognito informant of sorts. I can keep tabs on things, gather information, and handle the people side for him. He's horrible at that.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
By then I should be a full blown detective and well known in Denver. When Jasper gets through teaching me the ropes, I'll talk him into going into a partnership. We'll expand, and I expect I'll own most of Denver by the time I'm forty. After that, I'll go into politics.
Well, I have to hand it to you, kid, you're ambitious.
That remark sounds like you don't believe me. But if readers will follow our story in Solve by Christmas, you can bet they'll be convinced by the end.
I'm sure. Thanks for joining us. I'd better let you get back to the factory.
Thanks. I have to make a stop at Jorges’s sausage shop on the way too. But I'll be back to answer any reader questions. And perhaps make a few inquiries on of my own. *sly grin*