THEY LOVE TO WATCH HIM STRUT
WRITTEN BY ZARIUS
Ah, the lure of Hollywood. The glitz, the glammor, the cameras, the temptation to look into the lens and give every tabloid on the market a worthwhile money shot. If only life were like this every day.
Well, for one lucky hamster, it is.
Penfold waltzed into his Mayfare H.Q with a spring in his step, wearing glasses with razor sharp lens and a swanky three-piece suit complete with emerald green loafers. He looked the part and certaingly wanted to act like it, only he wanted to keep a humble attitude about himself, not wanting to appear too brash.
Still, every member of the Danger Agency could’nt resist walking up to him and shaking his hand, demanding a picture, asking him questions about his relationship with hollywood starlett Scarlet Johamster, who he’d met on the set of ”Rise of Loocifer”, which had gone through a very literaly kind of development hell in recent days having been revealed as a trap sprung by the genuine Professor Loocifer.
Penfold met each greeting with a sense of apprehension, but tried to keep his wits about him, making the occasional crude dig at the movie’s production and what had interested Scarlet in him. He was sure some of the Danger Agents that were probing him with questions were probably journalists in disguise.
Still, he could’nt let the press or the adoring private servants of the public get to him
And then Colonel K approached him.
“Ah, Penflack, good to see you” he said, still clutching his photo of Scarlett.
“Oh hi Colonel, I thought you said you’d be more precise with my name now that I’m dating an important hollywood figure” Penfold replied.
“I’m not exactly carrying a torch for you two, I’ve seen The Bodyguard, these type of relationships are doomed from the outset”
“So why do you have such a crush on her then?!” Penfold asked.
The Colonel gazed upon Scarlett’s photo and sighed deeply.
“She just reminds me of what my job will never permit me to grasp. If you want to hold on to something that special, you may have to give up something special to you”
The Colonel took his leave and slowly sulked as he went down the long foreboding corridor to his office.
“Think about it” he said.
Penfold went on his way.
“Morning Professor” he said as he marched into the crime lab.
Squawkencluck’s keen sense of smell picked up something rare in Penfold’s appearance.
“Is that what I think it is?” she asked, aroused by the aroma.
“Missing Lynx…just for hamsters”
Danger Mouse entered the lab in pursuit of him.
“Penfold, I really don’t think you should come to work showing off like that”
“Scarlet gave me this outfit for our date in four days” Penfold replied
“And you’re going to bring it with you on missions?” DM asked
“Danger Mouse has a point Penfold, Scarlet wants you looking your best, that’s hardly possible when you’re going in to face the worst of this weary world” added the Professor.
“I guess you’re right Professor, regardless of where I stand with Scarlett, I still want to muck in with the Cheif and everyone else”
DM and Squawkencluck nodded approvingly .
“Should I get changed then?” Penfold asked.
“No, there’s not a lot of criminal activity today, besides your apperance has livened up a particulary dull day” assured Squawkencluck.
“Tell me about it, this place sure does love to watch me strut” Penfold asked.
Squawkencluck grabbed one of his cheeks and pinched it.
“I think we’re all kind of proud of who you’ve managed to draw the attention of. So many of us rarely have time for love, or to learn from it”
“Here’s hoping this pairing doesn’t go down the toilet” said Danger Mouse