"I know that my age does not help my forgetfullness, but goodness gracious, I know the bread was here minutes ago and then ***POOF*** it vanishes in thin air.
Do you handsome boys think you can help me find the caper?"
* Coot looked at Murphy then back to Maria.*
" Of course." said Cooter. "I've got an idea." announced Murphy.
* Murphy went over to Maria and whispered to her. They both went to the back of the bakery out of sight from Cooter. A few moments later Maria came back to where Coot was seated.*
" Where's Murphy" asked Cooter.
" Just you wait a minute. He'll be out right quick." replied Maria.
*The door from the backroom opened*
* Cooter just looked.*
" Well don't just stand there. Say something." requested Murphy.
" Gee. Murphy. I don't know." responded Cooter with a grin on his face.
" What?" said Murphy indignantly with his hands on his hips.
" Well." started Cooter.
"Come on. Spit it out!" Murphy said with an agitated voice.
* Cooter looked at Maria then back at Murphy.*
" Don't you think your choice of necklace is a bit gawdy?" Cooter stated with a grin on his face.
" That just tears it ! Here I am. Trying to be sophisticated." Murphy said with a riled tone.
" Now. Murphy. Settle down. You don't want to get over-heated or your mascara will run." Cooter said half laughing.
" Oh. Your'e funny all right. A real comedian." fumed Murphy.
Cooter replied good naturedly " I'm just messin' with your Murph. You being a decoy is a great idea. Now here's what we'll do next . . .