Chapter 1: Cookie of Consolation
Chapter 2: Sam
Chapter 3: Who Stole the Cookie?
Chapter 4: Tradam’s Warning
Chapter 5: The Yellow House Again
Chapter 6: Treffellem Tagge
Chapter 7: Ambushed
Chapter 8: The EPA Chase
Chapter 9: The Ghostly Chapter
Chapter 10: The Frigid Urchin
Chapter 11: The New New Chapter
Chapter 12: The Things That Happened (At Last)
Chapter 13: The Evening Hornet
Chapter 14: The Breaking of the Orange Ball
When at last Pumpkin held the newspaper in his hands, he couldn’t bear to look at it.
“Twenty-three cents,” he wailed. “I’m broke! For life!”
Heedless, Rosy grabbed the paper from him and scanned the page with a practiced, rapid eye.
“Twenty-three cents!” moaned Pumpkin again.
“Why, look!” exclaimed Rosy, suddenly. “It says here that Semmes went missing and foul play is suspected. And here there’s a small note written beneath in red, ‘He’s in. Tell the secretary of WAS L-1 to prepare extra cells for the GOA.’”
Rosy paused in stunned silence. “He uses the newspaper to communicate with his particular mafia, because he knows nobody reads anything but the headlines! Did you newspapers make the headlines really big for the same reason that a baby-book does?” she added inquiringly.
Pumpkin frowned and thought. “Because it’s easier?”
“No!” Rosy exclaimed triumphantly, “To put the babies – and the newspaper readers, which pretty much amounts to the same thing – at their ease.”Continue reading It was All Pumpkin’s Fault: Chapter 14