Silently, stealthily, the figure moved towards the goal. To the casual observer, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Just another tech wheeling just another body to a non-descript room in a no-name mortuary in some podunk town.
Yet, what is ordinary, in death? Is death not that ultimate voyage from which no one has returned, at least in recent history, to tell us the tale of what lies beyond?
And so, in a most un-ordinary fashion, what seemed like the standard preparations for a viewing turned into something far more sinister. The casual observer saw a mortuary technician wheeling a body, draped with a sheet, from one room to another. Few people suspected, let alone knew, that it would be the last time either were seen. And it only took five hours for anything wrong to be noticed.
Going deep undercover, reporter for the Webb Times intercepted the following conversation:
The Sandbox: State your real name, rank, and serial number.
GergisKhan: Pavel Andreievich Chekov. Rank - Admiral. Serial number 656-5827B
The Sandbox: Are you a threat to the security of The Sandbox?
GergisKhan: What is secure? How do you define 'secure'?
The Sandbox: Don't be smart with me, Mr. Khan. Answer the question: Are you or are you not in contact with Rico Suave?
GergisKhan: I am not familiar with the man formerly known as Gerardo.
The Sandbox: What is your stake in this situation? Why did you steal the body?
GergisKhan: Steal what body? Body? I ain't seen no body!
The Sandbox: Where were you on the night of January 22, 2006?
GergisKhan: Hmmmm. I actually know the answer to this one. I was on my couch, I believe. I was recovering from a back injury.
The Sandbox: If you could be any animal what would you be and why?
GergisKhan: I already AM an animal. Animalia Chordata Mammalia Primate Hominidae Homo Sapien. And I have no choice but to be one in the matter.
The Sandbox: Smartass. What type of donut do you like with your coffee?
GergisKhan: Crullers are nice.
The Sandbox: Good thing you didn't pick plain; we'd have had to kill you instantly. Do you like shark soup?
GergisKhan: A more appropriate question is whether sharks like Khan Soup.
The Sandbox: You imagine yourself to be a dangerous man, Mr. Khan. I don't recommend that you play games with us. Answer our final question or die: what island in the Caribbean would you prefer to live?
GergisKhan: 25N 71W
The Sandbox: Clever. Thank you, Mr. Khan, that is all we need for now. Please, don't travel too far for a while. We'll be watching. In the meantime, please read your copy of the Ménage à 20; perhaps all could be forgiven.