He walked into Claude Perdue’s office as if Claude were a misbehaving child.
“Mr. Hauptmann!” greeted Claude. “What can the Ectoplasmic Investigations Division do for Homeland Security?”
Hauptmann placed a case folder on his desk and opened it. A picture dominated the first page. It showed a WW2 DUKW amphibious vehicle converted into a “Duck Tours” bus, one that carried tourists waterborne to the nearby battleship memorial. “You’re familiar with this case?”
Claude smiled. “Sure. Thirty ISIS-sponsored terrorists assaulted a tourist hub. Ghostly WW2 Marines suddenly formed and leaped off the amphibious ‘Duck Tours’ bus. They fired into the terrorists, killing them all.” Claude put his feet up. “Case closed.”
“You see the problem here?”
“With dead terrorists? No.”
“Ghosts usually just scare. These ghosts actually kill people.”
“Terrorists ain’t people.”
“Regardless, I need your help to arrest these ghost marines and interrogate them.”
Claude guffawed. “They’re ghosts! Heroes to boot.”
Hauptmann was unaffected. “Will you help? I’m authorized to arrest YOU if you don’t.”
Claude yawned and held up his wrists. “Go ahead. Arrest me.”
“Have it your way!” Hauptmann tried but the handcuffs passed through Claude’s wrists.
Claude rolled his eyes. “What about ghosts is unclear to you?”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction: https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/sunday-photo-fiction-october-22nd-2017/
DUKW: “…(colloquially known as Duck) is a six-wheel-drive amphibious modification of the 2½ ton CCKW trucks used by the U.S. military during World War II and the Korean War.”