The black Bentley pulled up next to the street curb and turned off the car. He leaned foward on the steering wheel and peered out the window. "What you thinking about?" asked Valkyrie. "A lot of clever little things." She stared at him. "I'm thinking about what I'm going to say to those nice fellas in there." he said after a moment. Then Skulduggery turned to Jack, "Do you know if Jack Skellington is your real name?"
Jack thought for a moment, "Yes I think so. That's the name that came back with me. The one that said 'This is my name!' " Skulduggery nodded, "Alright then." He stepped out of the car and ducked his head in, "Let's get going."
Jack followed silently behind Skulduggery and Valkyrie as they walked up the steps to the front desk. "Hello, how may I be of service to you?" greeted the lady at the desk. "Hello," answered Skulduggery, "We're here to look up someones profile in your archieves for goverment reasons. I'm Skulduggery Pleasant, the detective."
The woman nodded and looked at her computer screen. "Who are you looking for?" "The cousin of a murder victum who name shall remain classified." The woman gave him a weird look before saying, "ID please." He handed it to her. "I'm sorry." she said after a moment, "But your not authorized to look at such information. I'm afraid I'm going to ask you to leave." Skulduggery didn't move. "Sir?" He nodded then turned away.
"Well that was a waste of time." said Valkyrie. "Not entirly." "What do you mean?" asked Jack. "Well, obviously she's not going to let us in." Realization dawned on Valkyies face, "You knew they weren't going to let you in." she paused, "But you know how to get in don't you?" "Precisely." Jack was confused. "What does that have to do with anything?" Valkyrie almost jumped at the question, "Ooooo, I lot braking in to places." "Are you serious?" Skulduggery turned his head in Jacks direction, "Well, I can't think of a better alternative, sadley." "Sounds like fun."
Oogie rolled his dice on the table. Snake eyes. He sighed. It was boring in his cave. No one to gamble with, no one to threaten. What was a Boogie Man to do when he was locked up in this hole. The lift opened above him to reveal a cage falling down to him. Filled with another bug no doubt. He looked over laziley to see not just a bug, but a note.
It was in the form of Shocks handwriting and printed the words,
We have great news. Jack has gone away. To the real world we hear. Word goes around that he is looking for his reason being here. Halloween Town is left in the hands of that stupid mayor. So we had devised a plan to break you out of that dreadful prison. Our plan will take about 2 hours but never the less we will get there.
All praise Oogie Boogie!
Oogie smiled evilly.
to be continued