Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 110
…I’m not into crocodiles and leaches, besides, they are sentenced to hang… I read the book…
Ace Bannion does have a serious side, real serious. And he knows people, influential people, unlikely people… and he’s been places and seen things others only dream about.
“I know a MATS pilot who does a weekly run to and from Tangier once a week.” See. “We could catch a ride on the jump-seats for free on me.”
“What the hell are mats, some sort of flying carpet?” Ace’s military lingo has Connie hoping for the best.
“The African Queen, no thank you. I’m not into crocodiles and leaches, besides, they are sentenced to hang… I read the book.”
“Me too, and if you remember, Rose and Charlie save themselves by sinking the Louisa and they live happily ever after,” the globetrotter recalls. “We can hop a freighter to Malta, and then catch an island hopper over to Rome, one-two-three.”
“Count to three and say N O.”
“I get us to Morocco and I believe we can find a more conventional route to Rome. Come on, don’t you remember the flying boats?”
“That is another story from another time,” she harkens back to the Hong Kong Clipper, which was an episode in another book (The Life & Times of a Black Southern Doctor). “But I do like the friends fly free program you are offering.”
“I will get us on the next GlobeMaster…….that is one great plane!” If he had his way, he would be sitting in the pilot’s not the jump seats. He is the boss of his own airplane, “I believe they cross the big pond on Mondays, so I’ll fly us down to Brookley Sunday night.”
“That gives us the weekend to bum around.”
“Yes, I want to meet all the characters you have been talking about.”