“Didn’t have many trick or treaters this year,” Paul G remarked.
“I wonder if the election had anything to do with it?” Cat asked.
“You mean that there’ll be bigger monsters out on election day?” said Blue Sky.
“Yeah,” said Cat. “I’m not sure if we’re in for a trick or a treat.”
Patsy came by with some produce for the stand.
“Hey,” said Blue Sky. “It’s unusual to see you delivering stuff.”
“I know,” Patsy said. “But Luna got called away to deal with something. I think that there’s something weird going on.”
Before anyone got a chance to quiz Patsy, a customer derailed the conversation by asking about the difference between kabocha and kombucha.
“Can you make tea from kabocha squash?” he asked.
A few minutes later, Nancy came in looking for Dan.
“He really isn’t here,” Cat said. “I’ve looked under all the vegetables.”
“Why?” asked Blue Sky. “Is there something happening that we should know about?”
“I think there is,” Nancy said. “Peter is looking for him. He’s been talking with Luna and Sal. I don’t think that it’s good.”
Peter was talking with Luna and Sal when Dan came in.
“I was meeting with the construction crew,” Dan said. “They’re having some difficulties. What’s up?”
“I was just telling them,” Peter said. “I got a call from Edgar. He’s a bit worried. It seems like the Reagons have escaped from their maximum security prison.”
“How the heck do you escape from a maximum security prison?” Sal asked.
“With a lot of help,” Peter answered. “The whole thing is being investigated, but it looks like it was an inside job.”
“Like the guards were in on it?” asked Luna.
“Like the warden was in on it,” said Peter. “Unfortunately Hillary and Alec have a lot of friends in ultra-conservative circles.”
“You mean wingnuts,” said Sal.
“There’s a lot more of them around than you might think,” Peter said. “And it looks like the Reagons had help on the inside and the outside. This escape was pulled off with precision. Heads will roll, but I don’t think it’s going to help much.”
“So what do we do?” asked Dan.
“Just keep a sharp eye out,” Peter said. “If you run into any trouble at all, don’t hesitate to call Edgar, or me, or Fred, or George, or even your neighbors.”
“We’ll bring it up in the commune meeting tomorrow night,” Luna said. “I’m feeling apprehensive just talking about it. I can only imagine how everyone else is going to feel.”