The Case of the Greedy Characters

It was another Monday morning. The sign on the door said Private Investigator.

But the sign below that said closed and I was saying yes to a third cup of coffee.

It was cold and bitter, like an all critical patch Tuesday.

My partner was out of town, looking into a street racing ring, but that was like building a Linux desktop – lots of customizations and too many questionable drivers.

When a regex walked in.

I sighed. They usually fit a pattern of long on stories and short on cash.

“I need to find something,” they said.

“Why don’t you start at the end?” I suggested, hoping to hear a dollar sign.

“It’s a long story,” they continued. “With a lot of greedy characters.”

I knew those types, too.

“Then start at the beginning, but give me a carrot to follow.”

They paused, then asked, “Will you treat this case as sensitive?”

I nodded. And they proceeded to tell me their story, one line at a time.

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