This is a scheduled post using the prompt HUSTLE for inspiration.
(I’m just trying to stay ahead of the game and have a Saturday lie-in).
For those with the time or inclination, feel free to join in the fun!
“Staircase Mystery,” said Kyle. “It’s on the Join Hands album.”
“Are you sure?” Britt looked surprised. “I’m sure it’s from The Scream.”
“I’ll check.” Kyle pulled his mobile from his pocket. “Typical, no bloody Wi-Fi, again.”
“Don’t worry, Jaime’s over there. Let’s ask him.”
“You’ll have to pay for the privilege.”
“It’s only money,” said Britt. She jumped up and went over to Jaime’s table. They had a brief conversation before she turned around and waved Kyle over. He approached the table with a sigh.
“Kyle, mate, you’ve got it wrong and,” Jaime looked at Britt. “You are half right. The Staircase, open brackets, mystery, close brackets, was a stand-alone single but appeared on the remastered Scream in 2005 as a bonus track. It has, of course, appeared on compilation albums and CDs.”
“Told us.” Kyle brought out his wallet. “How much for your trouble, sir?”
“This one is on the house.” Jaime didn’t take the proffered money. “I’m off duty at the moment.”
“If you’re sure?” said Britt. “We wouldn’t want to stiff you.”
“Perish the thought! Don’t worry, my dears, just tell everyone willing to listen that I took the payment. Otherwise, people will blurt out their ignorance in my hearing, hoping for a freebie.”
“OK, but we owe you a beer. We’ll be in the Queen’s Head later. I’ll tell them to put one behind the bar for you.”
“Very good of you. I’ll have a bottle of Spitfire, then.”
“No problem.” Kyle smiled and turned to go. Britt gave Jaime a wave before she took Kyle’s hand and they both trotted off.
“Well, that was an unexpected request, but it worked,” said Jaime in a low voice. “Just keep blocking the signal.”
“Oh, I will!” said a tinny voice in his left ear. “And you keep your hat pulled down and within radio range and the dosh will roll in!”