Police Captain Joe Carlino, Detective Josie Sinclair, and Officer Toni Burrell were reluctantly attending a dinner where Mayor Grant Harrison was the keynote speaker. Josie had slipped away a few minutes ago.

"I wonder where Josie went," Toni said.

"Maybe she couldn't take another one of Grant's long-winded speeches," Joe said. "Not that I blame her. I'm not exactly looking forward to hearing our esteemed mayor blow his own horn."

Josie came back to the table.

"Where'd you go?" Joe whispered.

"I had something to take care of."

"Like what?" Joe asked.

Grant walked onto the dais. Several people stood up and applauded.

"They must have voted for Grant," Toni said.

"Please be seated," Grant said. "Tonight, we are going to enjoy a most delectable repast, but first, I would like to say a few words."

Grant's "few words" were mostly a tribute... to himself. He finished, bowed, and strode towards the head table

"What a windbag," Toni said.

"At least", Joe said, "we won't have to hear anything else out of him tonight."

Josie didn't say a word. She tried to look innocent as Grant sat down on the whoopee cushion.