The phone rang a second time.
"Hold on! We need to retrace what we know, or think we know. Something isn't adding up ..." I reasoned. I disengaged one of the lobsters from my Lobster Rage Fist I'd put on a few moments prior and began reasoning with the guys.
Then it rang thrice.
"Are you going to get that?" Clark asked me.
"In a second. Look: How can anyone be calling from inside the base? That's not possible ..."
The phone rang yet again.
"... especially when we've combed the place. Which didn't make much sense with all the failsafe technology and contraptions we have here at the Unbelieva-Base to prevent that kind of thing. We'd know if someone had tried to compromise us ..."
The phone continued to ring ...
"Still ... it was a good idea to go room by room just in case. You can never be too careful ..."
... and ring ...
"So where does that leave us? Someone outside tapping our line who somehow got around our state-of-the-art communications array?" Jeff wondered.
... and ring ...
"No. That just can't happen," I stated. "We spared no expense building this place not to mention thinking through our call system. We're putting too much thought into this. I have hunch it's a way simpler dilemma. Follow my lead, guys ..."
The phone rang one last time. I reached for it and picked it up.
"Hey ... Kip?" I said into the receiver frostily. "Come in here a minute, would you?" Jeff's and Clark's eyes widened.
"I'll be right there," I heard on the other end of the line.
The realization flooded over Jeff. And you could see Clark's face begin to turn red. I barely believed the unexpected ruse I threw out yielded fruit.
"Bugger! It's Kip ... ??? The Ominous Tall Man Dressed All In Black is Kip ... ??!?!??!" Jeff blurted.
"That's it. He's mine," Clark called out while cocking the pistol he still had in hand.
Jeff called Ulf The Unbelievadog to his side, ever at the ready.
I re-engaged the previously disengaged lobster to my wrist.
Just then, Kip came around the corner.
"What's up, guys?" he asked a bit too innocently.