In her youth, working as a bounty hunter, Millicent Pinchbeck had once captured Uncle Thales; luring him with a dating app and then delivering him to the authorities for tax evasion. Today, while questioning Thales’ nephew about Mr. Starbuck, she didn’t even sit down.
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How I came to write Pim
People often ask how I came to write Pim. It seems like a thousand years since I discovered Pim, or that Pim discovered me. Thankfully I kept detailed notes and saved photos from that time. While I can’t swear to the absolute accuracy of what you are about to read, I have done my best to capture the essence of how Pim entered my life.
While selling cookies to employees in the correctional arts, Ukifune came upon a parole officer named Millicent Pinchbeck, who was pursuing a delinquent on her caseload.
Restless, the three figures wandered as they conversed, eventually crossing Salisbury Plain. Distressingly, Mr. Starbuck had not mended his ways. Miraculously, Brad had accepted his own limitations.
However, Brad misread the GPS, strayed from his mission, devolved to his former state, and encountered an old acquaintance. By chance—and not without ambivalence—Mr. Starbuck approached.
Having proved himself useless as an authenticator but passable as an emissary, the solicitors thought it best to keep Brad on the road, and dispatched him to an estate dispute at Mont St. Michel.
The forgery revealed, the Well-Dressed Albatross canceled the deal. As Mr. Starbuck’s appetite for deception was equalled only by remorse at having the deception exposed, he was eternally conflicted and could oft be seen wandering the desert in wistful self-censure.
Just as Brad was relaxing into his new vocation he received an urgent call from Ukifune.
Armed with the data and diagrams the firm had supplied, and in the presence of both buyer and seller, it was incumbent upon Brad to assess the authenticity of the property.
Brad was hired by a team of solicitors to determine the provenance of an artwork in Bruges. For the first time ever Brad was required to conform with a dress code.
Ukifune escorted Brad to a freight elevator wherein they descended to a sub-basement and there she led him along concrete corridors to a solitary steel door. Ukifune did NOT accompany him into the interview.