"Perhaps then, starfish, we can work together to find this Crawly character and rescue Polly?"
"I will! I will! I'll join wit' cha and track that mis'rable CRAWDAD down and rescue Pretty Polly if it's the last t'ing I do--s'elp me!"
"Good!" I said--but still only half trusting the starfish--"I can use all the help I can get. My name is Constable Crab."
"And I am called 'Starry'." my new colleague said, in a strained voice--still choking and sniffling a bit--as we shook hands on the bargain.