"I don't know, Starry--I am extremely busy with my other duties as you know..."
"Constable, I don't ask you for many favors--but this is VERY important to all of us music lovers. The Seven Sardines are bigger than just about any other musical group in our time--they are LIVING CLASSICS!
You've just GOT to help us FIND THAT MISSING SARDINE!"
I had never seen poor Starry so upset. One sardine missing among the millions and trillions of sardines in the sea? Really!
But I also realized that I couldn't let this old friend down in what he thought was an emergency.
I pushed myself back from my excellent dinner--signaled Alfonse the Waiter for my check and rose from the table--touching my old friend affectionately on the shoulder.
"All right, Starry. I'm with you. Let's find that missing sardine!"