"Black Pearls is the word, Shipmate!" Barney laughed. "The docks is full o' the news--a stolen shipment of the valuable baubles is on the docks--or near the docks--even as we squeak!"
"Black Pearls?" I gasped. The most valuable of treasures of the sea, and so rare that I had never even seen one!
"The word is, Constable, that Leo the Leopard-seal is bringing in the trove from all points east--and he plans to fence 'em to some unnamed crustacean VERY soon!"
"Leo! That mega-rascal!" I couldn't refrain from snorting.
"The same, Constable! Your old nemesis, as I remember it." Barney chuckled.
"Yes. It looks like we will meet again." I quietly said.