Let him have it, Mara!

What?  The laconic and naive Rusty grunts…

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Mara makes a great point, but in Rusty’s world, everyone is an “Old Friend,” and by extension that included Becky.  But readers of this strip (even in its current incarnation) would have recognized that Becky was no good…  Sort in the Mata Hari sense of the word…

But again, Rusty also jumps to the conclusion that Professor What’s-his-Name is not in on this scam…  Rusty, it is possible that even “Old Friends” can be crooks…

Well, that’s one theory…

I certainly hope they are whispering…  Hard to tell…

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But leave it to Mara to thread all the pieces together…

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But where does Becky “make” the three- dimensional copies?  Does she have a secret 3D printer in another trailer??  Or perhaps she’s selling the copies and passing them off as real…  That way she could sell the same fake over and over again…

Oh, Becky… Bad Becky!!

Oh, the plot do thicken now, don’t it?

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Questions abound!  We know that this is tantamount to smuggling rhino horns!   But is she acting alone?  Has she gone rogue?  The black market for historically significant items is probably fairly rich… with collectors, museums, even…  museums that have to keep their collection fresh to keep the patrons patroning…  What’s Rusty to do with this bit of information?  And couldn’t Becky have found someplace a little less public to conduct business??

Invisible Rusty

Story of his life, I am afraid to say…

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That Mara is giving him so much attention is practically a miracle…  But hey, orphans are used to that and I suppose grateful for any form of attention or validation…  They’d better hurry though, as the tour is leaving without them.  Or will they be approached by another “tour guide” only this one won’t be “official…”  Enter Dirty Dyer??  Please??  Something interesting?