by Alexis Kypridemos
Detective Richard "Dick" Tuggs flipped his notebook closed as the door to an apartment closed, wrapping up what seemed to be the last of a long series of fruitless interviews. Tuggs looked tired. Tuggs' partner, David "Davie" Croquet, walked up to him, also carrying a notebook.
"Learn anything?" Croquet asked.
"Nope," Tuggs said.
Crocket looked at his watch.
Tuggs assumed an expression of deep thought as he rested a hand on his belly.
"Why not? I know a place a few blocks up."
An apartment door opened a crack and a Chinese man observed them suspiciously from inside his apartment as Tuggs and Croquet walked down the stairs.
Tuggs and Croquet entered Sam's Deli. Tuggs greeted Sam, the owner, and they started to chat. Meanwhile, the suspicious-looking Chinese man walked into the deli and headed for the bathroom. This was not lost on Tuggs, who watched him out of the corner of his eye. He unholstered his gun.
"What’s up?" Croquet asked.
"Stay here," Tuggs said.
Tuggs walked slowly towards the bathroom, gun at the ready.
In the bathroom, a man was peeing at one urinal, as the Chinese man unzipped at another. Tuggs walked in stealthily and aimed his gun at the Chinese man.
"OK, hold it!"
The other man stopped peeing. The Chinese man froze, hands on his fly.
"Hands where I can see them!"
The other man held his hands in the air and squeezed both knees together in an effort to contain himself.
Tuggs walked up behind the Chinese man and pinned his hands up against the wall.
"What’s your name?"
"Liu Ho," the Chinese man said.
"Where do you live?"
"Fourteen forty-four, East Third Street."
"You’ve been following us since the crime scene. What do you want?"
"I've got an anonymous tip."
"Let’s hear it."
"The guy you’re looking for, his name is Yang Yang."
"Yang Yang? Can you give me a physical description?"
"You kidding? He Chinese!"
Author Notes: "Tipster" is part of "Fiction Fix," a collection of 46 short, funny stories, plus 196 bonus micro fiction budget stories, available at http://www.fiction-fix.com.