I had stood up without thinking about it. Sheriff Smiley was looking amused. Sheriff Smiley wouldn't look so amused if I had put a bullet in his head. I looked over at Zane who had been listening intently to all this. "What do you think?"
He shrugged, squinted his eyes a bit, damn if he didn't look like his dad when he did that, and said "Will it get me to my mom faster?"
"Yeah. I think so." I also wished he had stuck with a simple "Okay or no way." Sheriff Smiley may smile a lot but that little piece of information didn't get past him. He didn't say anything but I knew. Instead he said "We can do this a couple ways. I can give you directions or you can follow me over there."
"Directions would be fine." I was done with him. It was time to move on.
He gave them to me and I thanked him. We walked out without him. About halfway across the parking lot I quietly told Zane "Never give strangers more information than a yes or a no." Then I cuffed him lightly upside the head.
"You mean when I said we were going to meet my mom?'
"Don't call me sir. Call me G. It's what my friends call me."
Then I tried to cuff him again but he was too fast and dodged it.