Phantom Kid in the World of American Comics - Chapter 47
Charles felt his hand being grabbed and was instantly shocked. And just as he subconsciously tried to restrain the man’s hand, he stopped after hearing a man’s voice.
”Prince Charles, there’s tear gas everywhere, you shouldn’t move without a gas mask.”
Agent Bean emerged from the smoke wearing a gas mask.
The MI7 agent’s kit contains the right pieces of equipment for almost any situation, including portable gas masks.
The FBI and CIA actually had similar kits, but Bob and Starling hadn’t brought them along.
As soon as Johny came out, he took the mask off his face and put it on Charles’ with a solemn look on his face.
”I’m sorry, Your Highness, but I only have one more unused gas mask on me, and that’s for Her Majesty, so I have to ask you to use the one I’ve used.”
With moist eyes and a shaken soul, Charles put on his mask, while Her Majesty put on the other gas mask.
Of course, he was not the real Prince Charles, but Mathison in disguise.
He had been caught by Johny’s hand just moments ago and thought he had been seen through from the start.
Hence, Agent Johny spoiled Mathison’s attempt to steal the Tamil Ruby necklace unintentionally.
Now that the two were facing each other, he couldn’t force his acting skills. After all, he wasn’t sure of Agent Johny’s abilities. And, in case he was dragged out with them for too long, he will surely not be able to get away from this situation.
Agent Bean is really worthy of being an elite.
As for the real Charles, of course, Mathison couldn’t really do anything to him. He was just disguised as the queen’s maid to tell Charles the wrong time to leave.
Prince Charles had been drinking a lot last night, a little more sleep was maybe just what he needed.
So there was no way he could come over and spoil his plans.
”Johny, what about you?”
Mathison had to keep up the charade and pretend to be concerned about Johny.
”It’s alright, Tucker should be on his way here soon too, he should have two masks with him as well.”
Johny smiled calmly and indicated to the Queen and the Prince that he was fine.
But even after a minute or two of waiting, no one approached the place.
”Johny, we can’t guarantee when that Phantom Kid will suddenly come here and steal the necklace, I think we have to get out of here as soon as possible.”
Mathison suggested. He mustn’t drag on any longer. He heard several people’s footsteps approaching their way.
”But I can’t follow you guys around and escort you without a gas mask, it would be too dangerous.”, Johnny was somewhat hesitant.
”Why do you want us to remain here so badly? Are you really waiting for help? Or is it that you’re waiting for Phantom Kid!”
Mathison suddenly stared at Johny sharply.
”Don’t you forget that, besides being the prince, I am also the honorary head of the King’s Administered First Heavy Cavalry Guard. Am I not capable of protecting Her Majesty from a thief?”
”No, no, no, Your Highness, I am Johnny English, my loyalty is clear for all to see, and there is no way I would betray Her Majesty!”
Johny scrambled to defend himself.
”Charles, I believe Johny, what you just said was a bit too much.”
Queen Elizabeth also began to speak up for Agent Bean.
”But Charles is right about one thing, we do need to get out of here as soon as possible.”
Upon seeing this, Johnny had to comply.
Mathison smirked to himself so much for Agent Bean’s luck.
He managed to get close to the Queen and unwittingly stole the Tamil Ruby necklace from her.
He was just waiting to go into the smoke with the Queen so he could slip away.
”Sir, we can’t let him go, he’s not a real prince!”
Suddenly, Tucker came out of nowhere and shouted at Johnny.
”The waiter at the State House just called to say that Prince Charles is just now leaving!”
”What do you mean?”
English was horrified and looked at Mathison incredulously.
«How did this guy really manage to look like Prince Charles; was it really Phantom Kid?»
Mathison sighed, «as expected from Agent Bean …»
The footsteps that had been heard coming closer moments ago have just arrived.
”That’s right, we can’t let him get away!”
At that moment, Bob and Starling also rushed in.
”Phantom Kid, you’ve got a lot of nerve. The Mordred in the teaser letter is none other than the son of the renegade King Arthur, and you’re actually pretending to be Prince Charle. You adore looking down at people.”
Starling looked angrily at the Phantom Kid, who had shed his disguise in an instant, and sneered.
For some reason, a sudden blast of night breeze blew over, blowing Phantom Kid’s cloak and making it flutter.
One had to admit that purely from a female perspective, Phantom Kid was indeed impeccably perfect.
”So, you’re Phantom Kid. Your disguise was really impressive, I actually couldn’t see any flaws just now.”
Queen Elizabeth had also noticed by now that the necklace around her neck had disappeared, and said to Mathison with interest, “There are not many people present, but they are all the elites of the two countries; it is not an easy task for you to escape. Will you try to hold me hostage?”
The Queen was right, by now, Starling and Tucker had pulled out their pistols, while Bob pulled out his belt and turned it into a long stick with a casual flip of his hand. Agent Johny performed a combo of some unknown fighting techniques.
But none of them made a move, simply because the Queen was too close to Mathison.
Mathison gracefully bowed towards the Queen and said, “Phantom Kid has met Her Majesty. This is to make up for not meeting her in person before. And as for Her Majesty’s doubts, Phantom Kid would never rely on taking hostages for a chance to get away.”
”Now please, Your Majesty, stay away from here, otherwise, we will both be stuck in an embarrassing situation.”
Even if Starling and the others didn’t dare to shoot in the direction of the Queen, there was no way that Mathison would turn and run away.
Although he hadn’t seen it in action, Mathison believed in Starling’s and Tucker’s marksmanship, exposing his back to them would be an absolute fool’s errand.
Seeing how serious Phantom Kid looked, the Queen actually did believe what he said and took a step in the direction of Starling and the others.
The moment Starling’s eyes drifted with the Queen’s movement, Mathison immediately whistled.
”Phantom Kid, what do you want!”
Starling quickly shifted her gaze back onto Mathison.
”Beautiful Lady Starling, please don’t get too excited, I’m just calling some friends over.”
”You have associates?”
”Sort of, if you insist on saying so.”, Mathison laughed lightly.
The next second, a cooing sound resumed, and the pigeons in the sky quickly gathered on Mathison’s side.
”How can these pigeons fly this fast!”
In just a second or two, Mathison’s entire body was overwhelmed by the pigeons, making it impossible to see his silhouette.
Without thinking, Starling fired a shot at the human figure behind the pigeons, yet not even a single pigeon, let alone a human, was hit.
There was another snap of the fingers and the pigeons took to the air again, while Mathison’s figure had long since disappeared.
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