Miles looked up at the first explosion overhead. “What’s that?” he asked. There was a bright flash that faded quickly into the light of dusk.

“They’re getting ready for the fireworks that are scheduled for tonight,” Hassett replied. “Do they have them out in the countryside for Founder’s Day?”

“No,” Miles replied. “They only have them at midnight on New Year’s to welcome the new and scare away evil spirits.” He looked up with a smile. “I love fireworks.”

“Commander Hurley wanted the city planners to cancel them because of this murderer,” he said. “They refused because they didn’t want to panic the public.”

“Can we watch?” Miles asked, gazing up at the sky.

“I’ll watch with you,” Hassett replied with a grin. It was always nice to see the boys acting their ages.