When Steve and Dud got up to go get a paper, it left just Doc and Bert sitting at the philosophy counter of the Mule Barn truck stop. Bert turned his head and smirked a little, being careful not to let Doc see him. Doc also didn't see Dud outside, punching in a number on his cell phone while Steve stood by as a cheerleader.
"Doc," said Loretta, filling the coffee cups, "phone call for you, Hon."
"Here? Okay..." Doc walked over to the cash register and picked up the phone.
"This here Doc?" said the caller. "The Doc what lost his squirrel?"