When Osgood had completed his preparations he found that Meatball was no longer with them. Noodles shook his head. "His poor old mother," he explained. "We will just have to soldier on without him."
They unmoored Osgood's airship and drifted low over the rooftops. Long wires hung down from the gondola; it was Noodles' task to make sure they didn't become tangled in the chimneys and gables. Osgood guided the silent craft along the back streets until they'd reached their destination.
Noodles lowered one set of wires near the back door, and when he was satisfied, Osgood nudged the airship toward the front entrance. The second set of wires dangled down close to the doors. This was the most perilous part of the operation: Noodles lowered himself on a rope ladder and attached each wire to a small device that in turn attached to one of the doors. He scrambled back upward and they repeated the process at the back door. "Excellent!" Osgood whispered. "Now on to the bank!"
Noodles kept an eye on the dangling wires while Osgood piloted his craft up and away. From time to time Noodles would call out softly, and Osgood would pause while he untangled the wires; once they had to reverse their course in order to free the wires and run them through another alley. But soon enough they had reached the back of the bank, where Osgood slowly lowered the airship. Noodles clambered over the side and moored it to a stand of tree