Thomas grinned. He couldn't help it. And then, with Gus bowed before him, Thomas quietly removed a familiar "Kick Thee" note from his back. Gus seemed the type who would attempt to explain to the hooligans that their joke didn't make sense. "It means, 'Kick You,'" he'd say. "You meant 'Kick Me,'" he'd tell them. "What would we want anyone to kick us for?" the hooligans would say. And then there'd be kicking. Experience was a cruel but effective teacher.