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There is a spring in Webster's step on this fine morning. He's got coffee for Skinny and he's got new sketches and storyboards and he's got on his very finest of silk shirts and purple ties. When he gets to the shop, he's even grinning at the children in the corner instead of muttering in German under his breath asking when they're going to leave.

He sets the coffees down on the counter and grins wider than before. "I sold five thousand copies," he announces with delight, as if that's why he's walking looser than before and why he looks like he's shaken off a dozen burdens. He even crouches to affectionately rub his hands over Rosie's ears, telling her how good a dog she is before returning to his feet to mark off inventory and sales.

Date: 2009-05-26 02:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aintthatbad.livejournal.com
Skinny stares.

It's the only logical response.

"Who are you and what have you done with Webster?"

Well, there's that too.

Date: 2009-05-26 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thewordofweb.livejournal.com
"Skinny!" Webster insists gleefully, grasping him by the shoulders and giving him a shake. "I sold five-thousand copies. Don't you know what this means?" And never mind that copy five thousand had been Joe Liebgott himself after a conversation and...other things, but he's finally broken free of corporate America and did their bidding and now he gets a turn. "I swear if you wouldn't freak out, I'd kiss you," he warns.

Date: 2009-05-26 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aintthatbad.livejournal.com
"You're giving me a raise?" Skinny says hopefully. "Everybody likes guys who give their faithful employees raises."

Date: 2009-05-26 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thewordofweb.livejournal.com
"You can have a two-dollar raise on a bi-monthly basis," Webster negotiates, so good a mood befitting him that he can offer such an exorbitant amount. "Five thousand copies means they're buying the memoir on sharks! I fucking did it, Skinny," he says with a giddy laugh of relief, sinking into his chair and spinning back and forth, body completely relaxed and unspooled.

Date: 2009-05-26 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aintthatbad.livejournal.com
"That's bullshit! I'm the heart and soul of this place, I deserve way better than that," he insists. Laughing, of course, but hey, maybe this is like how drunk people will always give you money -- may as well try.

Skinny narrows his eyes. Something is different.

"You sure ate your Wheaties this morning. Though I guess a book deal will do that to a guy. Congrats, by the way. More people will buy your book if you pay me better."

Date: 2009-05-26 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thewordofweb.livejournal.com
He's still swaying side to side and biting down on his lip to make sure his grin doesn't explode all over. "They will not as I still refuse to carry my own work on our shelves," he announces, as cheerfully as before. "Here, I got you coffee just the way you like it. Drink it."

Date: 2009-05-26 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aintthatbad.livejournal.com
Skinny accepts the coffee, but his expression is still dubious.

"I didn't think you paid that much attention, Web."

He really did, too -- not that Smokey Gordon's coffee isn't always excellent, but it really is twenty ounces of hot happiness in his hand.

Date: 2009-05-26 11:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thewordofweb.livejournal.com
"You've worked for me for ages, Skinny. I know occasionally I look like my head's on Mars, but I do pay attention," he points out, neglecting to mention that he had to ask Christenson to clarify because he hadn't actually been fully sure about the whole 'coffee preference' thing. "Ask me how much they're paying me," he encourages, eyes bright as anything, a mark on his neck just a shade too pink to be from an excited flush.

Date: 2009-05-28 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aintthatbad.livejournal.com
Skinny's eyes go wide.

"Are they sending you prostitutes? I didn't think they did currency exchange like that in the book industry."

Date: 2009-05-28 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thewordofweb.livejournal.com
Webster just places his hands on his hips for a fraction of a moment before even he realizes how that must look to outside parties and he falters, shaking his head and writing down the figure on a piece of paper. "Let's just say you're getting two extra weeks of vacation this year," he says, sliding it across the desk.

Date: 2009-05-28 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aintthatbad.livejournal.com
"I like that better than prostitutes," he says solemnly, craning his neck to check the number. "We've got to stay a friendly neighborhood establish-- oh now." He looks up. "That's not too bad."

Date: 2009-05-28 02:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thewordofweb.livejournal.com
Webster is grinning more than anything as he swerves and swivels on the chair. It's when his back is faced to Skinny's that he finally takes a deep breath and makes this plunge. "Plus, I don't think prostitutes would go over so well right now."

Date: 2009-05-28 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aintthatbad.livejournal.com
Skinny frowns. "You're doing that Dr. Evil thing. Or, like, the Claw from Inspector Gadget. You didn't get a cat, did you?"

Rosie perked up and circled the chair to investigate.

Date: 2009-05-28 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thewordofweb.livejournal.com
"No, I'm not going to cuddle the dog in my lap," Webster says because he might be happy but he hasn't gone out of his mind. He twirls back to face Skinny and leans forward on the desk. "I'm just saying that current existing parties might not take well to the notion of me with large-chested women."

Date: 2009-05-28 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aintthatbad.livejournal.com
Skinny has a plan.

He stays quiet.

But his whole face is pretty much asking for clarification there.

Date: 2009-05-28 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thewordofweb.livejournal.com
Webster just stares back at him, happy to engage in this staring contest as he leans forward even more on the desk and catches Skinny's eye. "What?" he demands, drawing out the word until it could be three of them.

Date: 2009-05-28 03:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aintthatbad.livejournal.com
"You're gonna make me say it, aren't you."

He shakes his head.

Date: 2009-05-28 08:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thewordofweb.livejournal.com
"Oh yeah," Webster agrees because a part of him isn't even sure what's about to come tumbling off Skinny's lips and it is constantly better to err on the side of caution when it comes to this.

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