Monday, September 16, 2013

Give and Go

Wakka, despite being an angry little curmudgeon, was surprisingly grateful.  In fact, I could have sworn that he was blinking back a few tears of joy.  Perhaps my decision to make him Director despite his species was a moment of validation for him.  I felt like I was a socially progressive Devil who was making strides toward ending species inequality in Hell.  Which seemed kind of silly.  But I couldn’t help but feel a little pride—I may be the Devil, but at least I was doing some good.

“I’d love to stay and chat, and maybe help you get settled in or something,” I said lamely, “But there’s something really important that I need to do right now.”  I paused.  “So…here’s your Department, go nuts, have fun, don’t fuck it up…call me if you need me.”  Anticipating possible problems for once, I said, “You do have Vilnius’s cell phone around here somewhere, don’t you?”

“Yes,” Wakka said quickly.  “It’s in the office.  In…my…office,” Wakka said, a slow grin creeping across his ugly features.

“Great.   In that case,” I reiterated quickly, “If you get in a jam, use it to give me a call, but right now I really need to go.  Best of luck.”  I gave him a reassuring pat on the shoulder which I immediately realized might be kind of condescending.  But then I figured—I’m the supreme ruler around here, so maybe it’s not so condescending when I’m condescending.  Maybe I wasn’t all about equality after all. 

I glanced meaningfully at my companions and nodded toward the crevice hidden behind the stone spire.  “Time to go,” I said.

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