Sneak Peek?

Now DON’T LAUGH (or do, I guess):

In the background, phone rings.

“Jewish Joke Factory,” LuLu says answering it on the first ring.  (She’d become much efficient in the time since the boon.)  “Oh yes, ma’am, hold on one second.”  She cups her hand loosely over the phone but neglects to lower her voice.  “Charlie, it’s a GRACE KENNEDY for you?”

Edgar looks at Charlie, shocked.  Charlie makes a hubba-hubba motion with his eyebrows, then skips jauntily over to his desk to pick up the line.

“How… Charlie, how did you… ?”

“I called in a favor.  Sheldon owed me one.”

Now everyone turned to Sheldon.


“He, uh, he made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.”

“And that was… ?”

“I can’t tell you that.”

“Well never mind, just tell us what you did for him!”

“I, uh… I might have gone up to Hilarity Incorporated and… uh… done a singing telegram for her.”

“Oh my Gawd…”

“You didn’t.”

The group starts giggling in little spurts and soon enough, everyone is weeping imagining Sheldon doing a song-and-dance routine for Bombshell Kennedy.

“Sheldon, Sheldon!” Goldie says between sobs.  “Did you wear a costume!?”

“I, eh, I may have worn a suit like a teddy bear, no big deal.”

Their laughter begins anew at this extra detail.

“Vat, vat?!  I’m helping out a friend!  Oh, for heaven’s… you wanna see the dance?  You wanna see it?!  Well, HERE you go!  You think it’s so funny…”

And Sheldon began doing a little jig in a circle in the middle of the office, his face bunched up into a tight knot of irritation, as he sang the Nat King Cole song, “I Love You (For Sentimental Reasons.)”

“I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you…”

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