They were waiting in Clownski’s for the start of filming tonight when Wheeler got the ring. Seeing who the caller was, she distanced herself from Rocky in case it was bad news.
“Uh huh,” she said, listening to Baker Bloch. “2, maybe 3 more months. Until Christmas.” She listened some more. “Uh huh.” She bit at a fingernail and spit on the floor. “Okay, I’ll tell Rocky.” The call ended.
Wheeler Wilson sat down again opposite Rocky in the booth. “Good news, Mr. Racco. Baker Bloch’s said the Bodega Supermarket and Deli can stay a while. You’re a store owner still… for now.”
Rocky rapidly clapped his hands together and jumped up and down a little, even. “What’d he say, what’d he say?”
“He said he’s going to try out a gallery upstairs. Said there was more stories to tell. I guess he meant second floor stories.” She smiled.
“Tealie,” began Rocky again. “Tealie, Tealie, Tealie.”
Wheeler stared at him blankly. “Anyway, he said filming is off tonight. His graphic novel may be completed. I was wondering how he was going to create a town set 50 years in the future full of robots. Seems he’s chickened out of all that.”
“As he should! Present is the point of power. Let’s go back and tell Terry!”
“Because a futuristic town would have been way too much to pull off.”
“Sure would have, Wheeler.”
END OF “COLLAGESITY 2017 MIDDLE”!