Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Man of mystery
M. Christian was late again today.
But at least today I know why. On my way in to the office, I saw him at the newsstand. (I photographed him in case he denies being there. See him there in the raincoat?) Much of the time, he wasn't even reading, but poking around the various periodicals, sort of aimlessly looking for something that clearly wasn't even there. Maybe I've seen too many movies, but it looked to me like he was waiting for somebody. But not wanting to seem like he was waiting for somebody.
After 10 minutes or so, I drove on to the office. (I adore driving ever since I got my Nash Rambler!)
Well, it was another hour before M. Christian came into the office. Jonny nodded at him when he arrived but ol' M. had nothing but a distracted grumble to toss his way. (And no, I don't know his first name. He will not divulge it. All his employment references say "M" and even the social security administration knows him only by that mysterious initial.) I called him into my office right away.
ME: M., I'm concerned. You've been late several times in the past month. Are you feeling well?
M. CHRISTIAN: I'm fine.
ME: I hope you know you can tell me anything. You are more than just a writer to me.
M. CHRISTIAN: I can't tell you anything. How do I know you're not one of them?
ME: One of who?
M. CHRISTIAN: (blinks a few times as if a bright light is pointed at his face) It doesn't matter. (looks off at something behind me)
ME: But it does matter. I'm concerned about you. Do you need to get laid?
M. CHRISTIAN: (shakes head, leans toward me and whispers) No, no. Not that. That's how they'll get me, don't you see? That's how they get in. Whenever I surrender, they get access. I can't risk it. The only sex I can afford to have is on paper. Please don't ask me about this again.
ME: All right. I got an order today for a robot orgy. Would you like to write it?
M. CHRISTIAN: Yes, please. Flesh ..... blood.... dangerous.....
I gave him the order and he went off to his typewriter. I'll leave him alone, of course, but I still haven't addressed the whole lateness issue. If he writes a great orgy scene, maybe I'll let the matter slide. I wonder who he thinks is after him. As long as it isn't the Decency Police or the Citizens Against Pornography, I don't really give a damn. If any little green men show up for M. Christian, I figure Jonny will take care of them. I'd still like to know what he was doing at that magazine stand this morning. Poor hunted bastard.
Laney had her eye on us while we were in the conference room. I know she's going to want to know what happened. She's not going to rest until she gets M. Christian's cock down her throat.
And Greg isn't going to let M. Christian get there before he does.