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Van lifted the battered cardboard field, a coffin of hopes. He positioned it at the laptop. It radiated deadly blunders in its fat-old-hippie defiance. Louis's cardboard field additionally contained a folded sheet of paper. The sheet bore enormous quantities of tiny repeated motifs, perforated like postage stamps: little colourful dancing bears. A dozen of them have been smartly clipped from the blotter paper's decrease area, with anything like toenail scissors. Van nodded, his middle sinking. "That has to be Louis's acid. " "Louis did acid? " "Of direction he did acid! He was once a Deadhead! " Van grew to become at the corpse in exasperation, and learned he may by no means get a human reaction from Louis back. This time, the octopus of chilly fact gripped him with crushing strength. simply because Louis was once the boss. Louis used to be the stud duck. Louis used to be the man within the corporation who obtained it approximately code and guarded the coders from the fits. They hadn't even got rid of the negative guy's physique but, and already he was once leaving an exceptional titanic Louis-sized gap. Julie, not anything daunted, whipped via Louis's wood drawers and cubbyholes with a dossier clerk's selection, her bony elbows cranking like motorcycle pedals. whilst she spoke back, she used her receptionist voice, as vivid, phony, and cheery as injection-molded plastic. "This is the simplest we will be able to do. Let's cross now, ok? i am getting creeped out. " "I'm simply attempting to safeguard the company," Van instructed her. it will glance undesirable for the corporate if someone else chanced on loads of acid. " "Well, we would greater inform Darren that he is died," Julie acknowledged. "Because Darren will get mad in a rush each time he is, like, passed over of the loop. " It made sturdy feel to notify the CEO. an individual needed to do it, and with Louis useless, there wasn't any larger authority. "Okay," Van nodded. "I'll pass inform Warren. you care for the dope. " "Let me move inform Darren. You cast off the dope. " Julie wasn't dealing with this logically. pissed off in a noble ambition, Van felt a loopy urge to slug her, even supposing violence by no means solved something round the place of work other than in marathon Quake classes. preserve a funky head, he idea. simply cause it out, there is a answer right here. "Are we going to face the following and argue approximately dope? " Julie lifted either her fingers, stepping again, face faded. "Hey, I by no means even touched that dope! you are the man maintaining the dope. " "Okay, i have it. " Van produced his Swiss military knife, opened the scissors, and smartly bisected the sheet. "Now we will either do away with the dope. And we are going to either inform Darren. How approximately that: you and me. Are you cool with that? " Julie tucked her proportion of coloured paper at the back of her clipboard. "I'm cool with it in case you are cool with it. " the 2 of them together briefed the CEO. Darren speedy alerted the Vintelix defense man, an ex-cop who frequently frolicked in a tumbler protect shack, pretending to review the video screens. extremely joyful to earn his wage for as soon as, the safety man rumbled into motion and applicable steps happened. 4 medics in EMS jumpsuits took Louis away without end on a major good scientific roller-cart. They have been quiet and tactful approximately it, as though they did this kind of factor each day, as Van fairly imagined that they have to.