40. Moving On, original chapter posted 7/7/07
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*Toby leans against a cracked wall in a dim back alley. He hums, smoking a cigarette.*
*Toby glances up, startled, as a shadow approaches the trash can at the alley entrance. He frowns and removes the cigarette from his mouth.*
[The following panels are completely black except for dialogue.]
Toby: Oh, you’re back.
Augustus: Happy to see me?
Toby: I thought you were bringing your new girlfriend?
Augustus: No, not anymore. I can’t keep trying to change her mind.
Toby: You’re too soft, kid. I woulda just gone for it, not planned out some big night for her.
Augustus: I wanted it to be her decision..
Toby: Well, sounds like you screwed up.
Augustus: Maybe I did. Maybe it was better this way.
Toby: I can’t believe what I’m hearing!
[The section of black panels ends.]
*Toby and Augustus look up. Augustus looks surprised but Toby frowns and leans against the wall, arms crossed.*
*Augustus stares at the shadowed figure of Alejandro a few feet away.*
Augustus: .. Hi.
Alejandro: What have you got for us?
*Toby puts his hands down and watches Augustus.*
Augustus: They’re pretty much as I expected. I put together a list of their classes and where they hang out after school..
*Augustus and Alejandro are silhouetted in the dark alley.*
Alejandro: I can’t believe we found them.. This is too perfect..
Augustus: What did they even do to you?
*Alejandro brings his fists up.*
Alejandro: Doesn’t matter. Just try to find a way to corner them.
Augustus: Uh, okay..
Alejandro: Lemme know when you’ve figured out the right plan to humiliate these shitheads.
*Augustus glances down, blushing slightly with a frown.*
[Another black panel.]
Augustus (thinking): I’m sorry, Daisy.. I tried to keep you out of this..
*Alejandro’s shadowed silhouette leans in.*
Alejandro: What’s with that face?
*Toby smiles mockingly, cupping a hand to his cheek.*
Toby: Our little Gussie has a thing for the nerd in the group.
Alejandro: Oh, does he now?
*Augustus goes wide-eyed with panic.*
Alejandro: Sounds like you’re getting in a little deep if you’re thinkin’ of sleepin’ with the enemy..
*Augustus puts up his hands defensively, fearfully shrinking back from Alejandro.*
Augustus: I can assure you.. I’ll find the right opportunity..
Alejandro: Yeah, yeah.
*Alejandro looks down, smiling cruelly.*
Alejandro: I’m cutting you a lot of slack, kid. Just don’t let me down.
Augustus: Of course I won’t.
*The scene fades to black.*
Alejandro: Green eyes’ll hear from me soon enough.. him and his little girlfriend.
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