“I apologize, Ms. Stanton. Mr. Beard is on the phone with one of our directors in the Mojave Desert. He can’t be disturbed at the moment. However, he knows you’re here and will be with you as soon as possible.”
“Look here, Miss Whatever, tell him it’s me.”
“He’s perfectly aware it’s you. They’ve had an emergency arise with one of the camels. When he’s done, he’ll call you in.”
The Stanton Menace started to voice her displeasure, but Shelly cut her off. “Coffee? How do you take it? Cream, sugar? One lump or two?”
Talking constantly, keeping Marissa Stanton from saying a word other than responding to her questions, Shelly kept her distracted until Barry came walking down the corridor. He smiled his greetings, walked past Marissa Stanton and into Marv’s office without knocking. Slamming the door behind him, he faced his best friend.
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