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Jay B. R. Wokky Ch. 22.3 — Fritter Gives an Interview

Ch. 22.3 — Janine felt sorry for the gnome. “Perhaps you’d like to recite his poem for us.”
Fritter cleared his throat and stood up straight. “It was a bright day, and all around/ the Toves were digging in the ground./ The Borogoves were miserable, for it was molting season,/ the Raths were lost and didn’t know the reason…”
He paused. “I won’t bore you with the rest. Besides, it says here that the poem didn’t arrive until after the deadline.” He sent a reproachful look at Mr. Dumfries, and the old man blushed and began to rearrange his bags of mail.
“I’ll probably be roasted when I deliver the news.” Fritter burst into tears.
Janine gave Fritter a hug and then handed him her handkerchief. “Don’t be sad. I write poetry, and I’ll help Jay come up with a really good poem to submit for next year’s contest.”
Fritter blew his nose and then looked up at her. “Who are you?”
“Oh.” Janine ran her fingers through her hair and straightened her dress. “I’m Janie, your new assistant. You put an ad in the newspaper, and I’ve come to help.”
Fritter peered at her. “But… that was ages ago. I thought my ad had been lost.” Again he glared at Mr. Dumfries.
“What?” Mr. Dumfries was offended. “I would never lose the mail. The postman always comes through. Neither rain, nor sleet, nor hail …”
“Stuff it, Mr. Dumfries,” Fritter said. “I’ve heard it all a hundred times before.”
Fritter walked around Janine, studying her. “Are you honest?”
“Yes.”
“Good, because my last assistant tried to take off with a bag of Jay’s treasure. He was fired. As in flame broiled.”
She gulped. “I would never steal or do anything like that.”
“Can you cook and clean? Are you organized? Can you be polite when others are insulting or rude? Because my master has a bit of a temper. My second to last assistant got into a rather heated argument with Jay, which left me without any help. Again.”
“I’m sure I can handle a little yelling.” Janine thought back to the squabbles that she had got into with Zelda. “And I’m fully qualified for the job. Col and Bee taught me everything I need to know.” She felt a rush of gratitude for her foster parents.
“Col and Bee? Why didn’t you say so? You’re hired.”

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