Naomi: Come in. Oh, hello Thad. How are you, darling? I haven’t seen you in a while.
Thad: No, no, it’s been a long time, Naomi. I’m great though, really great. How are you?
Naomi: Fine Thad, thank you. What brings you into my office today?
Thad: Well (Thad sits down and nervously picks at the lint on his pants) I was hoping that maybe you could write me in on Book 8? You haven’t finished it yet, have you?
Naomi: No! I haven’t even started it.
Thad: Well, you know…I wasn’t hardly in Golden’s Quest, just a cameo and then even less in Metamorphosis. Do you think, maybe, possibly you could give me something to do in the next one?
Naomi: Well, I’ll think about it. The truth is Thad, you’re a nice guy and all and you were great in the early books but…well, you’ve gotten a bit tiresome and actually…nobody likes Gina. Nobody ever liked Gina.
Thad: Hell, I don’t like Gina either! Can you write her out and just leave me?
Naomi: No. I can’t do that. Look at the backlash I’ve had since I wrote out Caroline. I’ll ponder this and…wait, I have an idea. What if I write a prequel novella about you? We’ll make it when you were young, before you married Gina, maybe even bring your ex-wife Leslie into it. It could be about how you ended up leaving Earth and going to Rozari where of course, you meet THE MAN.
Thad: That’d be cool but do we have to bring in Leslie? I mean, nobody likes Gina, just wait until they meet Leslie. They’ll hate her.
Naomi: Let me work on it. I’ll call you.
Thad: Thanks Naomi. I really need the money. This economy you know…
Naomi: I know, Sweetie. Give me a few days.
Thad leaves. A few minutes later the door opens again.
Naomi: Sweetheart! Why am I so fortunate to be graced by your presence today?
Senya: Have you started Book 8?
Naomi: No. Sit down and put out that cigarette. You know how I hate smoking in my office. (A cloud of smoke wafts over Naomi’s face)
Senya: I don’t want any more Viagra jokes.
Naomi: There was only one.
Senya: I don’t like being old.
Naomi: None of us do but you know, time has to happen in the way it has to happen.
Senya: I am not going to metamorphose into any more pathetic geeks.
Naomi: Got that.
Senya: I want you to kill Katie.
Senya: If you don’t, I will.
Naomi: Now hold on. I admit she was very annoying in Metamorphosis but still, you two have a long history together.
Senya: I would rather have Hannah from the Journey series. Send Katie there and give me Hannah.
Naomi: Sorry, Cupcake, but I’m not getting started with that oedipal theme. Let me work on Katie. I’ll calm her down and you’ll see, things will be better.
Senya: How many more books are in my contract?
Silence. Another cloud of smoke passes in front of Naomi’s face.
Naomi: (smiling while gritting her teeth) Sugar Plum, do you remember what happened to you in book 1? How about books 3 &4? Do you want to go through stuff like that again?
Senya gets up and leaves, slamming the door.
Naomi: (sighs) I didn’t think so.