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Rick Bradbury ([personal profile] waiting) wrote in [community profile] capeandcowl2012-12-04 03:17 am

♞ 003: [video] [BACKDATED TO DEC 2]

[ The video feed comes on late at night -- late on Sunday night, even, which is when no one sane has any reason to be at City Hall. It's the first post Bradbury's made since getting caught up in the events at Yankee Stadium, and the video feed is filled with nothing but... green? The camera pulls away a little, showing off a half-decorated and fairly large Christmas tree (fake, of course) set up in the foyer. Boxes of ornaments and a stepladder are visible at the edge of the camera, but Bradbury himself is nowhere to be seen.

The question of where he is, though, is answered fairly readily when his exasperated voice comes off-screen. ]


"Maybe I missed something in the job description, but I'm pretty sure someone else should be doing this."

[ And then there's a voice from the other side, much further away. ] "Hey, it's not like you were doing anything else, fuckhead! The janitorial staff is busy cleaning up after that protester who horked all over the second floor bathroom."

[ Bradbury snorts, audibly, and the camera swings around to pan distastefully over the decorations yet to be put on the tree. ] "And this couldn't have waited until tomorrow morning because...?"

"I don't know, there's some fucking group coming through here tomorrow, I think they're going to have cameras."

"Like anyone wants to take photos of City Hall." [ Sigh. There's a lot of boxes. It's going to be a long night. ] "Who picked out all this crap, anyway?"

"It was already here! Fuck if I know who picked the shit out, can't you just do it without raising a stink?"

[ There's a pause, broken by low, rasping laughter from Bradbury that sounds entirely too gleeful -- the camera swings up and away as he tosses something at Mitch. ]

"Only if you promise to put that on the tree."

"Like hell!" [ Thank god he's off screen, or it would just be the look of abject horror on his face. ]

"Come on, boss, where's all your holiday spirit? Remember the time you--"

[ Hah, he's gonna cut in right quick on that one. ] "Oh no, we're not talking about that!"

"Think of all the orphans you're letting down, Mitch. All the people who are gonna have to deal with an angel-less tree tomorrow because the Mayor of the City couldn't get up on a ladder and put his money where his mouth is."

"It's a star, asshole, and I'm pretty sure nobody wants my ass on any ladders trying to put one on a fake tree."

"What, so you got me instead?"

"You weren't busy!"

"All I'm saying is, if you're making me set up a ten-foot Christmas tree by myself, the least you could do is put the fucking star on."

"I'm not putting the fucking star on." [ He sounds indignant. ]

"Then I guess it's staying off."

"Okay?" [He'll try and con someone else into it then. ]

[ It's not on camera, but Bradbury's rolling his eyes, apparently having forgotten the thing is even recording, since he's shoved it into a pocket. ]

"You are such a fucking queen."

[ Wow, that was rude, God, Bradbury! Why do you have to pull this kind of shit? ] "And you're a shithead!" [ A beat. ] "You know that your comm is still on, right?"

"Ah, shit--" [ He fumbles to shut the feed off, even as he yells over at Mitch one last time. ] "--at least put on some of the fucking snowflakes, asshole!"

[ B E E P ]

[ The feed ends there, but by the time people come in to City Hall by Monday morning, the tree in the foyer's been completely decorated - star, lights, and all - and actually doesn't look half bad. ]

[ ooc: Bradbury is in ultramarine and Mitch is in circuit board green. ]
professorlionface: (Genius may overrule humility at times.)

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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-12-04 08:04 am (UTC)(link)
Sounds like someone hasn't been bitten by the holiday bug yet! I suppose pest control at City Hall must be very effective.
viced: (Who would want to kill me)

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[personal profile] viced 2012-12-04 04:52 pm (UTC)(link)
[ WITH AN ARCH ENEMY LIKE PHERSON... who mitch still thinks is in the City... ]

Sorry, I generally try to avoid being bit by any bugs.
professorlionface: (Upside-down smile!)

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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-12-04 05:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, you know, some sicknesses are necessary to a healthy body. Fighting it keeps the immune system in good shape, better able to fight when a real threat occurs.

Have you ever gotten sick from a vaccination?
viced: (2 things I won't talk about)

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[personal profile] viced 2012-12-04 05:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Of course not? Although fighting off potential illnesses isn't the same as getting bit by any pests. I prefer to avoid it if at all possible.
professorlionface: (Blah blah blah.)

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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-12-04 06:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah, well, I was making a point. Vaccinations sometimes cause discomfort or glimmers of symptoms, because they give the immune system a dead, controllable sample of the virus. Like a practice run, so your body knows what to look out for.

[He looks up off camera and frowns.] ...I seem to have lost my analogy in the details. I'm trying to say that the holiday bug isn't unlike a vaccination itself, [He pulls his hands against his chest and takes a deep breath.] only you're letting in the seasonal cheer, [He then flips his hands outward, exhaling.] to keep out the holiday blues!
viced: (/eyeroll)

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[personal profile] viced 2012-12-05 04:00 am (UTC)(link)
Oh my god, is the Beast going to turn my life into a Christmas Special? I don't think I like this idea very much.
professorlionface: (Primping and preening!)

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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-12-05 07:38 am (UTC)(link)
I have a Santa costume lurking around here somewhere, I could if I have to. Seems like that's just what City Hall could use right about now.
viced: (Caught in the act)

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[personal profile] viced 2012-12-05 07:53 am (UTC)(link)
I, ah, don't think that's necessary. I'm sure there's a mall or something that could probably use the goodwill a lot more than we could at City Hall. We have jobs to do.
professorlionface: (Can't be overly concerned at the moment!)

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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-12-06 07:03 am (UTC)(link)
And what about staff morale? You don't think those jobs would be more effectively done if they were done happily?
viced: (Nostalgia)

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[personal profile] viced 2012-12-06 07:10 am (UTC)(link)
Sure, but they can do that on their own time, and not taxpayer time.
professorlionface: (I'll take your word for it.)

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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-12-06 07:13 am (UTC)(link)
Oh no, no, no. You can never trust it'll be done that way. Would you ever allow a visit from Santa if you didn't have to?

It's the sort of thing you never actively solicit, but don't regret once it happens to you.
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[personal profile] viced 2012-12-06 07:53 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, but that's not something I can necessarily say, and really, I'm pretty sure a bunch of grown ass men and women, politicians, no less, aren't really going to want to sit on Santa's fucking lap and tell him they've been good boys and girls.
professorlionface: (What was I thinking?)

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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-12-06 04:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, I never said anything about laps. I was thinking something more along the lines of a procession through the office, handing out presents! ...Or maybe just cookies, if that would be more feasible.

Also, I'm fairly certain that a majority of your staff wouldn't qualify as politicians!

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professorlionface: (Well...that's something.)

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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-12-05 07:40 am (UTC)(link)
What about you, Rick? Think you've got a carol in you?
professorlionface: (Most excellent! :3)

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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-12-06 07:05 am (UTC)(link)
Excellent, because I think Mr. Hundred could certainly use one right now. What do you say to Old King Wenceslas?
professorlionface: (Well this is pleasant.)

[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-12-11 08:57 am (UTC)(link)
Of course! It is tradition to partake in some of the holiday's festivities as one decorates, after all. You have to become a host of the proper spirit if you want it to transcend simple busiwork!
professorlionface: (Might I just add...)

[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-12-20 07:58 am (UTC)(link)
Ah, I wouldn't call it possession so much as a visitation. This is one that can't go anywhere it isn't welcome!
professorlionface: (Just wait till I unleash my master plan!)

[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-12-27 06:10 pm (UTC)(link)
I may be entertaining a few ideas, sending a certain costume to the dry cleaners.
professorlionface: (Butterflies in my stomach.)

[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-12-29 04:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Maybe a little. But I think some things are just worth making fashion suffer a few hours for.

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