Welcome back! Time for Stan to get down to business… right? Jane sure thinks so!
Building the camaraderie between I felt was important as they have a lot they have to face together. If they don’t have the light and levity, the dark will no doubt take over. They have a unique way of dealing with things that crop up, and generally while Jane is serious and focused, Stan, while he faces everything with a dogged determination he also approaches everything with a sense of humor.
It is that humor that keeps him sane.
“Yeah, I’m awake. What do you want?” he said into the phone.
“Nice to know you are in a good mood,” Jane answered sarcastically. She was as close to Stan as a sister. People who didn’t know them well often looked at them like they were worst enemies but Stan wouldn’t trade her thick derision and sense of humor for anything. It brightened his life and made it worth living.
“Yeah, well, the one day I wanted to sleep in, I couldn’t. So what did you expect – me to be happy about it?”
“Oh, did I wake the sleeping giant?” she asked innocently.
“No, I’ve been awake since five-thirty, but up since eight-thirty. Been catching the local news. You looked good on it yesterday, by the way.”
“Yeah, sure. I looked like hell.”
“You looked a hell of a lot better than I would have standing there beside the chief. After the first three questions, I would have probably told them to screw off and wait for the trial and you know it.”
“True,” she laughed. “However, I wish I’d been in your shoes. You got to go home and start to unwind. I had to be in the center of a three-ring circus.”
“Yeah, but you looked good doing it.”
“Whatever! Look, I got a call from the chief about twenty minutes ago. He wants us in his office ASAP.”
“Oh, come on!” Stan groaned, rubbing at the sleep that still crusted his eyes. “This was supposed to be my day off.”
“It was my day off too, remember? But duty calls. At least you don’t have to explain to your sons that you can’t take them to the zoo today like you promised, because you have to work once again. You only have Sammy to worry about and believe me, as long as he gets fed, he doesn’t care if you are there or not.”
“Don’t ‘yeah well’ me. If I have to, I will come down there and drag you out of your house to the station in your housecoat and slippers,” Jane threatened teasingly.
“I don’t own a housecoat, or slippers for that matter,” Stan informed her.
“Better still. I’ll haul you in wearing nothing but your underwear, so get your ass moving before the chief has both of our heads.”
“Alright! Alright! I’m coming, just let me grab a shower and I’ll be there in an hour.”
“See you there and don’t be late,” she said, hanging up the phone without waiting for a goodbye from him.