“You’re looking down in the mouth.” Teddy had said. Earnest waited. He knew more was coming. More was always coming. Teddy sidled up to it.
“Bill and I were just saying… ‘Ernie is looking *decidedly* down in the mouth.’ he said to me.”
Earnest, who *decidedly* didn’t like anyone, least of all Teddy, calling him Ernie, sighed and waited some more.
“You need a pick me up. A tonic. Bill and I both use Blinko-wide-awake(TM)… and you can get 5% off. Just tell ‘em I sent ya…!”
“Are we done he…” Earnest started to say.
“Remember, that’s Blinko…!” his work colleague quipped brightly.
Earnest refrained from acknowledging the request to confirm the plug, and when he didn’t come back with a equally galling ‘recommendation’ for some equally useless product/service, he thought Teddy looked genuinely disappointed.
“After all, didn’t they ALL earn loyalty points for goods from GroCorp(R)?” Earnest could almost hear Teddy thinking.
“Go to Hell, Teddy…” Earnest pulled out a newly acquired - with a 15% cashback and 10% off your next purchase of bolts - Kill-em-kwik BoltSHooter(PatentPending) and loosed a few into Teddy’s unexpected chest. “Just tell ‘em I sent ya…” he smiled.