This is another snippet from Alumni (HBTC #8). At the end of Reunions (HBTC #7), Josh was stuck in the loft, having gone up there to investigate some psychic tools Dan had discovered earlier. I’ve been trying to figure out for ages how to get Josh down again, and I've done it.
But first, here he is, sitting on the lip of the loft hatch, and he’s accepted he’s not getting down on his own.
10 paragraphs for the 10th of the 10th.
And the WIPpet Snippet:
Josh opened his contacts list and scrolled. Adele…no. If she sets eyes on this lot—he glowered at the attic stash—she’ll think all her Christmases have come at once. Andy…he’ll have me abseiling my way out. Would that be so bad? A quick downwards glance assured him it would. Baines Property Services…potentially. He mentally bookmarked Baines and continued scrolling through friends and business contacts, imagining the scenario for each, all of them horrific, leaving him with a shortlist of two, neither of which he was eager to try.
Dan or Gordon Baines. Dan. Gordon Baines. He’d have flipped a coin if he’d had one to hand. Lesser of two evils? Hard to say, but probably Gordon. Embarrassing as it was to have his ex-landlord come and rescue him from the top of a stepladder of only moderate height, Josh could no longer feel his legs. He made the call.
“Good afternoon, Baines Property.”
“Good afternoon. Would it be possible to speak to Gordon, please?”
“One moment, please.” He was put on hold—no music, mercifully—and then the same voice came back on the line. “Mr. Baines is in a meeting and asked me to tell you he’d call back shortly.”
Josh held in his cry of anguish. “OK. Thank you. Please do tell him it’s rather urgent.”
“I’ll be sure to let him know.”
There was a bleep in Josh’s ear. He moved his phone away and stared, horrified, at the ‘call ended’ notification. The fingers of his other hand—clinging tightly to the lip of the loft hatch—were aching, and he had cramp in his buttocks from keeping them tensed for so long, but there was no floor in the loft, and if he tumbled backwards…
“Now, there’s an idea.” It would certainly get him down quickly.
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