"He's up by seven," he shouted to the kitchen through his mouthful of toast, the autumn morning light glinting on the plate and mug on the side table.
"Ketchup and what?"
"No - he's up by seven! The kid is up by seven points with Nanos, Ekos and all the other Greek gods!!!"
Nice? What's that supposed to mean. The Governing Party is back on track, at the front steps of kicking the dullards out and all she can muster up is "nice"? He rubbed his chin. Thought for a bit. The Kid's made a big move in the last few weeks. The commies have faded back just enough to provide the necessary support. Another sip of coffee. A leaf fell outside the bay window. Been a long time. Unfold the Globe. Fold it the other way. And all Hap pulls out of his bag of tricks is a stupid cash register clang. Cornered himself. He's cut so much he has nothing much left to cut to tempt the 905. Thought he was cornering the others. Folks are ready to spend. Could be. Could be they're just sick of Hap. Hap looks sick of Hap come to think of it. Toast. Chew.
"Sure thing. You splash some caff in the decaff today?"
"Not with your heart."
"Jeese. No kidding? Got a bit of zip going today."