Figured it’s better to avoid caffine, especially when you’re in a new workplace.
Crippling anxiety doesn’t make a great first impression. Call me Erin.
Oh no, I meant the making it tea instead. See, I’ve already got coffee on the brain, and you’ve just messed up all of my plans, Erin.
I’m sure I can make that work, Dr Spaceman. But make it a tea. I don’t do caffeine.
Now that just seems like a lot of work, Dr. Heaton.
Also give me like, 3 months or so to get to know you all.
Three months seems a bit long. Let’s make it two, and a cup of coffee.
[Leonard wanders out of his office, stacks of paperwork and cups of coffee having kept him from seeing real, actual sunlight not brimming through his window in nearly four days. He stops, lingering just outside the door, watching the goings-on in the corridor. Burning eyes watch quietly.]
Only if I get a lollipop.
Not really a rebel, no. If you ask me, then I’d say I’m more of a pressure cooker. It sounds horrible to use an appliance to describe myself but I’ve been lacking options lately. Volcano sounds too predictable and not at all accurate.
That is very thoughtful of you, Dr. Spaceman. Darling. Dolores Darling.
Always thought volcano was a bit cliche for my liking. Same with ticking time bomb. Knew a girl once upon a time who called herself a hurricane. I always liked that. All the imagery of her growing into something strong and misunderstood, but meeting up with land and bringing waves of destruction. Loved the ocean, she did.
Ms. Darling, I do believe your file says you’re new.
Because giving out lollipops isn’t childish.
We’re gonna have a great time, aren’t we?
Oi, did I touch a soft spot in there somewhere?
My apologies, Mr. I’m afraid I wasn’t given the proper tour and introductory monologue. Well, I decided to skip it, really. Couldn’t be too different from the other places.
Got a bit of a rebel on our hands, do we?
Well, I’ll skip the monologue itself too. Dr. Spaceman, here for all of your mental health needs. Mostly. Got a last name for me, love?
Probably. Very likely, but better to find it in a pillow than to not find it at all, yes?
Not at all. I suspect she’ll request a transfer by the end of the month anyways.
Better to find it in a pillow than in a patient.
Well she can gladly take that up with reception.
Faulkner. Colm Faulkner.
Right then Mr. Faulkner, I’m Dr. Leonard Spaceman. Spah-chem-in. I know, you might feel inclined to pronounce it like it’s spelled. But, if you don’t, I might be inclined to give you a lollipop. Just a thought.