About the picture: It has nothing to do with the story.
An excerpt from Bob, P. I. It is still under submission at three publishers.
Nick talked to Jan a while longer with Rick taking notes. Bob busied himself flipping through paperwork, drinking coffee, and looking at things on a computer. He seemed disinterested in their new client.
Nick showed Jan to the door with a promise to start on the case in the next few days. He marched back into the workroom steaming. “What the hell was that all about?” He asked Bob.
Bob waved him off. “What you talkin bout Nick?”
“We don’t squeeze people for money.”
“But we aren’t a charity either. We get paid. We are a for profit business.”
“I thought you liberals were all bleeding hearts. Not concerned about money.” Nick added.
“Liberal got nothing to do with it.” Bob said. “Business is business, partner. She pays or we don’t play. I ain’t just a woofin here.”
Rick cleared his throat and broke in. “I’ll do it. If you guys don’t want to. I’ll do it no charge.”
Nick jerked a thumb in Ricks direction. “See that? That’s called heart. We are taking this case and we will work out the money later. I’ll pay.” Nick turned his back on Bob. “Woofin. I’ll show you woofin.”
Bob shrugged. “Groovy. We can fit in another snoop case.”
Nick looked at his partner for a moment. “I need some fresh air.” He said and went for the door.
“Keep on truckin'” Bob said to his retreating back.
“Shut up.” Nick called from the door.