Nick loved the early mornings at the gazette for the quiet, non-judgmental space where he could indulge in the less macho songs on his playlist without anyone being the wiser. Ziva was good with his wide and somewhat irregular musical preferences, but with her pregnancy, the rest of his family and hers had begun to “pop in” whenever they damn well pleased. Their surprise visits made it impossible for him to move and groove like he wanted too.
That left him with his office, early enough so his staff would couldn’t read him the riot act if they caught him singing into one of the many rulers from his drawer like he was now.
“Hoooot August nights…” Nick jumped to his desk, crooning the whole time. “Pack up the baby’s, grab the old lady’s…” Squatting, he reached out a hand to his invisible audience, attempting to improve on the last time he’d sung the song some three minutes ago. “Everyone knows Bother Love’s show.”
“Brother’s” He sang out, only vaguely aware the previous hallelujah wasn’t coming from the iPod or his head.
This time the ruckus sunk into his brain and he could feel his phone vibrating madly in his pocket. A sick feeling built in his chest making him certain he didn’t want to look at the offensive bit of tech or open his office door, but he manned up and pulled the phone anyway. The text warned him this day was about to go downhill fast.
ZIVA: HEY, NICKY DIAMOND, DID YOU FORGET TO SET YOUR ALARM?
ZIVA: NO WORRIES, I LOVE YOU!
ZIVA: OPEN THE DOOR, MATE.
He really didn’t want too.
Nick jumped down from the desk, not at all ready to face the embarrassment beyond his door, but knowing that ripping off the band aid quick was preferable to a slow burn and continual jabs. With his hand on the knob and a deep breath he flung the door wide and was mortified to find every employee he had smiling at him. When Penny stepped forward he knew it was going to get rough.
“So…Brother Love, we have a little something for you.” She handed him a sparkly new 12 inch microphone. When the sea of employees parted, there sat a high tech karaoke machine and Neil Diamond’s greatest hits on top. “This is from all of us, Chief. Use it with good health. And if you keep it in the bull pen, then the rest of us can, perhaps, join you in a chorus or two?”
“Yeah,” Ralph, who was finally waking up and less grumpy, called out. “We’re getting real good with the Hallelujah’s out here.”
A round of the joyous shouts went out, followed by whoops and hollers. He’d misjudged his crew and was determined to make amends. The karaoke machine had a slot for a USB so he could get a new iPod and attach it. Link it to iTunes and let the entire group pick out their own songs to download and sing. They were family after all and he could easily afford it.
“Jamie, go lock the front doors,” he called out to the little red wolf. “Then come back and we’ll all give this awesome gift a go. Work can wait for an hour of so.”
Eight hours later, everyone was leaving for the day, no work down, but they were all both wiped out and jazzed from a day of robust enjoyment.
Nick’s Top Ten Playlist
10. Rock’N Roll Train by AC/DC
9. Suck My Kiss by Red Hot Chili Peppers
8. Poker Face by Lady Gaga
7. The Futures so Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades by Timbuk 3
6. Draw the Line by Aerosmith
5. Squealer by AC/DC
4. Holly Holy by Neil Diamond
3. Give It Away by Red Hot Chili Peppers
2. Dirty Deed’s Done Dirt Cheap by AC/DC
1. Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show by Neil Diamond
So here's Nick's playlist...maybe Ziva's will show up next week. :) If you'd like to know about anyone else's in Talbot's Peak, leave us a comment and we'll get them to divulge the info...somehow.
Have a great weekend!