Hello, everyone! This is another one of the random ideas that was clawing around in my mind. It got on my nerves to the point where I had to extract the annoying creature and put it on to paper. Thus, creating yet another story idea. Welcome to the What If Crystal Ball! This new series of stories will take scenes from various Tv shows/movies/anime/whatever and write them under a new scenario (or however I'm trying to put it). Unlike my other fanfiction, CPPFE, each story in this series will go into their respective sections. The first set of scenarios showing up in the What If Crystal Ball are from NewsRadio. Please remember that any copyrighted material showing up in this story belong to their respective owners only. I hope you will enjoy this. Let's eat!
What If Crystal Ball Series #1: NewsRadio
What if Mr. James had became more emotional while admitting that he loves his staff?
(During the episode "Station Sale")
It was the next morning. Dave sat on his desk where Mr. James were. He yawned. Staying up way past quitting time was not the best idea but it was well worth it if it was to save their jobs.
"Still sleepy, huh?" Mr. James asked, a little drowsy himself.
"Yeah." Dave said, giving a little weary smile.
"The coffee's not working." said Mr. James deadpan. Dave chuckled a little. He thought about having a chat with Lisa for switching it to Decaf. She thought Matthew was hyper enough without it. The two sat there in silence for a moment until Dave worked up the courage to say what had brought him there in the first place.
"Mr. James, Just admit." Dave said.
"Admit what?" Mr. James asked back.
"You didn't really want to sell the station because of the fact that you actually care about us." Dave said.
"No. It was a sound business decision." Mr. James replied.
"Admit it. You let your emotions cloud the deal." Dave pressed on.
"Alright. What's it worth to you?." Mr. James said, smirking. Dave took out his wallet and looked through it.
"How much are you asking?" he asked.
"I don't know. It depends on how much I get." Mr. James said.
"How about if I gave you a...Five Dollar Bill?" Dave offered.
"Dave, come on. Who do you think you're talking to?" Mr. James asked, smiling.
"Fine. A Ten dollar bill." Dave sighed as he held back rolling his eyes. "Then, will you truly admit it?"
"Sure" Mr. James offered. Dave reached into his wallet and took out the ten. He set down on the desk, nervous as to what might happen next. "Ok. So is it true?" Dave asked. Mr. James stared at Dave for a moment then looked down, as if he was embarrassed to face him.
"You're right. It is true." Mr. James quietly said. "Come to think of it, I would have called it off myself at the last minute. You know, when I hired each and every one of you, I had no idea that we would all be together for this long. Turns out I was wrong, huh?" Mr. James laughed a little.
"No one said that this job would be easy, Dave. No one did. But when we are together as a group, we can get over any hurdle. We're like a family and it would be a shame if any of us was to leave that family." Dave was shocked to hear this come from his boss. He had no idea that Mr. James would ever get sentimental over anything. Yet, here he was, fully admitting that he loved everyone on the staff. He was even more shocked to see Mr. James look up, eyes glistening with tears.
"Thank you. Thank you all for reminding me that we should always be together. As a team.." Mr. James said, putting his hand on Dave's arm.
"We only did what we thought was best." Dave gently said, feeling tears coming up himself. Mr. James wiped his eyes.
"Look at me." he said, smiling. Dave smiled. He knew Mr. James really meant it if he was actually crying. Mr. James got up and headed towards the door. He stopped for a moment. Mr. James walked back over to Dave's desk and took out the Ten Dollar Bill. He pressed it into Dave's hand.
"Um..." Dave said, not knowing what to make of it. Mr. James giving back money was unusual to him.
"Here. There's no way that you could put a price on your friendship." Mr. James said. He turned and walked out of the office, leaving Dave still a little surprised yet touched. Mr. James briskly walked back into the office.
"Alright. Thank you. Thank you." Mr. James cheerfully said as he did a couple of bows. "Could I-?" he asked as he held out his hand for the money. Dave smiled as he gave it back.
"Thank you, Mr. James." Dave said.
"You're welcome." Mr. James said gently. He stood there for a moment then walked out again. "Gotta go."
Dave got up and got ready to go back to work, knowing that Mr. James' heart, like his bank account, was very big and was glad he was able to see that for himself.
Well, there you have it. An alternate view on what could have happened during Mr. James' confession and what looks like my first serious story. Next is going to be what could have happened during Mr. James' retirement party and their last toast. I hope that you have enjoyed this and If you have any ideas on what other scenes you would like to see an alternate version of, please leave me a review or PM me or whatever. 'Till the next!