Chapter 9

Toby

When Mrs. Lovett reached the bottom of the staircase, Toby rushed out of the shop.

"Signor, you've got an…" Toby stoped as he bumped into Mrs. Lovett.

"Signor Pirelli has been called away for important business matters. You should go and wait in my shop for him." she gestured towards the door.

"No ma'am, I should wait for him upstairs"

"Knowing a growing young lad, such as yourself, still up for some more pies, eh?"

"No ma'am, I should wait for signor Pirelli upstairs in the barber shop."

"Tell you what, if come with me I'll give you a nice tumbler of gin."

"Really ma'am."

"yea, sure, why not?"

"Ok."

"Follow me, love."

Mrs. Lovett and Toby walked into the pie shop. Toby at down on a seat.

"You know what?, Toby!"

"What, ma'am."

"How would you like to work with me in my pie shop, since me body isn't what it used to be." Mrs. Lovett placed a pie on the table.

"I'd pay you with pies if you'd like and you can have the room down stairs, back there!"

"Really? Do you really mean…?" He was interrupted by Mrs. Lovett.

"Yes, you can have all the pies you could ever want, as long as you leave some for valued clientele"

"Of coarse, I'll do it !"

"If you want, you can start tomorrow."

"Thank you, ma'am!"

"If you like, you can take the gin and pie and go sit on the comfy couch in front of the fire, in the other room, while I go and check on Mr. T up stairs"

"Ok, ma'am."

Mrs. Lovett guided Toby into the lounge room and walked up stairs. When she got up stairs Mr. Todd was sitting in the chair, holding his razors.

"You ok, Mr. T?"

"The judge, there must be a way to the judge!"

"Still rumbling and rambling bout the stupid old judge!" Mrs. Lovett walked towards the window. Mr. Todd got up and stood behind her, he grabbed her waist and pulled her towards him.

"Mrs. Lovett."

"Mr. T!"

"What are we going to do about the boy?"

"Him, boy he drinks like a sailor, he does! He'll drink me out of house and home."

"Then why don't you go and by some more gin then?"

"Alright then, but I don't have any money!"

"He might." Mr. Todd turned his attention towards the chest.

"He might!" Mrs. Lovett grinned at Mr. Todd and walked over towards the chest and opened it.

"Yuck!" Mrs. Lovett jumped back.

"Awful stink, isn't it."

"Open the window."

Mrs. Lovett searched through Pirellis pockets and pulled out a small coin purse.

"Waste not, want not. Hey there's about 20 quid in here." she stuffed the purse into her pocket and walked over towards Mr. Todd.

"I love you" she said as she softy kissed him.

"As do I."

Mrs. Lovett skipped happily towards the door.

"See you soon." she said, as she exited the shop. She jumped as the door slammed behind her with a loud bang.