“You’re doing well, Expletive Man.” Ms. Liberty exclaimed as our hero approached her.
“Thank you, I was wondering … “ Expletive Man began.
“Would you like to train to the next level?” Ms. Liberty asked interrupting him.
“Well, ok.” Expletive Man responded.
“I’m sorry; you do not have enough experience to be trained for the next level.” Ms. Liberty cheerfully informed.
“Then why did you, oh never mind. I want to buy a rename token please.” Expletive Man replied.
“I don’t sell those.” Ms. Liberty replied.
“Where do I get one; how do I get one?” He asked.
“You can get a recipe for a rename token from salvage and other things you get as rewards for fighting crime.” Ms. Liberty explained.
“Is there another way?”
“Yes, the Auction House, Wentworth’s probably has some up for sale.” Ms. Liberty said.
He run to Wentwoth’s just up the street. He could tell right away that it was a classy store. The circular design of the building, the glass front and roof, the wood paneling, even the uniforms the sales help wore made him feel a bit out of place. He walked up to a cute woman sales associate and said “Hello” with a smile.
“How may I serve you?” She intoned.
“I am looking for a rename token, please.” Expletive Name said.
“First things first, big guy, let me see your super person registration and identification card.
He pulled out his hero ID and handed it to her. He knew what was going to happen next. She was going to make fun of his name or be put off by it. She will probably have him thrown out. Well his mind was made up; he wasn’t going to leave without a rename token or a fight.
“Let me enter you into our computer.” She said as she typed into her computer.
“I have as much right to be here as anybody else.” He said sternly.
“Of course you do, there you go. Your storage is setup and you may bid or put items up for sale.” She said pleased with her speed of setting up his accounts.
“So you are not going to send for security or ridicule my name?” Expletive Man asked.
“Why would I do that; we see all kind of crazy names in here, believe me.” She laughed.
“You don’t find my name particularly strange?” He asked.
“What was your name, I didn’t even notice?” She asked.
“Expletive Man!” He said in that heroic echo voice.
“That’s cute. So what did you want to do?” She asked.
“Really, well, I’m looking for a rename token.” Expletive Man said a bit stunned.
“Yes, you search on this screen and enter you bid here and the quantity here. Will that be all?” She asked.
“That’s all for now.” He said as he figured out the search. It was fairly simple and straight forward. He typed in ‘rename’ and items up for bid and for sale popped up. There were several bidders for rename tokens, not what he was looking for. He then found rename token recipes. He kind of didn’t know how to do recipes so he skipped those. He found rename tokens.
“Miss?” He asked.
“Yes, how may I serve you?” The same sales lady asked.
“I found the rename tokens, but they don’t have prices. I don’t understand.” He said confused.
“You have to bid on the items, that’s kind of why we call this place an auction house.” She said trying not to be too sarcastic.
“Now who’s being cute?” He said playfully.
She twirled her hair around her finger and giggled.
“Ok, so what’s the minimum price for one of these rename thingies.” He almost forgot why he was there. She was pretty and friendly and helpful. She didn’t make fun of his stupid superhero name, and that is a big plus.
“Oh, I can’t tell you that.” She countered.
“I’d lose my job, silly. Each customer is guaranteed privacy of price and privacy of bids.” She explained.
“So, I’m just another customer to you.” He felt let down.
“Oh, don’t get me wrong, I would love to help you, but rules are rules.” She said wishing she could break the rules.
“Ok, tell me what I should bid.” He said looking into her beautiful eyes.
“Well, you can bid 1i or 2,000,000,000i. There is a 5% fee when you make a purchase.” She said trying to be helpful.
“Oh, I get it. I decide what price I want to pay. If somebody put one up for sale at or below that price, I win the bid. This sounds kind of fun.” He said catching on to the bidding system.
“I can think of something more fun.” She mumbled under her breath.
“What was that?” He asked excited about the bidding system.
“I said that you can put in more than one bid.” She said hoping to cover up her earlier slip.
“Ok, all done with this bidding stuff.” He said proud of himself.
“You did very well for a first timer.” She replied smiling at him.
“You know, there is something that I’m not a first timer at.” He said confidently.
“What is that?” She asked coyly.
He leaned over and gave her a soft warm kiss.
“You’re right, you are no first timer.” She laughed.
“So, what time do you get off work?” He asked hopeful.
“Well, we just met, but you are a superhero. I think I could be safe with you.” She replied.
“Don’t be too sure about that.”
“Well I get off around 9, but I got to pick-up my niece from piano class. How about Friday?” She asked.
“Friday is good for me.” He answered walking away looking at her.
As he was walking away, another super came running up. He was dressed in red armor from head to toe. He thought he heard her say to this armored hero, ‘I need a canopener’.