|Book 2: Angleworm||Page 13: Is This Seat Taken||
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- Panel 1
Zane slides into the booth next to Iris, smiling at her and saying "Is this seat taken?" She smiles back, saying "*Oh!* It is now. Hello, Wadsworth!" He says "Aren't you usually working this time of day?" He's wearing his coat and scarf, and he's holding a small brown book.
- Panel 2.
Iris' face loses its cheerfulness, but doesn't betray that something is wrong, as she replies "Oh, um, I got a little time off for lunch. Shouldn't you be running the shop right now?" Zane says "People will survive without being able to buy a busted watch."
- Panel 3.
Iris smiles as she looks at the book that Zane is carrying and asks "What's that? A new diary?" He holds it up between them and looks at it, saying "It's a new *journal*. Dr. Angstrom said I should start keeping track of things that make me anxious."
- Panel 4.
Iris, smiling, says "*I* used to keep a diary when I was younger! It really helped me work through some things." Zane holds it in front of him and looks worried, saying "I think I've always been *afraid* to keep one before."
- Panel 5.
Iris answers, looking away from Zane towards the table, "I was afraid too! Scary to have all your secrets in one place. My worst nightmare was that somehow a *bully* at school would get a hold of it..." Zane looks down towards the book on the table, frowning slightly.
- Panel 6.
Zane has an anxious look on his face, and says, still looking ahead of him, "Oh, that's not what I meant. If it's just in your head, you can deny it. When you write something down, it becomes real." Iris looks at him, her expression neutral.
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