|Book 1: Curious Little Thing||Page 13: Local Flavor||
- Panel 1
Zane is running along after Maurice, who is apparently walking at a normal pace. They're seen in partial silhouette, lit by the row of streetlights behind them. There are a couple of lights in the buildings in the background. Zane asks, "Why do you call yourselves the Bottlefly Boys?" Maurice replies, "We work up at *Bottlefly Mill*. Last couple months we've worked some long hours. We all get off work at the same time, and there's nothin' going on at home."
- Panel 2.
Zane, still following a couple of paces back, asks "And you congregate in alleyways, helping travelers to hotels?" Maurice answers, "Haw! You just caught us leaving the speakeasy that's -- Oh. *Oops.*" For the first time he opens his eyes, and he looks slightly worried.
- Panel 3.
Zane looks nervous, and he puts his hands up to his mouth to whisper. "A *speakeasy*?! They serve li--" Then, in smaller type, "They serve liquor??" Maurice replies, "Not exactly. Don't get panicky."
- Panel 4.
Maurice says, "It's this local bark around here. *Switchwood.* You can brew it, but it don't make alcohol. So it don't break the *law*. Got a kick like alcohol though." Next to his face is a drawing of a piece of switchwood, a nondescript brown branch with five twigs.
- Panel 5.
Zane and the Bottlefly Boys are standing in front of the Hotel Umbra, a boxy, nondescript building on the corner of a street. It has two stories and multiple rooms, but the only place where the lights are on is the front office. There's a telephone pole behind Morris. Maurice says, "Anyways, here we are, Mister, uh..." Zane replies, "Oh! Gosh. Wadsworth Zane. And thank you."
- Panel 6.
As Zane enters the hotel, Maurice stands in the doorway, giving him thumbs up. He says "Don't know how *long* you're in Broodhollow for, but maybe you'll love it as everyone here does! Heck, maybe you'll end up here *permanently.*" Zane looks uneasy as he walks inside, looking away from Maurice and replying "I -- Okay! Good night!" The inside of the hotel is painted in shades of green, with red carpet.
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