|Book 1: Curious Little Thing||Page 18: Next of Kin||
- Panel 1
Zane and the young woman are standing in a room with multiple framed diplomas hung on the walls. The young woman raises her hands excitedly and beams at Zane, who looks slightly worried. She says, "It's -- I *know* you! Er, I know what you -- I mean, I know your *name!* Sorry! Let me start over!" Some small, short, thin lines come from her face, showing her excitement.
- Panel 2.
The two are shown in silhouette, with their eyes tiny white ovals. She says, "Mr. Zane, my name is *Iris Bellweather*... My father is a junior partner at the firm! When I graduated high school I started doing clerical work for my father, to help out!"
- Panel 3.
Iris says "*I helped locate* your great-uncle Virgil's next of kin after he *died*! I mean, *passed away!* And we sent notice to you, but we thought you never received it, or had *died yourself!* Sorry! *Passed!*" She looks chagrined. There is a green hat on a hatstand behind her.
- Panel 4.
Zane gestures with one hand and explains, "It had been lost in the mail for months. I know it's a *long shot* that there'd be anything left for me, but I had to see for myself."
- Panel 5.
Iris smiles brightly as she says, "That's just it! I -- You -- You *came!* *Today!* And you're *alive!* Your inheritance claim was about to *lapse* and revert back to municipal property *tomorrow!* Zane looks surprised, and a large red exclamation point appears above his head.
- Panel 6.
Iris takes her hat off the hatstand as she says "If you had come a day later, you'd have *missed it!* It's so *exciting!*" He smiles, saying "*That's fantastic!* Could I speak with your father? Or the *executor*, or --"
- Panel 7.
Iris is running across the street, Zane following her. She says "The three of them are *away on business* for another two days. But... *Come on!* I'll take you to it!" He looks skeptical and replies "I've never inherited anything before -- can I just accept the cash value instead?"
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