|Book 2: Angleworm||Page 19: Sweet Charity||
The background is white.
- Panel 1
The young newspaper seller, all bundled up against the cold with a hat, earmuffs and a large scarf that covers everything under his eyes, is holding up a newspaper. His eyes are drawn in the small circle style that usually indicates terror, but in this case seems to represent his excitement. There is a stack of newspapers beside him. He calls out, "*Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Millworker found dead in Stillwood Forest!*" It is still snowing, and the wind is blowing.
- Panel 2.
Zane looks concerned as he holds the newspaper up in front of him, reading the headline. He says "A special *late* edition of the Courier-Post... I guess bad news travels *fast*." Iris, standing across from him and looking worried, answers "We don't get a lot of bad news around Broodhollow. Not like this."
- Panel 3.
Planchett, wearing a pinstriped coat, a scarf and gloves and a fedora that perches precariously on top of his cartoonishly pointy hairstyle, walks up a few feet behind Zane. His eyes are closed and he has a smug look as he says "Miss Bellweather! Mister Zane! A little bird told me you were chummy with the deceased." Zane, not looking backwards at Planchett and looking slightly wary, answers "Er -- That's *true*, Mr. Planchett."
- Panel 4.
The reader sees the three in silhouette, Planchett, in blue, standing across from Zane, who is in brown, and Iris, in green, standing right behind Zane. Planchett makes a gesture of explanation with his hand and says "Thought you'd like to know, Planchett Enterprises will be organizing a funeral and wake, in short order, on Maris' behalf. Didja know? Poor fella had *no relatives* in town."
- Panel 5.
Planchett looks increasingly smug, as he tilts his head back and smiles, his eyes closed. He says "So I said -- no skin off *my* nose. Give a joe a *decent send-off* on my dime. Why not? I got the scratch. *Rutherford Planchett* is all about helping his fellow Broodhollowan." Zane listens quietly. A few feet behind Planchett, the newsboy stands next to his wagon, one arm resting protectively on the stack of newspapers.
- Panel 6.
Zane says tentatively "That's very generous... If there's anything we can do to help --" Planchett, walking away, looks annoyed and says "Kid, I got this charity business in the *bag*. Just gimme the gratitude and don't waste my time." Iris stands behind Zane, watching Planchett go.
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