“Nope.” Andrew stood firm, “You’re not paying for these movies, Liv.” He said in a serious tone, he added a smile so she didn’t think he was being rude.
He smiled, “Awesome.”
“You should get a dog or a cat to keep you company.” He nodded towards Mac, “Man’s best friend.” He smiled. He didn’t get many costumers, not lately at least. It was easier for people to just buy movies from the internet. He didn’t mind though, he kept generally busy and did have a few loyal costumers and friends who visited often.
“Ugh!” she grunted jokingly, tossing the card back into her purse. “Someday you’re gonna open your mailbox and I’ll have stuffed it with cash.” Liv glared at him and then laughed, resting her chin in her hand.
She nodded at looked at the dog, making a quick whistling noise to call him over. She bent and scratched Mac’s head, petting him and playing with him. “I’ve considered it. Keith said he’d get me one if I really wanted, but he’s convinced we both work too much to take care of a little guy.”
Sighing, she stood again and rested her arms back on the counter. “He can be a little bit stubborn,” she made a face.
“I surely hope you wouldn’t do that.” He laughed.
He watch Liv closely as she showed Mac more attention. “You know, Keith couldn’t object if the dog or cat was a gift.” He flashed a mischievous smile. “Or, maybe it just appeared on your doorstep?” He chuckled.
“Maybe I will,” she threatened.
Liv laughed and covered her face, sure that she must have looked unattractive. “Oh no,” she insisted. “He’s a sucker for puppies, but he’d spend forever fretting about it, the big baby. We’d end up taking it to an animal shelter.”
She could imagine the look that would be on Keith’s face if someone left a dog on their porch. He already spent tons of time working, so knowing that he’d have a dog to take care of as well as a wife when he got home every day would be exhausting for him. Olivia laughed again at the thought.
“Is it bad that I actually considered that for a second just to see the look on his face?”
Andrew had the image of a large amount of dollar bills falling out of his mailbox. He cringed slightly, “I’d rather you not.” He chuckled.
He laughed along with her, “Oh no. I’d hope you’d bring the pup by my place before you did that.” He smiled, “Maybe I’ll get a friend for Mac and we’ll mess with him. I’ll leave the pup on your door step and make him think it’s his… Then, you can just bring it back by my place.” He paused, “Sounds like a win-win to me.” He grinned.
“Fine,” she pointed a stern finger at him. “But you better expect a nice Christmas present this year.” Either way, Liv was going to make it up to him. She loved giving gifts and seeing people happy, and sh’d already planned on buying Andy a Christmas gift, so it wasn’t a stretch to say it would be something nice.
Olivia laughed and nodded her head. “Oh, man, I’d do that in a heartbeat if he wasn’t so stressed out already. I think I’m just gonna have to torture him with these,” she tapped the movies with her finger. “He’d have an absolute heart attack and I’d have to pay him back in cookies and cupcakes and cake for weeks. Months, maybe. Then he’d have another one from all the sweets. Or he’d get diabetes or something.”
Andrew held up his hands in surrender, “Whatever you say.”
He shook his head. “I don’t wanna send the poor guy into shock.” He laughed, “I can’t picture Keith with a belly. He’s too tall… I think his metabolism is too good for all that.”