Mind of a Mannequin
Brooke and I spent the next half hour or so finalizing some work details, things like banking details so I could get paid, and negotiating working hours. Brooke was very generous here, I'd be on a salary, not huge but enough to live comfortably, and I wouldn't be on a set schedule, or even have a minimum amount of hours to work. Instead I had to change at least a certain number of displays each week across the Dusk Boutique's five stores, which would require a lot of travel, thankfully all of them were near a subway station so a transit pass would be provided for me.
This schedule seemed strange to me, so I queried Brooke on why the contract was set up this way, not that I didn't like it.
"Well Timothy, this arrangement allows you to have flexibility with your schedule. Say you show up here one morning intending to work. You take a few of the girls into the back to work with them, but while you're undressing one of them you realize you're being seduced by her luscious plastic curves. Working this way you can have some fun with the girl or girls of your choice before getting back to work and getting them ready for display. You will need to pace yourself on the job in order to meet your quota, but this lets you set that pace. Want to spend 12 hours in a store one day? You're getting paid the same as if you spent 2 so go for it."
Once I realized just what I had been told I felt heat beginning to creep into my cheeks, and had to fight to keep certain thoughts from entering my mind.
Brooke, ever observant, just laughed off my reaction "Hehe, I can already tell you're going to be a fun one to tease Timothy. If just the thought of having free reign with my girls can get you blushing then I wonder how you'll react when your training starts in earnest today."
The heat in my cheeks simply grew hotter.
"Oh come on," Brooke rolled her eyes "it's no fun if it's too easy." She then glanced at a clock, "8:45. Lin should be in by now. You're going to be co-workers so go and introduce yourself, and please ask her about your change-room display, I want you to be used to programmed responses like the one she will give."
"What do you think of my display, right?" I confirmed.
"Yes, and don't forget to size her up for display herself." Brooke gave a wicked little grin and continued on, "Just imagine her plastic and immobile, standing in the lingerie department in a see-through nig-"
I bolted out the door and closed it behind me, Lin might not notice the strangeness of the store's mannequins but I doubt she'd miss a tent in my pants. Standing in the back clearing my thoughts I could hear movement coming from the front of the store, confirming that Lin had indeed arrived for her shift. After calming down from Brooke's teasing, I stepped into the front to meet the first of Brooke's 'human' employees, and stopped dead in my tracks upon seeing her.
Standing by a table of clothing changing a sale sign was a little angel with a perfect complexion. Lin stood 155cm (5' 1") in her flats and if skin alone was a judge I'd have sworn she was already a mannequin, especially as her boy-shorts and crop-top tank left most of it exposed. Sizing her up I figured her measurements to be 71/54/80cm (28/21/31"), making her smaller than most of the displays I'd seen so far, which my mind interpreted as a good potential reason to add her to them.
She looked up from her work and noticed me staring just then allowing me to get a look at her face. Despite being graced with an expression of apprehension due to being stared at she was still quite beautiful, with almond shaped eyes the colour of actual almonds a petite nose and ruby-red lips that looked large and kissable even as they formed the words "Hello? Can I help you?"
"Oh, Um... sorry, my name is Timothy, Brooke just hired me to be the new VM for the store. She told me to come out here to introduce myself." The quick rush of adrenaline from being caught staring cleared my mind enough of thoughts of having this girl on display to allow me to answer.
"Ah, you're Cindy's replacement. I'm Lin, it's nice to meet you." She walks over to me and offers a hand, which I take. I can't help but notice how soft her hand feels during the quick shake, and some part of my brain interjects that it would be even better if it were stiff plastic. I do my best to silence that part for now.
"Well, I've got to go get changed before we open, Brooke probably wouldn't approve of me looking like this for work. Let me know if you need anything from me today." Lin walks towards the counter to grab her bag, and I then realized I hadn't used the phrase Brooke had given me.
"Hold on Lin, can I ask you something first? I just started here but I do have some of my work out on the floor," I gesture to Grace, Laura and Jackie frozen in the denim section and Lin's gaze follows, "I'm just wondering what do you think of my display?"
Lin appears to think for a moment before saying "It would be better with me in it." She blinks a couple of times after saying that and continues, "Of course not me me, but a figure like me. It's a pretty multi-cultural display, so why not take it a step further and add even more diversity? Have an Asian figure in there reassuring Grace that the outfit looks good, or maybe an Indian figure suggesting something a little more racy. We're one of the few stores that has such a wide range of realistic mannequins at our disposal. We should take advantage of that." Her eyes widen a bit as she finishes and she turns to look at me, "Oh! I don't mean to say you didn't do a good job though, I think it looks great! I'm just suggesting some things. Anyway I really need to go change before we open. See you around!" With that Lin picked up her back and scampered off into the change rooms. Leaving me wondering how much of what she said was programmed and how much was from herself.
Realizing I wasn't going to get answers anytime soon I returned to Brooke's office to find a note on the door saying to meet her in the storeroom. As I entered the room Brooke asked "So, what did you think of Lin?" with an expectant look on her face.
"She's beautiful," Brooke's expression changed to one of triumph, "and I think she may have an eye for displays."
"Oh? Why do you say that?" Triumph changed to curiosity.
"Well, after giving me her programmed phrase she gave me some ideas for improving my display that I have to agree with. I don't know if it was a fluke, but I'd like to see if she can repeat that before I say to place an order for her." As much as my 'lower brain' wanted Lin frozen and under my control as soon as possible, curiosity at her abilities gave me enough self-control to hold off on doing so.
"Are you angling for an assistant?"
"I don't know, I've only been here a day and the work doesn't look like I'll need one, and even if I do I figure I can probably wake up Cindy."
"You can," Brooke interjects flatly "is ordering new mannequins going to be a problem for you if you get to know them even a little?" Brooke sounds a bit angry as she continues "Remember, Lin is basically already a mannequin, at some point she is going to end up on display. Do try not to get attached."
My two brains fight with each other over what to say next, and neither one wins before I open my mouth, "Brooke, having Lin be a mannequin would be awesome both as a VM and as someone who is particularly attracted to Asian girls and has a fetish for mannequins. I just don't want to see a potential talent for displays go to waste, especially since this isn't really what I trained in. It sounds like you're going to order her anyway, so can you give me some time to make her want it like Cindy did?"
Brooke looks at me, and her stern expression melts into laughter "Ahahaha, you... haha.." she breathes deeply and composes herself "you don't want an assistant. You want a plastic girlfrihehe." She can't contain her laughter.
"Honestly, if that was what I wanted I'd wager Cindy would be up for it and she hit's even more buttons for me than Lin does. I just think Lin could be useful to me, and therefore you, for more than her body. Give me a chance, if it doesn't work there's no potential for harm right? She just gets processed and joins the display." I shrug.
Brooke gives me a quizzical stare for a while, before huffing softly and rolling her eyes. "Have it your way then, I'll give you two weeks to convince Lin that she wants to be changed. If you tell her what's going on and she takes it badly you send her to me on the spot so I can trigger her for processing. Just say Brooke wants to put you on a pedestal and she'll come to me."
"I can do that. Thanks for the opportunity Brooke!"
"We'll see if I live to regret it. Anyway it's time to get down to some training. I was going to have Cindy train you but she's earned some time on the floor so I moved her out there after you left last night. Instead you'll be working with Angelique here." Brooke gestured to a naked figure standing in the corner of the room and started saying seemingly random words, "apple, ambience, arctic, assembled." On the last word the still figure began to change. First her glossy plastic skin began to lose it's shine and gained a more realistic colouring, though it still maintained the perfect complexion of plastic with the exception of her face where freckles took the place of painted-on makeup. While this was happening subtle movements began to return to her body, the most evident of these were the quivers running through her chest, which must have measured at around 89cm (35"), as they started moving up and down with her returning breathing. Those quivers were exaggerated for a moment as the plastic fully gave way to flesh and the previously perky and firm orbs found themselves subjected to gravity once again and I wished I'd had a camera to capture that beautiful moment on video. Maybe thirty seconds after Brooke said what must have been Angelique's activation phrase the mannequin girl was standing in front of us as a flesh and blood woman.
"Hello Owner," she nodded to Brooke, "and..?" looking expectantly at me
"Timothy, I'm your new VM." I extend my hand for her to shake, but Angelique has other ideas, the 170cm (5' 7") beauty glides across the few steps between us and pulls me in for a kiss, locking her plump lips with mine and squeezing her impressive chest between us. For a moment the world around me fades and all there is is the wonderful feeling of kissing this thing of beauty, and then I hear tapping against the floor and the world comes crashing back in around me as Angelique pulls away and I notice Brooke with a playful smile on her face.
Angelique breaks the silence, first turning to Brooke "You chose a cute VM!" then to me, "Make good use of me OK?"
"Actually Angelique, you're here right now to teach him how to make good use of you girls. He's never worked with a Soulful Mannequin product before so he doesn't know all of your features." I make note that this is the first time Brooke mentioned the name of the company that she orders her girls from in my presence, and that I should do some searching of that name later.
Angelique turns to me and takes my hand between hers "Oh you poor thing, you're used to those boring old dummies that every other store has? Well you're in for a treat working with us here!" Angelique guides my hand up to rest on her breast as she says this, "We're so much more fun to-"
"Freeze." The word escapes Brooke's mouth without a hint of emotion behind it and Angelique just stops. She stays flesh and blood, but there's no trace of movement left in her body, I listen closely and she isn't even breathing, meanwhile my hand is on the frozen beauty's breast and I'm fighting arousal. If Brooke wasn't in the room I'd probably break down and - "Fuck her." this time the words have an exasperated inflection to them. "I should have seen this coming with Angelique, but she's going to be useless to you as a teacher, and make you useless as a student, until she gets what she wants out of you, and that's having you in her." I simply stare at Brooke for a bit as she moves towards the door. Pausing there she says "Angelique, once you two are finished give Timothy some of the basics of getting you ready for display. Timothy she's going to be enticing customers over to the lingerie section as a solo figure. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with her. Now, I've given you one command that you can have already have some fun with, here's another: active."
I am vaguely aware of the door shutting behind me as I'm pulled in to another kiss, this time though I can feel one hand fiddling with my pants, figuring I'd save Angelique the effort I manage to get out a muffled "mreeze" which apparently was close enough to stop her movement again. I pull my frozen partner's hand away from my head and step back taking a look at her face, frozen in the midst of a passionate kiss, gives me an idea for later. For now though I quickly disrobe and arrange Angelique posed on her knees, with one hand tweaking her nipple and one hand wrapped around my by this point throbbing member. The word "active" is barely off my lips when I feel myself being tugged and squeezed.
Angelique uses her hand with the same skill Cindy demonstrated the previous day, only seeing my partner and knowing that I'd arranged her in that pose was proving too much for me and I worried about finishing too early. Just before Angelique moved to wrap her luscious lips around my cock I found a reserve of self control and forced a "freeze" into existence. Even without the stimulation the sight of Angelique's motionless form kneeling before me with her mouth millimetres away from me almost pushed me over the edge.
Looking around I spied a counter by the wall and picked up Angelique intending to place her on it. Picking her up almost toppled me over, not due to her being heavy but the exact opposite: she was much lighter than one would expect from a girl of her size, heavier than a standard mannequin but nowhere near the weight she looked. Making a mental note to take it easier next time, I carried the lustful figure over to the counter and arranged her lying back on it with her legs spread wide and dangling over the edge. I then began to lick and probe at her exposed sex, leaving her frozen while I did just to see how complete the freeze was. Given that I'd noticed she wasn't breathing I shouldn't have been surprised when the only lubrication while I did this ended up being my saliva, even after a good few minutes of attention. Wondering if this was having any effect on her at all I pulled back and said "active". Angelique let out a long moan and started bucking her hips immediately, although her moan sounded suspiciously like the words "put it in", so I obliged now that she had provided some lubricant of her own.
I thrust in and out for a while, her body moving in sync with my own, before "freeze"ing her again and coming to an explosive climax deep inside her motionless body. Pulling out I notice that she's drier than she should be, and that even my cock is coming out clean. Thinking it weird but enjoying the fact that I don't need to clean up I get my clothes back on and say "active". Angelique continues to moan and buck for a while before collapsing limp to the counter. "mmmmm... you know how to treat a mannequin" she purrs.
"You weren't bad yourself there Angelique. You've earned some quality display time for that performance and I've got a unique pose in mind for you that's sure to turn some heads."
Angelique props herself up on the counter with her arms straight behind her back, prominently displaying her breasts to my gaze. "That sounds fun! I guess I should teach you some thing about how to use us for more than just sex then, and I think I know where to start, do you have clothing for me?"
I look around the room to see if Brooke had left anything for me to dress Angelique up in, and see nothing. "Doesn't look like it, I'll have to go grab some from the floor."
"Ok bring me back something sexy and don't worry about size too much. We'll start lessons one and two once you get back" Angelique winks.
"Looking forward to it!" I say before heading out the door.
Hitting the floor I see Lin, now dressed in a knee-length black skirt and a simple white blouse, helping a customer in the sportswear section, I'd been hoping to have a quick chat with her but realize that disturbing her wouldn't be wise so I make my way to the lingerie department. I look around for a while for something that fits the idea I'm going for when I hear a voice behind me.
I spin around to see Lin addressing me, and reply "Oh, hi Lin. Can I do something for you?"
"No I just wanted to say sorry for earlier, I really didn't mean to criticize your display." She looks sheepishly towards the trio standing in the denim section.
I just laugh it off, "Really it's OK! I actually think you gave some good ideas and when I've got full control of the displays I'd love to do something like that. Only it should be in a window for everyone who walks past to see, not just hidden inside the store. Actually if you want I can ask Brooke if she'd be OK with you helping out with it!"
Lin's face flashes with an emotion I can't quite place before she regains her composure and replies "If you want my help I'd be happy to do so! I actually started working at this store because I thought the displays they put up were neat, and if I was going to end up working retail I may as well be in a store where I can appreciate the scenery. I think it'd be fun to be a part of that."
"The scenery?" I joke.
Lin blushes then laughs "The setting it up part Tim." She pauses for a moment, then quickly says "Timothy. Sorry, I have a habit of shortening names." I almost think I can detect another blush.
"Not a problem, I'm OK with you calling me Tim. You certainly won't be the only one to do so."
"Alright then Tim. Thanks. Now are you out here for something?" She tilts her head slightly on asking the question and I can't help but think how cute she looks.
"Yeah, I'm looking for lingerie for Angelique. She's going on solo display out here and I have an idea for a pose that should at least turn some heads, but I need something that sells an intimate moment." I say as I pick up a frilly black bra.
Lin takes a look at whats in my hand and shakes her head. "If you don't mind me making a suggestion how about a baby-doll? Angelique's busty enough for it and trust me when I say that's not something you just laze about in." Lin walks over to a rack and rummages through it for a moment before pulling out a transparent pink baby-doll that would leave Angelique's stomach exposed and nicely framed by the fabric while ostensibly covering her impressive bust. "This one's a bit big for how she was when last out on the floor, but that shouldn't be a problem. What do you think?"
I take a moment to imagine Angelique wearing the baby-doll in the pose I intended to put her in, "Yeah, that'll work. Thanks Lin!"
Lin beamed, "No problem Tim!" she says, taking the lingerie off the hangar, complete with a pair of panties I hadn't noticed before, and handing it to me.
"Alright, I've got to go get Angelique ready for display. Hopefully I see you when I bring her out to the floor." I start heading towards the back.
"I work till 5 so that's likely. I don't think it should take you too long. Have fun back there" are the last words I hear from Lin before leaving the front.
Returning to the store-room I find Angelique frozen on the counter in the same pose I'd left her in. I figure I can activate her at any time, but think it's more fun to leave her frozen for a moment and have some fun with her. I walk over and fondle her breasts a bit, enjoying the feeling of her soft flesh under my hands while the rest of her stays statue-stiff. Then I decide that I should dress her before waking her up so I pick up her strangely light form and carry her to the middle of the room. I slip the panties up Angelique's perfectly smooth legs, enjoying the feeling as it passes effortlessly under my fingers, and settle the low riding fabric on her hips. It's then that I notice the panties definitely made for intimacy as they had a hole in them exposing the wearer's sex. Thankfully that wouldn't be a problem once Angelique was returned to her plastic state. Next I move to slip on the baby-doll which turned out to be a tie in the front deal, which made me wonder why Lin said the larger size wouldn't be a problem. Wondering about it, but deciding to trust my co-worker/soon to be mannequin I get the sexy cloth settled as best I can on Angelique's form before tying it off in the front. My eyes must have gone as wide as saucers then as Angelique's already impressive bust expanded a few centimetres to fill out the rest of the cup. Deciding an explanation for that would be nice, I say "active".
With her first movements Angelique hugs me, squeezing her expanded rack against me as best she could. "You didn't need my help for lesson two!" She exclaims happily "I love a smart VM."
"Umm.." I stammer, "if that, whatever that was, was lesson two. What was lesson one?"
Angelique releases me from the hug. "Really? Fine, I'll give you another chance to figure that out. Go back outside."
Confused but intrigued, I head back out the door and close it. Then I realize I didn't ask for how long I should leave so I open the door to be more audible, and see that Angelique has frozen. Something clicks in my mind and I say "active" from the door-frame. Angelique looks at me and smiles, realizing I'd figured it out, and then I shut the door again, remaining out in the hallway. Opening the door shows me a frozen Angelique, so with that mystery solved I re-enter the room, close the door and say "active".
"That wasn't so hard was it?" she continues to beam at me.
"Nope. You girls can only stay active if someone is in the room with you."
"Not just someone, only our owner and our VM."
"So if I left a few of you girls active in a room..."
"You'd come back to a tableau of frozen mannequins looking exactly how you'd left them." Angelique finishes my thought.
"Well that's one good thing to know. Now what happened when I put that baby-doll on you?" I query, "I get that your breasts grew, but I want to know why."
"Oh, that one's simple! I'm a mannequin. I exist to display clothing. You shouldn't have to find clothes that fit me, I mould to fit the clothes. Well... within reason. Each of us have a minimum and maximum for our bust/waist/hips measurements and our overall height can't be changed." Lin lifts up her right foot and shows me the bottom, on which is written a series of numbers. "Those are my restrictions. All of us have them written on the bottom of our right foot."
"That's good to know Angelique, thanks!" the mannequin smiles happily at me, and then in a flash her eyes turn smoky.
"Want to try out the new me?" She purrs.
I roll my eyes "freeze. You're insatiable aren't you?" I say to the stiffened figure. "While your offer is tempting," I tweak her nipples through the fabric "I do want to get you back out on the floor, and learn anything else that might come with the basic lesson you're supposed to be giving me. And while I am hot for teach...er..." I run off to the front of the store to find Lin folding some clothes.
"Lin, do you know if we have any glasses to use as props?"
"What? Umm... I think I've seen them on mannequins before. They must be somewhere in the back."
"Thanks!" I rush back to the store-room and start opening drawers until I find one with a few pairs of glasses in it. On pair catches my eye, black frames in a pronounced cat-eye style. I fit them on to Angelique's face and thankfully they're a perfect fit without her changing. "active" I say.
Angelique blinks a few times, getting used to the glasses, and then gives me a pouty look. "Can we have some after we finish the lesson?"
"Well the lesson will be over when you're fully ready for display. So any fun we have will just be me using you to masturbate."
Angelique considers this for a moment, "True, so have some fun with me," a crafty look graces Angelique's features, "once you tell me to be display ready, say mobile display, and once you're done with me say display ready again. The first phrase is what returns me to plastic in whatever pose you've put me in. The second one lets me move even in plastic, though only at your direction. Saying the first one again will have me re-take the pose I was frozen in." Thinking about having Angelique as a mobile-plastic-sex-toy had me standing at attention again, a detail that didn't go unnoticed by the toy in question. "Ooh, it's settled then. Lets get on with lesson three: Posing. You can freeze me and guide me by hand, or you can tell me to take a pose and I'll take it, though from there it's best to make minor adjustments once I'm immobilized."
"Actually I've got a pose in mind for you, and I guess a couple of things to try without you telling me if they'll work or not, if you're willing to let me."
"Of course I am!" Angelique seems happy that I'm taking the initiative "What do you want me to do?"
"Come over here and give me the most passionate kiss you can, but just before your tongue crosses the threshold of your lips you're going to freeze." Angelique says nothing but her eyes again go smoky, and she glides over to me, we embrace and our lips meet, and I wait to feel her stiffen. I end up waiting a while, not that I mind, as it seemed that Angelique summoned up some will-power of her own and resisted trying to entangle our tongues for a good minute before finally giving in. As I feel her figure go stiff in my arms I pull away from her kiss and start the first of my experiments. "Angelique, remember this pose." Nothing happens, which I figured would be the case, then I try the next, "open your arms and let me out". To my surprise, and joy, her arms open and I step out of her embrace. "Return to the pose I told you to remember" I try, and she does. Pleased with my results I look her over, a figure frozen in the middle of a passionate kiss with an unseen lover. I adjust her limbs and head down a bit to account for her being on a pedestal and people needing to see her face to sell the pose. I then decide she's ready for her debut and say "Display Ready", and nothing happens. "Umm... active".
"You forgot my stand love. Freezing me like this I can still keep balance. Going back to plastic means I can't and if doing so would cause me to fall over I won't." Angelique explains.
"Right, thanks Angelique, retake your last pose and freeze." I fetch her stand from the corner and place her on it, "display ready".
The process that I had seen earlier happens in reverse, with her silky-smooth skin becoming hard and shiny plastic over the course of about 30 seconds. This time there was no movement to see draining away, and I made a note to try that with the next mannequin I worked with. In short order I was sharing the room with what appeared to be nothing more than a pretty piece of plastic. Wanting to honour the mannequin's request I say "mobile display", nothing immediately changes about her appearance when I say it, so I add an order "lift up your arms", sure enough the figure raises it's arms. I decide if I'm going to have fun with her I'd better not ruin any merchandise in the process, so I undress her and set the clothing aside on the bench. I then wonder what it might be like to have my member between her two plastic globes so the order "rub me off with your breasts" is given and followed in short order, with the figure taking it's time to undo my pants and release my straining cock before taking it between the plastic globes. Surprisingly there's no chafing even though neither me or the mannequin is lubed up, and the feeling of having my dick massaged by the massive mammaries and knowing that the figure performing the service not only has no choice in the matter, but also asked to be used like this put me over the edge rather quickly. After using the nearby washroom to clean myself and the mannequin up I got her re-dressed and returned to her original pose with the display ready command.
With the stand she was a little too much to carry so I placed her on a handcart in the work-room and wheeled her out to the floor. As I was getting her installed Lin came over to inspect my work. She looked between me and the mannequin for a few seconds, before laughing and saying "Is she as good a kisser as she looks?"
I chuckle a bit and say "Why don't you get up there and find out?"
Lin looks around the store, winks, and says "Cover for me," before doing exactly that, slipping her thin frame into Angelique's frozen embrace with ease, and planting a kiss on the figure's artificial lips. Ducking back off of the pedestal Lin gives me a coy look and says, "mm... not bad. I guess I'll have to watch for customers trying to do that when I'm on shift. She is rather enticing."
Stunned with what I just witnessed I can only nod in agreement.
Lin just laughs at me "What? Never seen a girl kiss a mannequin before? Well... maybe that's actually normal. Still, it shouldn't be that shocking, I did tell you I like the displays here, and from the smell of soap on that mannequin's lips you do to eh?" My stunned silence continues. "Hello? Earth to Tim? Great. I've broken him." Lin sighs.
"Umm... sorry, my brain is just trying to process that, and doing a terrible job of it." I stammer
"It speaks! And no problem since I get it. It's not every day you meet someone who shares your fetish. Anyway I've got to get back on desk, if you finish around 5:00 did you want to go grab a coffee?"
My brain didn't take long to come to a conclusion on that one "For sure!"
"Awesome, I'm looking forward to it. Anyway back to work." Lin headed off to another part of the store, and I finished adjusting Angelique's lingerie before heading back to the workroom, where I was greeted by Brooke.
"Hi, 'Tim', is learning about Lin's tastes going to make it easier or harder for you to see her changed?" Brooke says, showing little emotion.
Startled by the suddenness of the question I reply with the first thing that comes into my head, "It should make it easier to convince her she wants it at least."
Brooke eyes me, but stays silent on the matter. "Your work with Angelique was good, there's going to be plenty of people, both men and women, wishing they were locked in that embrace. I realize Angelique probably wasn't the best teacher so here," Brooke pulls out a stack of papers stapled together, "This is a list of some of the commands you can use on the girls to help get them ready for display. Take the rest of your shift till your 'coffee date' to read it over as I don't want it leaving the store."
"I got the basics from Angelique and learned a bit from trying things out, but this will be really helpful. Thanks Brooke!"
"You're welcome." Brooke smiles, "I like you Timothy, you do good work and I think you'll only get better as you do more." Her mouth continues to smile but her eyes turn serious, "Let's not let a soon-to-be-mannequin come between us OK?"
Not quite sure how to react to that I simply say "It won't be a problem Brooke" before heading off to the workroom to study the command sheet.