I love jokes like this, that write themselves. I originally had him hitting Blake with a snow shovel because the thin light metal has a good “twang” noise to it. And then I was thinking, well, Ted would take it away from him (for using it meanly) — and it occurred to me that nobody really WANTS a snow shovel, they merely NEED them to do grueling work, so it would be pleasurable to give it up.
Ah, i adore writing.
Too often I have found myself being “moral,” and then in the same situation understanding the challenge. Although, for Vachel, I’mnot sure that saying “no” is much of a challenge.