Previously, Cole wins the arm wrestling match against Greg Goodman.
“And the winner is. . .” said Milwaukee Joe, looking down at Cole’s name tag. “Hank Hawkeye!” Joe grabbed Cole’s arm and launched it in the air in victory. Greg Goodman, good sport that he was, laughed and shook Cole’s hand following the match.
Vera confronted the two parties. “If you think I’m going to make a decision about my career based on a stupid arm wrestling match, you’re wrong.”
“What?” said Cole.
Greg Goodman, too, gave her a confused look.
“Wasn’t that what this was about?” said Vera. “You two arguing over whether I should stay with Loan Some or get a new job?”
“Oh,” said Cole. “Right. I forgot what we were fighting over.”
“Me, too,” said Greg.
Vera rolled her eyes. Here, all this time she thought they actually cared about her future, when really they just cared about their egos.
Just then, Austin Byron came up to Vera.
“I just want to apologize for before,” he said. “I’m sorry I stormed out like that. I know you were only trying to help. And I do appreciate you sticking up for me.” Then, he stopped to turn to Greg, who took the fall for him about hiring a date for the reunion. “And you.”
Greg shrugged. “No problem. There’s no harm in wanting to come to your reunion with a date. Hell, I took my sister.”
“Oh, I know,” said Austin. Suddenly, the hot blonde Greg came in with appeared next to Austin. “Your sister and I caught up while everyone was watching the arm-wrestling match.”
“Hi, brother,” she said, before noticing Vera. “And hello. I’m Maddie. I’ve heard a lot about you.”
“Hopefully good things,” said Vera.
“Mostly that you’re a mystery.”
“If you’ll excuse us,” said Austin. They left to go get drinks.
Vera could understand that description. She was a mystery. She had kept a lot from Greg. Well, mostly just everything involving Loan Some, but from now on she wanted to be more transparent about her job, which made her realize she wasn’t quite ready to leave the position.
“Well, I just want you two to know that I’ve made a decision,” she said to Cole and Greg. “I’m staying with Loan Some. On days like today, I feel like I’m actually making a difference.” She watched as Austin and Maddie were all smiles in line at the bar.
“I just want you to be happy,” said Greg. “And honest.”
“I will be,” she said.
“Can I be honest?” said Cole.
“I think my date went home,” he said, looking around the gymnasium. “I better still get paid for being here.” Cole left to go find her, leaving Greg and Vera alone.
“I promise to be more open with you about everything,” said Vera. “I’m sorry for all of this.”
“I’m not,” said Greg. “I feel better about us now. Plus. . .” He took his hand to her blonde wig, twirling a strand with his fingers. “I kinda like you with this Marilyn Monroe look.”
“There’s more where that came from.”
And Vera knew this statement to be true. Vote next week on the next episode of Vera’s new assignment with Loan Some!