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82. Shameless self-promotion was George’s forte

Shameless self-promotion was George’s forte even though he had no need for it. After all, he wàs a 500-pound gorilla with the power of speech and a published thriller under his belt. Yet he loved to beat his own drum. Unfortunately not in a charming way. He was relentless.

Take for example the events of August. He had hopped into the local bookshop to buy a reference book for his next project when he noticed a young girl checking out his first novel. The gorilla immediately dropped what he was doing and positioned himself in the aisle next to the thriller section.

“Excuse me, sir, you don’t happen to have ‘The Origin of Man’ by George Silverback in stock?” he said, loud enough for the girl to overhear.

Then, in a higher  voice: “Why yes, I think we do.”

Back to the original timbre now. “I just ask because I was told it had sold out.”

“It usually ís sold out. It is a great novel after all. But yesterday we received a new batch from the publisher. I would hurry though. It wouldn’t surprise me if it were to sell out again by tomorrow.”

The gorilla subtly peered over the aisle to gage the girl’s reaction. She hesitated briefly, took another look at the back cover, but finally decided she would buy the book.

George leaned over a bit further to see the girl paying for his novel. A bit too far. The bookcase could not sustain his weight and with a loud bang toppled, tipping over the one next to it, which in turn topple a third bookcase.

All eyes in the store were on George now, but the gorilla didn’t care.

Another book sold, was all he thought, as he congratulated himself by vigorously pounding his chest.

 

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