“My great-grandfather’s Roto is in here,” Harriet motioned as she turned the key on the padlock of the storage unit.
“Hopefully it’s not too rusted and I–we can get something for the parts. Is this unit moisture controlled?” Mr. Hanson asked as he ducked in, hoping Harriet hadn’t heard his misstep. ‘She was desperate for cash and even more desperate for the attention of a man,’ he smiled to himself before tuning his baby blues her way.
“Yes it is,” she answered coldly, no longer fooled by those lying eyes.
“I—We could make a fortune on these old newspapers alone. How far do these go back?” Sifting through headline photos from the Depression era to the Cold War, Mr. Hanson began thinking of all the ways to get that key from Harriet and unload the papers. A little more romance could go a long way to setting him up for the rest of his life; she wasn’t half bad in bed either.
“My family has been in the newspaper business since World War I. Are you sure you don’t want to invest in the paper?”
“Print is yesterday’s news, babe. Everything’s electronic nowadays, e-readers, online magazines, blogs…”
“But I went out with you, I slept with you,” Harriet interrupted with fury.
Mr. Hanson had stepped in it this time; he needed to redirect this conversation quick. With a kiss to her neck he played, “That’s price of doing business, baby. You enjoyed it, didn’t you?”
“Not as much as I’ll enjoy this,” Harriet said as she skewered him with the rusty doctor blade from her great-grandfather’s Roto machine.
“Rotogravure (Roto or Gravure for short) is a type of intaglio printing process; that is, it involves engraving the image onto an image carrier. In gravure printing, the image is engraved onto a cylinder because, like offset printing and flexography, it uses a rotary printing press. Once a staple of newspaper photo features, the rotogravure process is still used for commercial printing of magazines, postcards, and corrugated (cardboard) product packaging.”-Wikipedia
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