6 months later… in an alley… Daniel and Chet meet.
Daniel: Tom got caught.
Chet: What? When?
Daniel: Last night. He was caught tampering with the formula. He removed the taurine, and added cream and sugar, to..
Daniel and Chet: To make it taste more like coffee, of course..
Daniel: I told him not to go alone. I knew it was risky. But then, I guess he knew the risks.
Chet: Did they kill him?
Daniel: Kill him? Oh no – he just got fired. He works for a local coffee house now. Honestly, it’s a much better fit for him.
Meanwhile at the local coffee house…
Tom: Hey Maggie, doesn’t the coffee taste funny today?
Maggie: Nope, seems about the same.
Tom: Wait – I’ve tasted this before. All too often.
Maggie runs out of the coffee house. Tom chases after her.
Tom: You added taurine and niacin to the coffee! You’re an [ENERGY DRINK] agent!!
Maggie yells back at him in German – it roughly translates to “Yea, so what? Whatcha gonna do about it?!”
Maggie finds a bodega, and climbs inside the fridge containing both energy drinks and iced coffees. Both sides accept this as a valid sanctuary. Tom backs off.
TO BE CONTINUED…