Suit #1 looked over the team that had put together the Real RhyDin show, and pinched the bridge of his nose. Ratings had been good. Not great, but good -- but then, they were better than anything the network had had for a good long time.
“So, explain to me again why we want to do this?”
Dude #1, still reeking of reefer, stared at him bug-eyed for a moment, and then waved his hands wildly. “OK, ok. So… we didn’t get the big fight we wanted between Jewell and Tahlia. Who figured those two would have self control? But -- BUT… we can start building buzz for next season.”
Dude #3 jumped in, talking rapid fire over the stoner’s drawl. “They still don’t like each other, and there’s been a few run-ins, postseason--nothing big, but enough. Rumors, Tahlia showing up for her Madness bout dressed in gear from The Line, and with the squire’s scepter from Old Temple. They’re civil, barely, when they see each other, but we think we can fix that.”
Suit #1 sighed, and leaned back in her chair. “So you want to set up a grudge match at this new place--The Hold--right? In the hopes that it will make people tune in and keep up the attention on their rivalry until they fight in IFL next year. Hell, assuming there is an IFL next year.” He glanced at the brief synopsis available on RhyDin’s newest dueling venue. “No cameras, no holds barred.” His eyebrows went up, “No wards. Hmm. What makes you think they’ll show?”
Dudette #4 slid two sheets of paper across the table: One from Tahlia to Jewell, the other from Jewell to Tahlia, both flinging the same insults they’d tossed at each other with brittle, sharp smiles. “They won’t turn down a challenge.”
Suit #1 thought, not for the first time, that he was getting too old for this. “Ok. Go ahead and send the notes -- wait, stipulate it’s Fists only. Don’t want to risk either of them getting killed. We could be liable if people found out. And get in touch with this Conner Reid guy. He seems to be running things over there. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth it, but it won’t cost the network anything to see if your idea works.”
((if anyone wants to place bets for this fight ahead of time, please PM me!)