The bars hadn't closed yet, and Denis didn't seem to be home. Keeping an ear out for funseekers in the vicinity, Doc brought the carton with the heroin inside it down into the remains of Denis's living room and hid it behind a section of collapsed ciling, draping the giant plastic rag of what had been Chico's water bed over it. Only then did he happen to notice that the carton he'd pulled out of that dumpster in the dark had once helf a twenty-five-inch color TV set, a detail he had no cause to think about till next day when he dropped in on Denis about luchtime and found him sitting, to all appearances serious and attentive, in front of the professionally packaged heroin, now out of its box, and staring at it, as it turned out he'd been doing for some time.
"It said on the box it was a television set," Denis explained.
"And you couldn't resist. Didn't you check first to see if there was something you could plug in?"
"Well I couldn't find any power cord, man, but I figured it could be some new type of set you didn't need one?"
"Uh huh and what . . ." why was he pursuing this? "were you watching, when I came in?"
"See, my theory is, is it's one of those educational channels? A little slow maybe, but no worse than high school . . ."
"Yes Denis thanks, I will just have a hit off of that if you don't mind. . . ."
"And dig it, Doc, if you watch long enough . . . see how it begins to sort of . . . change?"
Alarmingly, Doc after a minute or two did find minute modulations of color and light intensity beginning to appear among the tightly taped layers of plastic. He sat down next to Denis, and they passed the roach back and forth, eyes glued to the package. Jade/Ashley showed up with a giant Thermos full of Orange Julius and paper cups and a bag of Cheetos.
"Lunch," she greeted them, "and color-coordinated, too, and-- Whoa, what the fuck is that, it looks like smack."
"Nah," said Denis, "I think it's like a . . . documentary?"
They all sat there in a row, sipping, crunching, and gazing. Finally Doc tore himself away. "I hate to be the bad guy, but I've got to do a repo on this?"
"Just till this part's over?"
"Till we see what happens," added Jade.