This deal isn’t going to work out as badly for Iwatani as it probably looks like it will. More on that in a page or two.

Brother Tom almost certainly peeked ahead while his cloak was off to see how this negotiation would turn out, and since he knows it ends with a handshake, he has no reason not to get all up in Iwatani’s face and bluster that the deal is off, just to make sure Iwatani doesn’t ask for too much to get that handshake. Besides, Iwatani’s “you guys are so icky, just sitting here with you is sliming up my soul” routine seems to have genuinely pissed Tom off.

From Marchosias, a new first-post acrostic: “Foolish Iwatani Regards Solemn Treaty.”