"Hey Okie wait up! There is someone I want you to meet." Okie turned in time to see Blaine and another man approaching.
"Okie this is Dan," Blaine began, "he will be joining us in the marketing department. Dan this is ….."
"Take a freaking picture, It will last longer!" Okie screamed.
"What?" Dan stammered, "I wasn't staring."
"Sure you weren't, that's what they all say. By the way, my eyes are up here."
"Okay, okay I was staring a bit, but I couldn't help it. I'm sorry."
"Go ahead and ask. It isn't like I haven't heard it before you know. Real or fake right? That's what your thinking isn't it?"
"Well, I,,,,,,uhhhhh, yeah I guess I was thinking that," Dan replied.
"So go ahead. At least have the balls to ask." Okie replied holding out his hand to Blaine. In the eight years they had known each other Okie had never lost this bet. Not once.
"It's okay, No such thing as a dumb question right?"
"Okay, real or fake?" Dan asked sheepishly.
While he still hated it, Pinnochio, 'Okie' to his friends had learned to deal with this common occurrence. It was all part of being who he was. He had even come to enjoy the shocked looks on people's faces.
"Way, it is as real as the one on your face. I have a rare disease. They don't know what actually causes it, but every time I tell a lie it grows."
"So you what? You telling me you just don't lie anymore?"
"I try my best not to, as you can see I wasn't very successful early on."
"Even a little white lie?"
"Well, very rarely."
"I don't see how you do it. That must be tough to live with."
"It could be worse, I got off lucky actually."
"Lucky? How so?"
"Well my ex-wife has kind of the same problem. It caused our divorce."
Dan looked nervously over to Blaine sure his leg was being pulled. Blaine could only nod his head in agreement.
"But I thought you said you quit lying? Did you wait too long?
"I said kind of the same problem. In my case it causes my nose to grow. In her case it was her butt."
"Oh, so you left her because her butt got too big? Kind of shallow don't you think?"
"No, I LIKE big butts, I can not lie, you other brothers can't deny."
"Never mind," Pinnochio said laughing.
"If it wasn't the butt, then what was the problem?"
"It was the lies I couldn't take. It was the lies she apparently couldn't leave behind."
" No pun intended."
All three men burst out laughing as Okie's nose immediately began to grow.