Bud's disappointment was brief and mild as the guy turned down the offer to pay him to let him out. Oh well. You win some, you lose some. That was more or less Bud's entire view on life. Very few things managed to get him down for more than a fleeting moment. Cause and effect was not a concept he was entirely familiar with, so it often seemed that the world simply acted whimsically, and if things were bad, sooner or later they'd get better... or vice versa.
No, Bud quickly had moved onto this idea of working for free. Hell, he didn't work even if they paid him, so the idea of working for no money sounded downright insane to him. But who was he to deny a crazy dude his dream
especially if he could maybe get said crazy dude to do his work while he still got paid. "Okay... So you're nice and you don't like money. Got it," he agreed quickly, trying to make this sound perfectly normal. Whatever you say, crazy man. Just keep smiling and nodding, Bud.
Uh oh! Now Bud had put the idea into crazy's head that he might get paid for this! 'Oh, no, no. I don't think I could do that," he hastened to add, looking thoughtful, as if he were actually considering this. "Rules and all." Shucks. "But! out of the goodness of your heart, like you said... that I could maybe work with." He tried to get the guy back on the 'work for free' track.
And yet, he still wasn't rushing to let the good samaritan out of the cage. Not until they got this 'volunteer' stuff settled. "So... you like animals, huh? Keeping them company? Yeah, I think I can find some stuff for you to do... Out of the goodness of your heart." No money. None. As long as they were clear on that. He moved towards the cage, but paused with his hand on the lock, waiting for confirmation that it was clear before he actually released the crazy one.