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Bette: “I’ll tell James to be in the interview.”
Kit: “it’s your job, Bette.”
Bette: (sighing) “look…, I’ll try, okay.”
Kit: “fine I hope you’ll really do it.”
Lincoln Square, West Side
Five days have passed from the review of documents and here they are on the day of the interviews. Ten candidates have been selected and all of them are already waiting outside of Alice’s office in Human Resources. Inside, Alice is on the phone trying to find Bette, who would supposedly be there for the interviews.
Bette: “oh…, hi Al, what’s up?”
Alice: “I’m waiting for you.”
Bette: “do we have an appointment?”
Alice: “yes, today is the interview of the candidates for the three positions.”
Bette: “I wasn’t gonna be there, I told you.”
Alice: “you said you’ll try”
Bette: “I know, sorry Alice, I’m trying to make a case against my father”
Alice: “yes, you said that, but this interview it’s your job, Bette.”
Bette: “who said that, my sister?”
Alice: “no, it’s the truth, what’s wrong with you?”
Bette: “I’m busy… and on vacations…, two beautiful ladies in bikini are waiting for me in the pool.”
Alice: “isn’t Shane with you?”
Bette: “okay, Al, I’m not gonna go there.”
Alice: “fine I’ll postpone the interviews.”
Bette: “fuck, Al…, fine I’ll be there, but you can start now, okay.”
Alice looks at the door and using the intercom called James.
Alice: “James, be ready, finally Bette is in her way here, but we can start, bring the first candidate.”
The time passed and already five candidates have been interviewed, from the three previously selected only one, Jane, has been already evaluated. In the lobby, Tina and Dana are waiting for their turns while the sixth candidate has entered to Alice’s office.
Dana: (whispering) “all the others look very strong candidates, I’m not gonna be chosen.”
Tina: “why you say that you are very smart and capable.”
Dana: “I don’t have my Ph.D.”
Tina: “that is not a requirement, they want skills and some graduate experience or studies and you have that.”
Dana: “but the others have more merits than me.”
Tina: “how do you know?”
Dana: “I don’t, but…”
Tina: “stop, Dana, put yourself together and do what you know, remember, in Inventions and Patents you did all Amber’s work, and she signed your designs as if they were hers, you’re very prepared and you are intelligent, just be calm.”
At that moment James came from the office and called Dana.
Dana: “I’ll wait for you at the door of the building.”
Tina: “yes, please.”
The time kept passing, the candidates that were interviewed left Alice’s office using a back door, in the way that they never cross paths with the ones waiting inside; after Dana left, Alice checked her watch.
Alice: “where the hell is Bette?”
James: “do you want me to call her?”
Alice didn’t want to call Bette again, because this time it won’t be nice, she was really mad and Bette probably would be also angry, so she decided to use James.”
Alice: “yes, please call and tell Bette that we are waiting for her.”
They made a little break, while James called; after five minutes he came back.
James: “Bette is close to here, but the traffic is jam, she’ll be here in 10 minutes.”
Alice was making time, she had made a promise to Kit, she won’t tell Bette her apprehensions and suspicious but she wants her friend to know, to see by herself the scenario, who is this Christina Kennard…? Is this blonde related to Bette’s mother…? Why Kid is keeping this candidate in secrecy…? So, she called the rest of the candidates, leaving Tina at the end. It has passed almost one hour and Bette hasn’t come, so, Alice has no choice.
Alice: “James, bring Christina Kennard.”
As Tina entered, and James closed the door, Bette arrived at the lobby and asked the secretary about the evaluation process.
Bette: “hi, Sadie, how is the evaluation going?”
Sadie: “they were waiting for you, the last candidate is inside, do you want me to announce you?”