Sunday, December 21, 2014

Scene #9: Nobody puts Eve in the corner

Author Note: Another cool thing that happens when you’re writing a novel are the surprise characters. In my mind Eve was one of those no name easily forgotten characters, but even her small appearances were larger than life. Everytime I think about her I laugh and this scene is big reason why.

Jack had been replaying last night in his head for hours and he still couldn’t figure out what he said to make Nina so upset. “Eve!” he shouted.
“Yes, boss?” she entered, wearing a pair of pink snow boots with a matching sweater.
“Can I run something by you?”
“Lord, I thought you’d never ask.” She locked the door and sprinted toward his desk.
Jacks eyes widened when she gripped the bottom of her sweater. “Whoa, whoa, what are you doing?”
“I thought you wanted to…”
“No, no, no. I wanted to ask you a question. And remind me to schedule you another one of those sexual harassment classes for the New Year.”
“Hey, a girl in my position always needs to be prepared.”
“No, you don’t,” he said, shaking his head. “Not ever…in that way…with me…at all.”
“All right. You’ve made your point,” she said, folding her arms. “So what was this question you wanted to ask?”
“Okay, have a seat, which is not an invitation to my lap. I mean the chair sitting on the opposite side of my desk.”
Eve rolled her eyes as she sat. “One little accidental lap dance at the Christmas party and suddenly everybody’s got a problem,” she whispered under her breath.
“Say you’re babysitting, the kids are screaming their heads off and everything is just madness, and I come in.”
“What are you wearing?”
“Eve, please.”
“As I was saying, I come in, help you get the kids to sleep. I make a joke about you being glad you don’t have any. Is there anything about that scenario that would make a woman cry?”
“Me personally? No, but I can’t stand kids. They’re so little and sticky.” She made a sour face.
“Okay, but is there a type of woman that would be offended by that joke?”
“I don’t know, maybe to somebody who wanted one, but couldn’t have any.”
Jack slapped his forehead. He remembered Jason and Angie saying Nina couldn’t have kids after her heart attack. “I cannot believe I said that to her.”
“You mean the streetwalker Dale found for you?” Eve asked sarcastically.
Jack felt like steam was about to burst from his ears. “She is not…,” he paused to check his temper. Eve had gotten the brunt of his wrath over the past month; he’d already doubled her Christmas bonus as a result. One more outburst would’ve sparked him to write a whole new check. “You can go.”
“It was just a joke,” she explained as she headed for the exit.
“Well, it’s not funny, and I don’t want to hear it again.”
“Whatever you say. By the way, what are you even doing here?”
Jack looked down at his empty desk. He really didn’t have a reason to be there. He just didn’t want to risk hurting Nina’s feelings anymore than he already had.
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1 comment:

  1. Comic relief characters like this take on a life of their own!


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