Carmen stared at her reflection in the mirror as her little brother was standing proudly beside her. She took in a deep breath and tried to believe that she was looking at her own self. In fact, she looked gorgeous.
"Cody, I-I look..."she searched a lot for the right word when Cody spoke.
"Hot! Yes you look hot!"he said with his cute high tone innocently.
His sister laughed at him "Pfft no! Not hot but I look pretty"she returned back to the mirror. Her white blouse with small flower on it brightened the color of her eyes. The elegant-somehow wide dark red pants made her legs look taller and the six black buttons on the upper part of the pants, three on the right and three on the left was the best part of the pants. Cody has picked his mom's black heels and gave him to her. She teared up a bit when she saw them. Her hair was down into simple curls, she didn't want to look like she had spent hours on it. She had simple and soft makeup like always and was ready to go.
She had called the secretary at 11 am and asked her if she can still apply to go to the interview and they agreed.
The best part of all of this was that her work time would be the same time as Cody's school. She would even be before him in a half an hour. Well, if they did accept her first.
Cody and her entered the bus and they dropped Cody off before taking her to the company.
She kept taking deep breath to prevent having a panic attack. It was hard to imagine that she was even thinking of being an actress. With her shy self, would she even be able to say hello?
After she had arrived, she took a good look at the building she was going to enter and hesitated if she should just turn back her heels. The big sign that read 'Charles And Co' just added more to the anxiety. Charles was a well known man. He hired actors and actresses, acted in many films and even wrote the scenarios of two! He was a legend! Well, in her opinion.
She entered the building and walked to the secretary who was typing furiously on the keyboard. Carmen felt that it would shatter under her arms in a matter of seconds if nobody stopped her.
"Umm hi"she said nervously.
"What do you want"the secretary huffed angrily as she pulled on the bird's nest resting on her head. It was better if she can shave them off. Has she ever heard of a hair brush before? Carmen thought.
"On which f-loor is the in-interview being done?"
"Three"the secretary whispered. Carmen literally ran to the elevator. She just wanted to escape from the crazy lady!
She pressed the floor's number and waited for it to arrive to the destined or more likely dreaded floor.
The doors opened and Carmen stepped out. What did I think about coming here she shouted in her head.
"Oh hi!"a voice startled her as she looked to the side. A woman sitting behind a desk was the one who talked. She was looking at her from behind her glasses and smiling widely. She was the cutest lady she had ever seen. It made the secretary blush as Carmen kept staring at her "You c-came for the interview, right? What's your name?"she broke the silence.
It seemed like she had forgot her name. She scratched her head and said "Carmen Anderson"the secretary nodded and looked at the file in front of her.
"Oh hi Carmen! You're lucky your turn will be up next after Samantha"Carmen sat down beside a Barbie-like woman. She had her long straight blonde hair down and was dressed in such disgusting clothes. Was she going to work as an actress or a stripper!
"They'd never pick you"the woman said.
"Excuse me"Carmen said shockingly.
"You're too ugly for a job like this. They need a pretty woman like me, not one that's coming from trash. You also dress like a nun"Carmen gasped at what she said. Dressing like that was better than dressing like a slut. She mentioned in her head.
"You bet-"the secretary cut Carmen off by telling her that it was her turn. She stood up and walked away before glaring at that fake blondie and walked away.
Carmen's heart was thumping loudly inside her chest. She felt as if it was going to get ripped out. She took one final breath and entered the room.'They'd never pick you' That girl's work echoed in her head.
Her eyes explored the luxurious room filled with paintings and finally landed on the three men sitting in front of her. The one in the middle was.. old Charles! How exciting! The one on the left looked kind. He seemed younger and genuine. As her eyes traveled to the right man, her heart drummed faster. He was oddly familiar. But she knew that it was just a crazy thought so she removed it out of her mind and said "Hello" with her low muffled voice.
"If you're going to keep on talking like that then you know where the door is"the one in the middle scowled. She wanted to gasp but even that little sound couldn't come out of her mouth. What a mistake she has done by coming her. Little did she know that Charles would be this grumpy. What a grumpy old man she thought.
"Sorry, my dad is just tired from how much interviews we have done today"the man on the left apologized"I'm Ronald, this is my father Charles and this is my older brother Adrian"he smiled at her and she managed to offer a small one in return.
"I'm Carmen. Carmen Anderson"she said with a higher tone this time. She sat in the chair in front of their desk and Charles quickly protested.
"Who told you to sit here?"
Carmen immediately stood up "I'm sorry, I'm just super nervous that I didn't know what to do"she looked down at the floor.
"Just sit"an annoyed deep voice said. Oh looks like the older son is just as grumpy as his father. Like father like son her inner voice told her. She wished he could just talk more so she can listen to his manly voice again.
"So, why did you come here" Ronald asked.
Carmen looked at him with a confused face "Duh, to apply for the job"he let out a slight chuckle and repeated his question. "Acting has been my dream job since I was young. I always us-"
"Blah blah blah"Adrian said sarcastically "We don't need to know this shit, just get straight to the point"he rolled his eyes.
"I need money for my eight year old brother Cody. He needs to have his surgery done. He has Cromotizone" Adrian had a look of shock in his face, Ronald seemed sad and Charles kept staring at her blankly but she could notice the slight sympathy and sadness in his eyes.
"Okay. We have to see your CV. We have five girls left, ten got rejected and five got accepted. Today, we just see all of your CVs and decide on who to accept then after two weeks some of you would perform a scene of the movie The Beast's Wife and we will pick one of you"explained Ronald as Carmen placed her CV on the desk table.
"I don't want you, get out" Charles slightly shouted.
Carmen stood up with tears in her eyes and felt like she has lost all her patience "You've been super rude to me and I stayed silent but I can't take it any longer!"she shouted as she stared at Charles.
"And you dare shout at me too!"he gasped.
"Listen, all I want is for my brother's surgery to be finished! Just how cold-hearted of a person are you all?" Her eyes flashed as she glared at the three men in their business best sitting at the table. They ignored her outburst and she stormed out of the office.
Adrian caught sign of the paperwork she had left on the desk and took note of her number.
Carmen, Carmen Anderson, could she really be the same? Had he finally found her? He knew one thing, he'd do whatever it took to find out if that was the case.
Carmen stormed out of the room as she blew some strands of hair away from her face. She looked at the fake Barbie who had a smirk on her face. She suddenly felt like beating the hell out of her.She jogged towards her and proceeded to grab her from her hair. "You're a stupid fake b*tch!"she screamed at her. She was shocked she had cursed for the first time ever. What was happening to her?She yanked the girl backwards and threw her on the floor. She backed her leg behind her and pushed it forward harshly, making it hit the fake blondie’s back. All of the women including the secretary were shocked, the latter tried to hold fuming Carmen back but she just ended in being pushed away. The lady on the floor kept screaming for help as Carmen was throwing punches at her face.
Carmen watched in amazement as the waiters filled the table with food."All this food for only the two of us?"she pointed at the super long table and looked at every plate as her eyes were glowing."We can eat as much as we want"Adrian shrugged and dug his fork in the pancake on the plate in front of his."Then leave a lot of food to get thrown, wow how awesome"she said sarcastically with a hint of annoyance in her voice which didn't go unnoticed by Adrian. She's still the same I see he thought."Enough nagging, just eat. Do I need to tell the manager to change the 'no smoking' sign to 'no nagging'?"She was shocked to the fact that a stranger was literally making fun of her."
Carmen's povBoth of us, Travis and I, knocked on the door the maid had led us to. I was biting my lips nervously as I heard a quick 'Come in', like he was expecting me.I took a glance at Travis and turned the door's knob around. The door opened and my eyes searched for that jerk. As I saw him smirking at me, my blood boiled."You are such a jerk! You could've left that damn sac with the waiter, but no you had to take it. Give it to me right now or I swear I will beat the hell out of you"I screamed while pointing at him. He scowled at Tracy and l- Tracy? Ughhh I mean Travis."Who is this? Your backup?" He looked him up and down."He is the taxi driver who has been waiting with me patiently to take his money. And it's all bec
Carmen's povI was sitting on my sofa, repeating his nasty words in my head. Recalling what he said in his last text. I wanted to... beat him. Just like what I had done to that girl in Charles' company. Oh Charles! That just makes me more furious. He is too much to handle. I hope I won't have to deal with him too much.I looked at the clock and smiled. It was a perfect timing. 10 am. Cody is still at school now and I have nothing to do so I can just go and show Riven how to be a pervert with me.I walked to the bedroom, wore a simple jeans with a half sleeves grey t-shirt and walked out of the house.I walked to the hospital since it wasn't so far. I had a rush of adrenaline and lots of confidence, it was surprising.I walked
Ronald's povI was sitting beside my father and Adrian, waiting for a few of the last women to arrive. It only took a few minutes until they were here.I wished Carmen was here. I felt so attracted to her, it was like love at first sight. Pfft, I am silly. There's no love at first sight. Also, I would meet her again if there was a chance, which will never happen.Samantha, one of the ladies, stood up and was a little far away from us. It was her turn to perform."Father, how many times have I told you that I already chose the actress"Adrian said with an annoyed tone. He had a scowl on and was glaring at our dad."What do you mean you already picked her? They haven't even showed us how they act yet!"I whisper yelled.
Carmen thought silently as she wondered where were they going to? Her house? The driver didn't know the exact address and the Romans only knew the street she lives on.She wanted to ask but in the same time, her instincts told her to stay silent. She glanced secretly at the man sitting beside her. He looked like he was fuming with anger, Carmen was waiting for red fumes to get out of his ears and his face to go red as a tomato, but absolutely that was just in her mind.Her thoughts went back to her little brother, Cody. How was he doing now? Is he being bullied by one of his rich classmates? Or was he talking happily with his best friend, Jake. Carmen hoped for the latter.After a few minutes of hesitation, she finally asked. "Ronald, where are we going?"&nb
Adrian released a long breath and took Carmen into a warm hug.He was happy neither her or his father were hurt. He even realized that if it wasn't for her, he wouldn't have gotten out of the room and saved both his father and him. In these situations, people don't think straight."Thank you"he whispered in her ear as they broke the hug.Carmen felt confused as she looked at him with a raised eyebrow. She didn't know it was because of her helping him and he decided to keep it hidden."Why are you thanking me?" she giggled nervously while fidgeting with her butterfly necklace.
'There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole different world whisper.''Breath is the power behind all things. I breathe in and know that good things are going to happen.''Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.''Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.'These were the quotes Carmen had saved in her old diary. A large notebook, she had from her childhood. The book he, her old bestie had bought for her.It was a simple gift for her 14th birthday, 10 years ago.