Hello guys, this is my first novel, and I know it's not that good, but I would appreciate any criticism that would help me improve. My story might contain sexual cotent but I'm not sure yet, and I'll make sure that I warn you before hand. Hope you guys enjoy this.
“Miss James” I looked up when I heard my name being called out, the receptionist was looking at me.
“They’re ready for you” she said with a smile, I already liked her she seemed friendly. I wasn’t the type to get nervous before an interview I was a good public speaker, but this was different, I was in one of the top magazines in the country, and one of the reasons I studied journalism is the hope that someday I get to write in this magazine. And now I just turned 20, just graduated university and all that was standing between me and my dream job was this interview, so I couldn’t really help it but feel a little nervous.
I followed her as she led me to a glass door with the name of the magazine ‘NOW!’ written on it, she knocked the door and went in with me. “Miss James” she said in a low but clear voice to the guy I guessed was going to interview me.
“Hello Miss James, I’m Eric Samuels” he smiled and held out his hand for me to shake, I took it and shook it getting a little more relaxed because of his warm smile. Eric was mid-thirties he was a good looking man with dimples that showed when he smiled.
“And I’m Hayden Carter; we’ll be interviewing you today.” I hadn’t noticed he was there in the room until he spoke, he didn’t even smile he just held out his hand not really looking at me. I took it and started feeling nervous all over again and the fact that he was incredibly good looking didn’t help. He was mid to late twenties, easily 6ft2, dark brown hair, and chocolate brown eyes, and was well built, muscular but not a meathead. They gestured for me to sit down I did as they sat in front of me on a couch while I was in a chair.
“So Miss James we can see this is you first job” this was Eric he was smiling while he said it, I guess it was like good cop - bad cop but not really an act. Eric was also very good looking, but not as good as Hayden, he was about 2 inches shorter than Hayden, he too had brown hair although lighter in colour and his eyes where a deep blue, and his smile reached his eyes and I could make out it was genuine. He had a good body, and was well built, but again Hayden’s body was way better.
“Yes, I was busy studying, I graduated a year and a half early so I can get that out of the way and start working on my career without distractions.” I knew it wasn’t a plus point that I was young and that I didn’t have any experience.
“So you think you couldn’t have handled working and studying? A lot of students do that, it’s so that they get the experience by the time they graduate.” Hayden said, he was clearly not pleased with my previous answer. I knew it wasn't the best answer,it wasn’t even the true reason I did it, but I couldn’t really explain.
“Well I guess people deal with things differently, I’d rather focus on what task I have rather than get distracted by more than one thing, it’s just the way I operate.” I knew I was getting a bit on the defensive side but couldn’t help it.
“So Miss James, tell us why do you want this position?” Eric asked trying to smile and lighten the mood, it was clear I was a little upset by what Hayden said, and the fact that he was writing things down and not looking at me at all, even when I was answering his question.
“I was 16 years old when my mum left a copy of ‘NOW!’ magazine laying on a coffee table, I took it and read this article about the relationship between parents and their children and how complicated it is, and I fell in love with this magazine Ever since then I have wanted to work here. I knew I had a passion for writing and I think I’m pretty good at it, graduating top of my class in journalism.” I saw Eric’s expression change and he looked at Hayden who was still looking down at what he was writing, I started to feel like I said something wrong although I didn’t know what exactly.
“Academic degrees aren’t the only consideration.” Hayden said looking at me and as soon as he finished asking his question he went back to looking at what he was writing. I could see that he was challenging me to come up with something good to say, and was purposely wanting me to look bad. I didn’t understand why he was doing this but I was getting a bit annoyed.
“I completely agree with you” he looked up as I said that like he didn’t expect it, “And I guess that’s why you asked to see some of the things that I’ve written.” I said trying not to smirk, I guess he forgot that I had sent some of my writing to be assessed, “But I also think that academic degrees are an indication too.”
The interview went on pretty smoothly after that with the usual questions. Although Eric did most of the talking, while Hayden seemed more concerned with whatever he was writing and said a word or two every now and then.I got used to the fact that he never looked at me, I kept on trying to figure out why he did that, I mean was I that ugly?!
“Ok Miss James, that will be it, we’ll inform you in a few days whether you get the job or not.” Hayden said looking at me for a second before getting up and walking towards a table with papers on it. He was looking through the papers or doing something, but I had a feeling he just didn’t want to look at me.
“Thank you for your time, and I hope you give me this opportunity.”
“I have to say that the writings you gave us were really good, I got a chance to read them, but there are a lot of people applying and we’re taking on only 7 trainees.”
“I understand, thanks again. Good bye.”
“Good bye” Eric said holding out his hand once again, I shook it as I felt that I was about to cry. I walked out of there feeling like crap that Hayden guy seemed to hate me for some reason and I didn’t even do anything, he didn’t even say bye or anything, I wonder what’s wrong with him. I knew that no way in hell I was going to get the job when the guy who interviewed me seemed to think I didn’t deserve it; he wouldn’t look at me for heaven’s sake.
A week passed by and I had already lost hope and wasn’t even thinking about it. It was Friday morning and I went out with my best friend Sarah, after we went finished our breakfast and wereheading home in Sarah’s car when my phone rang. It was an unknown number, I just picked it up.
“This is ‘Now!’ magazine calling to inform you that you have been accepted for the job as a trainee in, you have to come on Monday at 8 am for you first day.” I was shocked at what I was hearing, I didn’t even know what to say, I wasn’t expecting this. I think the woman calling thought I was retarded because it took me about 10 extra seconds to what the normal human being is supposed to take to respond.
“Ok, thank you. I’ll be there. Bye”
“Good bye.” I shut the phone, and looked at Sarah who was driving the car and was starting to get worried because my expression was of pure shock.
“I got the job!!!” I screamed.
“Oh my God Scarlet, I told you, you’re too good they wouldn’t let you go.”
“I’m so happy right now I feel like I’m going to burst.”
“When do you start?”
“Ok let’s go to the mall and get you an outfit to wear for your first day.”
“Of course, let’s go.”
She drove us to the mall, and an outfit turned in many outfits. I went crazy buying suits and formal wear for my new job and of course I went to buy some shoes which cost twice as much as the clothes I bought, but like all women, my weakness was a good pair of shoes! I couldn’t wait till Monday and felt like the next two days would be very long waiting, and I hate waiting.