They All Had A Chance by Michele Leathers EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Michele Leathers
- Language: English
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Sixty-year-old Shandy Collins thought that she was the one running this
job interview, which was fine with me. I wanted her to believe that.
She had been reading off of a list of questions, all of them unoriginal
and predictable. What a yawnfest. My answers were mostly lies, except for
my age. I did tell her the truth about that. I actually was eighteen.
Shandy handed my ID back to me, which was fake, but she didn’t
notice. “How do you spell your name?” she asked, her hand poised over the
How hard was it to spell Athena Goodman? Was she really that
I spelled my name slowly as she pecked away at the keyboard using
one finger. Click. Click. After she finally finished, she picked up her list of
questions again. “Tell me about your plans for the future. Where do you see
yourself in five years?”
I sat up straighter, as if I was eager to answer her question. “Well, you
know I’ve already told you how much I love children,” I said with a soft
smile. “I’m torn between three options: Becoming an elementary school
teacher, running my own daycare center, or becoming a pediatric nurse.”
“Those all sound like great career paths.”
Instead of letting her read off the next question on her list, I decided it
was time to awaken her deepest emotions and sympathies. “And ten years
from now,” I added, “I hope to have at least eight children of my own.”
“Eight children in ten years? Wow. That’s a lot of babies within a
short amount of time. You better hope you have a set of twins in there. Do
twins run in your family?”
In order to add the precise amount of dramatic effect, I didn’t respond
right away. My hand covered my mouth, and my gaze lowered to the floor. I
sat there in my chair, slightly hunched forward.
“Are you all right?” Shandy asked.
I nodded but avoided making eye contact with her. Then I began
telling her more lies. “I won’t be able to have any biological children of my
own, I have MRKH, so I’ll have to adopt.”
Her beady eyes squinted. “What’s MRKH?”
“Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome. It’s a congenital
disorder. One in five-thousand girls are born with it.” I shed a couple more
fake tears, and then pretended to be embarrassed that I had cried in front of
her. “Sorry,” I said, with a sniff. “I don’t know why I’m so emotional today.”
“Job interviews can be stressful.” Shandy handed me a tissue, then
she set the box of tissues down on her desk in front of me. “Here. In case you
need some more.”
I wiped my eyes and kept the pained expression on my face.
“Take as long as you need,” she said.
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