Written by Joe Janes
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(Lights up on Will sitting at a small table at a convenience store/gas station. Darla enters. They are both very professional looking. Upstage left is a clerk at a counter counting money from a register.)
WILLPlease, call me Will.
DARLAThanks, Will. Glad to get a second interview. This is an unusual place to meet.
WILLHey, when you’re on the go, you’re on the go. Want some coffee?
DARLAOh, no thank you.
(Will refills his cup at a coffee urn and loads his suit coat pockets with creamers.)
WILLThey also have individually wrapped Pop Tarts near the register, if you are so inclined.
DARLAReally. I’m fine.
CLERKHey, refills ain’t free. One dollar.
WILLNo problem, no problem. Can you break a fifty?
CLERKYou know I can’t break a fifty.
WILLGee, not sure what to do here…Darla, I hate to ask –
DARLAOh! No problem. Here.
(She hands him a dollar from her purse.)
WILLThank you so much. I’ll catch you later. Cool?
(He hands the clerk the dollar.)
DARLAThink nothing of it. No big deal.
Will (sitting)So, Darla…Everyone was really impressed with your resume and what I had to say about you.
DARLAGood to hear.
WILLEveryone’s certain you’re the VP of operations we need to turn this Darnell Investments around.
DARLAWell, I’m very excited about the possibility. I really enjoyed all the people I met last week. I can see myself getting along really well there.
WILLExcellent…Excellent… Oh, that was a job offer, by the way.
DARLAReally? Great! That’s great. Tell me more.
WILLWell, you can start immediately. As soon as you’re able. Tomorrow?
DARLAWill, I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, but we haven’t even discussed salary or benefits.
WILL (sucking through his teeth)We’ll have to move some things around, but I could give you a figure sometime next week.
DARLAYou want me to start working without knowing what I’m making?
WILLI’d like to get you started, right away. You’re bright. You’ve got some great ideas that can really take this company in new, exciting directions. You like the job, you want the job. I say, why not jump in? The water’s fine. We’ll figure things out as we go.
DARLARight. I see. How come we’re not meeting at your office?
WILLMy office? What’s an office? A place where I do business? I do business anywhere and everywhere. Any time, anyhow. You could say this is my office.
(Nancy the intern enters and sets a small stack of papers down next to Will.)
NANCYHere are print outs of your e-mail from the public library, Mr. Darnell.
WILLOh, thank you, Nancy.
NANCYYou’re welcome, Sir. If you don’t need me, I’ll be taking my lunch break.
(She walks away)
WILLVery good, Nancy. (She returns) I wanted both my business and personal e-mails. Don’t worry about it, now. Go grab them after your meal. We’ll dock the extra cost in time from your stipend.
NANCYI understand, sir. Sorry about that. Well, if you don’t need me for anything else, I’ll be standing ten feet away from you, over there. Gnawing on various dried and cured meats. (She does)
WILLDon’t know why they call ‘em cured meats. That cow ain’t getting back up. That girl could eat her weight in beef jerky. Oh, Nancy.
DARLAIs that your administrative assistant?
WILLNo, no. Intern. Just started. A little green, but I think under my mentorship, she’ll blossom. Speaking of blossoming, how soon can I order your new business cards, Darla?
DARLAI’m afraid I’ll have to pass, Will…
WILLPlease, don’t say no-
DARLAI really don’t think-
WILLWe need you, Darla. We really need you. Please. This company is sinking like a rock. We got evicted last week. All my employees left.
DARLADarnell Investments had over 100 employees. Who’s left?
WILLMe. Just me.
(He waves to her; she waves back, mouth full of jerky.)
DARLAWill, I’m sorry your company has fallen on such hard times. But I need something more stable. For my career. For my life. I’m looking for a company I can invest in for a long time.
WILLDo you have any money?
DARLATo invest in your company?
WILLUh, no. I need to pay for Nancy’s eating habit. Part of our deal.
(Darla sighs. She puts a five-dollar bill on the table.)
WILL (continuing)Thanks, Darla. You’re a saint. I’ll catch you later. Really.
WILL (picking up money)Hey, Nancy! Time to raise some capital. Buy five instant lottery tickets. I feel lucky!