VANDEVER

Well there’s this girl who offered me a job…

You hear a knock at the door. Vandever looks at the door then up at the MC with his feet dangling from the top bunk. The MC plops his phone on the mattress and hops down.

MC

I’ll get it…

A girl stands in the doorway. She doesn’t enter seeming surprised that Vandever doesn’t answer. She stands with her hands folded in front of her. Her brown hair is short and curly almost a boyish mullet and she’s wearing a checkered button down over a white t-shirt and khaki dickie work pants with boots. No make-up but her dark brown eyes seem smoky and large and luminous. They can flash sensuality. She begins laughing.

GIRL

Are you the doorman?

MC

No but I’m sorry I’m not the one you’re looking for… Vandever you have a visitor. A lady friend perhaps?

Vandever swivels in his chair away from his computer and faces the girl in the doorway for a moment. He makes eye contact then looks down. He half-way swivels back and reaches a hand out to the keyboard now in profile to her. The MC stands in between and notices the expressions that pass across the girl’s face her eyes. Vandever doesn’t see because he’s afraid to look.

GIRL

I just wanted to see if you wanted to go with some of us to the cafeteria… You busy?

VANDEVER

I’m not hungry now… Thanks though.

GIRL

Oh… okay. You stare at that thing too long you’ll go blind.

The girl walks out of the doorway. Even in those clothes she walks away like a woman. The MC peeks after her and shuts the door. He looks back at Vandever who still sits half-swiveled back in profile his hand out to the keyboard like he’s going to type something.

MC

I think you might have a woman mad at you.

VANDEVER

Who? Her? She just lives on the floor below. We all go to eat together sometimes.

MC

You really are blind… You don’t know good and evil until you know a girl and maybe that girl could teach you. You want a girl to look at you the way she did. You’ll soon find it’s the only thing that makes sense. It’s logical, almost. A whole life can be in that look. Suffused in the blink of an eye… I tell ya you want a girl to look at you that way the way she looked at you when you weren’t looking because when she starts looking at ya the other way you can’t win for losing if you can touch her at all…

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