Everything You Are Not – Episode 3
EVERYTHING YOU ARE NOT. episode THREE
Julia: Sapphire, can you find me a job where you work?
Sapphire: ermmm! Good morning.
Sapphire: Why are you sad?
Julia: Why wouldn’t I be sad! I sit here every day and watch you guys go to work and earn a living!
Sapphire: erm! Calm down. I’m sure auntie Claudia is doing something about it. Have you spoken to her about it?
Julia: a million times over!
Sapphire: I think you should give her some time. These things take time. But I’m sure auntie will surely fix you somewhere…
Julia: Do you like your job?
Sapphire: I do now, I didn’t initially…
Julia: is it hectic?
Julia: is it very demanding?
Julia: does it afford you time to have a life?
Julia: Why are you giving me straight answers?
Sapphire: Because I’m straight.
Julia: Are getting edgy because I asked you to find me a job?
Sapphire: No I’m not. I’m just tired
Julia: Why do you work mostly at night?
Sapphire: Because I study in the day. I’m a student, Julia!
Julia: My bad! Go get some rest then.
Sapphire: I will do after breakfast. Thanks.
Julia: (startled) oh auntie! I thought you were in your room.
Claudia: I heard everything. Go get ready let’s go somewhere and talk about your job
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Julia: Alright auntie. I don’t mean to put you under pressure but I’m used to getting out there and making something of my life.
Claudia: I do understand that. I’ll be waiting for you at the car park.
Julia: I won’t be long.
(Julia and Claudia went to a restaurant in town, got some food and sat in a quiet corner of the building. While they ate, the following conversation ensued)
Claudia: I am HIV positive…
Julia: You are what!
Claudia: don’t worry, you will not get by eating and talking with me. Hahahaha!
Julia: auntie, are you trying to pull a stunt?
Claudia: I wish…
Julia: how come you don’t look it?
Claudia: Because I take my antiretroviral drugs judiciously. I lead a normal life and unless I told you, you won’t know.
Julia: How long have you lived with HIV?
Claudia: 5 years…
Julia: Oh my God! That is sad.
Claudia: No, it’s not. I’ve accepted it and it’s not more than living with any other manageable condition.
Julia: How did you get it?
Claudia: Story for another good day. We are here today to talk about your employment. I don’t even know why I brought this up.
Anyway! I’ve been trying to contact people I know might help in finding you a job, but you see, it’s difficult when you don’t have a degree.
Please be a little more patient with me, okay?
Julia: auntie, what do you do?
Claudia: I own businesses.. Why do you ask?
Julia: Because I’ve never seen you go to work
Claudia: I’ve worked when I needed to. Now I’m just letting my money work for me by investing
Erm, what sort of job are you looking to get?
Julia: Anything! Anything at all, auntie.
Claudia: I found this job where your role is to kill innocent New born babies. You get to kill at least five of them a day. Deal?
Claudia: great! That is the reason why you must not give “anything ” as an answer when asked about your preference. Anything means anything.
So, what sort of job are you looking to get?
Julia: Sales person, waitress, receptionist, Nanny, all that.
Claudia: You spoke about learning a skill one time. How about that?
Julia: I reckon that will take some time. I want to start earning money immediately.
Auntie, Sapphire told me you can get me a job right now if you wish.
Claudia: I can, but I won’t.
Julia: but that is wicked, auntie!
Claudia: I know..
Julia: You promised to be my big sister. Why are you not treating me like one?
Claudia: I am, actually.
Julia: You think I am not hardworking enough?
Claudia: I know you are.
Julia: then fix me somewhere.
Claudia: I will do with time.
Julia: but time is one thing I do not have.
Claudia: Julia, can you work tonight?
Claudia: Yes. Tonight.
Julia: ye… Yes! Sure I can!
Claudia: Lets go home so we get you ready!
To be continued.