Chapter 3 – Extract 9 from The Paradise Induction!
“Don’t forget to listen to the message!” shouted Vernon from the other side of the bungalow.
“Will do!” Chris replied. He changed into blue jeans, a black T-shirt, a buckle belt, with his black shoes and hosed himself down with Lynx deodorant spray.
He moved into the dining room where the digital phone was and pressed the button to replay messages. As the automated answering machine relayed one saved message, a voice that Chris recognised came in.
“Hello Mr. Vernon Sterno. This is a message for your nephew, Christopher Charles. I’m calling because an online newspaper called SINN are looking for a reporter for their team and Jacob Cain, the Chief Editor wants to meet him at Fives as soon as possible. Call me back on this number.” He read off his contact number. “Thank you and have a good day.”
Chris smiled. He picked up the phone and made the call.
“Hi Saul, this is Christopher Charles, Vernon Sterno’s nephew.”
“Hello Chris,” replied Saul. “Welcome back to the islands dude.”
Chris smiled again. Just hearing those words welcome back to the islands meant great new adventures. A positive life! A bright future! Finally…
“Really good to be back,” said Chris. “You left a message about a possible reporter job?”
“Yes. Your uncle has already arranged a meeting for us.” He paused. “It’s in a bit actually. My cousin’s running this paper. It’s an onlline news site. He’s looking for a News Director and Marketing Executive who’s punctual, organised, and who will make the site number one in all the Pharisee Islands.”