Paradise Induction Chapter 5 – Extract 19
“I just need something checked, please. It’s of the utmost importance.”
“Oh so just because you say it’s important, I should stop closing up should I?” said the man.
Chris remained quiet.
“It’s not of importance to us,” he continued in a mock British accent. “Do you think that because it’s of importance to you, that we’re to drop everything for you? We’re closing.” He laughed.
A woman came out from a room behind the desk. She was in her thirties, fair skin, with blond hair, and firm facial features making her striking to look at. “Hi sir, how can we help you?” she said.
Chris’ eyes flicked between the islander who had spoken and the blond woman, whose accent was American.
“Hi,” said Chris, reading her badge that said Dr. Lena. “I had some issues coming in through immigration today with these.” He handed her the medical tests.
She scanned the documents. “Yeah, they really prefer the official forms. Not copies.”
“Did you go through the same trouble when you came here? They even took my passport, which I hear is illegal.”
“No,” interrupted the man. “She’s PI born and bred, for real.”
Chris kept his eyes on the doctor.
“If you don’t like how we do things here,” continued the receptionist. “Leave.”