Paradise Induction Chapter 5 – Extract 20
The physician smiled. “We could contact your doctor and get the originals sent via fax? But I assume they’ll be closed. Four hours ahead, right?”
“Yeah,” said Chris.
“Let me look again.”
Chris handed the paperwork back to her.
She reviewed them. Chris kept his eyes on her, hoping.
“Yep, I can approve these,” she said. “It’s going to cost fifty dollars, but I can stamp-approve these right now and then you’ll be able to get your passport back.”
Chris nodded and slowly pulled out his wallet, handing over the money. His jaw tensed at the idea that he may have to ask Vernon to borrow more money before he got his first pay cheque—a detestable action in his mind. He absolutely hated borrowing off anyone. It was a last resort, yet he’d already done it on his first day. Sweat trickled down his head.
“May I have a paper towel?” he said, noticing a roll on the desk.
“What do you say?” said the man.
“Sorry,” said Chris. “Please.”
The doctor rolled her eyes and pulled a paper towel, smiling sympathetically at Chris. “Here you go.”