Paradise Induction Chapter 5 – Extract 23
“Yeah. Just got in today.” Chris patted himself down and scrunched the towel up in his pocket.
“Yes,” replied the man. “I haven’t seen you before. You look fresh. Brand new,” he added with a slur.
Chris nodded and his eyes receded.
Chris observed something a little odd about his car dashboard. Fixed in the centre was a small stuffed imitation of a large black gorilla cuddling a small brown monkey. Chris’s eyes peered to his side at the little Filipino man.
“What do you do?” the man asked .
“I’m a writer, but will be a bartender soon. Just getting my Work Permit sorted so I’m headed to the airport. Are you going near there?”
He chuckled. “That’s exactly where I’m going.”
Silence yet again.
“So, where you from?” he questioned.
“Oh wow. London’s very nice. Very big. Really good money. Lots to do.” He paused. “Why you come here?”
“Looking to build my writing career really. Less competition here for writing jobs, so just hoping I get something soon.”
“Hmmmm, okay, okay.”
The silences made the discussion more of an interview than an informal conversation.