Paradise Induction Chapter 6 – Extract 5
Jacob had been rude, arrogant, deceptive, egocentric, and dismissive—that much was clear from the brief discussion. But in his body language and facial expressions—the crossed legs, the deliberate eye contact or lack of, the smile—he’d shown that he truly had no empathy for his fellow man.
Worse, he was lying in every movement he made and seemed to enjoy his own performance. He was a man that relished lying; and worse still, people knew he was deceiving others in Government and yet, they were still dancing to his tune, likely lying with him. He revelled in the power of getting people to embellish the lie.
First impressions are not the most important part of character evaluation; on that first day of meeting, a person can be ill, have the wrong chemical mix travelling their body after some unhealthy dietary choices, be suffering severe emotional issues from a trauma—the list goes on. But Jacob Cain was the exception; he was malicious, and I knew it from the beginning.