IN THEIR GOOD BOOKS
James: How did the rehearsal for the school play go last night?
Cindy: It went on much longer than expected though I’m now very much in Mr King’s good books.
James: What happened?
Cindy: I was the only one who knew my lines while everyone else stumbled through theirs. I hope they’ll practise their lines before next week’s rehearsal, else he will definitely go through the roof.
James: Some things sure don’t change after all these years. I remember Mr King being difficult to please. When we did ‘Oliver’ when I was in Form Six, he got so upset once that he stormed out of the auditorium halfway during rehearsal!
Cindy: Oh no! I sure hope he doesn’t do the same with us.
James: Remind me. What play are you doing?
Cindy: We’re doing a musical this year instead. Mr King wanted to pay homage to his favourite Broadway production. Some of the cast find the storyline dreadful, but I think it has an interesting plot and some great catchy numbers.
James: I’ve never heard of “Blood Brothers”. Has it been adapted into film?
Cindy: No, I don’t think so, else I’m sure Mr King would have asked us to watch the film version if it’s available.
James: So, what’s the musical about?
Cindy: The story is set in the city of Liverpool in England. It’s about twin boys whose mother is so poor she had to give up one of them for adoption soon after they were born. The separated twins have entirely different upbringing and meet by chance years later. They even end up falling in love with the same woman.
James: That sounds intriguing.
Cindy: Definitely! The plot is compelling and I really like how the playwright, William Russell discusses human behaviour and draws attention to the debate on nature versus nurture.
James: Wow! You know what? I’ll check my schedule again and see if I can take time off on opening night.
Cindy: Really? That’ll be great!
Cindy: You seem to be in good spirits today. What happened?
James: Well, at long last, I have done something that’s got me into Kathy’s good books. She has been very cool towards me since I started working for the company and I was starting to think she detests me.
Cindy: Why do you think so?
James: I’m good at my job. But I don’t think I was her first-choice candidate for the position and I’ve heard some of the other job applicants are better qualified than I am.
Cindy: So, what did you do to get into her good books?
James: Well, we got an email and an order through from a French company this afternoon. It was, of course, all in French. No one in the office understood a word of it, and Kathy said we would need to hire a translator. I volunteered to translate it since I studied French in university, and you should have seen her face!
Cindy: Ha ha! I’m glad you finally put those hours learning a foreign language to good use!
James: Totally! The next thing I knew, she said “James, I want you to take charge of this order. You knowing French is a great asset to the company” and she’s been all smiles with me since.
Cindy: That’s amazing! I’m so happy for you!