THE CALLISON HOME - CHARLES' STUDY
Trevor spoke up as he rapped lightly on the door. "Are you
Charles sighed as he looked up from a manuscript he'd been reviewing.
"I just got home from having dinner with Annabelle and I'm going over some
submissions from unpublished authors. What's on your mind?"
"Well, do you know of any
open positions at the office or maybe at the paper?" Trevor walked
into the room and sat down in the chair that was in front of his father's'
desk. He began to fidget nervously in his seat. Why did he feel so
awkward around his father now? Was it because of everything that had
happened between his parents? Trevor strongly disapproved of his father's
behavior and his continued dalliances with Annabelle Lake, but he realized that his
opinions really didn't matter. Why couldn't his father just listen to
reason and try to make things up to his
mother? He sighed and quickly
pushed his parents' problems out of his head. That wasn't what he
wanted to talk about.
son." Charles leaned back in his chair and watched Trevor
closely. His son had been avoiding him for weeks now. He was sure it
was because of everything that had gone on between him and Francis. Why
was he talking to him now? "Everything's filled. In fact, we're
over staffed as it is. What's going on? Why are you asking about job
openings? This must be something pretty important. You've been
awkwardly dancing around me for quite a while now. It's because of what's
going on between me and your mother, isn't it?"
"I don't want to talk
about that!" Trevor shot up out of his seat and walked over to one of
the large bookcases and began to aimlessly scan the assorted titles.
"I'm not here to talk about what ever childish escapades you've got going
"Then what is this
about? It sounds pretty important."
actually..." Trevor paused and turned to face his father.
"Annabelle's niece Sara is trying to find a job. Apparently, since
she and Dane got married, they've had quite a few financial problems.
They're finding it hard to pay bills and pay for Dane's college."
"I already got Dane a job
at the printing plant as a favor to Annabelle. What else am I supposed to
do?" Charles was beginning to grow irritated. He wasn't in the
habit of giving handouts.
"Sara is trying to find a
job," Trevor continued. "However, Dane refuses to let her
work. He thinks that he should be entirely responsible for their
"That's an admirable
"But it's not
enough. Sara realizes this and she can't convince him otherwise.
She's trying to find a job so she can secretly help with their finances without
"I don't know if you
should be getting involved in helping Sara keep things from her
husband." Charles didn't like the idea of interfering in the
Manchester marriage. They should be left to work out their problems on
"That's not what I'm
doing! I'm just trying to help Sara find a job while Dane's at the
plant. Without the extra money she could provide, they really don't have
much of a chance. It's just that he can't know anything about it."
Charles lifted his hand to his chin as he thought. Suddenly, an earlier
telephone conversation sprung to mind. "Actually, I was talking to
Thornton Preston earlier. He was going on about trying to get out of his
contract. I was really only half hearing him, but I clearly remember him
mentioning something about trying to find an assistant while he was in
town. You know, someone to type and run errands and the like."
He paused to think again and a smile began to spread across his face.
"You know, Trevor, I think I have an idea."
Trevor eyed him closely.
again leaned back in his chair and displayed a satisfied grin. "And I
think this is going to be beneficial to Preston, Sara, and to us."