HOTEL - JUDITH'S PENTHOUSE - LIVING ROOM
just don't understand why you have to be so nasty to Janet,"
said as she sipped her tea. "What has she ever done to you? Do
you have to take every opportunity to bring up what happened?"
Judith Linford stood at the
large window that overlooked Albanyville with her arms folded securely across
her chest. She gave no indication, verbal or physical, that she was even
listening to her younger sister's concerns. Instead, she allowed her eyes
to carefully follow the movements of her new maid Ruby Thomas as she maneuvered
around the room.
"Ruby, dear, do you have
to put that there?" Judith questioned with a stern glance.
"But, Mrs. Linford, I
thought that's where you wanted them." Ruby held the crystal vase of
flowers in her hand as she cautiously removed them from the side table.
"I said that
table!" Judith extended her hand to point to the other table across
the room. "Don't you listen?" She rolled her eyes, let out
a deep sigh, and shook her head. "Honestly, I thought going through a
service to find a maid would be much better than relying on this inadequate
hotel staff. I'm beginning to rethink that decision."
"See, Judith, this is exactly
what I'm talking about!" Jillian shot her a stern look as she rose
from her seat and then walked over to her. "Why do you have to be so
critical? It's not like you're the only perfect person on the planet and
you've been elected to point out everyone else's faults!"
Judith turned to meet her
sister's gaze and glared at her with irritation. "I fully realize
that I'm not perfect. That part about me being elected to point out fault,
I'm not so sure about." She smirked slightly as her eyes continued to
follow Ruby around the room.
"Is this fine with you,
Mrs. Linford?" Ruby asked as she stepped back from the floral arrangement.
"That's perfect! I knew
you could do it if you tried." Judith reached out and grabbed a piece
of paper off of her desk and breezed across the room to Ruby. "Now,
take this list to the store and pick up a few things for me. I want exactly
what's on that list and in the exact amounts that it says."
"Yes, ma'am," Ruby
nodded before taking the list and looking over it quickly. She hurriedly
grabbed her coat out of the closet and shoved the list in her pocket. Ruby
knew that she didn't have a lot of time to get her errands done before she had
to be back to start dinner. Judith was very specific about her dining
As Ruby rushed out of the
apartment, Jillian eyed Judith closely. "You really shouldn't be so
hard on her," she said as she followed Judith to the sofa.
"She's new and it'll take time for her to learn the way you want
"What do you
know?" Judith snapped. "Obviously, you've spent so much
time in this dreary little town that you've forgotten what it's like to
be taken care of like people of our social status are supposed to be."
Jillian shook her head
slightly and looked away. Apparently Judith would never change.