"Excuse me,<<if $reviewed_notebook eq "yes">> I am here for the job interview,<<endif>>" you say.\n\n"Who are you?" the woman on the left asks<<if $reviewed_notebook neq "yes">>.<<endif>><<if $reviewed_notebook eq "yes">>, "there is no job opening."<<endif>>\n\n"Why aren't you smoking?" the woman on the right asks.\n\n<<if $talked_mom_plane eq "yes">>"You are being rude!" your mother tells you.<<endif>><<if $talked_mom_plane neq "yes">>Your mother looks at you dissapprovingly.<<endif>>\n\n"Why are we smoking?" the woman on the left asks of her counterpart on the right.\n\n"Because that is what we do. We sit outside, wait, and smoke. We smoke every cigarette until we are relieved by her," the counterpart answers.\n\n"It seems a pointless endeavor, yet I feel compelled to continue."\n\n"Because that is what we do. There is a point in being who you are."\n\nThe left woman takes a long drag from her smoke. "I am not defined by my actions. My purpose is not to simply wait."\n\n"Nor is it to engage in circular, pseudo-philosophical, faux-intelligent conversations."\n\nYou [[force yourself past the two women|officeinterior]] or [[wait|waitoutside]].
<<silently>>\n<<set $reviewed_notebook = "yes">>\n<<endsilently>>\nYou recognize your own illegible chickenscratch writing on the pages of the notebook. You have written down several questions.\n\n"How do you see yourself making a profit with your current product?"\n\n"How much possibility is there for me to bring my own input to the project?"\n\n"What are the expected office hours?"\n\n"Is there a possibility to work from home?"\n\n<<if $talked_mom_plane neq "yes">>[[Talk to your mother|talkmotherplane]]<<endif>>\n[[Wait for plane to land|planelanding]]
Two women stand in front of the entrace to the office. They are smoking and engaged in a heated conversation. They do not notice you or your mother. Your mother waits silently.\n\n[[You interrupt them|theconversation]]
<<silently>>\n<<set $talked_mom_plane = "yes">>\n<<endsilently>>\n\nYour mother remains silent.\n\n<<if $reviewed_notebook neq "yes">>[[Go through notebook|notebookreview]]<<endif>>\n[[Wait for plane to land|planelanding]]
End of Episode 1.
A tropical island can be seen through the plane's window. It is slowly coming closer. In your lap you have a small notebook filled with questions you wrote down earlier. Your mother is sitting next to you.\n\n<<if $reviewed_notebook neq "yes">>[[Go through notebook|notebookreview]]<<endif>>\n<<if $talked_mom_plane neq "yes">>[[Talk to your mother|talkmotherplane]]<<endif>>\n[[Wait for plane to land|planelanding]]
The plane lands on the small tropical island without incident. You and your mother leave and are taken by taxi to the office.\n\n<<if $talked_mom_plane eq "yes">>Your mother remains as silent as she was on the plane.<<endif>><<if $talked_mom_plane neq "yes">>Your mother remains silent, never averting her gaze from the road.<<endif>>\n\n<<if $reviewed_notebook eq "yes">>You look over your prepared questions again.<<endif>><<if $reviewed_notebook neq "yes">>You nervously pat your pockets to see if you still have your notebook with you. You do.<<endif>>\n\n"Here we are," the driver says as the taxi comes to a stop. [[You've arrived at the office|theoffice]]
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Jeffry van der Goot
Wayward 1: "The Island Interview"
<<silently>>\n<<set $waited = "yes">>\n<<endsilently>>\n\nYou wait.\n\n"How pathetic," the woman on the left says.\n\n"[[Go inside|officeinterior]]!" the woman on the right says.
<<if $waited neq "yes">>You push yourself past the two women and enter the building.<<endif>><<if $waited eq "yes">>The two women part to allow you to enter the building.<<endif>>\n\nThe door shuts closed loudly and you find yourself in a dark office lobby. Dead potted plants and uncomfortable chairs. A large wooden desk with a plaque that reads "SECRETARY". Behind it is a woman about your age with red hair with her eyes closed. You approach her. You notice that while she appears human from the waist up, she is a fish.<<if $waited eq "yes">> She is dead.<<endif>>\n<<if $waited neq "yes">>\n\nHer eyes open. Her breath irregular. "Are you my replacement?" she asks. You do not know.<<endif>>\n\n[[The End|theend]]