9:50 pm. Kevin walks down the stairs, through the kitchen and into the garden. He walks to and leans on the gate, he then pulls out a cigarette to light. He puts his lighter away and pulls out his phone to dial Amaar.
Kevin – Hey, sorry it took a while to ring back
Amaar – It’s calm. What’s up?
Kevin sighs. Amaar chuckles. Pause.
Amaar – Uh, oh
Kevin – I’m tired. I’m tired, man.
Amaar – Ok, I’m listening.
Kevin – Recently I’ve just been feeling drained, no energy, nothing. I’m just always tired, and this bitch, ah/
Amaar – /Who, your mother?
Kevin – Ah, not now
Amaar – Not what, who then?
Kevin – No one. The outreach manager.
Amaar – Oh, Lillian? See, even I know her name.
Kevin – Chill, not now.
Amaar – Aite, what happened?
Kevin – I told you about today’s interview, right?
Amaar – Yeah
Kevin – Amaar, she was twenty minutes late for it. And when she arrived, without saying hi or anything, she asked if I wanted to reschedule.
Amaar – Yeah?
Kevin – Wait. But she’d advice against it because the position may be filled by then
Amaar – Huh?
Kevin – Bro. She basically rejected me on the spot
Amaar – Right, ok. And, what did you say?
Kevin – Nothing. I bit my tongue like I always do. I did the interview and, at the end, she even had the nerve to make a joke about timekeeping. I told her i was going to be late because of the interview and she had the nerve to make a joke
Amaar – Was it funny?
Kevin – Amaar, I’m not in the mood
Amaar – Kevin, i’ll be real with you, neither am I. All i hear is this woman’s name and you two don’t even work in the same department.
Kevin – That’s not the point
Amaar – What is, then? Because, I’m sure you didn’t just call me to say the loudmouth bigot isn’t considering you for the role. One that she oversees, by the way. I know damn well you didn’t.
Kevin – Yeah
Amaar – I thought you dashed your phone
Kevin chuckles lightly. Pause.
Kevin – I want to quit, man
Amaar – Kevin, just do it.
– Yoo. Look, kev, i’ll have to call you tomorrow.
Kevin – Are you in the studio?.
Amaar – No, i’m just arriving. I’ll give you a call between twelve and two, alright?
Kevin – Yeah, that’s fine, bro
Amaar – Listen, I know you wanted that role, but this may be another sign. Maybe it’s time to really move on.
Kevin – Yeah
Amaar – Onto more fulfilling things
Kevin – Yeah, i know
Amaar – Sweet, i’ll speak with you tomorrow, alright?
Kevin – Yeah, yeah, alright.
Amaar – Yeah me one more time.
Kevin – I’ll speak with you tomorrow
Amaar – Alright, bro. Love ya
Kevin – Love you too
Kevin hangs up the phone. He walks around the garden for a couple of minutes before making his way back in.