Interlude Two Page 4
Ann: “What immortal hand or eye / could frame thy fearful symmetry –” And we match? I think you’d better make this your regular form.
Middle manager: Well, isn’t that cute!
Ann’s Being: Purr.
Ann: Is it? By the way, you’re fired.
Middle manager: What?! You can’t do that! The Board will never allow it!
Ann: You’ll find I now own a controlling share in the Board. A comfort purchase with the assets from my father’s untimely death.
You, sir, were told to lay off the least efficient ten percent of your division, or there would be consequences. You failed to lay off a single person. These are the consequences.
Ann’s Being: Shall I drag him out, Boss?
Ann: He can have the day to clean out his desk.
Middle manager: But . . . ! We’re operating at a profit!
Ann: It could be greater.
Middle manager: These men have families! One has a baby on the way!
Ann: Good day, sir.
Year 196x (a later x): Tokyo, Japan.
Ann: So you named her “Kaguya”?
Kaguya’s Master: I did. It comes from a legend of ours, about a princess who came from the Moon . . .
Ann: And she’s your vision of a Moon princess?
Kaguya’s Master: She is also a great boon to my film studio.
Ann’s Being: Boss! Hate to say it, but I’m losing!