“So, are you going to give her the chance? Are you going to employ her?” I ask Lara.
“Well, I’m pretty keen to do it. I’m giving it some thought.”
I realize I need to take control of the situation. If Viola comes back, I should be in control of her situation. That way I can ensure she’ll never rise above me. I can even bring her down a second time and maybe this time she’ll stay down for the count. I surprise myself how quickly I think up a scheme there and then.
“You know what?” I say to Lara.
“No, but I think you’re about to tell me,” she smiles.
“It was a shame how her business was ruined so fast. She is talented. I met her at an exhibition. I don’t know why but we clashed. Perhaps we’re too much alike. I certainly see part of me from my younger days in her. I’d like to help her but there’s no way she’ll accept my help…”
“Wow. Did you clash that badly?” Lara asks.
“It was petty really, but I know for sure she won’t take help from me. But perhaps we can work together to put her back on her feet. You’ll have to be the one to make the offer and work with her though. You can’t ever tell her that I am supporting her and the job. I’ll even pay part of her salary.”
“I’m glad you’d like to help her. I feel sorry for her. I believe she hasn’t had an easy life. No wonder she’s driven to succeed.”
“What do you mean she hasn’t had an easy life?” I ask.
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