"Good luck," Helen muttered.
Amelia Landgraab smirked. "Please, come in. I wanted to update you since you were gone so long on bereavement leave."
"Be that as it may. I promised the voters that we would act decisively to make changes during our administration." Amelia paused for dramatic effect.
Suddenly Eva got the feeling that Amelia was toying with her. Was she going to fire her? Eva schooled her features, pulling out her notepad and pen, poised to write. "I'm ready," she said.
"Yes, we did." Eva said with a slight nod.
"As I recall, you were instrumental in the policy regarding the Crystal Springs development - or should I say the cessation of the Crystal Springs development. It was at your insistence and lobbying that Seth withdrew his support from turning Crystal Springs into a residential community."
"That's true. I have devoted my career to the preservation of Crystal Springs and other nature zones," Eva responded without hesitation, her voice tinged with pride.
Amelia smiled tightly, "Then I'm sure you'll be very disappointed to hear that we've re-opened negotiations with Iron-Corp."
Amelia raised her hand. "Please, don't waste your time arguing. It's already done. Our city attorneys are negotiating with Iron-Corp, with a substantial bonus promised if we complete the sale with the month." Amelia smiled. "It seems Iron-Corp has remained eager to build a community surrounding the natural springs."
Amelia scoffed, "PLEASE! As though I would make any important business decisions based on your insignificant opinions!"
"It's already done!" Amelia gloated.
Eva quickly stormed from the office, feeling extreme satisfaction when the door slammed shut and rattled the door frame.
Helen glanced up from her desk. "Wha...?" Helen asked in surprise when she saw the look on Eva's face.
"Don't even ask," Eva snapped as she grabbed her purse from her desk and stalked from the office.
If Amelia had her way, she would lose her beloved Crystal Springs...
Across town, Nathaniel was locked in his own personal hell, as well.
Lyle grinned, "Ready if you are!"
They jogged down to the end of the set and took their places.
Nathaniel and Lyle took off, running towards the glass building-set.
"CUT!" Kiki yelled suddenly.
"You need to run like you're actually trying to save the Simerian Princess!" Kiki admonished them. "Let's do it again." She motioned towards Mick and Layla, "Go ahead and take your places."
"Yeah, especially in the middle of summer," Lyle responded glumly, shifting in his suit. "I think I'm getting a rash."
Nathaniel frowned. He hated this...
"Oh, they're here. I can smell Giglamor. Come on, follow me," Nathaniel said his lines with feeling as he sprinted towards the ladder.
"Roger that, Captain," Lyle said as he fell in step behind Nathaniel.
"NOOOO!!" Mick pretended to struggle against Lyle's confinement.
"I knew you would save me!" she said with feeling, looking deeply into his eyes.
"CUT!" Kiki called out. "Let's take it from the top!"