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There’s an old saying that ‘good things come to those who wait’. That’s not necessarily true, especially in your case. You’ve had your job for a number of years, you’re superb at it, and you’ve been waiting for a promotion. So, what does your boss do? He terminates you, and hires someone younger who will work for less. On paper, this change was made to bring someone in with up-to-date educational background, but you know that’s a ruse. The company’s bringing in a recent high school grad who’ll take min to start and won’t quibble over healthcare benefits. Your patience has brought you coal in your stocking this Christmas.

You just moved into a new flat and bought a new car. So much for your upgraded lifestyle. But hope springs eternal, and you’ve received a response to your ad in the employment wanted section. An elderly gentleman in poor health, who lives a couple hundred miles away in a lovely well-maintained Victorian home, has invited you for an interview. It’s a live-in position—not a nursemaid though. He’ll explain in person. He invites you to come and spend the weekend—feel free to bring a friend if you’d feel safer. Pays very well and includes room and board.

What have you got to lose? You pack a suitcase and head out. No need for a companion. Nothing is going to happen. It’s just a job interview after all. Right?

The picture above is where you’re going for your interview and where you might be living.  Elegant, yet ordinary.  Or, is it?

Prompt: Give us the skinny on how your weekend goes

Genre: Open

Word Count: 1,500 or less

Deadline: Thursday, October 8, 2015

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