Thursday October 12th, 2000
The sun blared through the bedroom window awakening Tiffany. She rolled over in her bed and looked at the alarm clock. It was 7 am. Life wasn't fair she thought. After being fired from her job yesterday, she woke up without the alarm. She hadn't slept more than two hours all night last night. She got up out of her bed and walked into the adjoining bathroom. She glanced at her reflection in the mirror and was horrified at her swollen eyes. She had cried herself to sleep last night and today she would have to pay the price. She turned away from the mirror quickly and walked down the hallway towards her kitchen. She heard the hardwood floor creek under her feet and realized that she was lonely in the large apartment. For the first time since she moved to New York she was homesick for Georgia. Life had been easier there she thought. She hit the button on the coffee maker and walked back into the living room. She looked out of the window at Washington Square Park below. There were only a few early morning joggers making their way around the park and a delivery truck for the New York Times putting papers into the newspaper dispenser on the street below. She walked over to the answering machine and checked to be sure that Amir hadn't called while she was asleep. There was the same number of messages on the machine and no one had called her since his last call yesterday at noon. She had hoped all night that he would call her. It wasn't like Amir not to call her, especially before he left town. She could smell the aroma of the coffee and walked back into her kitchen. She took a cup from the cabinet and poured herself some coffee. As she walked towards the living room she jumped when she heard the ringing of the telephone. She placed her coffee on a table in the hallway and ran towards the living room to grab the phone before the answering machine picked it up.
"Hello", she said breathlessly.
"Tiffany," she heard Amir's familiar voice say.
"Oh Amir. I'm so glad you called," she said smiling for the first time since Clark fired her yesterday.
"I call yesterday then I must leave quickly," Amir said in his broken English.
"Yes, I got your message that you wanted to have dinner. I called and they said you left town on an emergency," she said.
"Yes family affairs I must attend."
"How long will you be gone?"
"This I am not sure," he said.
"Oh God. You really don't know how long?" she said trying to conceal her pain.
"Everything okay? No one harm you?" he asked thinking that perhaps her estranged husband Skeeter was following her again.
"It depends on what you call harm," she said hearing her voice crack with the strain.
"What harm you?"
"Amir I got fired," she said as the tears burned her swollen eyes again.
"Yes. Clark fired me yesterday. He said I needed time to get my life together."
"What? Get life together?"
"I think it was probably Jan. She's been spending time in the office and I know she told him to fire me."
"Never. She never do this," he said hoping his assistant wasn't as mean natured as Tiffany suspected.
"Yes. She did Amir. I know she's your assistant and you like her, but I promise you she did."
"I talk to her for this," he said calmly.
"Why? You want job back, no?"
"Yes, but Clark thinks that my personal life has caused all the problems. Besides Jan's done other things that I can't prove yet," she said thinking about the fact she would be willing to bet her life that Jan Morgan was with her estranged husband last night while she cried herself to sleep alone.
"What? Tell me what you think she do," he asked.
CONTINUED TOMORROW. MORE PHOTOS BELOW.
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