Soap Opera "As The Mouse Moves" - Wednesday February 14th 2001
Tiffany opened her apartment door at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village and closed it behind her. She walked into the living room expecting to see her younger sister Starlene. When she didn't see her she called out.
"Starlene, I'm home." She heard the water in the shower turn off.
Tiffany took off her coat and threw it over a chair. She walked towards the sofa, and noticed a cork on the coffee table. She hadn't had any wine in the apartment in months. She wondered where it had come from. She also noticed the newspaper with the employment advertisements she had circled for her sister thrown on the floor beside the sofa. She wondered if Starlene had called about jobs as she had suggested. When she phoned right before leaving the office earlier this afternoon Starlene had sounded very distracted and said she was busy on the other line. Maybe her sister was taking a shower before going to an interview, she thought hopefully. She walked into the kitchen and noticed the sink full of dirty dishes. She started to turn on the water to wash the dishes when she heard Starlene walk into the kitchen behind her. She turned to see her younger sister wearing her robe and slippers.
"Hi Tiffany. How was work?" Starlene asked taking a seat at the kitchen bar.
"Good. Clark had to go to Connecticut and let me leave early."
"Yeah. I was surprised when you called and said you'd be home early," she said remembering how she had worried Stanley would have a heart attack rushing to get out of the apartment before Tiffany got home.
"You getting ready to go on an interview?" Tiffany asked taking a seat beside her at the bar.
"No. I just got up," she lied.
"It's late. It's afternoon Starlene. Did you see the jobs I found and circled in the newspaper," she asked referring to the ads for a clerk at the cinema.
"Yeah. Thanks Tiffany," she said still feeling the effects of too much champagne with Stanley today.
"With the experience you've got at the Main Street Lillard Cinema, you could probably get one of those jobs", Tiffany said smiling as she referred to her sister's previous job in Georgia.
"Did you call them?"
"I got up a little late."
"Starlene you have to find a job, we need the money."
"I know. I know. I'll get a job," she said rolling her eyes.
"What did you do all day?"
"I called a few places and talked to them. I thought maybe I could get something that paid more," she lied.
"Did you get any interviews lined up?"
"Starlene why didn't you call the cinemas you probably could get one of those jobs right away at least until you find something better."
"Don't worry Tiffany. I'm working on things. I've got a feeling I'll land something really good soon," she said remembering Stanley's promise to help her.
"Well, I hope so. Cause I don't have much money. I just got my job back. Being laid off really set me back," Tiffany said walking back towards the sink to do the dishes.
"Just leave the dishes, I'll get them," Starlene said remembering the glasses with champagne in the sink.
"Go sit down. You've worked all day," Starlene said walking up beside her sister.
"It's Valentine's Day Starlene," Tiffany said with her eyes cast down to the floor as she walked back to the bar to take a seat.
"Yeah. I know. Are you going out with Amir?"
"He hasn't called yet. Remember the other night at Laney's going away party?"
"Yeah," Starlene said remembering Stanley's girlfriend's party the other night. Everything was happening so fast for her with Stanley now that Laney was in California on her modeling assignment for Playbody and an upcoming movie role.
"Jan said that Amir had gone to dinner with a fashion designer that night. I haven't seen him since," she said worrying that her lover had found someone else.
"He'll call. Look at that rock on your hand. He'll call," she said referring to the large diamond and sapphire ring Amir had given her sister for Christmas.
CONTINUED TOMORROW. MORE PHOTOS BELOW.