D'Ann: Today, I'm interviewing a very important secondary character from Worst Week Ever, Officer Joseph Pascal. Thank you for coming way out to the middle of nowhere to have this interview.
Joey: It's Detective Pascal now, but I'd rather you call me Joey. I was a little surprised we couldn't do this by Skype.
D'Ann: Sorry. We have worse internet service than most third world countries.
Joey: It's okay. I love the natural beauty here. Something I don't see in New York City.
D'Ann: I imagine not. So are you the policeman who arrested Trent and Carrie as terrorists?
Joey: No. I'm the guy who's had a great week solving major crimes. Thus when the ATO--that's the Anti-Terrorism Organization-- failed to break one pint-size girl named Carrie Hanson, after six hours of non-stop interrogation, the chief sent me in.
D'Ann: And how is your technique different?
Joey: Well, I'm guessing these guys played bad cop the whole day, thinking they could break her faster than they could charm her, so I begin by being cordial. I asked her if she wanted a bathroom break, some food, something to drink. *chuckles* Never have I seen someone more grateful. Turns out she hadn't gone to the bathroom or had food or water for six hours. She was really desperate for that bathroom.
D'Ann: People should have the right to go to the bathroom.
Joey: They do. The guys screwed up the interrogation in a great many ways. I asked a really nice female officer to escort her to the bathroom.
She didn't appreciate the task, but she did it anyway, and discovered a very important piece of information in the process, which led us to realize the only thing Carrie Hanson had done was yell Bomb to get people to move off the sidewalk before cabinets crashed on top of them. So I let Jenson conduct the interview and write up the report so she'd get credit for breaking the case.
D'Ann: That was nice of you.
Joey: *shrugs* Jenson was nice enough to stop her work to take Carrie to the bathroom. If I had escorted the prisoner, I would have waited out in the hall and Carrie would have never had a chance to mention that it was she who called bomb and saved about ten lives.
D'Ann: So what did you do, while Jenson was filling out the paperwork?
Joey: *grinned* I quizzed Carrie about 'Master Trent'. I've heard about him for several years now from Sam.
D'Ann: Trent's driver, Sam?
Joey: Yeah, both Trent's driver and his penthouse butler are army buddies. Mars was our captain.
D'Ann: How did that come about?
Joey: Sam took the job as a driver, initially driving for the old Mr. Lancaster, When the old man died, for some reason, Master Trent kept him on. Anyway when Master Trent fired eighteen butlers in less than two years, the resource facilities that provide butlers to the pampered rich refused to send him anymore English butlers. He got downgraded to an American butler who was trained in the best English butlering academy.
D'Ann: Your former captain left the army and went to butlering school? Why?
Joey: He likes commanding people. He knew given his lack of education he'd never become a CEO, so he thought being a butler was his best shot doing what he does best. Sam says he's the best butler that's ever existed.
D'Ann: Does Trent think so?
Joey: *frowns* I've no idea what that ass thinks.
D'Ann: I gather you don't like Trent.
Joey: I've been very close to arresting him several times. The guy's a total jerk. And he's abusive to Carrie.
D'Ann: That's new news. Are you saying he hits her?
Joey: I think so, but Sam says I'm way off the mark. He insists Carrie is Trent's favorite toy ever and he would never hurt her, but I saw him storm up to her and she didn't even flinch.
D'Ann: Did you ask her if he's abusive?
Joey: Yeah, she insists he's not, claiming the reason she didn't react is because she knew he wouldn't hurt her. But then she turns right around and admits her hurts her feelings sometimes.
D'Ann: There's a bit difference between abuse and hurting someone's feeling occasionally.
Joey: My gut says he's bad news. But even if you and Sam are right, he's still a terrible choice for her. She needs to break it off with him and get a better guy?
D'Ann: Like you?
Joey: I'll admit it, I asked her out once, and drove her home to NJ and took her to dinner, but then I realized she'd probably sink my career if we got serious. Honest to God, you will never meet anyone so prone to trouble. If she were my girlfriend, I'd have to be choosing between arresting her or looking the other way on a daily basis. I don't want to be that type of cop. So I had to cut her loose.
D'Ann: How'd she take that?
Joey: She's so in love with Master Trent, she didn't even notice.
D'Ann: So let's recap: You don't like either main character of Worst Week Ever.
Joey: I will never like Trent Lancaster. If Carrie can ever come to her senses and break with Trent, I think she could be one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. She's really sweet even now. Only her involvement with Trent is getting her into constant trouble. There's a life lesson for young people: You hang with trouble; you get in trouble.
D'Ann: Well this has been a very different perspective Thank you for driving all the way to Colorado to talk with me. Bye now!
*Watches him drive off.*
D'Ann: Good, he's gone. I think he's a bit too harsh on both Trent and Carrie. From all I've learned, she's a wonderful person and Trent seems to have his moments of charm. Joey may be seeing trouble where it doesn't exist.
Here's more info on Worst Week Ever, book one of The Long Road to Love. See what you think:
Worst Week Ever
by Liza O'Connor
New Adult, Humor, Contemporary
What do you get when you put a hardworking, can-do middle-class young woman together with a egoistical, outrageous, billionaire boss, then throw in the worst week of disasters imaginable?
Book 1 of the 3 book series A Long Road to Love.
Worst Week Ever.
Trent Lancaster spends one month without his Executive Assistant, or as his drivers refers to Carrie: 'Trent's brain, left hand, and right hand'. He's had a miserable month without her at his side and to ensure it never happens again, he intends to marry his brilliant beauty. Only given all the times he's threatened to fire her, he's not sure she even likes him. However, the future of his company and his happiness depend upon him succeeding, so Trent begins a slow one week seduction that happens to coincide with Carrie's Worst Week Ever when everything that can go wrong does so in hilarious form.
(Hilarious to the reader--Carrie is not having much fun this week.)
Closing his eyes, Trent enjoyed the pleasure of Carrie’s body pressed against his.
His eyes popped open in horror. Oh God, David’s right. I am besotted.
What the hell was he thinking?
Statistically, his relationships never lasted more than a month and they always ended badly. A billionaire who couldn’t make a relationship last more than a month. How horrible did he have to be to chase off women who had a billion reasons to stick it out?
If he became involved with his most valuable employee, in a month, she’d dump him and quit. Then his business would collapse into chaos and he’d finally prove his father right. The old man constantly claimed Trent was a worthless human being and the world’s worst businessman.
And then Carrie arrived and single handedly saved his company. She never gave up. If one solution failed, she’d find another way to resolve the problem.
He smiled at his sleeping EA. If anyone could make him into a better man, it would be her. Carrie could solve any problem, had the patience of a saint, and the determination of a pitbull. Best of all, she loved a challenge.
Liza lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels. She loves to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.
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