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Character descriptions for this scene which includes Dorothy and Tessie:
Dorothy (female 35 years old): She is based loosely on the Dorothy character in the Wizard of Oz. She is petite with brown curly hair and freckles. She grew up on a small farm in Kansas but was educated at a fictitious big city university. She is a hard-driving type A personality. She is the executive in charge of a launching a new holographic technology. She want’s to be CEO of a Fortune 500 firm by the age of 35, but her take no-prisoners success at all cost attitude causes her to lose confidence of her team.
Tessie (female 40 years old): She is based loosely on an adult-version of the Toto character in the Wizard of Oz. She is Dorothy’s administrative assistant while she is taking classes at the local community college. She admires Dorothy as a high powered executive in a male-dominated industry. She has a cheerful Atlanta, GA accent. (Author wants a genuine, not over the top GA accent) 2017-01-19 19:26:13 GMT 2017-01-29 14:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 9 9 0 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 10 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 9 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
A faint evening chill slipped through the opened window of Dorothy’s corner office at WB Tech Solutions (Whizz Bang Technological Solutions). It was common to have an office full of windows on the fifth floor. Many of the leased office buildings charged top dollar for views of the bay. It was rare, however, to have windows open to a breeze—a comfort Dorothy insisted upon before signing the lease.
It wasn’t Dorothy’s money, but she would be the one coming in early, staying late, and working weekends. She negotiated the additional creature comfort. Dorothy rarely lost negotiations when she knew what she wanted. A breeze from the bay was no exception.
Over the years, many had been disarmed by Dorothy’s petite frame. Her faint brown freckles and auburn curls frequently caused problems with getting her into bars and nightclubs in her youth. Fortunately, Dorothy drank only occasionally, and she hadn’t been to a nightclub in more than ten years. Dorothy dedicated every moment of time and every ounce of energy to achieving her two career goals: becoming CEO of a Fortune 500 firm and becoming filthy rich.
At the age of thirty-four, Dorothy had already logged more office hours than others at her firm twenty years her senior. It was a work ethic she attributed to having grown up on her aunt’s farm in Kansas. Others saw her as tireless, driven—almost manic.
Tessie tapped lightly at the door three times. Her sleepy Georgia accent seemed to float over the quiet of the room. She leaned only her head in the doorway. “Ms. Dorothy, conference room B is all set up for you.”
Tessie had come to Dorothy through a temp agency. She was working as an administrative assistant while trying to fund courses at LCC (Local Community College).
Although older than Dorothy, Tessie admired her boss for being a woman in a male-dominated industry. Tessie saw Dorothy as a model of what a woman could achieve with a good education, a strong work ethic, and a take-no-prisoners approach.
Dorothy looked up from the computer screen, smiling warmly at Tessie. Using a single finger, Dorothy adjusted the black framed glasses that frequently slipped down her nose. Using her middle finger to make the adjustment was a habit even Catholic school nuns of her youth couldn’t break, though many tried. Most of the time, her habit was innocent and unconscious. Other times, Dorothy leveraged her widely known idiosyncrasy to send hard-to-miss messages of contempt. The distinction lay in the piercing stare occasionally lingering behind the adjustment.
Dorothy responded in a polite tone easily mistakable for a compliment. “Now, Tessie Mae, did you just say ‘conference room B’? I remember being quite clear. I need the A conference room. Unless conference room A has caught on fire or is under biological quarantine, I expect to see it set up in less than five minutes. Not B—A.”
With a bubbly demeanor common among southern women, Tessie responded as if sharing the key to a mysterious riddle. “Oh! You meant conference room A. When you said, ‘Set up A conference room,’ I thought you meant pick any conference room. I picked conference room B because I like the warm colors and how the light bounces off the table. I didn’t know you meant conference room A specifically. Ain’t it funny how the two phrases sound similar but have different meanings?”
Dorothy readjusted her glasses without taking her eyes off of Tessie and smiled. “Ain’t it funny?” This time, Dorothy’s smile chilled and lingered a bit longer than before.
As senior vice president of WB Tech, Dorothy had done everything she could think of to prepare for the next day’s business meeting. This presentation alone could allow her to bypass the CEO part of her career goal and go straight to filthy rich.
Dorothy’s and WB Tech’s financial dreams hinged on a holographic technology developed under the technical code name CL053. With advancements in high-definition three-dimensional television, CL053 could transport a picture-perfect holographic image around the world. It was the type of technological breakthrough allowing twenty-nine-year-old Silicon Valley whiz kids to retire to the Cayman Islands.
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