Diane Hunkle: (hand on hips) So you're supposed to be the new intern..ha, lets see how long you last. Now look we are no no sense you are expected to do what you are told and to be on time if not early. Make that always early. Some simple rules I hope you'll be able to understand, you will be here every morning by nine, come right to my desk for what to do. After a while we'll get you a information task sheet so I wont be bothered every morning. Rule two don't mess around get right down and do want you're supposed to do, rule three you will be given a max of two warnings before you are fired.
(montions for Kate to follow) You will be serving under Jess, she has been working here for five years, one of your best journalists here in the odd news department. You will find very quickly unlike me she's more charming and friendly.
Jess: Hello i'm Jess Piate', don't mind Diane to much she really doesn't like new interns finds them a hassle to deal with. Plus Diane for the past three years has been trying to get promoted from this department to the political review.
Kate: My name's Kate Lugger.
Jess: Lugger hmm..you aren't related to Lugger Financial anyhow?
Kate: Oh that's my uncle i've only met him once after my grandma died, and that was ten years ago.
Jess: Well I suppose I should teach you the ropes. As you'd expect here in the odd news department we do any news that the main news wont do, like the swear rate problem or a subway railing coated with chewed gum. Yea that's how we live around here. Compared to the other departments it's pretty laid back our stories hardly make it to the paper. After five years working her and about four hundred stories only one made it.
Kate: So what am I supposed to do?
Jess: Right now..uh..nothing really. Our stories deadline was about an hour ago so now its time just to relax.
Kate: I was told this is inappropriate but i'll ask anyhow, how much do you get paid.
Jess: Heck shouldn't you know how the pay system in the country works, each employee of a company is paid 0.001% of the companies total net profit. Well everyone like me and you if you get lucky are paid $4,465 a month. Interns I think is about half that.
Kate: Of course where I come from that's a lot, i'm guessing here not the same.
Jess: You are correct, my apartment is only 200 square feet yet costs me $500 a month. So have you found a place?
Kate: Well yes, it is only to be temporary and cheap, around $150 a month. The place is called Mountie Bills' Cabins.
Jess: My suggestion for you, when you get your first pay check at the end of the month get out of there, over the past year eighteen people have been killed around there. Not a good place to be living, full of drug dealers, prostitutes, rapists.
Kate: thank you for helping me get to this place...I guess I may just take your advice.
Jess: Please do so, this is not a place for you to live. The daily has had two interns killed here in the past. Get that pay check and find a better place. Also remember to be in by nine, no latter or you wont be off to a good start with Diane. Bus fee is one dollar, subway requires a pass which you can get at city hall for $80, good for one month. Well good luck and i'll see you tomorrow.
Kate: (yawn) Oh what's the time? (jumps out of bed) Crap! I better hurry or I'll be late for my first day! Lucky for me I took a shower last night, just over due the perfume a bit get on some nice clothes and oh grab my purse.
Kate: (looking down the street) Hmm should I take the subway or just walk, as the paper is only six blocks and the streets don't look that busy. (ponders for a second) Oh hell with it I'll walk, it will be some good exercise for me, maybe save time. (walks past the subway station) Good thing I did decide this lot of people waiting in line and no train just yet.
six blocks and five minutes latter
Kate: (walks into Dianes' office) Hello I'm here.
Diane: (looks a bit surprised) Hmmff..this is a first no new intern's ever arrived early. Starting on a good streak with me so far, lets see how long it lasts. So what do you want?
Kate: Um, yesterday you told me to see you...
Diane: Yesss, your assignment sheet and it's up on that wall over there (points to the wall) no go to see Jess to get further instructions.
Jess: (sitting in chair doing nothing) Ahh, you made it through the night, so are you ready?
Kate: uh..ready for what?
Jess: (shakes head while smiling) Forgot to look at the sheet. Oh well we're supposed to go on a special assignment. That if it's special in any way.
Kate: So what are we doing?
Jess: You'll see.
Two blocks and six minutes latter
Jess: This! (points to plaza) We're supposed to count for the next week how many pieces of trash is collected on the plaza here, fun job right but easy.
Kate: (unsure) So we get to spend the next work week right here pretty much?
Four days latter
Jess: So we're now done with this "hard" report, so Kate how many pieces of trash collected here?
Kate: Well we had about..jezz the city is bad about cleanliness, over seven thousand pieces.
Jess: You might be, but i'm by far not surprised, well time to report our findings, like it'll matter that much. If it's a big problem we might be lucky to get in the paper!
End Part 2