Social Media #1 : A short episode in which (in Writewell’s absence) Speakeasy and his temporary assistant Deborah update their social media profiles

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April 30, 2015 by helenwaldron

Writewell was obviously having a rock and roll time on the Down, Down Under The Black Widows’ Hood Tour of New Zealand and Australia with the German rock group, the Malicious Black Widows. Speakeasy knew this because she kept sending him postcards like this one:

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He was very pleased for her. He had Deborah to help out with the teaching, though Deborah was so eager that Speakeasy sent her out on errands to give himself a bit of breathing space. (Now he knew how Writewell must have felt with Harald Sakony, who had hung around the small room they called their office with designs on her).

He had also noticed how Deborah went very quiet whenever a postcard arrived from Writewell.

“Do you think she’ll stay there?” she asked hopefully.

“I don’t think so,” he replied.

And her face fell again.

“I really enjoy working with you,” she said. “I’d really like to find work like you do, company work. It’s so interesting. And it pays much better than language school work.”

Speakeasy felt a bit sorry for her. She was a good teacher and it was grim doing language school work on an hourly basis. Especially when you realised that the language school was earning much more per lesson than you were.

But Speakeasy and Writewell didn’t have enough work for three people. They were a very small business.

“Have you got a strong social media profile, Deborah? You can sometimes get work that way.”


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