“Hello?” As she uttered the word, Bertha briefly pondered why people always began telephone conversations with that particular noun, but quickly gave up that line of thought as she heard the voice on the other end of the line say, “Hi Bertha, this is Laura Daniels calling on behalf of Gordon MacAdams, the casting director for Bruce and Juliette. After your call-back audition, the director and his colleagues spent quite a bit of time going over your audition, and that of Katherine Kohl. Ariana did not have what they were looking for, but the panel had quite a difficult time deciding between you and Ms. Kohl.”
Bertha’s heart seemed to jump into her throat. As anxious as she was to find out the results of the call-back, now that the moment had finally arrived, she wasn’t entirely sure that she was ready to hear the answer.
Laura continued, “You must be one incredibly lucky girl, Bertha!” The panel voted, but had an even split of 10 votes each for you and for Ms. Kohl. Of course, in a case like this, the director of the film, Mr. Larkin would have the final say, but he deferred the decision to the lady who wrote the original story, Janine Evans. Ms. Evans agreed that both of you were fine actresses, but said that there was something about you that she really liked.”
It took Bertha a moment to process what she had just been told, but then she screamed into the phone. “Sorry!! I just got excited. Hope I didn’t hurt your ears.” As soon as she said that, she was even more embarrassed than she had been for screaming. Laura just laughed and said, “I’m glad you’re excited! And don’t worry about screaming…I’ll just switch my head-set over to the other ear for the rest of the day.”
After telling his dad that he loved him, something that Thorson hadn’t actually done for ages, he went back to his room. He figured he’d spend a bit of time reading, but then decided to spend a few minutes and check facebook and twitter. He was glad that he did. Bertha had tweeted, “Been a good day. Had a good talk with a good friend, then got some really good news.” There was also a private message to him from her. It simply said, “I got the part!!” He tweeted back, “Congratulations!! Can’t wait to see it!” Of course, he knew that it was going to be quite some time before it was ready to hit the big screen, but he was still immensely proud of her.
~~to be continued~~ (part 24 can be found here)