Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: ARTIFICIAL (08/11/16)
TITLE: The Unlikely Candidate.
By Dave Walker
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His pitch black eyebrows accentuated the glare from his eyes that locked on mine like blue marbles in a florid mask. For a full 30 seconds he examined me without a word, which gave me a chance to study him. His moustache, pitch black, long and curled up at the end was patently false and, together with his brilliant yellow waistcoat and striped trousers, completed the picture of a man who had stepped out of a vaudeville show.
He eyed me from the edge of his chair as if he was ready to pounce should I make one false move. I had the momentary illusion I was a circus lion and he was the ring master.
Finally, he spoke. “Ah’ve come fer the job. I’m yer man.”
I pinched myself. It hurt. I wasn’t dreaming. With a flourish, he tossed his CV across my desk. I glanced at the cover. “Is this your real name?”
“That it is! ‘Enry ‘Iggins. An’ I’m yer man.”
No! This was too much. A cockney Henry Higgins in my New York office. Hadn’t he read the script? Didn’t he know it was Eliza Doolittle who was the cockney?
Not knowing how to call his bluff, I looked through his CV. This has to be as artificial as he is. There are glowing reports from some of the best recruitment agencies in the business.
Then I knew how to show him up. “Well, Mr Henry Higgins. I have just one test for you.” I was round my desk in a flash. The curled end of that ridiculous false moustache was between my fingers and I yanked it from his lip. ------- Except that, with a yelp from beneath it, his lip came too, till I let go.He let out a roar, with a face as red with anger as mine was red with embarrassment.
Of course, after that I had to give him the job.
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It’s now five years since I employed him and under Henry Higgins my recruitment business has grown exponentially. His management skills continue to astound me.
When I prayed for God to give me a new manager, I was unprepared for His sense of humour. But then I was looking at the candidate's outward appearance, while God was looking at the heart of the man. (1Sam 16:7)
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