I am awoken by my ipad once again ringing. I rub my eyes and answer it. Michael's face appears on the screen.

"Morning love. It is Wednesday, 9AM and you have another meeting with Rhonda in two hours. It's too bad you're gonna miss my performance tonight because after you get done with her you have to go to your first photoshoot. You need headshots to get into auditions. I love you. Good luck."

I wave at the screen and he hangs up.

                                        

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I fix my dress shirt and Kenny escorts me back into Rhonda's office.

"Do you get to see his performance?" I ask.

Kenny shakes his head. "Someone has to be here with you."

I smile. "We're in the same boat. Good. I thought I was the only one missing it." I tease.

He chuckles. "You're mean. I dont know how Michael doesnt see that."

I laugh and we sit down in front of Rhonda's desk. 

"After you do your basic exercises we will go into the group acting room so that you can read some lines with the other actors. Ready?" She asks.

I nod and we go through the exercises quickly. Rhonda leads me into the group acting room and there are people in pairs all around the room reading lines to each other. She pairs me up with this blonde-haired, blue-eyed stud. He looks like he is already a star. He smiles and kisses my hand. I blush.

"This is Jason. He will be your partner from now on. Jason, Meet Esmeralda Jackson." Rhonda introduces us.

"Oh I know who she is. Everyone does. Pleasure to be working with you." He winks at me.

She hands us our scripts and we read over it for fifteen minutes. Jason walks back over to me so we can discuss the plot of the script.

"So, I am Benedict, of course, and I guess there is a lot of aggressiveness to him that is uncontrollable. Benedict wants to control every aspect of his life and the lives of the people he cares about, which brings me to Kathleen, you, his sister. He becomes so consumed with her life that it's almost as if he wants to live it for her because he believes she is making terrible decisions and he wants to keep her little and dependent forever." Jason explains.

"And she feels as if she needs to break through. She wants to tell him that he cant control her. Even if he means well, he has his own life to live and he needs to let her make as many mistakes as she wants because she has the right to." I continue.

He nods and smiles. "Right. Exactly. So let's take it from the top."

(In Character)

"Benedict, why are you so worried about whether I go down to the pub or not? It's late, my best friend will be with me, and the bartenders already said they would watch out for me."

"Those bartenders cant look out for you like I can."

"But you dont have to. That is the point. Whether I have ten people or just myself looking after me, I will be fine."

"No you wont because you dont know people like I know them. Now stay home."

I shake my head. "No. Daddy died a long time ago and I'll be damned if you try to take his place. I will do what I want. Im 20!"

"I dont care if you're 70. You will not go out and create trouble for yourself just because you feel like it!"

"Bye."

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