THE RAINMAKER: Chapter 2 - The Interview

AT THE OFFICES of Messrs. Amber, Lance & Chaser, solicitors, Ebenezer Grabbit is being interviewed by Senior Partner Sylvester "Sly" Amber.

"So what made you want to be a lawyer, lad?" Asks Sly.

"Well," replies Ebenezer, "I've always wanted to help people - you know, protect the innocent, stand up for the little man, defend the children of the poor, that sort of thing."

Sly is distinctly unimpressed. "Oh really?" He says, with a sigh.

"Yes," continues Ebenezer eagerly, "I think a good lawyer can make a real difference!"

"He can?" Asks Sly, rapidly losing interest.

"Oh yes," says Ebenezer enthusiastically, "I want to become the best lawyer I can, and if you give me the chance, I'm willing to work all hours to achieve that!"

Sly's interest suddenly returns. "ALL hours?" He asks.

"Oh yes," replies Ebenezer in earnest, "and I don't mind how much you pay me - I just need the chance!"

Sly raises an eyebrow. "You... don't mind how much I pay you?" He says with a smile.

"As I say, I just want to be given a chance." Says Ebenezer.

"Then I will give you a chance!" Declares Sly. "You can start work immediately!"

"Oh, thank you!" Exclaims Ebenezer.

"I'll pay you the basic minimum wage, plus you'll get 10% of all fees you earn." Says Sly.

"Sounds good." Replies Ebenezer, grateful just to get proper job to pay off his loans.

"Of course," says Sly, "you will need to bring in business to pay your way."

"Of course," replies Ebenezer, "how do I do that?"

"Well, a good start would be a trip down to the hospital, St. Careless, to see if there are any personal injury cases there that need our, er... help." Says Sly.

"Oh." Says Ebenezer. "Of course."