Sotheby and Self

Mr. Sotheby keeps his own company. But when a strange figure that looks and acts like him starts prancing into his life, several questions are raised: is this 'oneself' all he is cracked up to be? Who is the woman from another age that keeps haunting him and his other self? Is Derek Sotheby the man he thought he was, or is he the fading shadow of the man that he used to be? - Finished!

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2. Beth

After a few minutes of shuffling her feet and picking at rose buds from the bush to her left, someone finally answered the front door,

"Hello, can I help you?" said the occupant of the house in a rushed manner,

"Is this Mr. Tanner?" asked Beth,

"Yes, it is. Can I help you?" repeated Mr. Tanner,

"Have you ever considered purchasing double glazing for your home?" asked Beth,

"Yes, I have as a matter of fact" replied Mr. Tanner, fiddling with the latch in his right hand, anxious to close the door and lock it again, "And I received the most ridiculous quote I have ever seen; even worse than a bloody extension!"

"Ah, but with Windi-Spex, properties owned by the council or still under mortgage receive a 15% discount, and any house built within the last 10 years also gets a 20 year guarantee with all double glazed windows!"

"Windi-Spex?" cried Mr. Tanner, "It sounds like a bloody tampon advert!"

"Are you interested, Mr. Tanner, in our top quality double-glazing?" said Beth, dropping the tiny flowers in her hand to the floor and crushing them impatiently with her foot,

"Of course I'm bloody not, you bloody time-wasters!" he hollered,

"Very well, thank you for your time," said Beth, breathlessly, producing a leaflet to slip into his hands,

"Take those bloody things away!" he cursed, slamming the door.

"Some people!" thought Beth, turning back towards the front gate, leaving behind her the mournful pile of crushed rose buds, the defeated soldiers left to die in the battlefield that seemed to be her life, evolving around monthly sales of double glazing.

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