Why Are You Here?
We join Ria Nightshade, sitting at the counter of the Lobby Bar. There’s already four empty shot glasses in front of her and she’s taking a swig from a bottle of Yuengling. EVP of Talent Strategy and Development, Matt Ward walks up and stands to the right of the seated Ria. He tries to wait patiently, but after a minute of Ria not acknowledging him, he coughs to get her attention. Ria’s eyes dart to the right before her head snaps in that direction.
Ria Nightshade: Well if it isn’t my favorite whatever your job is! Hi Matt!
Matt lets out an annoyed sigh.
Matt Ward: I’m sure you know why I’m here, Ria.
Ria Nightshade: But do you know why I’m here?
Matt glares at Ria for a second before shaking his head.
Matt Ward: You know, there are people that weren’t exactly impressed with your conduct at the press conference. It was unprofessional and rude. There was even talk that maybe you should be fined or suspended.
Ria takes another drink and shrugs her shoulders.
Ria Nightshade: I really don’t give a shit. Do whatever.
Matt rolls his eyes.
Matt Ward: It was decided that while those things were true, you did create a certain kind of buzz. You won’t face any disciplinary action. That being said, it’d be wise if you’d put forth more of an effort to act professionally in a press setting. Acting like a jackass in the ring is one thing….outside of it is another.
Ria tilts her head and gives Matt a sarcastic smile.
Ria Nightshade: Wow, thanks Matt! You’re the best principal ever!
Matt closes his eyes and rubs his temples with his thumb and forefinger.
Matt Ward: I’m not sure why I wasted my time here.
Ria Nightshade: Me either! Now could you go away? I’m conducting important business here!
Matt Ward: Getting drunk is not important business.
Ria Nightshade: If you do it right, it is! Now make like a fly and smash into the windshield of an oncoming car.
Matt rolls his eyes and walk away, shaking his head. As he does, Ria finishes her beer before ordering another one.