Vim Ødegård // Semi-Finalist of WANTED 25

On February 1, Revolver launched its most ambitious WANTED contest to date. We asked writers to create a fictional character and apply to a real job. The job? A 3-month prompt-based SERIAL PROJECT on Revolver. The editors narrowed it to down 5 semi-finalists out of the 33 submissions we received. What follows are their characters’ answers to the first round of screener questions. Want to see this character make it to next round? Tell us in the comments.
 
 
1.Name?
 
Gabriel
 
2.Reason for leaving prior job?
 
The night Sheila gave me her copy of the employee manual with a nude photo of her in it I knew. Another ship would sink burning into the sea just like before. In that empty parking lot alone with that picture I knew I was a doomed man. My wedding ring in the cup holder of my sedan, I nearly bit a hole in my upper lip. Catching my own gaze in the rear view mirror, I saw the eyes of Christ the Convict, overtaken by destiny. I twisted the lanyard around my neck a little tighter. Sheila swam in my vision.
 
3.Have you been convicted of a crime and if so, what and when?
 
Sitting on the big safe in her office, Sheila liked to wrap her legs around me. The door of the safe cold against my legs. I would imagine a thick wall of concrete and hammer through it with my hips. I could tell you at any given fuck how much was in the safe. If you think my name is still really Gabriel, I don’t think this will work out.
 
4.Do you have any restrictions on your ability to travel? If so please explain.
 
I never liked boats.
 
5.Do you think a manager/ boss / employer should be feared or liked? Explain your answer.
 
Feared. Sheila was my manager. She had hired me after three interviews that bordered on cruel in their length and scrutiny. The interrogation left her damp in the seat, she’d told me once. After that third interview she had brought herself off on the safe when I had left, barely before the door even shut and it felt like she might have a heart attack. That happens after 30 sometimes, she said to me. Worrying about dying during it. I was afraid of her. I’ll never stop.
 
6. Can you describe a time when your work was criticized and how did you handle it? Please be honest.
 
Sheila was never satisfied with the way I handled things with her husband. It could’ve shaken out differently. I realize that now.
 

 


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