What is it then that you are doing, Simona, if it is not a secret? He asks. I keep silent. Do you really want to know? I ask him. Of course, why would I not want to know what such a beautiful lady is doing? “Such a beautiful lady” is already pushing him towards to the gate of boredom, but the gate is still safely far as I am slightly drunk.
This is p-p-private, I start to stutter.
I wonder what is he thinking now? I can bet his imagination is somewhere between an expensive escort girl and a spy (with escort girls specialisation). Then, with very blurred hints I tell him that I am a scientist who specialises in a very narrow part of children psychiatry. Seller of electric saws he would not have a slightest idea about psychiatry.
I thought that he would look disappointed as the escort girl is dead. However, the effect is contrary, he looks at me with his anarchist eyes and says – playfully – “ I see”. I see.
I got it, he thinks that the psychiatrist is my “legend” .
Then he asks whether I would like to go to the dinner with him tonight. He is often in Barcelona and he knows the places. It is my only night out, tomorrow is already the interview, so I agree.
We go to some place in the old town, it is called “Sukur” and there a picture of a tiger in front of us.
He is playing the ally now, no word about the psychiatry, only careful, but conspiratory looks into my direction. And couple of “what such a beautiful lady is thinking/ smiling/ not answering about”.
Then after a bottle of wine he suddenly stretches his hand across the table and grabs mine. Simona, he says again, why such a beautiful woman is so silent.
Now the moment of truth. So I smile and say him that the dinner was lovely, but I unfortunately have an important client in one hour. Which is about midnight. With a wink that he understood what kind of client. (Russian spy? Lonely rich pervert?) I was afraid that it would be difficult to get rid of him as he is already fairly drunk and the danger boils adrenalin in me, but it is easier than I thought. There is, of course, a small risk that he could find out my real personality, but the risk is really small as none outside our corporation ever understood what we are doing.