The silver orb gleamed in the light. Resting on a long metal tube extending from a circular base, nothing had ever terrified Jonathan more. He glanced at the clock. Three minutes left. He rolled his chair closer to the desk, grasped the tube in his right hand, and pulled the orb closer. A wave of heat flashed through him and he dabbed his forehead with a towel in his left hand. The roaring in his ears grew louder as he double checked the status on the monitors. A quick high-pitched but not unpleasant beep, beep, beep broke through the noise in his head.
"Two minutes to go Jonny. Ads are rolling now, I'll start your introduction when they end. You'll go live immediately after, just like we rehearsed yesterday," Steven's calm voice came through the headphones Jonathan wore.
He nodded, eyes wide.
"Jonny? You there bud?"
"We must have an audio issue. I can barely hear you. Damn! I knew we should have run a few more tests. Ok, give me a sec-"
"It's ok," Jonathan said louder, and swallowing hard. "I-I just lost my voice there a bit." He dabbed his face and released his death grip on the microphone. It's shiny surface reflected a distorted version of himself stretched around the sphere, broken in spots by the mesh that let his voice travel through.
"Yeah, that's better. Look, I know it's your first live show and your nerves are probably on edge."
You have no idea, Jonathan thought as his heartbeat began pounding in his ears.
"Everyone's nervous their first time. But you're here for a reason, remember that," Steven paused, "Time check, thirty seconds. Take a couple of deep breaths, shake out the nervousness and be ready to go at the end of your intro. We've already got ten calls on hold for you. They warned me you'd be popular! No catching up on my reading during your show. Time check, fifteen seconds. You got this bud, right?"
"Yes. Yes I do," he said sitting up taller in his chair, dabbing his forehead again. "No problem at all..."
"Awesome! Remember I'm here for you behind the scenes, keep an eye on the system chat in the bottom left corner of the screen. Time check, intro rolling..."
The bumper music played in his ear and a man with an unbelievably deep voice told the audience how lucky they were to be listening to the internet radio station KFLY and their newest host. The introduction ended and Jonathan miraculously became Jonny.
"Hey everyone. This is Jonny James on KFLY radio and I'm so glad you could join us for the premier of Everything and Anything. I'd like to jump right in and take some calls rather than bore you with the overly pedantic babbling I tend to do. Sooooo, Caller one. Tell us your name, where you're from, and whatever it is you want to share tonight."
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"My name is Theresa, I'm from New York, I take this opportunity to wish a happy birthday to my secret boyfriend who told me he was going to listen to your show tonight.
"oh baby, happy birthday to that mysterious boyfriend, and I wonder how secret is that boyfriend?"
"Very very secret"
"Well, from your tone of voice I gather you're a somewhat shy but daring person. Is a married man?"
"ha ha ha ha ha, maybe"
The call ended, Theresa hung up the phone.
"Theresa left us. Ladies and gentlemen we're live and we'll hear the next call."
"Good evening my friend, what is your name and what part are calling us from?"
"I'm Richard and I'm very sad because I don't know how to make the girl I like notice me."
"Is that all that's bothering you? No, quiet boy, don't worry, I'll give you the best advice. Be yourself, go where she is and tell her how you feel."
"Thank you, I will."
"Another call, who I'm talking to and where you're calling from."
"It's Sophia from Atlanta, well I have two years with my boyfriend and now he's asking me to take it to the next level, but I'm really not sure."
"Well Sophia, it depends on what level you're talking to me, you tell me everything and we'll solve anything."
"He's asking me to have sex with him and it would be my first time."
"It is obvious Sophia, you yourself have the answer, and it is No. When that moment comes have full assurance that you will not need advice from anyone, now talk to him, that you are not sure and if he does not understand multiply by zero and already."
Jonny's voice was a little tired of answering so many calls and he drank some water.
"One more call."
"Hi Jonny, I told the girl I like the way I feel and she spit in my face."
"I'm sorry I don't remember your name."
"It's me again, Richard"
"Okay Richard, from what you've mentioned to me, that woman doesn't for you, just forget her, share with your friends, don't isolate yourself and in time you'll feel better."
"I don't know what to do? I'm very sad, she doesn't want anything to do with me, and I don't want to untie her.
"Untie her? Where is she?"
"In the basement, tied up"
Jonny was so frightened to hear the coldness with which he said it, that he got goose bumps, and immediately ruled out that it was a joke, the words did not flow from his mouth, therefore Steven had to continue with the call.
"Hi Richard, where are you?"
"Where is Jonny? He's the only one I'm going to answer."
"He can't talk now, he felt bad"
"Jonny, I know you're there. It doesn't suit you to stop talking to me."
"Why are you so interested in talking to Jonny?"
"Jonathan, I have your sister."
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