Searching for Home: Chapter 2

Searching for Home
by Chelle & Nikki

Chapter 2

Searching for HomeRating: PG
Warnings: Deals a little with death, has some drinking in it. Some curse words, violence and sex, but nothing gory or graphic.

Hanson? she thought to herself. That sounds familiar. Brianna started to ask Helen what Mr. Hanson’s first name was but thought better of it. Still, she couldn’t shake the feeling that 3CG studios in Tulsa and that name, Hanson, sounded like something she’d heard of. She just couldn’t put her finger on it.

Brianna sat in her car staring up at the three story, brick building. It really didn’t look like much but she was never one to judge a book by the cover. She’d gotten up early that morning and tried to make herself as presentable as possible since she had no idea what she’d end up dealing with when she asked about the job.

Brianna ran her hand through her hair and got out of the car. She looked down at her clothes, making sure they weren’t too wrinkled. She’d chosen to wear a dark blue silk shirt and black slacks. She’d pulled part of her hair back away from her face and left the rest down. Taking a deep breath, she slowly walked up to the double doors of the building. She wondered if she’d made a mistake, walking in with no appointment, no resume, nothing. She could hear her shoes clicking on the pavement as she walked across the empty parking lot. 3CG studios was nearly in the middle of nowhere so it was very quiet. Brianna took one more deep breath as she pulled open the door and walked inside.

There wasn’t anyone around so she took a few minutes to look the place over. It was nice. There was thick black carpet on the floor wall to wall and there were abstract paintings hanging around. There were chairs lined against the wall on one side and a table across from them. On the table sat a display of cups, napkins, sugar, cream and a huge coffee maker. Brianna walked forward and saw a long hallway of doors. There was an enormous curved desk with an office chairs in front of a computer. The desk was covered in folders and loose papers. Behind the desk was another long hallway lined with doors and to one side just before the hall was a set of elevators.

“I’m so sorry you had to wait. May I help you?”

Brianna turned quickly when she heard a cheerful voice. An older lady walked toward the desk and sat in the chair. She smiled and asked “What can I do for you?”

Brianna smiled back and said “Hi, I’m here to see about the job that was in the paper. I’m sorry I didn’t make an appointment.”

The lady waved her hand and said “Well, that’s alright. You really don’t need one. I’m Helen by the way.”

Brianna introduced herself with a nod. “Hi, I’m Brianna.”

Helen said “Nice to meet you. Just take a seat, help yourself to some coffee and I’ll buzz Mr. Hanson and let him know you’re here. It’ll probably be a minute or two. He’s in a meeting but they’re just finishing up.”

Brianna said a quick ‘thank you’ and walked over and sat in one of the chairs.
Hanson? she thought to herself. That sounds familiar. Brianna started to ask Helen what Mr. Hanson’s first name was but thought better of it. Still, she couldn’t shake the feeling that 3CG studios in Tulsa and that name, Hanson, sounded like something she’d heard of. She just couldn’t put her finger on it.

She waited for all of five minutes before the lady said “Okay, take the elevators to the third floor, go left, to the end of the hall and it’s the first door on the right around the corner. Oh and good luck.”
Brianna said “Thank you very much.” as she walked to the elevators and pressed the button to go up.

When she got off on the third floor, she walked down the hallway and around the corner. There were two doors on the left that had name plates. One read ‘Mrs. Mitchell’ and the other ‘Miss Hanson.’

Brianna reached into her purse and took out a small mirror. She checked her makeup and hair quickly before tossing the mirror back into her purse and zipping it closed.

She walked a few steps more until she saw a large door on her right. The name plate read ‘Taylor Hanson’. Taylor Hanson? Why can’t I remember that. I know I should be able to. Brianna thought. She figured that it wasn’t too important or she would remember.

She cleared her mind so that she could concentrate on talking about the job. Brianna’s heart began to beat very fast as she knocked on the door. No one answered, so she knocked again. Still no answer.

“Well, now what?” Brianna asked herself out loud.

Suddenly a voice said “Is there something I can do for you?”

Brianna turned to see a young girl walking toward her carrying a large stack of folders.
“Yes, I’m here to see about the job that was in the paper. Helen, the lady at the desk told me to come up here and go to the first door on the right.”

The young girl smiled and said “Mrs. Craden. Yeah, she still can’t give directions.” The young girl stuck her hand out and said “I’m Avery Hanson.”

Brianna smiled back. “Hi Avery, I’m Brianna Dennison.”

Avery put her hand on Brianna’s shoulder and said “Here you want to go this way.” Avery led Brianna down the other hallway. “You’ll need to talk to Ike, not Tay.” Avery said when they came to another large door on the right. Avery knocked and then opened the door. She stuck her head in and said “Ike, there’s a girl here to see about taking over Andrea’s job.” Avery stepped back out and said “Go on, don’t be nervous.”

Brianna said “Thanks” and walked into the office.

There was a large wooden desk and two chairs in front of it. A big window was behind the desk. There was tan carpet on the floor that matched the curtains and two large file cabinets on one side of the office against the wall. A man was seated at the desk and glanced up when Brianna shut the door. He stood up, extending his hand forward.

“Hello, I’m Isaac Hanson.”

Brianna shook his hand and said “I’m Brianna Dennison.”

Isaac smiled and said “Have a seat please. Would you like some coffee or water or anything?”

Brianna sat down and said “No thank you Mr. Hanson.”

Isaac sat in the black office chair and leaned forward on his desk. “It’s Isaac. Mr. Hanson is what people call my dad, or feel free to call me Ike.” he said with a smile.

Isaac was tall and thin. He had short brown hair that stood straight up just a few inches from the top of his head. He had brown eyes and the beginnings of laugh lines around his eyes and mouth.

They chatted for a little while. The whole time, Brianna kept in the back of her mind that she should already know Isaac. She was almost certain she’d met him before. He didn’t seem to remember her though so she began to relax, reminding herself that she’d remember if it was important.

Over the short and casual conversation, Brianna found out that Ike was 30 years old and had been married for almost four years. His wife, Lisa, was, like him, a Tulsa native and they had two children and another one on the way.

“Is that them?” Brianna asked, noticing a framed photo on Ike’s desk.

He nodded and replied “Yep, that’s Lisa, Kevin and Allison.” He handed Brianna the picture.

“You have a beautiful family.” she said.

Isaac said “Thank you. They are my pride and joy.”

Brianna studied the photo for a moment. Lisa was very pretty. She had straight, light brown hair that came to her waist and dark green eyes. She was 29 and her face was aged just slightly more than her husband’s.

Their son, Kevin, had just turned four and was the image of his dad. He had short brown hair and brown eyes. Sabrina was two years old. She had sandy colored hair and brown eyes.

“Well, Brianna, do you have a resume or any references for this job?”

Brianna sat the photo back on Ike’s desk and answered, “No sir, I don’t. The truth is, I just read the ad in the paper last night. I just drove from Mississippi to Oklahoma sort on a spur of the moment move.” She paused for a moment and saw that Isaac was listening but seemed surprised. When he didn’t say anything, Brianna continued. “Look, Mr. Han… Isaac. I need a job. I have no place to live at the moment and the money I have isn’t going to last forever. I can type and I’m a hard worker and fast learner. I promise you won’t ever doubt that you made a good choice if you hire me.”

Isaac laughed a little bit and said “That’s assuring. I’ll tell ya what, frankly, we need someone now. You seem nice and I think you’ll be able to catch on fairly quick. You work here for a couple of days and we’ll see how it goes. If it works out, great. If not, I get to tell you to your face that I made a bad choice. How’s that sound?” Ike leaned back in his chair.

Brianna sighed. “That sounds fine with me.” she said.

“All rightt then. You be here tomorrow at eight o’clock sharp and we’ll show you what to do.” Isaac said standing. He walked Brianna to the door as she thanked him a total of three times. “Okay. I’ll see you tomorrow morning.” Isaac said.

Brianna walked down the hall to the elevator with a sense of relief.

“Brianna! That’s great! So where is it?” Shelby asked. Shelby had been Brianna’s friend while they were living in a foster home together. However, two years after meeting, when they were six years old, Shelby had been adopted and had moved to a town a few miles outside of Tulsa. She and Brianna had kept in touch by writing letters and calling each other on their birthdays. Shelby was one reason Brianna had decided on Oklahoma when looking for a place to move to. They weren’t what could be called best friends, but they were close.

“It’s at a record company, 3CG, in Tulsa.” Brianna said sipping her coke. Brianna had called Shelby that evening and they were discussing the day’s events when Brianna had gotten the job. Brianna realized that Shelby had gotten very quiet.

“Shel? Are you alright?” Brianna asked.

“3CG studios?! As in Hanson?!” Shelby asked, shocked.

“Yeah, Isaac Hanson is the one who gave me the job.”

Shelby replied, “Brianna! You’re going to be working for Hanson?! Hanson! The band?! MMMBop Hanson?!”

Suddenly Brianna felt her mouth drop open. She shook her head as the memory of her favorite band as a child came flooding back to her. “No, no it can’t be the same guys.” Brianna said slapping her hand on her forehead.

“Okay, let me run the recent info by you and you can compare it.” Shelby said, “Hanson retired from music almost four years ago. They made two more albums after the first one, and then started writing and producing music for other artist. They started the company and then retired completely from singing. Now, they run the studio. They still produce and write but their focus is on other artist now.”

Brianna again shook her head. She couldn’t believe it. She hadn’t heard from Hanson, or even cared, since she was a young teenager and had taken up a love of country music.

Shelby said “Ike is married to a girl named Lisa. They have two kids, a boy and a girl. Kev…”

Brianna completed Lisa’s sentence. “Kevin is four and Allison is two.”

Shelby replied “Yep.”

Brianna sighed. “I can’t believe this! I knew I had heard of them somewhere before but I just couldn’t remember.”

Shelby laughed. “Well, you were always more interested in Taylor anyway, not Isaac.”

Brianna laid back on the bed. “Yeah, what do you know about the other two?” Brianna asked with a new interest.

Shelby continued to give Brianna the information she’d picked up over the years. “Ok Taylor was married but no one liked her. There were even hints that the family didn’t care for her. Her name was Andrea, some girl from Montana. Anyway, she and Taylor had a daughter at some point. Then they got divorced. I’m not completely sure but I think their daughter is maybe about three or four now. They haven’t been divorced very long.”

Brianna thought back for a second to when she heard Avery talking to Isaac saying that someone was there to take over Andrea’s job. She took another sip of her drink and listened as Shelby went on.

“Zac, the drummer, is married. I think it’s close to two years now, maybe a little more. Her name is Stacy. Turns out Zac took over Tay’s position as the hottest Hanson after Tay and Andrea hooked up.” Shelby and Brianna both laughed.

“Now, the rest of the family still lives in that big house they had built. Ike and Lisa live on the property but in a separate house. Zac and Stacy live in the house with the family but have their own quarters, and Taylor lives alone in an apartment not far away. Andrea has custody of their daughter. Jessica recently married some guy named Trent Mitchell, from Oklahoma city. It was in the marriage announcements in the newspaper. Avery and her both work for the record company. I saw a picture of Zoe not long ago and she is so pretty. She’s in school and in the choir at their church. She’s 12 and Mac is 16.”

Brianna was amazed at this new information. She now wished she had kept up with the band. Brianna said “I can’t believe that it’s them. They look so different. Ike does anyway. Well, I have to be there at eight in the morning so I’ll call you tomorrow.” Brianna said as she sat back up on the bed.
Shelby said “Yes, you do that.”

After they hung up, Brianna showered and washed her hair. Then picked out her clothes for work the next day, a simple, short sleeved, black dress with a v-neck that didn’t show too much skin and black boots. She planned to wear tan pantyhose and a small pair of silver hoop earrings that Anna and Ray had given her for her 18th birthday.

She then climbed into bed and turned off the lamp. It didn’t take long for her to fall asleep. She tried to keep the idea of working with her childhood crush out of her mind because she knew it break her concentration and determination to do her best at her new job.

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This fictional story is hosted
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with permission from Chelle.

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