The Brothers Julia fixed her dress as she sat in the office of Mr. Talihan, pulling the hem down a little farther. She recalled sitting in this office over three years ago; she had been just nineteen at that time and had just dropped out of high school. The man's business had been a quick way to earn money and she had been working as a maid ever since. Now, she was rather excited to try something new. Mr. Talihan often allowed his best customers to "buy off" one of his maids, usually the younger woman that needed a roof over their head and a place to call home. He also claimed that he screened the buyers carefully, ensuring they would treat the girls right. Julia trusted him and figured she had little to lose. "Julia," Mr. Talihan said as he entered the room. There was an older looking man behind him, with a greying beard and a porty figure. She smiled at them both and stood slowly. She basically owed Mr. Talihan her life; she had been homeless after running away from home at eighteen, and he had been gracious enough to give her the job. Now she made a good income and would hopefully only do better know that she would become a live-in maid. "This is Mr. Ross," he grinned, allowing the man to shake her head. His eyes were dark and beady, and he smirked at her. Julia mustered a small smile in return. "He will be your host for the contract. It's set at 2 years, but of course, he can purchase an extension if you consent."