Summer breakfast and coffee. Letnes, Vea and Raae are seated around a tiny table in a small boat house. Two doors are open to the summer sun. The clucking from the sailboats gliding by can be heard through the doors. All three of them are looking out on the shimmering of the sun on the blue sea. Letnes` iPhone lights up with a white and blue e-mail symbol.
– Hey! The journalist just e-mailed me! The one who works in Romsdals Budstikke, the newspaper from back home. She wants to talk to me.
Letnes reads the e-mail out loud.
– Nice work, says Benedicte Raae who is the boss of Lilly Apps, smiling proudly at Letnes.
– The journalist would like to interview a grandmother living in Molde. You know, with photos of her pulling #lillygram letters out of her snail mail box, says Marit. Benedicte ponders a bit, then says:
– What the journalist is actually saying is that the BEST thing would be to have a case to interview, not that it was necessary. Just call that journalist and answer her questions. She wants to print a summer story. I´m sure it is good enough to interview you.
– Ok I´ll call her now.
Marit calls the journalist and is interviewed on the phone. While doing so she stalks around the boathouse like a tiger on the hunt.
– Yes. Yesss! That is what I am saying. Imagine if it was YOUR grandchildren, how happy would YOU be? Marit explains, laughs and then hangs up with a big smile.
– They are going to write a 2 two page story! There is no going back now, the journalist says we MUST have a case she can interview.
– What do you mean, «case», says Vea.
–The best thing for the local newspaper would be to interview a grandmother or a parent in their area, but since we don´t have that we must hand the journalist one of our customers. I will start calling them right away. I will call Karina, Cathrine and Superpapsen, Marit said.
After five minutes Letnes was in trouble. No one answers! Some of the phones had even been turned off. She had even called Magne – the husband of one of the customers and a friend of Vea. Magne’s phone was turned off. It is summer holidays in Norway and some people consider their time with the kids holy.
– Hey Raae, don’t you know Magne’s sister? Can you try to reach Magne by calling her? Please? Letnes’ voice is pleading.
– That might be a little much… Ok. I’ll make the call. Raae picks up her phone.
– Hi Mari! Sorry about bothering you, but I have tried to reach your brother… He is in the mountains without electricity you say. He and his wife will have turned off their phones to conserve batteries. Ok, I see.
– Darn it!
Letnes is NOT happy.
– What shall we do?
– It is time for lunch. Let’s talk about something else while we eat, Vea says.
What will they do? Stay tuned. Or give them advice. Do you have a suggestion? Write it in the comments below.