When I started to show some of my sketches, in the meantime, chief designer’s eyes were changed to more and more earnest.
The manager sitting beside him was also gazing my sketches without saying anything.
They changed their attitude from arrogant and overbearing, releasing their folding arms, standing from their high back chair to leaning out their body, getting close their faces to the sketches.
I felt that it was a good sign to show their interest to my sketches.
At first time, I was so anxious that they might not show their interesting in my sketches. But, soon I changed my mind.
I became confident that their reaction was a good sign for me.
Suddenly, the chief designer asked me.
[What is that wooden box? Isn’t it a scale model of your car design?]
I said “Yes” hesitatingly.
[Show me now!]
He was impatient and forced me to open the package box urgently.
After removing the packing materials of the box, I put two car scale models on the desk.
They stood up and walked around the table, watching with very serious face, from different angles. Then, suddenly they started the argument or fight each other.
As they spoke in Italian, I couldn’t understand what they said. But I could imagine what they were fighting by their atmosphere.
It seemed the big conflict of the opinion between them.
It was so hard for us to pretend not to be able to understand the situation.
Meanwhile, they said to us.
[Give us three minutes. We need to discuss about this case.]
We were forced to wait for them for a while at the room adjacent to their office.
Before we departed Japan, on the plane, Mr. Y told me.
[Once you show your design and scale models to the people, there must be a confrontation of an opinion among them.]
I had to admit that his forecast was true.