I’d been trying to decide for weeks. Or was it months? It was the not deciding that was driving me nuts. Should I or shouldn’t I?
The situation would never change unless I did something about it. I went to sleep thinking about everything that was wrong and how it could be fixed. When I woke, those same thoughts just continued on. It was beginning to wear me out.
This could be resolved. All I had to do was make a decision.
It didn’t start out so difficult. Oh, sure, we had our differences. Any two beings do, when they are required to work closely together and are thrown into a high pressure situation.
In the beginning, I was quite taken with the idea of a co-conspirator, or a collaborator, if you will. What fun we could have being creative together. We both had so much to offer.
I imagined the acclaim we would receive for our stunning performance. Had any duo accomplished such sterling results? None. That I could think of. Why, there could be honors and bonuses and perks and acclaim. Wealth, perhaps.
The awards ceremony would be a night of glittering gowns and stylish tuxedos, flowing champagne, caviar and lobster, all beneath bright chandeliers. Wonderful music would soar through the crowd, swirl around the vaulted ceilings, trill up the circular staircase and waft out among the stars. All of it pointing to our success, our great, divine partnership.
People would talk for days about how worthy we were of our rewards. They would go on and on about our uniqueness, our stunning beauty, our ability to thrill a crowd, our skill in bringing pleasure and enjoyment to the masses. I saw it all in my vision of our future together.
I was holding up my part of the bargain. I was groomed and pampered and manicured and styled and dressed for perfection. I made the sacrifices for beauty. I did what it took to keep my hour-glass figure. I endured all the beauty treatments. I knew my part. I was superlative in my part. I practiced my art and I was a master.
My partner, however, had become the bane of my existence. He flaunted his beauty constantly, stepping on my toes and over my lines. He didn’t share the limelight but hogged the show. His voice was quite a terrible screech and so loud!
He had to go. That was all there was to it. Of course, there would be the reduction in novelty appeal without him. There would be a risk in changing the show, but really, when you’re an entertainer and you’ve lost the attention of the crowd, well, clearly, something must be done. Only one of us could survive this and I was determined it would not be that bird. It would be me.
I had the solution. All I had to do was make the call. I picked up the business card from my dressing table,
Cultural Attaché to the Stars
Fixer – Problem Solver
I would do it. I picked up the phone and dialed.
“Mr. Rothschild,” I used my most charming stage voice, “this is Mademoiselle Charmaine. I need you to get rid of the peacock that’s in my act. That stupid bird is ruining my fan dance.”