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The Continuous Short: The Day Bed
This is yet another approach in writing a continuous or series short story. The main point is to have a great beginning where you place your protagonist in a situation or event and then build from there.
Only the beginning ...
Victoria sits contemplating in a brightly floral lounge chair. On a glass table top rests her android tablet computer and cell phone plus a stack of unopened envelopes. All items are awaiting her immediate attention. Victoria Covington- Keates truly feels loneliness for the first time in her 35 years of existence. She has been alone for various reasons but now Victoria understands this gripping emotion fully.
Galen Alexander (Alex) Covington III, 5 years her senior, has been a caring, workaholic brother. They were finally going to close their penthouse apartment for an extended holiday in the country. However, Alex wanted to personally negotiate one more contract before their departure. Victoria thought an associate could easily have handled this, but Alex was adamant.
Victoria never thought that watching her brother board the plane meant the conclusion of a lifetime friendship. A fuselage leak coupled with severe turbulence ended in an explosive disaster not only for Alex but all the other passengers and the entire crew.
Closing her eyes, Victoria tries to clear her mind of the past several days. It’s not easy when you have been so close to someone all your life. The sound of the doorbell abruptly invades her thoughts.
“Cyndi …” Victoria exclaims feeling relief to see that it is her friend.
“Vickie, how are you?” The lovely clad auburn-haired woman replies. “I hope I haven’t caught you at an inopportune moment.”
“Cyndi, as if there are really opportune moments left—I don’t know.” Victoria states.
“I don’t have words, Vickie. Not regarding the tragic events of the past few days. Forgive me for bringing this up but are you still planning on vacationing at the Westchester Estate?” Cyndi inquires.
“Oh yes, the Westchester Estate—I had almost forgotten about it.” Victoria says thinking again about the plans of Alex and her. “I finally convinced that brother of mine that he needed the change and this happens.”
“I know, dear Victoria. It was a tragedy, and poor dear Elle Westchester.” Cyndi agrees.
“Yes, I know she was planning to get Alex to finally say –he will.” Victoria says sadly.
Cynthia Chadwick and Eleanor Westchester, Elle as she is often called, have been Victoria’s best friends since childhood. They experienced many things together from their preparatory graduation to Victoria’s failed marriage to Brandon Manchester Keates, her adamant English suitor.
While Elle has been a proper British young lady, American born Cynthia has shared her love for getting into occasional mischief with Victoria. However the sudden demise of Alex is devastating to Elle; sending her to the hospital for a week of observation. As a result, she is unable to attend the memorial services for Alex.
The sudden lost of Alex is a bitter pill for many to swallow.
“I haven’t written a single thing since it happened.” Victoria says.
“Nor have I … may I offer a suggestion?” Cyndi asks.
“You will … even if I say, no.” Victoria replies thinking over the many suggestions supplied by Cyndi both welcomed but mainly unsolicited.
“Get yourself lost somewhere. It could be a way of clearing your mind. Give me those envelopes. I’ll wager they are more condolences from friends of Alex. The last thing you need is to be reminded of your loss.” Cyndi states firmly accepting the envelopes then replying again before Victoria can protest.
“Not another word—speaking as your editor and dearest friend it is an order. You've been working extremely hard on that piece for A Woman’s Point of View Quarterly.” Cyndi concludes.
“I know; it’s just a topic I can relate to. Doing research on how middle-aged women in the 21st century cope with separation and/or divorce has been both an education and a balm.” Victoria smiles for the first time in days.
“You should smile more; you have such a lovely one, Vickie and 35 hardly qualify you as middle-aged. May I ask you a question?” Cyndi inquires.
“Of course you can, as if you need my permission.” Victoria chuckles.
“I’ve never probed regarding your relationship with Brandon; but what are your feels now regarding divorcing him?” Cyndi questions as if looking at her friend as for the first time.
“That is hardly a question to discuss at this junction.”Victoria counters.
“Nevertheless, I want to know why?” Cyndi insists.
“Well, to be perfectly honest—I don’t know.” Victoria says reflecting on her marriage of 15 years and the sudden decision to separate only six months ago.
(To be continued ...)
© 2014 Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS