OMG! I’m working hard to revise my first page and I don’t know if my fellow minions are having the same problem but the first page leads into the next! This week, we are going to be picked by Super Villions! It’s The Voice and my song selection isn’t the best! (crying softly over my keyboard!)
Hollywood had invaded the quiet neighborhood of Algiers Point, located a ferry’s ride across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter. From her spot on the balcony, Portia could see the majestic steeple of St. Louis’ cathedral peeking over the horizon silhouetted against a bright cloudless sky. Double shotgun houses neatly lined the riverbank in an array of pastels from blues to pinks to yellows. It was a picture perfect snapshot that could have been taken in the early 1900s.
The only exceptions were the vans parked haphazardly along the narrow streets each with the vivid logo from a different television station. And the crowd of onlookers spilling beyond the restriction gates set up by the Algiers Point Commission to mingle with the cameramen and newscasters.
All were jostling for the best view of the star of last summer’s hit Midnight’s Kiss, Talia McCormick. All were trampling the manicured foliage of historic Algiers Point.
Portia’s stomach flipped. Danielle LeBlanc, current APC President, would surely speak with her about this later. The thought of speaking with Danielle, her perfectly coiffed eighty’s styled mushroom swinging about her thin angular face made Portia cringe and take another puff of her offensive cigarette.
She never smoked while working. Hollywood had done this to her. The people, the planning, the drama combining in a massive early morning headache and the need for just one before she could continue with the rest of the day.
Not that she wasn’t grateful.
Midnight’s Kiss had provided amazing opportunities for her family. Her sister, Jewel, was now an Oscar winning costume designer for a hit movie. The Andrade House Hotel, chosen as the backdrop for key scenes in the first film, was now slated for a more prominent showcasing in the upcoming production of Midnight’s Kiss: Renewal. She was the event planner for Talia McCormick’s First Annual Midnight Ball for Literacy this evening. It couldn’t get better than that.
A cacophony of screeching snarls and high-pitched whines erupted from her bedroom and demanded her attention. Portia took another quick puff and crushed the cigarette beneath her sneakered foot. Taking a cleansing breath, she stepped inside.
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