Breach of Promise by James Scott Bell

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Maybe there was an explanation to all this. Imagination can be a terrible thing. Looking at myself in the rearview mirror, I thought I’d be ripe for a remake of The Picture of Dorian Gray. The bags under my eyes were like suitcases. There would be no need for makeup. A star in the making. “You look tired,” Nancy said. ” I said, trying to sound like I had some energy left for acting. ” 38 BAD THINGS “Is it a vampire role? ” Nancy Radford, my auburn-haired, middle-aged agent, pursed her lips. She was not in the mood for jocularity.

Paula ordered chai tea. “I don’t think I’ll be eating anything,” I said. ” I let more acid drip from my words than I’d intended. Paula took a deep breath. “I thought it might be a little easier than this. ” As if that made everything okay. “Well, it did. ” “So that’s it? ” 60 HOMECOMING Paula nodded slowly. ” I said. ” There’s a famous scene in the old James Cagney movie The Public Enemy, where his girlfriend wishes something. Cagney looks at her the way only he can and says, “I wish you was a wishin’ well.

34 BAD THINGS “I think God looks like you,” Maddie said. Perhaps I ought to take this more seriously, I thought, though I did appreciate the compliment. So I told her the only Bible story I knew about God. I didn’t have a Bible background, so I was running on fumes. I tried to make it exciting. “One day,” I told Maddie, “there was this big war going on and one side had a giant named Goliath fighting for them. ” Maddie asked. ” “Yeah. ” “But they were all afraid of this giant, see? ” Richard Gere?

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