By Deborah Smith
A Hollywood actress recognized for her attractiveness flees to a secluded mountain cabin in North Carolina after being seriously scarred in a motor vehicle coincidence. There she reveals unforeseen love and a brand new existence with a guy who misplaced his kinfolk in Sept. 11.
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I scowled when I saw a familiar blue mini-van behind me. A hand came out of the van's passenger window, waved gleefully at me, disappeared, then returned clutching a large video camera. A shaggy, gray-blond guy poked his head out and fitted the videocam's viewfinder to one eye. " I knew him. A jerk, even by the aggressive standards of showbiz paparazzi. We had a long acquaintance, most of it annoying to me and profitable to him. He'd videotaped me as I walked through airports all over the world, trailed me on the outskirts of movie sets, hopped out of the bushes around nightclubs and restaurants, and once snapped photos of me sunning topless in Spain, which the world could still view for five dollars per download on the Internet.
My mother didn't live long enough to raise me, and Granny Nettie didn't live to see me grown. The two most important women in my life had died without telling me how to deal with reflections. I blinked, feeling dizzy. The vision vanished. " Judi asked. "Do you want something to eat? " I took a deep breath, laughed, and fluttered a hand to my heart. "Why, I don't dare eat before a press conference. " More laughter. I took another breath. I'm just hungry, that's all. Just imagining what I'd really like to eat.
I dazzled millions in the brutal glare of kliegs on the red carpets of Hollywood, the flash of cameras at the Oscars, the sunlight on the beaches of Cannes. Beautiful women don't fear the glint of lust and judgment in men's eyes or the bitter gleam of envy in women's. Beautiful women welcome even the brightest light. Once upon a time, I had been the most beautiful woman in the world. Now I needed the night, the darkness, the shadows. "Put the gun down," I ordered, as I let my bra and sweatshirt fall to the ground.
The Crossroads Cafe by Deborah Smith