Sunday, September 27, 2020

Last Shot Short Story by Cecilia Okugo

 As a producer Victoria put in long hours to prove herself to her sitting manager John.
Victoria was over worked and put in double time to make up for loss time.
On her way to the directors chair she and a colleague Janny had a issue over who would
sit in the director's chair for the final episodes of their television series.
The situation came to blows when Victoria was demoted and Janny was promoted.
How does Victoria compete with the powers that be.

Bad news came from the head office about ratings and the finale of Imperialism with Victoria
competing against herself as producer. She just knew this was her next break to sit in the directors chair.
They gave her the news about Janny taking a shot at building ratings for the finale of Imperialism due to
her directing skills they scouted in the past. Now it was time for Janny to make her debut as director.

Victoria was pissed. Very adamant about slamming Janny to get that spot in the directors chair by all
means. Whatever it took thats what Victoria was going to do!! Victoria went the lowest point and called
in a favor to slam Janny and it worked. Victoria got the job!! On the set of the finale Victoria makes
quick epic decisions to kill off one of her characters. The finale of Imperialism was a hit.
Later that night after several takes Victoria celebrated with the actors on off set.

Janny got word that Victoria slammed her to the writers and producers and had no way to get her
reputation back. Janny was was suspended because of all the back lash from the head office about
what they heard about Janny. Basically it was said that Janny was going to ask for more more money
and that she would make it difficult to pull her from the directors chair. 

It was too late Janny career was put on the rocks because she had no one from the inside to back her. 
Janny wanted revenge so she had one of Victoria's sets rigged for the track lighting to fall.
Victoria knew that she was being sabotaged so she hired someone to keep an eye on Jannys every move. This was Victoria's last shot to prove that she belonged in the directors chair. 

Many were anticipated the big blow up between Janny and Victoria. It happened.
One night in the dressing room Janny tripped Victoria and immediately said it was an accident.
They began to fight a yell obscenities and call each other names. 
Someone broke the fight up and demanded a explanation as to why they were arguing.
No one had an answer. Victoria was pulled from her director spot as soon as the head office got word.

The head office had a meeting with both women to see of they need to fired one of them.
There was complete silence at the board room table and no one had words for the head manager.
His job was on the line because of their fight. So what the ceo of NBC told them to do was produce
inserts for the show instead of produce and direct. The women had been demoted again back to square
one.

Many rumors had risen up about the two being careless about their jobs. And the word got 
around to other television networks about their reputation.
Soon they were both black listed the only job they could get was the one they were working. 

Janny cursed the day she had ever met Victoria because she lost everything being angry at her. 
Many wanted to intervene in this ice cold brawl but no one wanted to lose their jobs so people were
off standish.

Victoria was let go and immediately went to CBS to redeem her rep but no luck.
No one wanted her. They didn't want to take the risk of an assault case on the job.
Please know that Victoria did all she could to try to regain the trust of NBC head execs
but no one believed her. They didn't want a lawsuit so they just let her go.

It took Victoria two years to land another job in the directors chair. It was still as competitive as
Victoria remembered. Men were up in arms about Victoria joining the team. Word got around fast.
Now working for Viacom she could float around to any network as director.
She started with VH-1 as director. She directed segments for reality shows and late night comedy specials.

Victoria ran into Janny and it was bitter sweet her enemy was head of logistics at MTV.
Victoria was not happy to see Janny any where near were she had to work. 

Victoria learned her lesson about coveting her neighbor and put and end to the brawl once and for all. 
One night at a party Victoria went to ask to execs for a promotion over cocktails and Janny
had her shot down. Janny told one the execs what happened two years back and he shot Victoria down.
Victoria veered at Janny and all games were back on. No one won this fight they were merely ruining 
their lives.
 
The lesson was that no one on wins when both parties want  to be right.
Victoria had to grow up fast if she wanted to keep her job with Viacom because there was no telling
what Janny was up to.  Victoria apologies for what happen two years ago to Janny.
Janny was reluctant to do the same and did not oblige.

Victoria didnt know why she had to be right and what got under her skin about Janny she just wanted to win. 

This made Victoria the bigger person so she took the high road and finally left Janny alone.
She couldnt win her over at all but she still had her career to build on and look forward to waking
up every morning to a second chance.










Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Lake House Short Story by Cecilia Okugo

 Kim, a  product developer, plays a game with her mentor called “May The Best Man Win” and her mentor wins of course because they couldn't find anyone suitable. Of all the guys there were two that her father didn't agree with  but they always saved the day. Alex from a well to do background always picked up the pieces of Kim’s broken heart. John a self made billionaire was there to always help Kim see her own reality, he saw through her bullish.


While at a country club bistro with her mentor she realized which man she loved the most but was hard to conquer. So they narrowed the competition down to two men. A well to do Alex and strict billionaire John. Kim was playing so many games that the men almost gave up but a visit to Johns lake house told Kim all she needed to know. Kim was full of head games and setting people against one another. 


John had an family lake house in the mountains. He treated Kim like a princess yet one night there after hiking in the mountains back at the lake house Kim suddenly discovered how mean and insecure John was. Could you blame John for being a stickler for rules when he had a reputation to keep.


Kim tried to find excuses to leave the lake house early but John insisted she stay. They made love but in the middle of their sleep after love making Kim woke up to John choking her. John had checked Kims messages to Alex and found out who she was in love with. The competition had been a secret but that night everything was called off by Kim. She struggled to get out of the choke hold and began to gather her things to leave once and for all.


There was so much on her mind as she began to leave John pushed her down the stairs streaming I've been giving you money and  buying you the finer things and this is how you repay me, Alex your lover boy Alex will miss his princess.


Kim gathered herself and ran for the door, her head was bleeding John grabbed her and drug her to the lake. He tied her up and dropped her in alive. John was fed up with Kim's games he didn't realize he blacked out. 


Kim eventually stop fighting and died. 

Kims mentor eventually tracked John down for questioning about Kim’s whereabouts and everyone knew John was the last to see her but he wasn't taking any calls since the night of Kim’s death. 


Alex was devastated when he heard the news there was nothing he could do or say. Many people knew that John was fed up but they never expected this. Alex loved Kim but she knew her antics would land her in a situation like this one. They eventually retrieved Kim's body from John’s lake. John was arrested and charged with murder.


Alex began teaching classes for young battered women like Kim who survived.