Sunday, August 13, 2006
New Beginning 70
Maggie hung up the phone but wanted to bang herself over the head with it. Two phone calls within 20 minutes came in the wrong order.
“That could have been my biggest break ever!” She spun around and flopped on her sofa, landing in the spot where the springs had given out.
As she flailed to get out of the sofa swamp, she watched pigeons flying over the roof of St. Cyril Church, across miles of roof tops, trees, and interstates towards the hazy Chicago sky line. Glittering high rises overlooked the turquoise water of Lake Michigan.
She wanted one of the those offices.
But now ...“Why did Katie call so early? Why does Indiana have to be on Eastern time? She calls me an hour early, and I agree to house-sit the farm and the kids, and then Patrice calls. With the deal of a lifetime!”
It wasn't like Maggie to renege, but surely Katie would understand. She phoned, and was relieved to get Katie's machine. "Sorry, sis," she said, "but can't help you after all. Patrice just called with the deal of a lifetime. I'm off to New York to meet Evil Editor and get my book published. I'll make a bazillion dollars and buy Chicago suburb real estate! Talk to you next month."
She hated to disappoint Katie, but hey, an Indiana farm with a bunch of squalling kids, or New York City with a charming and strikingly handsome editor? It was an easy decision.
Continuation: Kate Thornton