-- by Debbie Dunlap --
Chapter Four - The Mystery Dame?
Irene looks about the room; disappointment registers
on her face. She sighs, looks down at her sleek, cream evening gown and carefully removes
a speck. I am a bit disappointed by the turnout this evening.
Katharine is also surveying the meager evening crowd.
Her arms are crossed across her chest; in her right hand she holds a cigarette. As she
speaks, her right waves about. The Academy Awards are tomorrow night.
Everyones at home either boning up on their acceptance speech, having their hair
done, or being sewn into their gown. She takes a long drag on her cigarette and
exhales slowly. Or their tuxedo, I suppose.
Katharine turns to Irene and notices the pained
expression. Oh! Darling, how careless of me! Im so sorry. So very sorry. I
shouldnt even have mentioned that!
Irene waves dismissively. The Oscars is NOT a subject
she cares to discuss. She spots Cary near a large, potted palm. His hands are jammed into
his trouser pockets. Hes listening with a pleasant expression to an older gentleman
and his wife expound upon their recent cruise upon the Queen Elizabeth.
Cary glances up and catches Irenes eye. He
smiles. Irene smiles. Cary returns his attention to the older couple.
Katharine spies Babys trainer coming through the
door and quickly says, We really must mingle. Ta-ta!
Irene watches Katharine pounce upon her quarry and
rolls her eyes. She, too, moves off to mingle.
Cary graciously listens to the Captain and his wife.
Some of their tales are highly amusing. One never knows what will happen aboard a
ship so isolated from the rest of the world, says the captain at the end of an
especially entertaining and romantic tale.
Cary fingers the envelope in his pocket for the
umteenth time tonight. He smiles a secret smile. A ship would certainly be the
proper setting to begin an affair to remember for a very long time, he agrees.
Also for the umteenth time tonight, he discreetly
scans the room. He is wondering, Where is she? Who is she? Why did she send me this
letter? Suddenly, as a group of people disperse, Carys gaze is transfixed.
Mr. Grant? Mr. Grant? the captains
wife tries to capture Carys attention.
Cary cocks his head in the direction of the captain,
but his eyes never leave the object of their gaze. If youll excuse me,
Both the captain and his wife turn toward the source
of Carys distraction. Both smile widely and with complete understanding.
Slowly, as if in a trance, Cary walks towards his
A soft swirl of auburn hair caught up in a chignon.
Long neck, feminine shoulders. A sprinkle of freckles across her nose and cheeks. Long
lashes. Full mouth, with a russet shade painted on. The shimmering, pale green dress is
cut just so that he can see delicious curves, but not so much that his imagination
isnt given the opportunity to run wild with thoughts of what isnt revealed. As
he nears, he hears the soft, delicate sound of her voice. She laughs. Music,
he thinks. Her eyes? Shes turned slightly, so that he cant quite make out the
shade of her eyes. He can tell theyre dark, though.
Cary stops a few feet from his objective to observe.
Again he reaches for the letter. Is this her? he wonders.
She laughs again, Definitely music, he
Suddenly, she becomes aware of Cary and turns in his
Smokey gray. Cary says.
Please? she asks.
Your eyes are a smokey gray, he says.
Yes, they are. And yours are brown. Its so
nice to meet you, Mr. Brown, she extends her hand.
Cary accepts her hand and squeezes it gently.
Cary Grant, he says by way of introduction.
Lorea Lockwood. Its very nice
to finally meet you Mr. Grant. Lorea smiles and
then ... winks.
-- by Aileen Mackintosh
Chapter 5 - South Bend Siren!
It is sometime later and the party is really beginning
to swing. Cary and Lorea are nowhere to be seen. We see Irene and Katharine in earnest
Katharine: So where did this Lorea dame spring
from? And what about Eve?
Irene: I dont know, but she reminds me of
a woman .....
Katharine: Oh no you cant do that!
Weve had that routine already!
Irene: .....I knew years ago. (A pause.)
I remember now. Minnie Vance.
Katharine: Not Minnie the moocher!! The siren of
Irene: Yeah, but she looked different back
Katharine: Say, she could mess up all our plans.
Where is she, by the way?
They both look round the room, gradually becoming
aware that Lorea is nowhere to be seen - and that Cary, too, is missing.
We see the inside of a small but exclusive restaurant.
There is a 3 piece Jazz combo playing in one corner, and the waiters have an air of
deference toward the clientele. Cary is sitting alone in an alcove to one side of the
restaurant, with Lorea sitting next to him and a champagne cocktail in his hand. They seem
preoccupied with each other.
At this moment there is a swoosh of air as a bunch of
people enter the restaurant. Cary glances up as he hears familiar voices and his
expression becomes one of wariness. He hopes that he and Lorea will not be spotted in
Irene and Katharine enter the restaurant. They spot
Cary and head in his direction.
Irene: Hello all!
Katharine: Hello. Say Casanova, arent you
going to introduce your lady friend?
Cary: Err, um, Lorea Lockwood, Kate and
Irene by this time is staring intently at
absolutely convinced now of her identity.
Irene: Lorea, didnt you use to sing? Im
sure Ive seen you sing.
Lorea: I think you have me confused with someone
Cary: She cant sing - tone deaf, you
Irene: Cary, this here lady is
holding out on you. She sings beautifully.
Irene turns and seen only by Katharine,
winks. The two of them give a knowing smile to each other, then Katharine beckons a waiter
to their table, and gives him a message for the band leader.....
-- by Helen Fredericks --
Chapter 6 - Which Way Did She Go?
Cary: Now listen here you two. This young lady does
NOT sing and we are trying to have a private conversation. So please, go sit over there.
(Cary waves his hand as if shooing a pesky fly.)
Ignoring Carys request, Irene slides into the
booth next to Lorea as Kate slides in next to Cary.
Kate: Of course you are darling. Go right ahead.
Cary: I said a PRIVATE conversation
. Do you
Irene: Mind, of course we dont mind
Cary looking very flustered.
Kate to Lorea : Now what were we discussing?
Cary: WE were not discussing anything!
Irene: Then why are you going on about a private
discussion? Do you know what hes going on about Kate darling?
Cary: Oh dear.
Lorea is watching this interaction and making mental
notes. These two are going to be trouble, she thinks to herself.
Kate: Well, I have no idea what hes going on
about! Why are you going on?
Cary: Yes, indeed. Why do I go on?
Cary turns to Lorea and smiles helplessly.
Cary: Lorea, I see I have lost control again.
Kate: Lost control? Why Cary old man you never HAD
control to lose!
Irene: All men are like this dear. They always have
illusions of control!
Cary: Kate, dont you have an early call
Kate (ignoring Cary): So Lorea, you will sing for us,
Irene: Oh yes, you must!
Cary: She doesnt sing! Do you
Kate: Of course she does! Like a sweet canary!
Lorea: Please, I do not sing. You have me mixed
Irene: Nonsense! I saw you sing in South Bend!
Lorea: I have never been in South Bend!
Irene: Sure you have! Youre the dame with the
Cary: She has never been in South Bend AND she is NOT
a Canary with a dame voice. Eh
a voice with a canary Dame
eh... Oh! (Cary shakes
Kate: We know what you mean, Cary. Now be a good boy
and be quiet. Were talking with this Dame here!
Cary: She is not a Dame!
Irene: Couldve fooled me!
Kate: She looks like a Dame to me! Are you a dame or
Lorea looks a Kate and then to Irene then to Cary.
Just as she is about to speak the Bandleader makes an
Bandleader: Ladies and Gentlemen. We have a special
treat for you tonight! We have in our audience a great singer, Miss Minnie Vance! Maybe
she will honor us with a song!
Everyone is looking around the room as a murmur rises
in the room.
Bandleader: Will everyone give a warm welcome to
Minnie Vance of South Bend!
Instantly, a spotlight shines on Lorea. Kate and Irene
Cary: (as he lowers his shaking head): Oh no!
Lorea: Im not her! Its a mistake!
But the crowd cant hear her as Kate and Irene
pull her from the booth and push her towards the stage. Lorea looks at Cary with a look of
panic on her face. She mouths, Help!
Cary jumps up and cuts the threesome off just before
they reach the stage.
Cary: Now wait a minute you two. This has gone far
Kate: Look its a knight in shining armor! Come
to save the damsel in distress!
Irene: I thought it was Casanova.
Kate and Irene start arguing over what character Cary
is playing for his new dame.
Cary: Will you two stop? This is not a movie,
its life. I am not playing this game and you are not going to embarrass this poor
girl anymore! Come on Lorea, were getting out of
Cary looks around and sees Lorea running from the room
Cary: Now see what you two have done!
Kate: Gee Cary, we were just having fun!
Irene: Yeah, we didnt mean to hurt anyone.
Cary: Well you have! Are you satisfied?
Kate and Irene look at each other and wink.
Cary: Red, I expect as much from you! But Irene?
Youve been hanging around HER too much!
Kate: Hey, whats that supposed to mean!
Irene: Cary Ill go get her and apologize. I
think she headed to the Ladies room.
Kate: Ill go with you!
Cary grabs Kates arm: Oh no you dont. They
only let Ladies in there!
Kate: Well you dont have to make nasty cracks
Irene rushes off to the Ladies room and Cary and Kate
go to the lobby to wait. Cary and Kate stand back to back, both making nasty comments
under their breath. A few minutes later, Irene comes out, alone.
Cary: Well, where is she?
Irene: I dont know! She wasnt in there.
She must have left.
Cary Harumps and turns to Kate making like hes
about to strangle her. Then growls.
Cary turns to Irene: Now what?
Irene: Well, youll have to call her.
Cary: Call her? That would be great if I had her
Kate: You dont have her number?
Cary: No, I do not have her number!
Irene: Well why not?
Cary: I was interrupted by two insane women!
Kate: You two go outside, maybe shes out there.
Ill look for a phone book and see if she is listed. What was her last name?
Cary: Lockwood, Lorea Lockwood!
Kate: Lockwood, got it!
Cary: And DO NOT call her
just get a number!
Cary and Irene rush out the front door of the club.
Kate looks around for a phone booth. As she heads down a corridor, she spots two phone
booths. The door is partly closed on one. Kate slips into the 1st one and begins looking
in the phone book when suddenly she recognizes the voice coming out the next booth.
Kate thinks to herself: That sounds like
Kate leans farther out the door of the booth she is
Kate whispers: That IS Lorea! What is she saying?
Kate leans a bit closer to the slightly open door of
the phone booth Lorea is in.
Lorea: I tell you they are going to spoil everything!
Lorea: No I tell you it was working perfectly!
.Yes, thats right
But I tell you they recognized
. No! They DID!
Kate thinks: She is Minnie the Moocher! What is she up
Lorea: No, Kate and Irene.
..What do you mean
get rid of them! We cant just get rid of Kate and
.Oh I see. Is Jimmy still outside?
..Well great! What do I do
..Ok, Ill duck out the back.
Lorea hangs up the phone, slowly opens the phone booth
door and checks to see if the coast is clear. She quickly walks down the corridor, through
the kitchen and out the back door.
Kate follows her out the kitchen door into an alley
and watches her as she hails a taxi. Kate runs down the alley just in time to see Lorea
get into a taxi. Kate turns and hails a taxi.
Cabby: Where to sweetheart?
Kate smiles and thinks: I always wanted to say this.
Kate: Follow that taxi!
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