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Much Ado About Everything ...
Indeed, Amanda Currey was an excellent assistant— a cousin as well as a good friend of John Cummings. There was no need for Renée’s help. In fact, Amanda had a paid staff of five under her with ten more volunteer workers under them. There were too many people already! Renée had seen it as just another attempt of Marme to control her life. Marme always needed money because of her charity work; she also used quite a bit of it for those lavish parties she was always having.
Renée sat on an imported wicker stool in her kitchen as she watched the porcelain pot come to a slow boil in a ceramic heater her cousins had sent. She smiled as she thought about what she would do with her inheritance. Although she had earned a great deal of money from her writing, she was constantly at odds with Marme about using the bulk of it for charitable purposes.
There were times when she found herself completely unable to refuse her Marme anything. Then there were other times when she was so rebellious that she confined herself in her apartment for days. Those were the times when the pendant rested snugly in its Alabaster case. The power of the Blood-Red Ruby’s control on her was greatly weakened by that case.
Renee received handsome dividend checks from her investments in San Francisco which Marme had insisted on receiving a share. Because of the pendant, Renée couldn’t bring herself to refusing Marme a small portion of the money. Marme kept complaining that by rights the money should be hers anyway.
However, the bulk of the money was used by Renée to pay for the beautiful lake front apartment and a black Bentley! The purchase of the car had been done during one of Renée’s rebellious moods. Renée insured the automobile heavily and had an elaborate alarm system installed. After three attempts to steal the car were foiled, Renée was able to relax and enjoy her ride. There would be no replay of the sports car that was stolen years before!
The Burden of Wealth ...
Then Renée thought again of her inheritance. It had accumulated into well over a hundred million dollars! The taxes were enormous on that money. Thankfully, Renée had used her late mother’s accounting firm to handle the financial end of the estate which they did expertly. They made wise investments for her and insured that all financial obligations were met. Many southern balls and extravagant lawn parties were backed with the help of Renee’s assets. Now that Marme was no longer a menace, the money could be used as Renée desired.
So, there were plans in place for a different lifestyle. Somehow Renee had planned to break free from Marme’s grasp. However, as fate would have it, time brought about the needed change through her demise.
Renée had also co-inheritance of the chateau in France when her grandfather died. She would have visited the chateau more often but there always seem to be something Marme needed her to do so she limited her stays to only twice a year.
“Child, what do you need to go to France for? Aren’t there enough good-looking Southern boys right here?” Marme would asked.
“Why are you so obsessed with the South?” Renee would inquire aspirated.
“Because this is my heritage!” Marme exclaimed with pride.
“The chateau is my co-inheritance, or will be when my grandfather dies. I have to keep up with what goes on there so that I will best be able to handle things.” Renée said.
“You don’t need to handle things. Just sell your part of that stuffy old villa and give the money to the poor people in the area.” Marme replied.
“Why should I do that, Marme?” Renée asked rubbing her temples. It seemed that she was developing headaches when she got into heated debates with Marme when her subconscious attempted to resist the power of the pendant.
“Because you really don’t need it, that’s why child. You won’t ever be living in France and besides you don’t even speak French!” Marme reasoned.
“Why is it that you don’t want me to have anything that belonged to my parents or any of my relatives?” Renée had said in utter dismay as the pounding in her head intensified.
An Ever-Present Memory ...
That was just one of many times that Renée became upset with Marme. In utter dismay she took the pendant off, thrusted it in her pocket and jumped into her Bentley. Then she sped away to find solace in her apartment.
There was another instance when Renée threatened to withdraw her support if she wasn’t allowed more freedom. Marme became so anxious that she suggested that twice a year should be enough time to spend in France taking care of her inheritance.
“After all,” Marme had replied, “What do you know about farm living? There is a whole staff of people plus your Uncle Jon-Luc to handle things in France and they don’t need an outsider interfering. They might even take offense.” Marme said with a smile.
Hector had thought Renée mad for living in the tightly knit rural community. In spite of the lovely apartment she had; he thought that an extraordinarily talented writer as Renée should be living back in California. However, it was because of Sadie Bakersfield that Renée was in Bakersfield. And now, Sadie was gone. There was no longer any reason to stay in Bakersfield. Again, Renée breathed a sigh of relief.
Renée also knew that Sadie’s willing her Bakersfield was still just another way of her controlling Renée’s life and putting a wall between her and the outside world. But Renée knew that it was time to embrace a transformation. She wanted a change while she was still young enough to enjoy it!
To Be Continue ...
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- An Unnatural Influence 12
Some memories are like a gentle breeze that soon departs while others are much stronger and can last a lifetime.
© 2018 Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS
Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS (author) from Memphis on September 30, 2018:
The Blood-Red Ruby has never been up against a will as strong as Renee. Which one will win out in the end … Renee or the Ruby?