The Blood-Red Ruby: After the Storm 2
Destiny’s Mockery ...
“Ah—which is worst death or Sadie Bakersfield. That’s an easy one. It would definitely have to be Sadie Bakersfield.” Andréa said.
“I think you are right, Andie. For according to what Alex told us, Sadie Bakersfield’s arm transcends even death” Edward said in awe.
“At any rate let me just say that the timing was uncanny. It happened the same day that George and Edna Bailey were schedule to board the ill-fated yacht The Sea Princess for a short excursion!” Andréa said excitedly then turned red with embarrassment when she again considered the couple’s fate.
“Yes, the bloody thing sunk with everyone on board. It was one of those maritime disasters. No one was really sure what happened. However, your mother’s fatal car crash took precedence over everything else.” Alex replied, “So that poor couple was destined for extinction at any stretch of the imagination whether by land or by sea.”
“Yes, when your number is up …” Katie said.
“Big time, if you ask me.” Lee and Edward chided.
“Oh, please how can you sound so callused about someone dying? Let mother get on with the story. Father, do you have the recorder on. I think this would make a good short story—changing the names of course.” Renée said.
“But of course.” replied Alex.
The story begins:
Andréa was on location in the South of France. This would be the second opportunity to star in a major motion picture. The successful story by author Bridget Hathaway The Last Rites was in full production with scenes in France, Austria/Hungry, Germany and Russia. This was the second movie that Andréa had done in collaboration with the talented writer. She was familiar with Bridget’s personal history and could emphasize with her emotional struggles.
While she was there she would get a chance to spend some quality time with her père, Marquis de Grandeur who was recovering from a serious illness. It was not unusual for the Marquis to carry on conversations with his daughter in both French and English. Since the Marquis and his son did many of their business transactions in English; it was only natural that he would want to use it as often as possible.
“Do you still think it was a good idea to let that woman Sadie Bakersfield keep my granddaughter?” the Marquis asked in English heavily accented in French.
“I don’t know père. At the time, it seemed like the best thing to do. I was working very hard on my career and there Sadie was bitter and alone. I knew that she still blamed me for Alex, but it wasn’t my fault—we fell in love.” Andréa replied.
“Oui, I know chéri, but that woman is not totally right in the head.” the Marquis said. “She has this fixation on Southern Living and has been bringing Renée up to ignore both her French and English roots.” the Marquis said frowning.
A Past Regret ...
“There have been many times when I wish I could have been there to watch her take her first steps, taste her first solid foods, and ah—her coming out party.” Andréa sighed.
“You gave the lie that you couldn’t tear yourself away from the set of Journey After Dark when I know you would have moved heaven and earth to be with your daughter.” the Marquis said in anger.
“It was Bridget Hathaway that gave me my first big break. I would have returned to La Petit Modeling had she not had the courage to consider me for the role of Jillian Roberts, Walter Murdock’s girlfriend/vampire-slayer comrade in Journey After Dark. Well—at any rate that’s all done now. So, what do I do about the present?” Andréa asked.
“You get your daughter back, that’s what you do!” the Marquis demanded.
“Que faîtes-vous?” asked Andréa. (What do you do?)
“I am dialing the number for that Bakersfield woman. She was only given custody of Renée until her 21st year anyway. Here, it is ringing … but alas, I warn you, she will not be happy to hear from you.” the Marquis cautioned.
“Yes, I know père.” Andréa said sadly.
The Confrontation ...
When she finally got Sadie on the phone she gave her the news. Sadie was by no means pleased.
“Oh no, you promised me that I could have Renée. You promised me! First you take my man, and now you are trying to take my child.” Sadie said hysterically.
“No! Renée is MY daughter, Sadie Bakersfield! The promise I made to you so many years ago was provisoire (temporary.) You have denied me the right to see my own child grow up because of your selfish obsession with Alex Latimoore. The divorce, the custody, everything was your idea! Alex never really loved you … he was just using you!” Andréa said quietly. “Even Bruce told me that you had been passed around to every guy on the campus.”
“Lies, these are all lies. You used your foreign wiles to take Alex away from me and now you’re trying to take Renée from me. But I am immune to you! Girl, I will see you in hell first before I allow you to ruin my life a second time!” Sadie spat at her.
“And what about what you have done to my life, you vixen?” Andréa retorted.
“Why you little tramp …” Sadie screamed and then hung up the phone.
To Be Continued ...
The Blood-Red Ruby: After the Storm 3
- The Blood-Red Ruby: After the Storm 3
Sadie Bakersfield never made an idle threat. You could depend on her to follow through on anything she said!
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