Before I get into the story again, I just want to apologize to my readers for some of the long breaks between chapters. The last half of April was rather hectic, and then the longer I was away from writing, the harder it was to get back. Thanks to my friend Cynthia Zuidervaart for providing just the right amount of nagging to get back to writing. (and no, I did not make that name up. Her ancestors came from a land where last names were made by drawing letters out of a hat until the drawer came up with a blank piece of paper. OK, I made that part up)
Two weeks after receiving the call that she had gotten the part, Bertha found herself sitting in a meeting called by Abraham Larkin. Mr. Larkin was THE Director. He was the guy who would be calling all the shots. Sure, there were numerous directors, overseeing the various aspects of a movie…a lighting director, a set director, a costume director, etc., etc., but they all answered, ultimately, to Mr. Larkin.
Mr. Larkin was going over the planned schedule for those acting in the film, from the rehearsing of parts all the way to the filming process. There were numerous other people in the room – these would be the other actors and actresses. Bertha recognized one other girl who had also acted in The Disaster, but the rest were strangers to her. So far, she had no idea what actors would have what roles. Finally, Mr. Larkin said, “OK, you are all going to be spending a lot of time with each other. It’s time that you start to get to know each other. You have all read the script…hopefully numerous times, so when I say the name of the character, you should all know who I am referring to. So when I call your character name, please stand up and introduce yourself with your real name and say a bit about yourself. I’ll start by introducing those who will have the least screen time and work my way up to the two principal actors.”
Bertha was getting rather tired from sitting through the meeting, but she perked up at this point, as she was really curious as to whom she would be acting alongside…especially who would be playing the part of Bruce. There were many parts in this movie, so the introductions took well over an hour, but as the roles were announced, and as the actors in the room recognized the increasing importance of the roles, the excitement in the room increased accordingly. Finally, Mr. Larkin said, “The first of our two lead roles: Juliette Caesar.” Bertha stood up and said, “Bertha Gertrude VonEngle. I enjoy playing most sports, and love country music. I’m honored to have the opportunity to work alongside all of you, and I feel especially honored to work for Mr. Larkin.”
There were a few snickers when she said her name, but that hardly phased her…she was quite used to that by now. Fortunately, however, most of the other cast members were either too professional or too polite to laugh at her name.
When Mr. Larkin said, “Our other lead role is Bruce Montague.” Bertha looked up to see a boy, who looked about 17 years of age or so, stand up. She barely heard anything he said…she just caught his name as he said “Raphael Juan Gonzales”. He rolled the R in Raphael as he said his name, giving an exotic richness to the name that sent shivers down her spine. To call him handsome would be like saying the Great Wall of China is “pretty big”. He wasn’t just handsome…he was a perfect physical specimen.
Her heart felt like it skipped a beat…she was going to get to work with the most perfect boy she had ever laid eyes on??
That evening, when she got home, she couldn’t stop thinking about Raphael. She completely forgot that she had promised to Skype with Thorson.
~~to be continued~~ (part 25 is here)