Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Wednesday Briefs: Bad Karma and the Family Plan #74 (1.4)

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St. Clair's last words have the boys wondering, so with Troy's help, they've hacked her email account, on the trail of her mystery director. See what's happening in this week's chapter of Bad Karma and the Family Plan. Don't forget to visit the other Briefers and see what's happening with them. Their links follow my tale! Enjoy!

Bad Karma and the Family Plan #74 (15.4)

At Troy’s insistence, Ethan took his place at the computer. Tthe rest of us clustered around him, eager to see what he could find on this Faulkner character.

A quick Google search revealed many references to the famous author, from biographical information to discussions on his books and the films that were made from them, however the alleged director was a little harder to find. We could locate no websites, surprisingly. And no IMDb page, either, which struck us as even odder. Even Troy admitted that most people in Hollywood would add their own page if no one else did it first, and the website contained a number of people in the industry who were known only to their families.

“Us Hollywood types have big egos, you know,” he said with a chuckle. “Kinda goes with the territory.”

I could see that. Especially in the case of the actress-who-shall-not-be-named.

Ethan opened up Facebook then and typed in William Faulkner. There were a few hits on that name, but we were able to eliminate most of them as belonging to normal, average people. That left us with one page with a Hollywood-style headshot at the top of a handsome brunet man with lovely blue eyes. A little further digging revealed a short list of his films, with such odd titles as Slippery When Wet, Star Strangled Banner, Send the Boys Out, and Undercover Agents in Love.

That was a rather odd filmography. I’d heard of none of those films. I didn’t think the others had either, judging by the lack of recognition on their faces.

Ethan turned to Troy. “Does this guy look familiar to you at all? Maybe he was an assistant director or something you worked with at one time.”

Troy gave the photo his undivided attention, then shook his head. “I’d remember someone like that,” he said. “I’ve never seen him before.”

“I have an idea,” Brendan said almost shyly, as if he was afraid to voice an opinion among us, which idea was rather silly as we were all friends.

“What’s that, baby?” Troy prompted, which brought a cute glow to Brendan’s cheeks.

“How about if we do a search on the photo through Google? Just to see what we come up with?”

“That’s an excellent idea,” Troy praised him, earning another blush and a kiss, while Ethan and I seconded the idea most heartily as Ethan put the plan into motion. Sure enough, we got a hit on the picture, but it wasn’t from a site catering to famous directors or even actors. No, this was a stock photo of a model. No wonder Troy didn’t recognize the man.

Ethan proceeded to enter the names of his so-called films and came up with zilch.

“I hesitate to suggest this,” Troy began. As he spoke, the back of my neck began to tingle. Something wicked this way comes?

“What are you thinking?” Ethan asked.

When Troy shot me a guarded look, my feeling of unease began to grow. Somehow, I knew I wasn’t going to like this. Not one little bit.

“I think maybe you should talk to Carrie about this.”

Yup, my worst fears just came true. 

to be continued

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Cia Nordwell

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