A Valentine to Herself by P.S. Joshi

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This is my story for Friday Fictioneers this week. It’s a weekly challenge to tell a story in 100 words that follows a picture prompt. It’s hosted by the gracious and talented Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. This week’s picture was supplied by Janet M. Webb. Thanks Janet.

Link: http://www.rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/14-february-2014

Eileen Parkin relaxed in her comfortable chair, munching on some soaked fruit (a habit she picked up before she became a famous star, and so was often hungry). She was being interviewed on the veranda of the La Ritz Hotel in Hollywood for Glitz magazine.

“Darling” (she even called her poodle darling), “you have no idea what a pain, absolute pain, it is to be famous and worshipped.” She then sipped her wine.

“As I said to my investment banker, ‘Rupert, darling, it’s such a pain to be worshipped.'”

The overworked, struggling interviewer bit her tongue and took a deep breath.

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69 thoughts on “A Valentine to Herself by P.S. Joshi

    • Thank you for reading my story and commenting on it. Sorry about that. It didn’t cross my mind that I was copying anyone, honest. I would say you’re much more sincere and interested in others than my character. I myself find that I often call a young person “hon” without even thinking.

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    • Thank you for reading my story and commenting. Yes we feel sorry for the interviewer, but as you’ve guessed from my mentioning her past hunger, our Hollywood star has had problems in her past that have left her insecure. She feels the need to keep seeking reassurance. She needs to be worshipped.

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  1. Ah,the hazards of a job at one end and the price one pays for being a celebrity,at the other ;-)A cool take on the prompt here Patricia-so many stereotypes in every society,no? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you for reading my story and commenting on it. I’m glad you liked it. I’ve read there’s a price to pay for celebrity. People who work for stardom must know that, but are driven by the perks of doing something they love and making money at it. My daughter’s an actor and wouldn’t give it up for anything. She’s finally, after some years, reached the point where she can make a living doing just that and not other jobs, like waiting tables, as well.

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    • Thanks Russell for reading my story and commenting on it. She’s been poor, and I think she realizes that the fame can be fleeting, but she’s not going to let on. With this gal it’s all show. She doesn’t know when to quit acting; or maybe she’s afraid to quit. She’s become a caricature of herself. If I keep writing about her like this, I’m going to start believing she’s real, then I’m going to be the one with problems.

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    • Thank you for reading my story and commenting on it Ron. I appreciate your comment. I was actually trying for humor with that one. If it had been longer, it could have either stayed humorous or turned sad. Some readers seem to have taken it one way and some the other. Probably that was because I mentioned that she’d been poor. I’m just glad people seemed to have liked it.

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  2. With all her prosperity, it looks like Eileen can’t shake the mantle of poverty–she’s still eating the soaked fruit that sustained her in her early years. She could at least pass that bit of advice on to the reporter, who sounds as if she could use any hints that might come her way. Good story.

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    • Thank you for reading my story and for your encouraging comments. You’re right. She’s been left with deep insecurities. She could pass on good advice, but at present she’s too involved with herself. When people are rich and famous I would guess there arn’t many people who are willing to tell them the truth so they can experience a reality check.

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    • Thank you for reading my story, and for your encouragement. From the interviews of famous people I’ve read lately, it seems you never know how those interviews will end up. In today’s journalism it seems the ugly truths about famous people come out more often. Interviewers are thinking of their readers and ask all kinds of questions.

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  3. -OH Shut up already! … Not you, PRS my lovely multipersonalitied friend but your character, of course!
    If her pooch isN’t deaf, I hope it has a “psy” ( then again, I bet it does : Holywood oblige? ).

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    • Thank you for reading and commenting on my story. The interviewer would probably like to tell her the same thing, but then there’d be no interview. As for the poodle, he knows where his next bowl of food is coming from so probably just tunes her out.

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  4. My hearts goes out to poor Eileen, as she sits in her high-end hotel partaking of the very best money can buy. It must be really rough for her, poor dear ๐Ÿ™‚
    Very well written, a very believable character.

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    • Thank you for reading my story and your encouraging comment. I guess most of us would like to suffer in that way. I’ve commented on her so much I’m beginning to feel she’s real. I guess in a way a character is real to her or his creator.

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    • Thank you for reading my story and for your encouraging comments, Cheryl. Yes. I’m afraid that my character hasn’t much room in her life at present for anyone other than herself. Sad, but true. Well, maybe a little for her poodle.

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    • Thank you for reading my story and commenting on it. Well, if the magazine is more interested in pleasing it’s readers and giving them the truth, the questions asked by the reporter may be unflattering and the article the same.

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  5. Thanks for reading my story and commenting. I appreciate it. I’m glad you liked the story. I just felt that the thoughts of the interviewer gave more depth to the scene. I felt she just had to react to the other character’s outrageous behavior.

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