|Subject: Chapter 297 - Part 2 (end of chapter 297)
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Date Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 06:55:20am
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's message, "Dreams in the Dark - continues with chapter 289 >" on Monday, June 18, 06:55:17am
She was well aware of what Michael needed from her, of the sort of story it would take to make Madeline back off temporarily. She got up, going to her typewriter to begin its creation. If she hurried, she might be able to get this in for the morning papers. Then maybe Samuelle could see it, before he was shipped off to his duties.
The column was already mostly formed in the back of her mind, wasn't difficult to put on paper. She began typing quickly:
You're in luck, my dear readers! My first story for you is a whopper. I've always said that premieres are the perfect place to learn what's *really* going on in Hollywood. You'll be happy to know that I've been proved right again.
This story involves one of our favorite couples, Michael Samuelle and his wife, Kitty Ward. But I warn you--it is a little shocking. Maybe it's best that you get the little ones off to school, before you read it. You wouldn't want them looking over your shoulders.
Are all the small, prying eyes away now? Good. Then, let me tell you the rest. You all know that Kitty is expecting a little dividend soon--but it might come sooner than you think. Yes, that means what you suspect it does. Still, don't think *too* harshly of our girl. Given another little bombshell I discovered last night, her virtue isn't too badly damaged. She still had the right to wear white. Well, at least to *one* of her weddings.
Now, don't get me wrong. Little Kitty is far too young to have had more than one husband; both her marriages were to the Great Samuelle--and there's never been a divorce. Still, if you remember back to when we first learned of the girl as her star was ascending, she and her star paramour made the announcement that they wouldn't dream of marrying until Kitty was a little older (she was a bit underage, when they first fell in love). Well, that promise might not have been in such good faith, it turns out. It seems that little Kitty has been a bride not for seven months but for *a year* and six months. Apparently, Mr. Samuelle didn't want to wait for her to grow up.
All of this is a little confusing, of course. Why not just wait till our favorite actress was older? Well, if you're still reading this and not being shuffled off to school, you probably have some idea of the answer. It appears that waiting almost another year to make their union official was far too long, so the couple has been sneaking around on us, up till now.
Personally, I have no idea how to feel about all of this. It's not as though we can condemn Kitty *too* badly (who *wouldn't* want to be the Great Samuelle's bride?). Still, their rushed union--and that year or more of secrecy--seems to have made a few strains in the marriage. Oh, yes, they're still together--have no fear of that--but I did overhear the couple arguing about the date for the upcoming arrival of their little bundle of joy. It seems that, having hidden the fact that they were married for so long--not even living in the same house!--might be causing them more than a little inconvenience, when it comes to announcing their offspring's arrival to the world.
This last fact isn't surprising, of course; duplicity is never well-rewarded. But it seems that we've all been at least a little duped. Kitty Ward has been Mrs. Michael Samuelle for far longer than any of us realized. And now that we're approaching the date of their child's arrival . . .
Now, Hedda must admit to you that she's a little shocked by all of this, if not at all by the reason for it. The fiery devotion of the couple in question has been evident for as long as we've seen them together. It's only too clear why neither of them decided that they wanted to wait.
Don't judge our friends *too* harshly, therefore. Or, if you want to see them get a little punishment, go see their new--ironically named--film, *Bundle of Sorrow*. As that title suggests, it's a tragedy. Perhaps watching the pair suffer on screen will make all of us a bit more generous to them for their duplicity to us in real life.
She sat back and looked over the pages before her before getting ready to send them over to the newspaper. It was right--she was sure. She had managed to tread the fine line between condemnation--which would hopefully satisfy Madeline long enough to deter her more obvious efforts against the pair--and understanding. Certainly, it would cause comment, but--with both this and at least a few other, carefully-written columns--she would make sure the pair won the day. Once their child was born--and Michael was back from all this silliness which Europe had involved itself in--they would be triumphant once more; the smile bloomed. And then she would be the recipient of many another deal to come.
Extra note: Again, my many apologies to anyone who needs it for using the fictional thoughts of the real-life Hedda here. Once she was needed again in the story, she demanded her moment on the stage--and I can do nothing but oblige her. For a true-life person, she makes a very demanding character. :)
[End of Part 297]
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