Loan Some: Off-Off-Off Broadway by Rachel K. Barclay

Loan Some: Off-Off-Off Broadway by Rachel K. Barclay

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Previously… Aspiring actress turned undercover Loan Some employee, Beth, found herself in a dark alleyway with demanding client and animal rights activist, Eliza Eldridge, on her first assignment: to pose as a dog owner and yell, “Objection!” at a dog wedding. To add to the drama, Beth has a serious phobia of dogs and Eliza was furious that she showed up with a rambunctious Rottweiler instead of a smaller dog, as specified. Just when things couldn’t get any worse, she shared a heated and humiliating exchange with the most attractive man she’s ever laid eyes on, and she has just found out that she must sit next to him at the wedding. 

Episode 3

Beth followed Eliza’s gaze. Sure enough, the handsome stranger from the alleyway was sitting in her assigned row.

Eliza’s hot breath skirted across her ear. “Don’t mess this up,” she croaked. “All you have to say is, ‘Objection!’ I’ll take it from there.”

Beth turned to face Eliza. She suddenly realized that despite her large hair and towering personality, Eliza was actually a small woman. Even in her clunky turquoise heels, she barely made it to Beth’s shoulder. “Why did you hire me to do this?”

“I’m sorry, but I can’t trust you with such information,” Eliza snorted in a low voice. “Just know that this ‘wedding’ –“ she flashed a set of quotations in the air “—is a hoax. ”

Beth felt the leash wrapped around her wrist begin to violently tug as the Rottweiler caught sight of a cocky looking bulldog traipsing by. “I think Roxy’s on stimulation overload,” she admitted.

“You’re the one who made the grave error of not bringing a Shi Tzu,” Eliza replied in a stinging tone. She turned on her heels, and then called over her shoulder. “Oh, and Beth, please don’t disappoint me again.” It was more of a warning than a request.

Beth sighed as she tried to navigate her rowdy companion through chatty dogs and their even chattier owners. She wondered how much Roxy actually weighed as she tried to keep her from leaping onto a miniature poodle. “Sorry, sorry…” she repeated to the stout owner with shocked, bulging eyes. “She’s still a puppy..” she apologetically whispered.

“It’s called dog school,” he scoffed with a Beverly Hills Housewife’s twang. Beth kept her eyes to the ground as she walked around him. You’d think dog weddings would be happier events, she thought as she coaxed Roxi into their assigned aisle.

Seconds later, she was standing beside the alluring stranger, who would have looked almost sweet with the Shi Tzu curled up on his lap had his eyes not been narrowed in a scowl. He wasn’t looking at her though. Beth followed his gaze to a glamorous woman, who was wearing a formfitting black and white skirt suit topped off with white gloves and a large black sun hat elegantly angled to the side. She and a bow-tied man were carrying two Yorkies toward the podium.

Beth sat beside him. “The bride and groom?” She offered her best smile, which she hoped would make up for their alleyway encounter.

His scowl softened as he caught sight of her “Are you following me?”

“It’s assigned seating.”

“If you say so…”

“Are you a friend of the bride’s or groom’s?” she asked, hoping to steer the conversation in another direction.

“Neither.”

“Neither?”

“I’m just here to yell ‘Object.’”

Her mouth dropped. “Wait…what?” She studied him for a moment, and realized he was quite serious. “Why are you objecting?” she asked, smoothing the wrinkles in her skirt. “It’s just a dog wedding,”

“Oh, it’s far more than that…”Vote below on what will happen next or if reading by email click view poll.


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