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

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Previously… Aspiring actress turned undercover Loan Some employee, Beth, is given a second chance to prove she’s ‘Loan Some material’ after botching her first assignment. She’s given a high stakes, top-secret assignment: to pose as the state governor’s runaway daughter at a high profile event. Will she finally be able to prove to her boss that she’s Loan Some material?

Episode 9

Beth nervously eyed the volatile woman wobbling to and fro, waving an empty martini glass high in the air like it was a battle flag.

“I don’t remember including her name on the invitation list,” Eliza scowled under her breath.

“You know her?” Kate asked. “Who is she? Why is she so angry….with me?”

Eliza moved her clunky glasses down her nose and peeked above them. The governor’s mistress, she mouthed. “Just in case you have to help put out this fire, keep that in mind,” she added in a quiet voice.

“They’re in a fight?”

“Yeah…like every week,” Eliza scoffed with a dramatic roll of her warm cinnamon eyes.

“Who’s that girl, Larry?” the angry brunette repeated, pointing directly at Beth. With tightly wound curls that fell across sun-kissed, ivory shoulders, she looked like a Grecian Goddess. A large diamond shimmered around her neck, bordered by a black leather cocktail dress that hugged her two perfectly round hips like a waterfall of dark, rushing water. “Are you trying to play your constituents like you played me these last three years?”

The governor was growing more blanched and fragile looking by the second. He reminded Beth of a faded handkerchief, blowing haphazardly in the wind on its descent to the ground. He looked toward Eliza. “Where’s security?”

Eliza pushed her glasses up the bridge of her nose in a, “do I have to do everything around here?’ gesture, and made a beeline to the imposter. Beth had already passed at least two tables before she realized that she was hot on Eliza’s heels. She spotted Richard at the far end of the ballroom, jogging toward the scene. “What are you doing?” he mouthed. “Go back.”

For reasons unbeknown to her, she couldn’t make herself turn around. Just as the woman threw a punch in Eliza’s direction, Beth called out, “I can help you.” The woman froze as Beth shimmied her way through clusters of guests. “I know what it’s like to feel unappreciated and undervalued,” she continued in a low voice. “Together we can figure this out.”

The woman looked like she was going to scream, and then abruptly melted into a surge of tears. She reluctantly placed her martini glass on a nearby table, signifying surrender. Beth gently clasped her arm and guided her toward a nearby hallway.

On her way out, she stole a quick glance behind her. Eliza was watching them with her mouth agape, while Richard stood beside her, smiling. Even the governor looked relieved. A surreal feeling came over Beth as she realized that for once, she was saving the day. She was the hero. WIN $50 Amazon gift certificates by voting WEEKLY! Enter your address each time you vote then check your email to confirm. Vote below on what will happen next or if reading by email click view poll.

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