Soap Opera "As The Mouse Moves" - Monday May 28th 2001
"Stanley stay a few minutes and we can talk this over. I don't think we'll have any problems handling the media reports of you and Starlene," Clark said nervously glancing towards Tiffany for support. He watched helplessly as Stanley seemed angry and eager to leave Clark's townhouse near Washington Square Park.
"It won't be a problem for me," Tiffany said worried that her boss was getting ready to lose his most important client because of the discussion they had about his relationship with her nineteen year old sister Starlene. Clark had just mentioned that it was hard to handle Stanley's daughter Jan's anger over her Father's relationship with Tiffany's sister.
"Clark you said it made you uncomfortable when my daughter Jan comes in here complaining. The fact is I can't control Jan being upset. She's my daughter and she isn't happy over me seeing such a young woman. I don't have time to worry about this that's why I hire party planning services. I have to concentrate my time and efforts on my political affairs and getting Amir elected to office," Stanley said picking up his briefcase and walking towards the door.
"How about the party at Gracie Mansion for Amir? You want us to organize this for you?" Clark said walking behind Stanley as he rushed to the door of his townhouse to leave. The Mayor had just called on Stanley's cell phone and informed him of the upcoming party. Clark had been hoping for years to get a chance at arranging parties in Gracie Mansion.
"I think I can handle it this time," Stanley said opening the door and walking out.
"Please Stanley. I hope my honesty hasn't hurt our professional relationship," Clark said standing in the door as the older man walked along the cobblestones towards his waiting limousine.
"Business, it's business my man," Stanley said turning to wave goodbye.
Tiffany stood behind Clark in the doorway of the townhouse and watched as the older wealthy man slid into the back of his waiting limousine and the driver closed the door. The long white car made its way into the traffic on MacDougal Street at Washington Square Park.
Tiffany walked back to her desk and took a seat. She watched as Clark slowly walked towards her desk and took a seat.
"This is horrible," Clark said after a long silence.
"You think he's angry?"
"Yeah. I've never seen him act this way before. I don't understand. It's like he asked us what was wrong and then he got angry when we were honest."
"I'm sorry Clark."
"Not as sorry as I am. I depend on him to pay our salaries," Clark said thinking about how much the monthly billing would suffer if Stanley took his business elsewhere.
"Maybe he'll change his mind and get you to organize the party at Gracie Mansion," Tiffany offered hopefully.
"I don't know. He's pretty upset over the conflict your sister Starlene has caused between us."
"I'll talk to Starlene and see if I can get her to quit seeing him," she offered knowing this was totally hopeless. She had begged Starlene to stop seeing the lecherous wealthy older man many times.
"I think he likes Starlene."
"Yeah, I guess so."
"So that wouldn't do anything but make matters worse," Clark said thoughtfully.
"You're probably right about that," Tiffany agreed watching his face.
"See. See what I meant about not getting involved with the clients? It always leads to this," he said jumping up from his chair and starting to pace across the floor.
"Yeah," Tiffany said weakly hoping he wouldn't bring up her own past indiscretions with his other wealthy client Amir.
"Now all I need is to lose Amir as a client and I'll be washed up. Totally washed up," he said as his voice started to rise.
"I think Amir's happy with you," Tiffany said softly.
"Well we better hope so. This could be the end. Amir and Stanley are the meat and potatoes of this company. This all happened because Jan was made to feel unimportant. She's the most valuable woman in New York. Of course her Father Stanley is going to take her side. God, now she'll probably dump me too when Stanley tells her that we complained about her anger," he said.
"Maybe not," Tiffany said hearing her voice crack as she spoke.
"Something has to be done and now. I can't stand here and allow your sister Starlene to ruin everything I've worked for," Clark said loudly.
CONTINUED TOMORROW. MORE PHOTOS BELOW.