Soap Opera "As The Mouse Moves" - Wednesday June 13th 2001
"Your Father seems to be enjoying the party," the Mayor said walking towards Jan, as she stood alone on the veranda at Gracie Mansion looking out onto the East River.
"I don't care to watch," Jan said glancing back at her Father and his young voluptuous blonde date, Starlene.
"Don't let that little southern belle get to you that way," the Mayor said.
"Starlene doesn't really bother me in the least," Jan lied turning back to look at the lights of the Circle Line Cruise ship as it slowly made it's way past the esplanade at Gracie Mansion.
"That girl will leave town soon," the Mayor said.
"You know something I don't?"
"As soon as your Father helps her get a modeling job in Playbody that'll be it."
"So you see through it too," Jan said pleased that the Mayor wasn't impressed with her Father's young date.
"Of course, all the men probably see through it, but they all enjoy looking at her. Your Father just gets more of a look than the rest of us," the Mayor said laughing.
"Very funny. He's making a fool of himself," Jan said watching one of the Mayor's associates walk towards them.
"Sir, Miss Ford is here," the man said.
"Thank you James," the Mayor said as he and Jan both turned to look towards the entrance of the living room.
"You need to meet Elizabeth Ford. She's about your age and she's single too," the Mayor said glancing around the room hoping to catch sight of his moneyed friend.
"I have several gentlemen friends," Jan said annoyed that the Mayor seemed to have pity on her. Jan glanced around the room wondering why Skeeter hadn't arrived yet.
"Elizabeth is a mover and shaker. The two of you together could turn this town upside down," the Mayor said taking a glass of wine from the tray as the waiter walked past. "There she is now," the Mayor said motioning towards an attractive, middle-aged, suntanned woman in a long white evening dress wearing a large diamond necklace that glistened in the light of the chandeliers.
"Elizabeth," the Mayor said stepping forward and smiling.
"Hello," the woman said smiling as the Mayor embraced her.
"I'm so glad you could make it this evening. I'd like you to meet Jan Morgan," the Mayor said as Jan extended her hand smiling slightly. "Jan is Stanley Morgan's daughter," the Mayor said.
"Oh! You're Stan's daughter?" Elizabeth said.
"Yes, you know Father?"
"Excuse me ladies I see the Senator has arrived," the Mayor said leaving the two women alone as he rushed towards the center of the room. Since the Mayor's relationship with the Senator had been publicly strained in the past the two women watched in silence as he approached her. The Senator smiled warmly and extended her hand to the Mayor as cameras flashed.
"How do you know Father?" Jan asked as the two women resumed their conversation.
"Your Father and I had dinner several times. Matter of fact he was a guest at my beach house a few times," Elizabeth said noticing Jan's diamond necklace was the size of a small one she had donated to a charity auction last year.
"Father has his own agenda." Jan said noticing the ten-carat diamond on Elizabeth's neck.
"I don't believe I've seen you at the Mayor's parties before," Jan said.
"No. I don't usually attend these events, but I want to support Amir."
"You know Amir?"
"Oh yes. I visit Amir's spa on the island a few times every year. Do you know Amir?
"Amir and I work together."
"You're Amir's secretary?"
"No. I'm his associate," Jan snapped.
"Who are you here with tonight?" Jan asked.
"A nice southern gentleman," Elizabeth said.
CONTINUED TOMORROW. MORE PHOTOS BELOW.