Soap Opera "As The Mouse Moves" - Monday March 4th 2002
"Tiffany did the mail come yet?" Clark asked walking from the kitchen towards her desk in his townhouse where they worked near Washington Square Park.
"No not yet," she said as the front door opened and her sister Starlene and her older lover Stanley walked in.
"Hi Tiffany. Hi Clark," Starlene said in her thick southern accent.
"Well, this is a pleasant surprise," Clark said watching them take off their coats and hang them on the rack beside the front door.
"Do you have a few minutes? We have some business we need to discuss," Stanley said watching Starlene walk towards her sister's desk and take a seat, her short skirt rising as she sat down.
"Anytime for you," Clark said feeling hopeful that Stanley wanted to book a party.
"Good, then let's go up and leave the ladies down here to talk," Stanley said starting up the stairs.
"Would you like coffee?" Clark said following the older well-dressed man up the stairs towards the office.
"No. Starlene and I just had breakfast," Stanley said glancing back to see the two sisters involved in what looked like a serious conversation.
"Have a seat," Clark said pulling out the chair in front of his desk for his wealthy client.
"How's business Clark?"
"Oh. It's been down since 9/11. The economy has really suffered, so people aren't booking parties as much as I'd had hoped."
"Yeah. The real estate business has been off a little too," Stanley confessed.
"Maybe you need a party to help spark business," Clark said hopefully.
"Well, I might do that. I had something else in mind today though."
"It's Nicole," Stanley said watching Clark's reaction closely.
"Nicole? You want to have a party for her. We could do that," Clark offered.
"No. Nothing like that. I was wondering how you like her?"
"She's really something else isn't she?"
"Yeah. She's a hot little number," Stanley said remembering the many lunch hours he had spent on the sofa in his office with her.
"Is Starlene jealous of her?" Clark dared to ask.
"Well, let's just put it this way, she doesn't trust her."
"You know I was thinking Clark…you could use a little more help around here couldn't you?"
"Not unless I get some parties. I almost don't have enough to keep Tiffany busy these days. I'd thought about laying her off. That's between you and me, okay?"
"Sure. Sure. I see. So the financial situation is that you don't feel that you're in the position to be able to afford clerical help at this point."
"Well, yeah. I'm a little embarrassed to admit it. But if I don't book some parties soon, I'd planned to lay her off."
"I think I might be able to help you out."
"What if I told you I'd let you have Nicole as your secretary and I'd pay her salary?"
"You mean free?"
"Free, totally free."
"What the catch?"
"There isn't one. It's just as good as it seems."
"Gee, I'd sure think about that."
"What's there to think about? I mean you get a free secretary. You say you think she's good looking."
"She's very available, if you know what I mean?" Stanley said grinning. "She does great lunch, too," he said winking as he nodded his head towards the sofa on the other side of the office.
CONTINUED TOMORROW. MORE SOAP PHOTOS BELOW.