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Soap Opera "As The Mouse Moves" - Tuesday July 1st 2003
Starlene slammed the door of her apartment overlooking Washington Square Park. She walked into the living room stopping at the thermostat to turn up the air conditioner. She walked to the coffee table and picked up the telephone hitting speed dial as she took a seat on the sofa.
"Mr. Morgan's office," her older lover's secretary answered from his office in the Empire State Building.
"Hi is Stanley there?" Starlene asked reaching down to take off her sandals.
"Oh hi Starlene. Yes, Mr. Morgan's in. Just one moment," the secretary said hitting the hold button.
Starlene listened to a Billy Joel recording in the background as she wiped the perspiration from her forehead with the back of her hand.
"Hello honey," Stanley said.
"Stanley I've got to talk to you," she said matter-of-factly.
"I'm going to Washington for that fundraiser tonight honey. I'll take you to a nice dinner at the Rainbow Room when I get back," he said glancing at the gold embossed political invitation on his desk.
"That's too late, I'm afraid."
"What's the matter Starlene?"
"Did you think I wouldn't find out Stanley?"
"That you've been seeing Nicole again," she said her voice filled with hatred.
"I have not," he said his voice filled with honesty and shock.
"Lies, lies. Again and again, you expect me to listen to your lies Stanley Morgan."
"I'm not lying to you Starlene. Who said I was seeing her?"
"Don't you worry about how I found out," she said remembering how Vinny had let it slip when she talked to him outside Nicole's townhouse. Nicole's mob boss father had sent Vinny to help his daughter pack up and leave her husband Clark.
"It's not true. I'm not seeing Nicole."
"Well, I heard you were and that's why she's leaving Clark."
"That's just a bad rumor if you heard something like that. I want you to tell me who told you that and I'll have my lawyer contact them."
"Let's just say that some of Nicole's Father's friends are saying that," she said thinking how Nicole's mob boss father that had threatened Stanley if he ever dared to see his young daughter again.
There was a long silent pause on the phone. "Did you hear me Stanley?"
"Yes. It's not true Starlene. I may have messed up once in the past. But I promise you, I've never even been alone with Nicole since way back then," he said glancing towards the sofa across from his desk. He'd never forget the day Starlene had stopped by unexpectedly and caught Nicole and him in the act on that sofa.
"I don't know if I believe you."
"You'll have to," he said more concerned about Nicole's mob boss father and his own safety.
"No. I've had it Stanley Morgan. You've been promising to marry me a long time and you won't even set the date. You want to have your cake and eat it too. I'm telling you things are going to change," she said opening her purse and taking out a Kleenex to dab the perspiration from her forehead.
"We'll have a nice dinner when I get back from Washington honey."
"No. I'm not waiting anymore Stanley. You promised me when Jan got settled you'd set our wedding date and you didn't. Now I'm hearing rumors about you and Nicole again. It's too late."
"Are you saying you're breaking off our relationship?"
"I'm telling you I've finished waiting for you."
"What does that mean?"
"I'm going to see other people."
"Yes, Stanley, men."
"Starlene I don't want you to do that," he said reaching for the pack of cigarettes in his desk drawer that he had managed not to touch for two days.
"Until I'm Mrs. Stanley Morgan, I'm single and available," she said taking Vinny's card from her purse and thinking about the way he'd smiled and asked her to call anytime.
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