Thursday, June 22, 2017

Car Seat

Car Seat 

By Daring Diane


Melissa Martin was a successful real estate agent in town.  She worked at one of the bigger offices and was often in the running for top sales person each month. 
Melissa was the envy of all the young agents coming into the company.  Melissa started as every agent did answering the phones and doing the grunt work.  She worked long hours.  Melissa put in that extra effort that many people were unwilling to deliver.  She rose to the top of the sales ranks in just a few years.  She fielded cold calls, she sought out new listing opportunities and she closed sales.  She sold property other people could not move. 
Melissa had style and she dressed the part.  Melissa wore expensive, stylish suits.  Her blouses were the envy of every woman in the office.  She always wore heels of 3 inches or more.  Her make-up was perfect and she wore her hair in a longer style which emphasized that she was a professional but still young. 
Melissa kept her personal and professional lives separate. 
Melissa was still young 
Melissa had her daughter, Mary, while still in high school.  She had given herself to a boyfriend believing that was how she would hold onto him.  When she turned up pregnant, the boyfriend and any others she had known evaporated.  The first few years were hard and her mother helped them a lot. 
Melissa never dressed casually in public because she claimed she had to protect her professional image.  The real reason was she looked young enough in casual clothes that people were more likely to think she was Mary’s sister than her mother.  No one but Mary ever saw Melissa in casual clothes. 
Melissa could be a task master.  She raised her daughter to be self-sufficient.  She was protective of Mary.  She wanted her to take responsibility for things that were her fault.  But if someone tried to hurt or take advantage of Mary, they would find Melissa ready to confront them to protect her daughter. 
If Melissa had a flaw it was that she was willing to do almost anything to close a deal.  Nothing unsavory, mind you.  She got sellers to take a little less and over-estimate the conditions of homes.  She got buyers to ignore potential issues which might cause large surprise expenses in the first year or two of ownership.  She believed that once the deal was done, she was no longer responsible.
Melissa always said, “If you read the rules, you will always know what you are getting yourself into.”  Melissa would point out to people that most of their problems could be attributed to their not reading disclosures or rules ahead of time.  Complaining about them later was tough for them.  If you don’t read the rules, you will pay the price.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dot Com Success, Career Restart [Part 2]

Dot Com Success, Career Restart 
[Part 2]
By Daring Diane

Chapter 21

After lunch, Miss Jefferson told Jennifer to go to the principal’s office.  Jennifer started to gather her things.  Miss Jefferson told her to leave her things and head to the office.  Jennifer tried to explain that she would not be coming back.  Miss Jefferson cut her off and sent her on her way with a hall pass. 
In the office, Mrs. Barham explained that she was going to take Jennifer over to the administration offices in a minute.  Jennifer had to sit on a wooden bench while waiting for Mrs. Barham to finish up. 
Finally, Mrs. Barham got up and led Jennifer over to the administration building.  She left Jennifer there on another bench and headed back to the grade school. 
After sitting on another uncomfortable bench for a while, Jennifer was called into an office by Sara Adams.
Moments before:
Sara Adams and Mary Martin sipped their coffee and watched Amanda Barham walking the little girl across from the grade school to the administration offices. 
Sara looked at Mary and smiled.  “She looks like any other grade school student.  In fact, if I didn’t know better, I would have thought she was in a lower grade than seventh.  She just doesn’t have the look.” 
Mary looked at her with pleading eyes and sarcastically asked, “Won’t you please educate my wayward daughter in-law in your wonderful catholic school?  I don’t care if we have to start all over again.”  Mary was snickering a little at the end.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Principal or Principles (a Novel length story)

The Principal or Principles
By: Daring Diane
Students challenge Principal to adhere to the dress code.
What could possibly go wrong?
1.    Background
The members of the school board thanked Elizabeth Warren for her wonderful presentation and for sharing her views on the future for the Princess Ann Ladies Academy.  Elizabeth (Beth to her friends) was one of two finalists for the open position of Principal at Princess Ann.  This was the final interview and the board planned to make their decision tomorrow. 
Elizabeth highlighted her doctoral work and her quick rise to Principal at her present school.  While she had only been in her position for a little over 2 years, the standardized test scores had improved dramatically.  Teacher and student satisfaction were rated excellent across the board. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Crush: Panty Club

The Crush: Panty Club
By Daring Diane
Posted to Big Closet 2/5/2016
It was near the end of sophomore year in high school.  Terry sat down at the lunch table next to Marcy.  Soon, Lily and Susan joined them.  They chatted about classes and the latest gossip.  The boys from their class were envious.  They all wanted to spend time with Marcy, Lily and Susan.  Terry did not look that out of place at the table.  But, there seemed to be some disagreement lately. 
You see, Terry was a boy.  He had longer hair and unlike most of the boys, he took good care of his hair.  His mom required him to take good care of his hair or she would get his hair cut.  Terry was one of the brighter students in the class and he had been friends with the girls since they were in first or second grade.  They all lived within a block of each other and they had been playmates throughout the years. 
As school became more difficult, Terry was clearly one of the smarter kids in the class.  He and the girls started studying together.  The girls knew that Terry was helping their grades and they were all old friends.  And, as many girls pushed the boys away Marcy, Lilly and Susan discussed Terry.  They decided that Terry was their friend and they saw no reason to push him away.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Writing and Questions.
I have an odd writing style.
I have at least 5-10 story ideas in process.
I have real life.
Some of my in process stories are a mere 2-5 pages.
One is over 100 pages if printed on normal paper.

I have 2 other stories which may be done in the near future.

Accident At School

Accident at School
By Daring Diane
At 24, Michelle was taking on all kinds of new challenges.  She had just returned from her honeymoon and elopement with Fallon O’Leary.  Michelle and Fallon had dated for a short period of time and decided they were meant for each other.  Fallon was a lot older than Michelle at 45.  He had been divorced for over seven years.  Michelle had been looking for a husband and Fallon was exactly what she had been looking for.  He was successful, trusting and he was not some kid that was going to run around on her.  But he could surely take care of her in the way in which she wanted to become accustomed. 
Fallon traveled extensively for his job as a business consultant.  In fact, after getting back from the honeymoon yesterday afternoon, he had taken off this morning on a flight at 5 AM. 
This morning, Michelle was alone in the master bedroom of the O’Leary home. 
The first time Michelle met Mrs. Perkins, Fallon’s housekeeper, it was clear that she disapproved.  After running into Michelle in the living room, Mrs. Perkins introduced herself.  She asked if Michelle was one of Mary‘s friends.  Mary was Fallon’s 17 year old daughter. 
In a huff, she stated, “Of course not, I am Fallon’s fiancĂ©.”  Michelle’s indignant response reminded Mrs. Perkins of a child trying to convince everyone they were more important than they actually were. 
Michelle tried to assert herself and provide Mrs. Perkins direction on the one or two times they interacted.  Mrs. Perkins ignored her and pointed out that she worked for Mr. O’Leary and she knew what her job responsibilities were.  On one occasion, Mrs. Perkins declared, “When you grow up, your advice on how things should run may have value in our house.”

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Do Clothes (Un)Make the Woman?

Do Clothes (Un)Make the Woman?
By Daring Diane

Chapter 1
"Mom, why do you buy me all these little girl clothes.  I'm in high school.  I need to dress like a woman."
"Young lady, you are indeed in high school.  And someday you will learn that the clothes do not make the woman.  People will love you and understand you based on your character and who you are.   The clothes are just decorations.  I am not suggesting that clothes are not important.  Obviously, for work and important events, we need to dress appropriately.  But, you should work to be a good person."
"Mom, when I wear the clothes you buy for me, everyone thinks I'm a little kid."
"Then I suggest you begin to act more mature.  Then these people will realize you are older and they will treat you that way.  Honey, this is an important lesson.  Baby, you are a sophomore in high school and you are an inch taller than I am.  People don't think I'm a kid.  It is not your size and it is not the clothes.  It is how you deal with people."
"Mom I can't believe you are that naive."
"I am not naive.  I have real life experience and I know how the world works."
"Mom you are just being silly.  The clothes are what people see.  It is how they make all their initial impressions and with kids, they seldom ever give us a chance to show them how old we actually are."
"When you are older, you will realize I am right.  I am absolutely correct and you can bank on it.  Honey, you have to understand that there are things I know that you do not and this is one of those things."
Her daughter looked at her mother and appraised her.  "You seem pretty convinced.  Are you sure enough for us to have one of our bets?"