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Just Another California Girl, Episode 23

Just Another California Girl, Episode 23

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Published by AM Roach
In a world where anyone can be famous, Max Dryden leaves his boyfriend and heads cross country to write about a "real" famous person, legendary teen movie actress, Vanessa Gardner. But, will he finish his project before she hires someone else to do it?
In a world where anyone can be famous, Max Dryden leaves his boyfriend and heads cross country to write about a "real" famous person, legendary teen movie actress, Vanessa Gardner. But, will he finish his project before she hires someone else to do it?

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Published by: AM Roach on Nov 09, 2013
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 After my existential meltdown, things went back to
 
normal at Vanessa’s. The following morning a neighbor greeted me
as I stepped outside to have a smoke. She just stepped out of her midnight blue crossover and swiped a loose strand of poker straight blonde hair from her face.
“Is Alana around?”
 Before I could answer, Alana appeared at the door blinking away the sunlight.
“Hi Cath. Your hub’s got the baby today?”
 She bent down and swooped up the LA Times from the corner of the lawn. She shook
the dew from it. “200,000 JOBS ADDED” its headline blared. “I got a chance to shop unfettered at Costco for a change.
Did you hear? Sherman
’s family is putting him
 
in a home?”
 
“That sucks,” Alana said, biting her lower lip.
 
“Such a sweet man. A Veteran. World War One.”
 
“I don’t think there are any left,” Alana murmured,
exploring the newspaper. The front door slammed just then, jarring us all. Vanessa stood in a satin gown with her eye mask pushed up to her forehead.
“Sorry, were we too loud?”
 
 
 
“They can’t do that,” Vanessa implored. “They can’t do that to that sweet, sweet man. He’s a person. He deserves to be home.” She put her hands to her face and wept, dramatically but
sincerely. I could tell she was shedding genuine tears. Vanessa approached Cath. Her expression was pained, as if
Cath could help things simply by saying it wasn’t true. I
stubbed out my cigarette and mentally recounted the day I met Sherman. Standing outside, bewildered, holding his empty coffee cup.
“He deserves…to be able to…die –
 at home. No one I know can die in a ---a hospital. So cold, so septic. Even those hospice places. Not the same thing as
home
.”
 
“Aunt Van, get a grip. He’s ninety seven.”
 
“Ninety
-
something. He’s up there,” Cath chimed in. “He is
such a sweet man, but I guess his family wants him looked
after.”
 
 
look after him. I care about people like Sherman…”
 Vanessa was falling apart. Alana reached over to lead her back into the house.
“Sometimes it’s the way it goes,” Alana sounded impatient.
 
“It’s not your job to take care of everyone.”
 
“No one should die away from home.”
 

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