Thursday, October 21, 2004

The whore stepped from the elevator just after eight and moved toward the sun light beyond the lobby doors. The atrium was lively with guests trying to check out, business people waiting for others and more arriving for meetings. She wore slacks and a simple blouse under the black raincoat. Her dress from the previous evening folded in the overnight bag she carried. The dark burgundy sheath needs a trip to the cleaners having clintonian stains on the bodice.

The whore was quite pleased with herself and it must have shown based on the reaction of those she passed. Her evening had been successful and now she faced an exciting day. The doorman greeted her and asked if she enjoyed her stay. She had, and asked if he could summon a taxi. She gave the driver an address a couple of doors from her apartment. In the usual morning traffic made the drive a 15-20 minute trip cross-town. She slid her hand into her purse and felt the envelope and smiled. He must have been pleased as he had rewarded her nicely and that meant that he was likely to ask for her again.

The pugs were at the door when she entered the apartment; a note from Elyse indicated they had been walked within the hour. She crouched down and rubbed each of their pudgy bodies and spoke to them in baby talk as they wiggled and squirmed at her touch.

She removed her clothes and hung them and then lay on the bed naked letting her mind refocus on the day ahead. At eleven-thirty she would be doing a marketing presentation with Camille for the hotel project. They were as ready they could be and were confident that if they didn't get the business it was due to things that couldn't be controlled. When a half hour had passed she decided to shower.

The afternoon before she had brought out several suits to choose between. When her eye kept returning to the vintage Chanel that she found at an estate sale in the spring she thought why not? With the Chanel she paired her grandmother's choker and a small broach that was her mother's.


The presentation was held in a borrowed meeting room, at a company for which the hotel owner's husband was the CEO. The hotel owner was notified and in a few minutes she came and greeted them. The owner was a slim blond about forty very attractive. Kim remembered what Jacques had said about her being the mistress who over threw the wife and the gossip she heard at dinner a few weeks ago where the hotel investment was described as "added maintenance cost."

Kim shared none of this with Camille. It really didn't matter because there was real money to be made. The owner introduced them to the hotel's general manager and the consultant and commented on the Chanel, asking if it was from Didier Ludot.

Camille had suggested that Kim begin the presentation, as it was her contacts that had produced the opportunity with Camille doing the heart of the presentation. Their presentation was well received and the questions asked were very real not simply polite. At the end the owner told them that they would select a partner by the following Tuesday. As they left Camille suggested that they lunch. Both were quiet and made mostly small talk. Kim was dying to know what Camille's impressions were and finally couldn't wait any longer and asked her. "They'll likely decide this afternoon or in the morning." Camille said. "If you don't hear tomorrow, they've chosen someone else. But we did everything we could and you especially Kim."

When Kim returned home the pugs were gone and Elyse's bag was on the counter. Kim smiled, Elyse liked those two even more than she did. She changed into something comfortable and selected a dress for the evening and repacked the overnight bag.

She heard a ruckus in the hall and then the pugs burst into her room, wet paws and all. Her dad and Juliette are in the US for a few weeks, and Abelard and Heloise have been entrusted to Kim's care.

She walked out of her room and Elyse was hanging up the leashes. They greeted each other and E asked about the meeting and inquired if Kim was going out that evening. Kim nodded affirmatively. "Are you going to be gone all night?" E asked. "I don't know. Why, got a hot date?" Kim asked in reply. "Not the car collector?" She asked referring to E's new sugar daddy. E shook her head and told Kim about a guy she met.


Having a sort of out of body experience today with luck the spaceship will return the real Kim.

Kim

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