Excerpt from a work-in-progress
One of my works in progress is a fictitious oral history entitled Rebecca: An Oral History of a Former Porn Star. “Rebecca” is Rebecca Christine Kelly, Christy from my novels You Don’t Think She Is and Meeting Dennis Wilson and other works. The book will be structured in the same way as a genuine oral history, with multiple character voices telling the story from different perspectives.
In this excerpt, a coworker of Christy’s tells how “Rebecca” sometimes sneakily made guest appearances at Christy’s job (at the time, aquatics director at her local YMCA).
Renee Swanson :: So back when she was aquatics director at the Y, we had this board meeting about the pool. And Chris had told me about Rebecca, so I knew, and I’m pretty sure the director of the Y knew, too. Chris always said “I saved them the trouble of a background check,” so I figured anyone who needed to know knew, and that was the end of it. It was in her past, that was that. Right?
So at this meeting, one of several agenda items was that there were a couple rich and influential Penn State football alumni who were considering a donation, and Chris’s attitude was, “Look, if they want to give, let them give freely, but I’m not gonna beg them.”
But this one board member kept pushing it… and finally he said to Chris, “You know, you really don’t want to blow it with these two.”
And Chris, straightfaced said, “Why not? I’ve done that for money.”
Of course she’s got a straight face, so it went right over this guy’s head, or at least I think it did, but I got the giggles and I had to leave the room. And when I got back, it was on to other business. But she would do that, say stuff like that, and you’d think “Did I just hear that? Did she just say that to this guy? This board member? At a meeting? Nohhh!”
I said, “You’re going to get in trouble” and she said “Did he get me to call those two?” (she shakes her head no) “O.K.! See?”
Christy :: I was usually not that blatantly inappropriate to a board member. But sometimes, like that time, there just came a point where someone had to shut them up and stop them pushing. And I’m not the kind of person who says “Look, shut the hell up and stop pushing me.” Not directly, anyway.
I’m pretty sure it went right over his head. I hated that job, but I loved moments like that.
Interviews With A Porn Star by Max Harrick Shenk…
…gathers five unedited character “interviews” which will serve as some of the raw material for my upcoming novel Rebecca: An Oral History Of A Former Porn Star.