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Aug 26, 2020

Kids

*Author’s note: Hi everyone! Thanks for reading my story! I just thought I would say that Ophelia is my absolute favorite name. This story is sort of what I want my future to look like. What I mean is, if I am not an author when I am older I would love to have my own talk show or be a sports broadcaster. Once again thanks for reading this!*


I had just had my first child, Ophelia. Not the best timing though. I was a sports broadcaster and I went into a shooting pain during the show. I had to leave early and get to the hospital to have my baby. My co-host (Emily) had to do everything by herself. To top it all off the ratings were better than we had ever had. Everyone loved her. She had only been working here for a month and she was already more likable than me. 

I had arrived home at my apartment with Ophelia and got a call from the station. I answered it quickly. They told me they were going to turn the broadcasting station into a talk show. They told me it was just a show about Emily. I was fired. I had no job and a baby in my hands.

My fiance was rarely home. His job needed him to travel often. He didn’t get paid as much as I thought he should.

The baby was asleep, that was my cue to start looking for a new job. A couple of years ago my boss had told me I had a good talking voice. He said I was perfect for the job. I looked for something that had to do with talking or something of that nature. 

I looked up numerous jobs and talk shows, nothing came up. I lied on my bed angry with myself. I almost started crying when an idea popped into my head. I could start my talk show. It could be entirely true and about my life. Ophelia could be on it, the fans would love it. Hopefully.

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I needed a camera crew and someplace to film first. I called Mike (my fiance) first. He answered after two rings. 

“Hey, Zenita! I have great news! I’m coming home today! I can’t wait to see you and Ophelia!”

“Yay! I can’t wait either! I also have some great news… I think I’m gonna start my own talk show. You could be on it and so could--”

“Woah, Woah! Your own talk show? Start from scratch? That’s a lot of work! But if that’s what you want, I’m up for it! This could be fun! We can get into the details when I get home! I gotta catch my plane. I’ll be home in about six hours!”

“Okay, Love you!” I said before he hung up.

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Mike was on board. Now all I needed to do was a bunch of research. And of course, to take care of Ophelia. 

I didn’t exactly know what I was doing, but I knew she was awake. I heard her crying right away. I got her bottle out of the fridge and softly put it in her mouth. The crying stopped almost immediately. 

Now that she was asleep once again, I went online and looked for a camera crew. I looked up multiple things and finally found the perfect site. I hired over a dozen new workers and started planning the show. 

I decided to do different segments. For example, one could be about Mike, one could be about Ophelia, maybe one could even be about my old job. 

I planned everything out on notecards. I wrote a script and tried different techniques. Shortly after I finished the script I fell into a deep sleep. 

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I woke up to the sound of a deep singing voice coming from where Ophelia was sleeping. I got up and ran to where she was. Next to her crib was Mike singing her a lullaby. I was so touched that I came over and started singing along with them. Mike smiled at me and hugged me.

“I came home to her crying while you were asleep. I didn’t want to wake you,” He said in a hushed voice.

I pulled him into the other room and showed him my script. He read it and smiled. “Now who is this amazing Mike character? He seems like a great guy!” We both laughed quietly, being careful not to wake the baby. 

“I know it’s not perfect but with your help, I think we can make it a big hit!” I explained everything to him. I told him about all the different things we could try. I also told him about getting fired from my dream job. He just nodded at that one, he didn’t seem to mind.

After we had hired all the crew members and bought all the cameras and supplies, we moved onto where we would put the show on. 

We both decided that we had a big enough space in the living room to fit the cameras. If the show got big, one day we could maybe afford a studio. We had a fancy couch that would look perfect on the show.

We had planned everything from top to bottom, except for one tiny detail. What was it going to be called? Mike came up with several clever names, but none of them were clicking for me. Then I got it. ‘Ophelia and me’. It was the perfect way to showcase my new baby. If people knew it was about a newborn baby, maybe they would want to watch it even more. Mike loved it too. 

We started setting up the ‘stage’. Mike re-painted the wall with a light white color. Then I positioned the couch a little more to the right. I also set up some fancy pillows to make it look more professional. 

In blue paint on the wall behind me, Mike wrote ‘Ophelia and Me’. It looked like a real station. We decided we would air our first show in a couple of days. We both wanted to go for it. We thought our viewers would like to see something real and action-packed. 

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It was a Thursday afternoon, the day before our first show. Yesterday we had a rehearsal with all our crew members. The cameras had been set up. We were ready. Today was the last rehearsal before the show. All of our crew members were nice. 

Mike had memorized his part and I told him he could make it up as we went along. At the beginning of the show, Ophelia and I would be sitting on the couch. I would introduce the show and tell a little bit about myself. Later in the show, Mike would come in and tell a little about himself. 

The rehearsal went great. We all had a great time and we were all ready. We had also bought some new lights to make the set look prettier. 

Mike and I decided to go to bed early so we could be wide awake for the show. Ophelia went right to bed as well. She woke up a couple of times in the night but fell asleep right after.



It was finally the day of shooting. The crew was here at seven a.m. I had on my nicest dress. It wasn’t too fancy, but it was fancy. Mike had a collared shirt and black pants with a belt. We dressed Ophelia in a little pink dress and a yellow headband. 

I sat on the couch with Ophelia on my lap. The crew counted down and everything went as planned.

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Mike and I were both happy with the show. It aired right away. We had asked some stations if we could play our show on their channel. Only one agreed, but at least it was something. 



The next day was the most stressful. We woke up to banging on the door and dings of the doorbell. We both got up to see what the ruckus was. We opened the door and in front of us were at least a dozen cameras flashing in our faces. Luckily Mike and I had put on formal clothing before opening the door. 

A bunch of reporters with microphones were waving their hands at our faces. Screaming questions at us. I finally tuned in and listened. Mike walked back inside and grabbed Ophelia. “How does it feel to be famous?” One of the reporters asked. I didn’t answer that one.

“Zenita! Your show was a huge hit last night! We are dying to know, did you do it all for the money? Fame?” I didn’t want people to think I made a talk show, for this reason, so I decided to answer that question. 

“Fame isn’t my game. I just want to make people smile. Money? I already had a great job that paid well, I don’t need much more. I like to make people happy, I like to make myself happy. That’s the real reason.” I was proud of my answer.

When all the reporters left we turned on the television. It was me! They were showing what I told the reporters. The world was talking about our show. Later the sports station called me telling me they wanted me back. 

I guess they all want you once you’re famous….







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43 comments

00:39 Aug 27, 2020

Hey, Evelyn! As always, this story was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Ophelia is a beautiful name, I agree. The way that Zenita (I love that name, too!) was fired, but immediately got the idea to create her own talk show was awesome. Zenita seems like a great, independent woman and Mike seems like the best and supportive fiancee ever. I can't wait to read your next story! Keep writing and stay healthy, Your Reedsy Friend (and #1 Fan) - Brooke

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Evelyn ⭐️
15:25 Aug 27, 2020

Thanks so much! You totally understand the plot of this story! Thank you for being supportive as always!

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15:26 Aug 27, 2020

It's my pleasure! And, I don't mean to bother you, but could you check out my newest story, please? Thanks!

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Evelyn ⭐️
15:28 Aug 27, 2020

Oh! You have a new story?! yay! I'll go check it out right now!

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15:29 Aug 27, 2020

XD Thanks!

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Evelyn ⭐️
15:33 Aug 27, 2020

Just commented!!!

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Keerththan 😀
06:27 Sep 05, 2020

Hey Evelyn! This is a wonderful story about being famous. The last line is very true. Really adore your writing. Keep writing. Would you mind reading my new one and leave some feedback.

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Evelyn ⭐️
00:26 Sep 06, 2020

Thanks and sure!

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Deborah Angevin
11:23 Aug 31, 2020

I like the name Ophelia too; it sounds really elegant. I enjoyed this story so much, but my favourite part is the ending ;) P.S: would you mind checking my recent story out, "The Purple Sash"? Thank you :D

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Evelyn ⭐️
16:36 Aug 31, 2020

Thanks so much! I would love to!

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01:53 Sep 11, 2020

This was really cute! A baby on a talk show is definitely a novel idea

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Evelyn ⭐️
17:37 Sep 11, 2020

Thank you so much!

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Len Mooring
06:12 Aug 29, 2020

I liked your nice breezy approach to story-telling.

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Evelyn ⭐️
16:46 Aug 29, 2020

Thank you so much!

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Ola Hotchpotch
05:52 Aug 29, 2020

A lovely story Evelyn.

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Evelyn ⭐️
16:45 Aug 29, 2020

Thank you!

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Batool Hussain
14:05 Aug 28, 2020

I thought that I had commented on it but as it appears I haven't. This is so good. Your stories are always amazing. The descriptions, dialogues and everything else is so on point. And oh, I absolutely loved the ending line. 9/10 P.s; 9/10 is the highest score I give[I've just started rating stories] . Good job;] And may I ask why did u delete all your prev stories; they were so good.

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Evelyn ⭐️
14:16 Aug 28, 2020

Thanks Batool! I always enjoy reading your comments! Thanks for giving me such a high rating! I deleted them because I wanted a fresh start. I guess what I'm saying is, I wanted to start over.

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Batool Hussain
18:49 Aug 28, 2020

You're welcome and oh, I get why you deleted them. Totally fine:)

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Yolanda Wu
06:59 Aug 28, 2020

Wow, this was a really good story, you captured my attention right from the start. I also really love the name Ophelia, it's just so pretty and graceful. Your writing is so energetic with simple but effective descriptions. Considering that you are young, I am so impressed by the writing, not saying I'm that old myself (I'm fifteen), but it was so well-written. It's wonderful that you're writing about what you would want to do if you weren't writing. I have no other alternative career options in mind for myself, just writing, so wish me luck....

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Evelyn ⭐️
14:14 Aug 28, 2020

Thank you so much for the nice comment! I really do wish you luck in your writing career! You are still at a young age like me, so you have plenty of time! Although I am a couple years younger than you!!🤣

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Kristin Neubauer
16:02 Aug 27, 2020

I love your story, Evelyn - I love the optimism and energy and the fact that it is a vision of your future. When I was younger, I wrote a lot of stories about horses and becoming a journalist. Now, I'm 45...and a journalist with a horse. I think there's something kind of magical about writing. Keep it up!

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Evelyn ⭐️
21:33 Aug 27, 2020

Thanks for reading! That’s amazing! I guess it’s safe to say your dreams came true!

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The cold Ice
12:01 Aug 27, 2020

I loved the story.I enjoyed the story.Well written.Great job👍keep it up. Would you mind to read my story “The dragon warrior?”

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Evelyn ⭐️
15:27 Aug 27, 2020

Thanks!

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The cold Ice
16:16 Aug 27, 2020

Welcome. Please read my story.

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Lynn Penny
04:40 Aug 27, 2020

This was so cute! I love the name as well. You did a beautiful job showcasing how much potential parents can have even after having children.

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Evelyn ⭐️
15:27 Aug 27, 2020

Thanks you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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Avery G.
02:59 Aug 27, 2020

Wow, this was amazing! I loved it! I really like the name Ophelia!!! Great job!

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Evelyn ⭐️
15:26 Aug 27, 2020

Thank you, thank you, and thank you for reading!

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Avery G.
03:19 Aug 28, 2020

You're welcome!

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B. W.
20:22 Sep 14, 2020

Hey guess what? also i'm not sure if ive been on this and said anything but i will soon, imma be making a novel ^^ so if you have any questions then ask

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Evelyn ⭐️
22:53 Sep 14, 2020

OMG!!! Really? What's it gonna be about?

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B. W.
22:57 Sep 14, 2020

heres the plot/description for it, tell me what you think of it and i hope you like it: 17 year old Harlow gets transported into an alternate Dimension one night and has no idea on how to get back and now she must deal with trying to get back home, remaining hidden so she doesn't get captured and a alternate version of herself thats going after her, though with the help of a new friend there will she be able to get back?

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Evelyn ⭐️
21:06 Sep 15, 2020

Omg!! I want to read more. Okay so I love the part about how her alternate version is after her! It sounds really cool! Do you know what your gonna call it?

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B. W.
21:08 Sep 15, 2020

I'm calling it "Universe" but i'm fine if theres some other name someone else can think of or that i can. I actually posted a story a bit ago if ya wanna read it that's kinda like a preview with the first and second chapter by the same name of "Universe" and tell me what you think ^^

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Evelyn ⭐️
21:10 Sep 15, 2020

OOO!! Can't wait, I'll be right there!! Sorry if it takes me awhile to comment, Im a slow reader.

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C.j 🤍
15:45 Aug 30, 2020

The story was very awesome! I loved it!

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Evelyn ⭐️
16:34 Aug 31, 2020

thanks.

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