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Bedtime Drama Western

“ Hello, Mercy. I thought you got annoyed last night. I know it’s sometimes impossible to satisfy everybody in a grand party; after all, we are all humans, we have our limitations.”

“ Sorry Luna,  I had to leave in between. I don’t like parties but had to attend out of compulsion. Though I left the party soon, I went to Cineplex to enjoy a crime thriller. Will you believe Luna, the villain whom I suspected to be was merely a supporting actor. The suspense will keep you perplexed till the end. All that I can say is, it was a superb movie without a hero.”

Luna got surprised at Mercy’s excitement and her perfect narration of every scene. She never saw her in full vigor before.  Her liveliness and the way she explained the crime thriller changed Luna’s view about Mercy.

Luna and Mercy worked in a popular cosmetic industry and as such keeping themselves fit and beautiful was a demand of their profession.

“ Mercy, Luna, Suzan, Monsoon, and Feriha you five are selected for the publicity of our new brand. Except for Mercy, I think the other four don’t need any training, but she needs a fine polish,” as Miss Darcey, the CEO of the company put forward her suggestion, Suzan interrupted in between.

“ Mam, for the last three years we five have been working together in the same group. Why Mercy needs a fine touch, why not us. By the way Mam, the words ‘fine touch' seemed a riddle; what do you want to mean!”

Darcey was foreseeing the question but was expecting it from Luna. Being the CEO of the company Darcey has studied the five dynamic ladies personally. But Mercy was an exceptional case for her.

“Suzan, don’t you think Mercy has an excellent style of narrating; she can lengthen a simple word to a sentence and a sentence to a mind-blowing paragraph.”

Darcey gave a short break and signaled others to leave except for Suzan. After the four had left the room, Darcey started once again, but this time she was a different lady.

“ So, where we are Suzan?” with an inviting smile, Darcey started the half-finished conversation once again.

“ Mam, it’s very tough to know you, it’s tougher even to interpret your words. What you meant by ‘fine touch', and why only Mercy needs it, not us?”

Suzan and Darcey frequently have some useful and secret discussions. For the other four, Suzan is a bit less in her self-confidence and so Miss Darcey trains Suzan in her way.

Meanwhile, outside the hall, Mercy gave a treat to the other three. A creative discussion about promoting beauty products started among the dynamic ladies.

“ Mercy, you are a perfect choice. We don’t need a supermodel for the new product launch and advertising. God has gifted you with an enchantress-like beauty. I wonder how you manage your job and a perfect body at the same time. You always remain busy at  the company meets and parties. You don’t even get time to share with us. You are a perfect entrepreneur. It’s not an easy task to deal with a huge number of people at the same time. I salute your extroverted attitude. ”

“Thanks for your compliment, Monsoon, it’s all your encouragement and belief in me.” Mercy put a smile on her face as usual, and went to the toilet to refresh herself up and touch up her makeup once again.

“ I can’t act more. It’s a tough job”.

Taking two long puffs from the inhaler, Mercy relaxed her breathing rhythm and after a few minutes joined the party.

“ Sorry, friends I have to leave. I have an urgent piece of work to do. Anyways, enjoy your party; I have made the payments. See you all tomorrow.” Mercy immediately left the party in the mid. The party ended, Mercy being the center of attraction as usual.

A parallel conversation was continuing in Darcey's office.

“ Mam, it’s very tough to know you, it’s tougher even to interpret your words. What you meant by ‘fine touch', and why only Mercy needs it, not us?”

“ My dear Suzan, what kind of personality do you think Mercy possesses? You are a perfect observer, but in her case, you failed. Just leave her beauty and answer my question as a perfectionist.”

Everyone loves freedom and when it comes to freedom of speech if one is not forced, he or she speaks with the mind’s eye. This gives a perfect shot of a perfectionist.  

“ Mam, let me tell you what my mind says. You always believed in my words and as such you discuss the sensitive issues of the company with me. Mercy is just a model of our products. She can’t even talk with a group of customers. Mercy is an introvert who has forcefully put on the mask of an extrovert.”

Darcy listened keenly to how Suzan expressed her views about Mercy.

Putting a smile of immense satisfaction, Darcey rise from her chair and patted Suzan on both her shoulders.

“ Mercy's exotic beauty made her an important part of the company. Ya, indeed, she seldom attends the company meets and parties. Even if she comes, she leaves soon. She loves to be alone and her excuses are well known to me.”

Suzan knew what she judged was correct but she never wants to surpass the decisions of Darcey whom she respects wholeheartedly. She felt confident that she was not wrong in her judging.

“ Mam, by the way, what is the final touch you planned to give Mercy, not us?” Suzan asked the question most humorously.

“ So, you will not rest until you get your answer? First tell me, if I give you a secret responsibility, will you be able to accomplish it.”

Darcey’s mood was enough to know her intention which Suzan could easily read.

“ Mam will you mind if I say everything which you have in your mind. My entrusted responsibility is to make Luna, Feriha, and Monsoon understand what I understood and your fine touch is nothing but just a game plan. You don’t want Mercy to leave our company at any cost.”

Suzan’s words shocked Darcey to the extent that she took out a check, signed it, and gave Suzan as a bonus.

“ I always kept a sharp eye on you Suzan, you are different. From next month you will have an increase in your salary. Just keep in mind to keep it a secret and to keep the introvert an extrovert in the eyes of the mass.”

Both Darcey and Suzan laughed aloud to their heart’s content.

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“ Sorry, friends I have to leave. I have an urgent piece of work to do. Anyways, enjoy your party; I have made the payments. See you all tomorrow.” Mercy immediately left the party in the mid. The party ended, Mercy being the center of attraction as usual.

“ I wonder, what Suzan gets by talking with Darcey Mam. She can never compare with Mercy. How she manages everything. She gave a party to us and rushed for her next work. She has a broader view about the world; an extreme extrovert in nature,” as Monsoon completed her words on her way home from the restaurant, the other two nodded their heads.

“ Yes, she is an extrovert.

Far away in the office

“ Mam let's go home and stop the talks about introverts and extroverts. It depends on how we take it. You are the boss, what you think is correct.”

“ My dear Suzan, let's not argue again rather accept Mercy is an introvert who is accepted as an extrovert. Where lies the fault, we need her beauty and she needs our support.

Let us flow with the flow for a smooth flow.

July 29, 2021 14:44

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11:04 Aug 05, 2021

I like how Miss Darcey and Suzan are able to observe for themselves that Mercy is an introvert. Some of the dialogue felt a little unclear, but overall, good story!

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Chinmoy Nath
11:15 Aug 05, 2021

Thanks a lot for your valuable feedback. I will try to improve in coming days.

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