Tammy Adams was excited, her 20 year high school reunion was in half an hour and she had the perfect dress. Yes she had been waiting for this moment ever since the invitation arrived a year ago. They say that the best revenge is success and boy was she ever the poster child for it. Her days at Camden High were anything but pleasant and she was ready to show them all just how far she had come.
Her husband Roy was unfortunately away on business, but that
didn’t stop her, armed with her cell phone full of family pictures she was
going to show those mean girls just what a modern woman looked like.
Her story was one of hard work, some luck and happy chances. She
had started out as an intern at a small company offering acting lessons and
portfolio photography classes. She learned all she could from her mentor Amelia
who was an old family friend. Amelia was as tough as nails, a no-nonsense woman
with a heart of gold. Her outer demeanor helped her earn a reputation in the
business world as a 'force to be reckoned with' but inside she really just
loved helping people. "In the business world you cannot show vulnerability,
especially as a woman" she once told Tammy. This stuck with Tammy all
through her career and she learned to fake confidence little by little until
she found some of her own. Then she met Roy, he came from old money, the kind
that could last several lifetimes.
Roy was a partner in a small production company for up and
coming directors (among many other small companies he helped finance over the years).
He was taught to encourage entrepreneurship every chance he could. His father
was fond of supporting the arts and his favorite saying was, "You just
never know what the next best thing will be." Roy and Tammy met one
evening at a fundraiser for one of Amelia's clients, they struck up a
conversation and within just a few short minutes of small talk, knew that they
both wanted to be in each other's lives. Roy encouraged Tammy to step out of
comfort zone and start her own company (with his financial backing of course)
and that's how Star Attraction, a talent agency for aspiring artists came into
Her business had grown in just under 10 years and she was now
the proud owner of the most successful talent agency in the country. In high
school she was the awkward, freckle faced teenager no one wanted hang out
with but not now, oh no, now everyone wanted to be her friend. People she
hardly knew came out of the woodwork to comment on knowing her in high school
after she appeared on the cover of 'Women in business' magazine. The endless
social media posts and friend requests that ensued after that article first
appeared showed her just how shallow people could be. She had it all, the big
house, the fancy car a wonderful husband and two adorable children. She was
amped and ready to go.
She couldn’t find the keys to her Porsche Cayenne, “Dammit I’m
going to be late” she thought to herself. She decided to take Roy’s car instead. As she
pulled up to the glitzy Sheraton hotel, her heart started pounding. “Breathe”
she whispered to herself “You can do this”.
“Maureen, how are you” greeted Edith Venter, the organizer
of the event. Tammy was about to correct her when she was ushered off into the
grand ballroom. “Excuse me” she said, but no one seemed to hear her. “How rude,
to be pushed out of the way like that” she thought.
She looked around for familiar faces, but everyone seemed to
look away. “Must make eye contact with someone” she told herself. “I am no
longer the shy introverted wallflower everyone knew back then”. She walked
around the room, it was beautiful.
The tables were decorated with white linen and lavender
overlays. There were glass bowls in the middle of each table with crystals
inside, the light from above permeated through each crystal and reflected
around the room casting tiny sparkly shadows everywhere. Balloons hung overhead
in perfect sequence of purple and white. She glanced over to the left corner of
the hall; the band was playing what sounded like eighties music but remixed.
Something old and familiar, with a modern interpretation.
She surveyed the scene once more but still no one made eye
contact. “I need a drink” she thought as she veered closer towards the bar
area. She sat down and ordered a double Vodka lime and soda. The bartender
seemed preoccupied and she wasn’t sure if he heard her.
She gazed across the room once more to see if you she could catch the eye of anyone familiar, everyone seemed to be occupied. Two couples were introducing their partners to their old school friends. At the other end of the bar were two men who looked vaguely familiar but she wasn’t quite sure, after all it had been twenty years. One was wearing a black jacket with a brightly colored floral shirt underneath. “Bold choice” she thought to herself, I wonder if that’s Simon, he was always confident and stood out. She was tempted to go over and introduce herself but she wanted to make sure it was definitely him before embarrassing herself. Then she heard voices to her left, she turned her body round so she could see where they were coming from.
Two people came walking towards her and she thought “This is it,
they are coming to say hello, brace yourself Tammy, chin up and smile” She
looked up at them and prepared her outstretched arm for a handshake but instead
they sat down next to her without even glancing her way. She could hear them
talking about a horrible car accident that had happened earlier in the day, she
leaned back slightly so she could hear what they were saying more
clearly. “Such a shame isn’t it, that poor family what a waste of life”.
Said a skinny man with a slight Irish accent. “I knew her, you know. That Tammy
girl." Said Edith, the event coordinator, "Her and her husband Roy
just celebrated their wedding anniversary and I hear she was planning on
attending the reunion tonight.”
“Yeah I read the entire family was wiped out on the way to the
airport, speed kills you know I wish people would realize that” interjected the
Tammy sat upright and looked over to the mirror behind the bar,
there was no reflection.