Austin prepares for his first interview. Somewhat nervous, he’s glad to have Dwight appear with another shirt and tie. They both decide that they need serious intervention with their house keeping skills, since neither of them has any food to speak of.
“We can put in a grocery order when we get back. I don’t think you’re going to want to go to the store in the middle of all this.”
Dwight walked in with two thermal coffee mugs. He set one on the bedside table and flopped on the end. Austin tucked in his shirt and slid the tie around his neck.
“Here, let me,” Dwight said. “I’ve found the most amazing way to do up a tie. Bold, daring, simply gorgeous.” He stood behind Austin, talking as his fingers flew. When he was done, Austin’s tie formed a beautiful three point knot. “The trinity,” Dwight said proudly. “I’m working on the Eldridge, but it’s a lot trickier on someone else.”
“That’s gorgeous!” Austin leaned forward, examining the knot in the mirror. “You’ll show me?”
“I imagine it will become all the rage now. The Magician sports a new knot, nerds go wild.”
“We could invent our own and call it The Magician. Copyright it. Make a mint.”
Dwight chuckled. “You already make a mint.”
“Later, for when we’re old and want to retire.”
His assistant eyed him strangely. “Do you see us still being friends when we’re old?”
“Of course, don’t you?”
Dwight smiled, tears forming in his eyes. “Yes. But it’s good to know you do too.”
Tears formed in Austin’s eyes too. “You’re my best friend,” he said softly. “More like my brother, really. You take care of me and I try not to be too needy. Even if we didn’t work together, you’d be my friend because you’re splendid.”
“That’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me. You’re my best friend too.”
He straightened Austin’s collar, smiling. His phone beeped. “That’s Stu. Come along. Her Majesty awaits.”
“I’d rather speak to the Queen. I don’t feel as if she’d be trying to verbally flail me.”
Dwight clapped him on the shoulder. “Liat will be there. You’ll be fine.”
The ride to the studio was spent in anxious silence. Austin reviewed the notes in his head. When they arrived, Dwight left him in the capable hands of the hair and makeup people. At least he was used to that process. It went quickly, though he was annoyed that the hair stylist made his hair look even more outrageous than Bunny did. He met up with Liat, her parents and Dwight in the green room.
“You look beautiful!” he complimented Liat, giving her a tiny, careful kiss on the cheek.
She was dressed in dark red which looked outstanding with her dark hair and eyes. An intricate ruby necklace filled the area between her neck and cleavage. Her dress was lower than he’d ever seen and he had to force himself not to stare. She had magnificent breasts, soft skinned and creamy, perfect orbs. Only the fact her parents were in the room kept him from openly ogling her.
An assistant of some kind came in. He sat on the edge of his chair, leaning toward Liat and Austin. “Lizzie will introduce you both. Walk out, shake hands, kisses are optional, but encouraged. Or cheek bumps,” he said, glancing at Liat. “We’ve set aside twenty minutes, but if she likes you, she’ll invite you to stay when she brings on her next guest.”
They nodded, wide eyed.
“Are you two together?” He motioned to their hands.
Neither of them realized they’d entwined their fingers until he pointed it out. Austin kissed the back of Liat’s hand, holding it casually. That had been covered in the briefing.
“Considering it,” he said with a smile. “A woman this beautiful is worth getting to know, don’t you think?”
The assistant flashed a genuine smile. “Yes, I do. We’ll call places in five,” he said before leaving.
They were called backstage a few minutes later. Liz finished talking about the day’s weather with her co-host and began the introduction. She mentioned Irving, her tone somewhat derisive, though she didn’t say anything negative about him.
“We have a special treat today,” she announced to her studio audience. “Straight from outer space, back from an interstellar jaunt, we have Austin Templeton, better known as The Magician!” She started clapping.
The stage manager ushered Austin onto the stage. He stopped on his mark, waving to the audience. Women leaped from their chairs, waving and screaming at him. Out of nowhere, a pair of pink, lace panties flew through the air, landing at his feet. Austin glanced down before searching the audience with his hands over his eyes.
“Not sure which of you lovely ladies threw those, but thank you. Not my color, though.” He stepped delicately over the panties and walked over to Liz, taking her hand. He raised it to his lips, kissing it seductively. His green eyes twinkled in the stage lights. “Hallo, love. Delighted to be here.”
Momentarily speechless, she showed him to a seat. She didn’t speak for another few seconds. Austin adjusted his tie and cuffs, looking around.
“Have I something on my face?” He walked over to the nearest camera, mugging at the lens as if checking his face for smudges.
Liz laughed. “I apologize. You’re just so—cute.”
© 2015 Dellani Oakes