View From The Top.....
Chapter Eleven: Karina
How to Write: Hints on Writing
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter 4-6
Chapter Five
The Studio
Chapter Eight: The Recruit
Chapter Nine: The Letter
Chapter Ten: The Stalker
Chapter Eleven: Karina
Chapter Twelve: Madeline
Chapter Thirteen: The Tattoo
Chapter Fourteen: David
Chapter Fifteen: The First Concert
Chapter Sixteen: Margaret
Chapter Seventeen: Murder Strikes
Chapter Eighteen: Vietnam
Chapter Nineteen: Serina's Party
Chapter Twenty: Norm
Angels in the world
Chapter 22 : The Fall
Chapter Six

Chapter Eleven: Karina


Libby laid her sketchbook to the side,and started to think about what had happened so far. Tom was now in New York and Marilee was somewhere on the continent with Serena, and Karina was left to run the office and take the messages.

Karina was really in her element there, sitting at Marilee's desk and insisting on constant coffee refreshments.  Madeline was tired of refilling the pot , but was far too intimidated to even say so, and was meekly acting like a tea lady, instead of executive secretary to a Glamour High Society Editor.

Libby looked at her sketch of Katherina, The All Powerful, and couldn't help grinning.

Karina started life as Catherine spelt with a 'C", but during her years at graduate school where she finished as Dux not only of her subject and course, but of the whole University, she managed to change it first to Katherine, then later when a junior cadet with the "New York Times" into Karina.
From being a budding junior, she very quickly moved onto star reporting and was to become the Roving Reporter and On Screen Reader for the New York Voice, which she actually started first in her small column.
Now she was read by millions, but she still wanted more.  She was what she had always been, a highly ambitious and talented, as well as capable and consuming, person and woman.

From the days they were at College together, Karina was always the leader and the Star.

The interesting thing was that as the others had grown and become successful in their separate ways, Karine somehow seemed to be always pushing to still be the best and the most successful. When Marilee was voted as the "Most Successful Woman of the Millenium" Karina almost self destructed with annoyance. However, she was far too professional to hold a grudge for long, and anyway, though they were competitors, in Karina's mond anyway, they were still friends and respected each others enormous capacities intensely.

They were two powerful women who became powerful in different ways. Karina got there on her sheer effort, natural skill and outstanding ability. Marilee was breezing along until the huge lottery winning, which she had never disclosed to anyone, but which Tom had drunkenly disclosed during one of their casual encounters, and from there, it was mainly Serena and Karina herself who had sent marilee soaring but somehow, Marilee had never quite acknowledged that fact ever to either of them. Not that it mattered really, as they were all on the same journey upward, and what benefitted one, also  reacted on the others.

She had met Marilee during one of her 'Trips'.  The Station was forever sending her to places that were exotic and different. It was in Rio de Janeiro by the Bay that she actually met Marilee when she was jogging on New Year's Day.

The Locals have this wonderful custom of floating flowers off to the sunset, and attaching a prayer to each flower. She had watched them lining up on the beach the evening before and throwing flowers into the water. It looked stunning as the sun was setting and the figure on the cross reflected over the horizon.

The next morning, the beach was still strwen with flowers that the receding tide had left on the sand. She walked along deep in thought, collecting a stray bloom now and then and returning it to the water with a prayer, hoping her prayer would attach to that of the original person.

She looked up to see Marilee walking towards her also holding some stray flowers in her hand.

"What are you praying for...another man or another movie?" laughed Karina and Marilee gasped with delight.

"What a surprise to meet you in Rio" she laughed. " I haven't seen you since College days, but I sure have read about you, and followed your fame."

"Not as famous as you' My Dear," returned Karina. " Congratulations on your win".

" I was surprised too," was the smiling response, " as I fully expected you to win the Woman of the Year."

" Actually I did too," responded Karina with a wry grin.

" I was mad as hell with you for a while, but I have got over it. I also realised that you have come a long way, and if anything deserve that award far more than me."

"What are you doing here, and why did we not meet last night?"

"Possibly because I was  one of the reporters covering the Function at Government House, whilst you were with the Society Queen and her entourage at the Palace."

Marilee laughed. It was true. They walked on together, agreed to meet for lunch and that was the beginning of their relationship as two powerful women instead of two young ladies on the move.

Karina had been to many places.... 

   While Karina was roving on behalf of the NY Voice, she had spent a few nights in Paris before going down to Cannes to chase celebrities at the festival. In a hazy electric nightclub she had observed a tall slender woman across the room who was obviously the object of much attention from the men who sought to connect with those in power. She studied the woman's stance, her gestures, and her was Merilee, but Karina wasn't yet in-the-know about who this woman was and that her own life would become intertwined with hers. Karina maneuvered closer to her across the crowded room, just as another woman worked her way toward Merilee, but this woman parted the crowd before her and had an entourage in was Serena, and Karina recognized her instantly. Serena moved toward Merilee, and was soon at her side. Now Karina had the beginnings of a story-in-the-making. Who was this woman?

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