If this gal was a character of mine, she probably wouldn’t be a protagonist. I can imagine her as an antagonist. Maybe the other woman. Is that cliche’?
Desiree – In a word, yes. I’m not the other woman. I’m the woman. I don’t follow anyone else.
Marji – Quite an achievement. So why did you choose the hat you wore?
Desiree – You might as well ask why I wore the entire ensemble. It was all made to go together. And I looked amazing in it. Everyone said so. The hat was perfect, except when I arrived and the wind blew the brim cockeyed. I told the designer to make sure that didn’t happened, but did she care? No.
Marji – It’s hard to find good help?
Desiree – You have no idea. Nothing is ever done the way I want. I always have to complain or explain. Things would be so much easier if the help would figure out what they’re supposed to do before they mess it all up.
Marji – You would do a much better job if you were, say, the hat designer?
Desiree – Not that I would stoop to such a low-level, but I’d certainly do it well. I have a pulse on society, so I know what works and what doesn’t. I have an eye for design, for color and material. And I have a creative vein.
Marji – Sounds like this would be a good job for you, then. Why wouldn’t you want to do it?
Desiree – Uh, really? Do you think I’d actually be willing to work for my friends? Horrors.
Marji – So working for your friends, maybe being a maid or a waitress, would be the worst thing you could think of?
Desiree – That’s a disgusting thought. Why don’t you ask me something more pleasant?
Marji – Fair enough. What do you aspire to? You’ve got money, beauty, popularity. What could you possibly want?
Desiree – That’s much better. Hmmm. Well, I guess I want to marry the perfect man.
Marji – Why?
Desiree – I guess because that’s what I’m supposed to do. I mean all of my friends are either married or getting married. I know my mom is always pushing men on me. It gets old. Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to get married someday, I think. But I don’t want to settle for someone just because he’s …
Marji – Wealthy, successful, handsome …
Desiree – Well he has to be all of the those things. I could never marry someone who wasn’t. But I want someone who treasures me.
Marji – Is that all you want to do? That’s your only goal in life?
Desiree – Well, I plan to look really good while I’m doing it!
Okay, I would love to see Desiree plopped in the middle of nowhere. Maybe a need to change her identification and hide from someone trying to kill here. Could be fun seeing her attempt to become a waitress and keep a low profile. Oh and fall for a hometown fella. Maybe a contractor who gets grease under his fingernails once in a while.
Your turn: What am I missing with Desiree?