Copyright Mark Christopher Garrett 2022
Sandy rushed to the rest rooms to clean herself up.
She splashed cold water on her face and through her long hair.
And then she looked at herself in the mirror
“What am I wearing?, . . . I don’t even remember buying this outfit, . . . oooohhhhh, I’m so tired”
The bathroom door swings open and the familiar voice of her producer yells
“You have one minute, better wrap it up, and oh by the way my fiance wants to thank you for helping us with the flowers for our wedding, now hurry up you are on in 45 seconds
Sandy heads towards the D.J. booth and settles in . . .
3, . . . 2., . . . 1, . . . . and then the red light comes on signalling that they are live on the air
“It’s a strange night tonight folks, hello, my name is Sandy Dhune and you are listening to 97.7 Cool Breeze and this is the late night show, or better yet the wee morning hours show.
There is a lot to talk about but first we need to pay some bills”
The producer starts playing the ads from their sponsors
Sandy uses this opportunity to stretch her legs as she feels like she has been asleep all night.
“I must be coming down with a cold or something,
I just feel so groggy and can’t seem to wake up”
She makes her a coffee, xtrablack and heads back to the D.J. broadcasting booth
And that is when it hits her, . . .
Thinking to herself
“Did he just say his wife thanks me for helping with their wedding flowers, he must be feeling frisky and just thinking like it’s his wedding, after all a 10 year anniversary is a milestone and should be decorated florally accordingly.”
3, . . . 2, . . . 1, . . . and the red light comes back on
Yes, I do use those products and believe me you it has changed my life in more ways than I can tell you, but why should I be a free ad for them, we have more important things to discuss, (as she looks down at the top sheet of a small stack of news articles her producer has given her,
she reads off the top headline)
“Military confirms they have purchased Seaside Inn and have begun renovations for a new base at that location, a spokesman for the military states that the property is in a key location and the structures on the property are old, but well built., when pressed with the question of what the new base will be used for the spokesman could only tell us that the matter was yet undetermined which most likely means it is classified.
Interesting we were just speculating on this very thing on the show last night and we had some strange callers”
Sandy is distracted by her producer waving incessantly at her through the D.J. booth window, when she looks at him with the “what’s up?” look, the producer is giving her the international sign of finger across the neck, which means to shut up., . . .
although she didn’t know why, . . . she did, she moves the top sheet of paper off the stack and then looks down at the next report, and without skipping a beat
“And in other news new L.E.D. lights will be added on Pirates Cove Bridge next month, the council approved the new upgrade, and it won’t cost tax payers a penny as the revenue was donated by an anonomous donor, . . . ok so this is rediculous, who slipped last decades news into today’s pile, real funny”
Just then she notices her producer again flagging her down from the other side of the booth, she then realizes the green light is on.
She pulls off her headphones and storms out of the booth fumin
“What is going on, why did you cut me off the air,
why is my news stack loaded with old articles?”
The producer nods for her to follow and begins leading her down the corridor
“Listen” he says “I know your new at this and all, but you did come highly recommended, please stick to the script”
“New at this, you and I know I’m the top rated show in town, you brought me in right out of college and my little radio show and you taught me how to get to the next level”
The producer chuckles
“Haha, I knew there was something I liked about you, which is why I hired you, but everything you say could come true if you work really hard and dedicate yourself, but right now tuck yourself under my wing and let and old man show you the way”
“But you have and I am so grateful for it, also I was thinking about your 10 year anniversary flowers and I was thinking we could use daffodils . . .”
“Always with the jokes, gee you are a talent aren’t ya, you know I could only be so lucky as to see my 10th anniversary with her, I feel she is perfect for me, listen I can see your really tired and you are making some off the wall statements, why don’t you go ahead and cut out of here for the day, go relax, do whatever it is you do”
“Cut out for the day, funny, it’s the late show, but ya, I’m really tired, thanks I think I’ll do that”
Sandy gathers her stuff and heads to the elevator
The door to the elevator opens, parking lot level, ad she gets out and heads to her car, at first it seems she can’t find it, but then she sees it sparkling clean, looking like it’s brand new.
“Wow that rain must of really cleaned my car, it looks like it did when I bought it”
She gets in
“Funny, it even smells new, I must really be tired my senses are acting up,
I need to get some sleep.”
Sandy pulls out of the parking garage into the bright sunlight, she reaches for her sunglasses
“Wow, the sun is bright today, wait a minute, I work the night shift, why is the sun out, what time is it anyway, I really must be tired, none of this is making any sense”
She drives down the old inter coastal road that leads up to Pirates Cove Bridge,
as she passes the Seaside Inn she notices a bunch of large military vehicles,
not the usual large vehicle, but some extra giantnormous ones,
looked like they could of carried a space shuttle or something,
other than that not much to see as they had erected a privacy fence around the perimeter
One thing she did notice though was a strange vehicle that lingered back a ways, but she thinks it has been following her since she left the radio station garage, but she is not sure,
she is really tired and the sun is starting to give her a headache.
As she passes over Pirates Cove Bridge she notices workers no doubt prepping for the installation of the L.E.D.’s
“Wait a minute” she stops the narrator “Why would they be prepping for something that was done a decade ago, get your facts straight, it must have something to do with all the nefarious military stuff going on here lately, and all so hush, hush, I must be losing it, I’m now talking to a fictiscious narrator about random thoughts in my head, I really must get some sleep”
After crossing Pirates Cove Bridge unto the island she couldn’t help that the place looked more open and less congested
“Wow, I forgot what this place looks like during sunlight, it really looks a lot different, almost unrecognizable, but then again I am so tired, I really need to get to sleep”
She continues to drive down shore drive on the island and she forgot that there was a vehicle following her as it has mysteriously vanished
She pulls into her drive, and clicks on the garage door opener, but the garage door won’t open
“Darn battery must be dead, oh well, Wow, the maintenance crew really did a good job today, this place looks great”
Then she thinks to herself
“Wait a minute, it just now is day, so when did this happen, I really am tired”
She sticks her key in the lock and opens the door, she does a zombie walk into the kitchen
“Where’s the dog food, . . . oh well we must be out, . . . I can fix him some left overs”
After heating up some leftovers and eating a couple of bites herself,
she sets the food on the floor for the dog,
and walks off into her bedroom
Sandy strips the entire way from the kitchen to the bedroom, she makes a pit stop at the bathroom, then she sits calmly on the edge of her bed, adjusts her pillows and pulls the covers back, only to notice that it was very bright being daylight and all, so she gets up and closes the blinds, after which she cozies into bed, pulls the covers over her and relaxes all of her muscles and says to herself
But as fate would have it, the phone rings, . . . and rings, . . . Sandy ignores it, eventually the answering machine picks it up
“Hello you have reached Sandy, I am not here right now so leave a message at the beep!”
“Sandy, . . .Sandy, . . . are you there, . . . where are you, . . . . you better not be there, . . . you better be here, or on your way here, . . . Sandy, . . . can you hear me, are you there, your show started ½ an hour ago but you are nowhere to be found, I know we have had a long history together, but I do not appreciate you taking advantage of that, now please get your astronaut over here asap, comprende”
Sandy picks up the phone
“Hey what’s going on, I thought you said I could have the day off”
“Are you insane, and of all days to pull this stunt, seriously Sandy, why oh why would I have given you the day, . . . uh and I think you mean the night, . . . off?, . . . . now get over here now or you are fired!”
To Be Continued . . . .