The next day, Emberlyn took Mr. Healys’ advice and went to Stark Realty. She timidly walked in and said “My name is Emberlyn Zabinsky. I understand that Mr. Stark is looking for a secretary.”
The receptionist, with a sort of haughty attitude asked “and what kind of experience do you have?” Before Emberlyn could answer, Mr. Stark walked out of his office and asked “who’s this?”
The receptionist said “Mr. Stark, Ms. Zabinsky is here to apply for the secretary job.” Mr. Stark looked at Emberyn and without hesitation said “come on in.”
Inside of a minute, Emberlyn had not only gotten her foot in the door, she had gotten her entire self into the office of the big man himself. Coleman Stark.
She was hired on the spot. It was a given that she was soon to be virtually homeless and she explained her situation to Mr. Stark. He immediately offered to let her stay in one of several condos, used for his numerous out of town visitors.
On the way back to what used to be her home, she couldn’t help but think about the twists and turns her young life had taken. She had suffered immeasurable grief but there always seemed to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
She was starting to believe in the old adage “every time a door closes, a window opens.” Twice she had lived like a queen and in the blink of an eye been stripped of her sovereignty only to find another crown waiting.
She decided not to wait for the sale of her former home and immediately moved into the condo. She wasn’t mean-spirited by any stretch of the imagination but now the “show ready” task would be up to somebody else. After all, she had no stake in the house and hadn’t signed an agreement stating that she would remain until it sold.
After she settled into her new condo, she began her new job. Mr. Stark wasn’t demanding and was an easy man to work for. At this point in his life he had made his mark, amassed a fortune and was more or less a figurehead but he was still a prominent leader in the community.
He began to ask Emberlyn to accompany him to various functions and she soon became a fixture in his life. Just as she had done with Fez, she expertly headed charitable events and became adept at hosting celebratory parties for “million dollar sellers.” She was a perfect companion and drew high praise from Mr. Starks’ constituents.
Her beauty was not lost on him. She would be the ideal trophy wife and from the first day she walked into his office, he knew that was exactly what she was going to be. He would have to give her time to adjust to the loss of her late husband and he knew exactly how to play the sympathetic partner.
After a year, Mr. Stark introduced Emberlyn to his grown children. To say that they had been unpleasant would be generous. They made it clear up front, that they thought she was nothing more than an opportunistic trollop. Their treatment of her angered Mr. Stark and caused a rift between them but he was the patriarch of the family and let them know that their malicious opinions were unwelcome.
Another year went by and Mr. Stark considered that to be an appropriate length of mourning, so he asked Emberlyn to marry him. Her first reaction was to say “I will never marry again. I don’t seem to have much luck in that area” but she held her tongue.
Mr. Stark was good to her, treated her with respect and showered her with attention. He beamed with pride when she was on his arm and included her in every aspect of his life. Now, he was offering her yet another crown and nobody wore them better.
She was fond of him and could see a possible future but she still silently grieved for Fez. She had loved Mr. Carrington in her own special way but she knew that nobody would ever be able to hold a candle to Mr. Frederick Eugene Zabinsky.
She also knew that he would have wanted her to find someone who could make her happy. Believing that Mr. Stark could do that, she accepted his proposal.
To be continued_____________