Telephone rings at 5 a.m.
CATHERINE, only barely awake, picks up the phone from her bedside stand, and mumbles: Hello?
DARQ: Happy New Year, Catherine!
CATHERINE, grumbling something unintelligent, takes a deep breath and comes more awake: Happy New Year to you, too. Where are you calling from?
DARQ: The party. I’m on my way out the door.
CATHERINE: I thought you were staying until Sunday. Was the party that bad?
DARQ, her voice lower: “It was a nice party but, well, boring.”
CATHERINE: I thought my staying at home was a boring way to spend New Year’s Eve, but you went to some ritzy party!
DARQ: Not so much ritzy. The place was an architectural wonder. All slabs of rock, cement, metal, linear–think Frank Lloyd Wright-ish. And the interior–all white, black, chrome, glass–so pristine that no one dared get drunk or spill anything on the gold carpets. Standing around making polite talk is not my idea of welcoming in a new year.
CATHERINE: No saving grace for the place?
DARQ: Well, there was the view. The towering mountains covered with evergreens. All dusted with snow. A full moon.
CATHERINE (hears helicopter blades revving up): So you’ll be home soon?
DARQ: No. Change of plans. I’ve been invited to New York City for a couple weeks to take in the lights and a play or two. I’ll let you know my ETA later. I have to go, but I’m sending you a picture one of the MIBs took of me in the Erte-inspired outfit you made me. Everyone raved about it. Gotta go!
There’s the click of the disconnect, and Catherine brings up the picture Darq sent:
*** Note to fashionistas and those who sew — Below is a frontal view of Darq’s two-piece outfit. The skirt front has a “waterfall” effect, which took me two days to figure out how to make. The most expensive about the outfit was the pair of tassels that hang off the belt at the side seams. Making those tassels took three skeins of metallic gold embroidery floss.
And here is the Erte illustration that I worked from:
***This blog will update January 15 with a look at Darq’s NYC visit (and outfit). Follow this blog to stay abreast of Darq’s adventures on Earth.
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