Mini Series Episode One: Victoria Lee, What Have You Been Up To?


The inquisitive reporter asked me, "Victoria Lee, since the disappearance of Madam Charlton, what have you been up to?"
"You mean lately?"
 "Yes, lately."
 "You mean me?"
 "Yes, you," replied all the reporters with their notebooks and pencils in hand waiting with great anticipation for my reply.
After a minute of deep thought I replied, "Hmm. Well guys, I've been doing a little bit here. A little bit there. And a little bit over there." I thought that that didn't sound like a fair description of my life lately. So I proceeded to give them a better answer, "You know like a collage. Yes, my life has been like a collage. Bits and pieces of interesting things here. Bits and pieces of interesting things there. And bits and pieces of interesting things over there." I had to embellish my answer so that it sounded more interesting to those inquisitive reporters and for the thousands of my newspaper fans. Like a hive of buzzing bees, the reporters enthusiastically dotted down my answer. But they weren't satisfied. They wanted more.
"Where were you when she disappeared?" My mind went to the moment when I saw her going inside the elevator.
" I was a few feet away from her."
"You said that there were two possible suspects that took her away? Did you get to see their faces?"
"No, they were wearing masks."
"What accent did they have?"
"They sounded European."
"Were you afraid for your life?"
That question unexpectedly made me afraid. I waited to compose myself. "Yes, I was." The reporters all stared at me.
"Do you keep your innocence of Madame Charlton's disappearance or possible kidnapping?"
"Yes, indeed. I am innocent! I have nothing to do with Madame Charlton's disappearance. I don't know those people that took her. I wished I knew what happened to her. But I don't have the answers!" I exclaimed while looking straight at the reporter and then at him.

At a short distance was a person that wasn't at all my fan. As a matter of fact he seemed to not like me at all. From the beginning he was so suspicious of who I was. This person became in a short time my WORST ENEMY! This person was non-other than Detective Gautier. This relentless man was one of Paris' best known detectives. But worldwide he was better known by his prized huge bushy mustache, which he called his inseparable companion and an excellent competitor since his mustache got him several awards and fame.

 As I was being hounded by the reporters, he was siting in front of the café shop enjoying ever so slowly his cream filled pastry and hot cocoa, which funny enough we had that in common. Both him and I prefer hot cocoa over a cup of coffee. He too had been writing aimlessly on his note pad. I read the other day on the newspaper that he promised the whole city of Paris along with the commissioner that he will not give up until he solves Madame Charlton's disappearance. Unfortunately, while detective Gautier was investigating the case, he end up finding my missing phone. It was at the hotel right in front of the elevator where I last saw it. Besides him finding my finger prints all over my phone he too had it analyzed by a scientist. His conclusion was that I not only was an American tourist, but that I also was an American spy. Boy, with that kind of imagination he could have become an amazing writer!

I, on the other hand, tried unsuccessfully to find a way to retrieve my phone, but because he kept the phone near him at all times, even hiding it under his pillow, it was hard to get it from him. Well, in a way I had become like a spy. I followed him for days. Taking along my opera glasses with me and peaking into the private life of this detective. I was worried that he too was going to peak into my silly private life as well. My solar powered cell phone was 120 years ahead of their time. Good thing at that time that neither him nor his buddies were able to crack my password. If they did, I sure would be in deep trouble! And so would Paris!"👢

Collage by Victoria Lee Jones picture in my Paris Studio Room. To purchase my artwork, vintage and retro finds please visit my Etsy shop at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/VictoriaLeeJones.