Sunday, May 3, 2015

Berowne's 268

(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "Q" is for "Queenie")

No quiz this week; just a little story...

“What does it say?”

“What does what say?”

“On the cup. The words on the cup.”

“Oh. ‘Winner, First City-Wide Dance Contest’”

“So it definitely says ‘winner’? Then we’ve got a problem.”

“Let’s go over this carefully again. The whole point of this dance contest was that it would be great publicity for Mabel Carswell, who as you know may be our next mayor. Her daughter Stella was to win and the two of them, Mom and daughter, would be writ up in our weekly Tribune and be seen holding the winner’s cup.”

“Right, and everyone understood that.”

“Evidently not everyone. Then, once the election was held, I was assured that I would be appointed City Manager. But now someone has messed up and allowed somebody else to win! You simply can’t depend on people anymore!”

“Well, it wasn’t that they were allowed to win. That girl Queenie Hasenlaufer and her partner were simply the best dancers.”

“What has that got to do with it? My job – and yours, as far as that goes – depends on Mabel’s daughter Stella winning that cup. Now, start thinking; how can we fix this?”

“Okay then, how about this? Those cups only cost thirty-five bucks. We could buy another cup, inscribe on it ‘Special Award’ or some such thing and give that to Queenie and her partner. The winner’s cup would then go to Stella and Mabel would be happy.”

“I don't mean to linger over this, but Stella didn’t win. An unimportant point to us, but it’s of great interest to the residents of our fair city.  There’d be rioting in the streets if they thought we were trying to pull something crooked.”

“Well, who let this happen? Who were the judges? Don’t they know anything about politics? We spent thousands of dollars putting this dance contest together for one reason, as support for Mabel Carswell’s campaign, and we didn’t blow all that dough to give an award to someone named Queenie!”

“Let alone someone named Hasenlaufer.”

“That's Phil; he always has an impulse to say something.  Thanks, Phil. You’ve made your contribution. Now go sit over there.”

“Suppose we let it leak out that someone has stolen the cup, since it is so valuable. So the dance festival authorities, who are you and me by the way, have decided that the only fair thing to do is to acquire another cup and award it to both Queenie and Stella. They’ll be co-winners. Queenie will ultimately get the cup to keep and Stella in the meantime gets her photo op, holding the dam’ thing with her Mom for the local media.”

“You don’t know much about Mabel Carswell, do you? The only thing that would mean anything to her would for her daughter to win – which is what I guaranteed her would happen. Way things are going, someone else is going to wind up as City Manager and I’ll be back to convincing folks that they may be able to save fifteen percent on their car insurance, like that little green rodent on TV.”

“Well, as far as I can see, that ‘co-winner’ solution is all we’ve got. How about it, Phil? Have you got anything else to suggest?”

“Well, in hauntingly tight situations like this it was always encouraging for me when I remembered what my Dad used to say: When the tough get going – or when you go getting tough – something like that, whatever – but it was always encouraging.”

19 comments:

naturgesetz said...

I don't know, but something about the characters sounds as if it could be "Guys and Dolls," which I've never seen. If I come up with anything better, I'll let you know.

Berowne said...

Don't worry about it, natur'. It wasn't a quiz this week, just a little story.

Kathe W. said...

if there's a contest somewhere one can find a conniver and schemer.....! Have a great week!

Björn Rudberg said...

He.. sometimes not even corruption works right..

Berowne said...

Bjorn, that should be a motto for today's politicians. :-)

Cat-tails: here be wagging tales said...

Very amusingly political. Such is the way of things, eh? A delightful story - well-written and humorous. Always a dilemma for the deceitful and conniving - LOL.

Berowne said...

Thanx, Cat-tails, for a much-appreciated comment.

Kutamun said...

Seems Mabel Palin got impaled on the horns of reality !

Helen said...

I do enjoy your stories ...

Gillena Cox said...

thanks for a nice tale; happy you dropped in to read mine

much love...

Roger Owen Green said...

Life is complicated enough, then we make it more so!

ROG, ABCW

Tess Kincaid said...

I'm here early this week! And no quiz...pffft...delightful story though...

Berowne said...

Delightful comment, too - thanks.

Reader Wil said...

It was again a fascinating story! How corrupt Mabel Carswell must be to allow this to happen. Such a mayor is not to be trusted.

Thanks for the amusing story!
Wil, ABCW Team

Karen S. said...

Ah yes, if not for our parents showing us the way! ALWAYS, Profound!

Berowne said...

Folks have said some nice things about my little stories, but the word "profound" isn't usually used.:-) Thanx.

Sheilagh Lee said...

Wonderful story

Sharp Little Pencil said...

This is a funny one, Berowne! You know me, I love my politics... and the whole familial intrigue here was fun. Hmm, there is a bit of Hillary and Chelsea afoot. Oh, and the guy called the gecko a rodent, which is funny. Amy

Old Egg said...

This puts to mind Pilate's question "What is truth?". When society is corrupt the answer is "It doesn't matter".

 
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