This was not the time for Jazz to go into details with Paula of the party held to introduce the chosen women to one another. Paula was a jealous and tempermental woman. Jazz wanted a date that was happy and hungry for sex. Jazz reflected on the event just to fill her mind with powerful thoughts and how Fiona, a famous broadcaster, had made sexual overtures to her.
Both television women were known to one another, but their paths seldom crossed. Jazz co-hosted, “If a Man Can,” the name implying that men are not always experts, and in many cases, if a man can, so can a woman! The carpentry segment was the domain of Jazz, and her business partner, Ning, complimented the carpentry aspect with her specialty, interior decorating and colour co-ordination. The show was popular because the women priced their products to meet the needs of budget- conscious viewers. Both women spent their time driving from their factory and business offices to the television studios. After long hours, Ning returned to her lesbian partner, Chen, and their daughter, Qi. Jazz lived either at her luxurious penthouse overlooking Hyde Park, or in someone else’s bed.
Fiona, on the other hand, broadcasted her documentary show from distant locations. She had a prestigious flat in Belgravia.
On certain weekends, Fiona might be photographed at a fox hunt or a car rally for a charitable cause. Most of these events took place on the family’s country estate. Daughter of a titled aristocrat, Fiona was often toasted in private clubs when her father the Earl was present.
They might say:
“To a dying breed “
“To Lady Fiona.”
“The sun never sets on Fiona.”
The last toast was a reference to the old British Empire ruled by Queen Victoria. The Empire was so vast and in so many time zones, that truly the sun never set or if it did on one continent, then it was still far from setting on another. Fiona’s journeys and assignments took her to every contient.
The book to include Jazz and Fiona would have a background of education and early childhood. Jazz would represent the emigrant-working class girl who rose to fame by her own labour and talents. Fiona, on the other hand, would have an impressive blue blood biography. Like most children of British aristocrats, Fiona was educated in elite boarding schools. The inevitable Swiss finishing school followed. She chose Oxford to follow a classical career taught in Greek and Latin.
Languages being her forte, she later translated her television shows into French, Spanish and Russian. In the early years, she paid her dues writing for newspapers, magazines and television. Now, at her prime, her shows were built on danger, intrigue and controversy.
Fiona reported from war zones. She went under cover to report on child trafficking. From Afghanistan, her report on progressive Muslim women won her a journalistic award. After posing as a Russian member of a Moscow drug cartel, Fiona feigned her inability to speak English. The Miami drug consortium hired a Russian and Fiona spoke fluent Russian. All this was captured on hidden camera. One of the biggest Miami drug dealers was captured with the arrests of his dealers in Columbia.
There had been moments when Fiona narrowly escaped death, once, when the plane she was piloting made an emergency landing on the Serengeti plains, and again, when a racing yacht she was sailing on, was accidently rammed by a fellow competitor. Fiona had one more assignment in her mind. After meeting Jazz, she burned to have an affair, however brief, with the sexy butch carpenter. Had this been public information, Paola would have terminated her date with Jazz.