Tuesday, February 10, 2009

B&C III - 18

Brian and Christine
Book Three
Saint Jane's
Part 18

Brian spent the rest of the day trying to keep his mind off his troubles. He read, went for a walk, went for a swim, took a nap, had some dinner, watched some DVDs and finally retired for the night.

The next morning there was a rare rain storm and it exactly matched Brian’s mood. There is nothing to be done in a warm rain but watch and listen. So that’s what he did. The watching was internal, mostly, the listening was musical. The rapid fugue of raindrops on the window relaxed him and made him think that Christy was listening to the same patter and watching the rain from a window somewhere.

At mid-day Wendy called and said that Tom Wong was looking into the possibility of challenging Saint Jane’s policy of not allowing their girls to be adopted. She said that one of his Associates found a case back in the 19th Century where a similar establishment for homeless boys was not allowing adoptions and a court overruled their charter. Right then he was feeling things out but if it turned out to be a viable action he would twist some arms to get a hearing on the matter next week.

“Ask Tom to talk to Myron Bloom. I know they don’t particularly like each other, but since they are both on the same war path, maybe they can cooperate on this one.”

“Okay. Why?’'

“If this is going into court it probably won’t be a good idea to have any advanced publicity about it. If there is something wrong there it might tip them off. “

“And if there isn’t?”

“Then it wouldn’t matter. But something tells me it is better to be safe….”

“Then sorry. I’ll tell you truly Brian, I have the same feeling. I’ll talk to him right now.”

“Thank you. I love you.”

“Love you right back.”

After he hung up Brian had a sense of relief. He hadn’t realized it but that was something that had been bothering him. Bloom was a powerful man in Hollywood and he knew that Lester Lynx was also. If they wanted to start any sort of publicity campaign about Christy it would be a big one. Better not to do it than to have Christy drawn through the sieve of public scrutiny. But a challenge in the court to Saint Jane’s mad policy is a much saner, cleaner way of doing things. If it works he and Wendy can get Christy back without turning a searchlight on to Saint Jane’s. After she returns, if the authorities want to investigate the place then let the mud fly if it must. It depended now on Tom and Myron agreeing with each other on this one.

He sat back and composed a couplet which he kept repeating to himself.

“Bloom and Wong,
Get along.”

(To be continued.)


Beth said...

I think Brian's decision was prudent and logical.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Like two storm fronts colliding I think.

Big Mark 243 said...

While I think that this is headed for a big smash up, I think that folks working in secret, HATE the light. The publicity would force St. Jane's hand, whether or not Brian wins. When crap policy is known about, it gets changed.

I would not be surprised, given the 'DaVinci Code', if St. Jane's didn't have some home run hitters in the meat of the order.