submitted by Olivia (Ollie) Paras
from Julie Hyzy's fourth White House Chef Mystery
Buffalo West Wing
Last time I was here to talk to you I thought all my troubles could be spelled C-H-I-C-K-E-N W-I-N-G-S, but those poisoned poultry parts were just the beginning of my problems.
Imagine the stress: sick staff members, hostage crisis, Secret Service breathing down my neck.
Worst of all, I made a terrible first impression on our new First Lady, and alienated the kids while I was at it.
Talk about an inauspicious start. The situation deteriorated with Mrs. Hyden's decision to bring a new chef into the White House without consulting me first. His name is Virgil - a new nemesis for me to deal with - hired as their personal chef. Umm... my job is supposed to be to feed the First Family. What does his presence make me? Chief potato peeler?
With all the angst going on in the kitchen, my friend, Cyan, and I decided we needed a girls' night out. What else to do but check out the work of one of the city's new super chefs? Always fun. Or so we thought. Instead of coming home with new ideas for food preparation, however, I wound up with a date!
Thinking about it later, I realized Cyan had been acting as my "wing woman." Thanks a lot, Cyan! Even so, I couldn't even imagine how it had happened. My guard was down, I guess. And I didn't want to hurt the guy's feelings. I desperately did not want to go out with him, but somehow wound up agreeing to. What the heck happened to my resolve? I blame it on all the stress.
I won't get into details about how it went, but I will ask you: Have you ever accidentally agreed to do something (not just a date) that you absolutely didn't want to do? Was your guard down or did you just want to spare someone's feelings? How did it turn out?
Thanks for letting me pop in today. By the way, my author Julie Hyzy is running a super quick contest for all the super quick readers out there. Visit her blog here: CONTEST for details. Ends Thursday at midnight.
Best to all!