January 26, 2005 – Salvaging the Lem Factor

This entry is part 12 of 49 in the series The Story Project

By Cassandra Talbot

Amazing.

I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but that’s how I’d describe this week. Probably both, actually.

Katrina officially joined us Monday, with a short story to boot; however, that joy was short-lived. We had our first meeting today at Dr. Xay’s mansion and were followed in an hour later by Stuart Lem, who took the liberty of having our bags packed and had some well-dressed flunkies put them at our feet. This was how we were told we were expected to live at the mansion, because “the Story Project is to consist of intensive study and training. ” Surprisingly enough, the people who were the most gracious about it were Dr. Xay and his wife, but Katrina and Sarah both stormed out. Sarah had a day off yesterday, and I wasn’t in the office today, so I don’t know if she came in or not. I haven’t heard from Katrina and don’t expect to. Honestly, I don’t know what to do. This certainly isn’t the job I had in mind when I quit my last one, so I can’t say that I blame the other two ladies for being as infuriated as they were. Am I back at square one? Perhaps I ask the wrong question. Perhaps the question is this: do I stay and salvage this, or do I walk? If I salvage it, how? Do I wring Lem’s neck? Do I start over gathering students? Or do I get Katrina and Sarah back? And if I walk … then what? I’m out of a job, and I’m definitely out of a vision. Actually, I think I’m out of a vision as we speak. But regardless, what in the world am I supposed to do with this?

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