SHORTS FROM THE SHELF features short serialized fiction by author Shannon Muir, administrator of SHANNON MUIR’S THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF, that may be later released as part of e-book or print collections. The story line featured over the next  fourteen days is “Shining a Light on Crime”. This is Part 11 of 14.

Roxane felt amazingly comfortable under the wig and clothes she had on to change her appearance. She so desperately wanted to act in the high school plays, but unfortunately she always ended up running the light board – perhaps perpetually typecast. However, if Roxane hadn’t constantly been on lighting board detail, she would have never met her older daughter’s father who worked the audio boards.


Now would be her time to shine.


“I am here for my appointment,” a disguised Roxane told the woman at the front desk.


“Your name, please,” the receptionist at the publicity company asked.


“Celle,” she said.


“Just Celle?” the receptionist confirmed.


“Many celebrities have single word names, darling. Why such a surprise? Just let them know I am here.”


The receptionist picked up the phone.


“Celle has arrived.”


In a moment, the public relations agent stepped out. Roxane saw she’d chosen right dressing in the tastes the internet claimed this PR mogul preferred. She saw the look of shock on her face.


“I thought you said that Zelle was in. Who is this impostor?”


Roxane stepped forward.


“The name is Chelle. It appears there has been some confusion. But it is precisely why I need to speak with you. I understand you represent Zelle Lyte, and she may be infringing on some things I have a right to.”


“Then why not bring a lawyer? Why come alone?”


“I wanted to talk the issues out with Zelle in person first, and hoped maybe you could make that happen.”


Roxane waited to see what the publicist would do next.


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