LINDA SULLIVAN WAS SURPRISED to hear from Shannon so soon after their meeting. She could hear thunder and lightening in the background as Shannon spoke to her.
"Shannon, is something wrong?" Linda asked, concerned. "You never call me out of the blue."
"I need to ask you a favour. You don't have to do it, but please hear me out." She went on to explain Angie's interest in the story of her and Mike.
Linda was troubled. "I don't know. I'd rather not go through all of that again."
"I'm not excited about it, either," Shannon said. "But Angie will use assumed names. No one will ever know the story took place in Larkin City."
Linda snorted. "The locals will. They'll see the similarities. They still gossip about it to this day."
"How many people in Larkin subscribe to the Manhattan Daily Journal?"
Linda sighed. "Very few, I'm sure. The story won't go any further, will it?"
"I doubt it," Shannon responded. "Angie's boss might not even be interested in the story. If he does give her the go ahead, it will possibly help my daughter's career."
"Would she have to talk with me? Or Sara?"
"Probably. And everyone in my family as well."
Linda bit her lip. "I'd like to help Angie, I really would. How long will it take?"
"Angie didn't say, but I can't imagine it will take too long. The story is pretty cut and dried. She'll do her thing, and the whole article will blow over. You'll see."
"Okay," Linda agreed. "I guess it won't be so bad."
"Great," Shannon enthused. "I have to admit, when Angie first approached me about her project I wasn't very happy, but the more I thought about it the more I realized it won't hurt us. And you have to agree, it does make a fantastic story."
"With our luck, someone will make a television movie about it," Linda joked.
"I don't think so," Shannon laughed. "Besides, what famous Hollywood type would want to play the likes of us?"