TDV 15: Bringing Back The UnordinaryApril 22nd, 2008 by Sharkchild
The Movie Man found me at an awards banquet. It was for my swim team, and it was the last place I expected to meet someone who would change my life. When his greeting occurred, all of the awards and speeches had been given and made, and things had just begun to wind down. Loose conversations were forming around the dining room and some people were already making their way out of the country club. I had been caught in an in-between moment of solitude, casually meandering through the patches of bodies, trying to look intent as to give my uniqueness purpose.
Of course, when the Movie Man first spoke, I did not notice, but by the third time he said my name, I had located him and noticed his need of my attention. He sat at a table with his chair positioned out. A group of people swelled on the side, talking and laughing very loudly. I had never seen him at any of my team’s swim meets or at any other team function. A large, brown beard covered his face and though he was dressed up, he looked untidy.
He stuck out his hand and I shook it.
“Mr. Masselton,” he said, “so glad to meet you. I am privileged to have caught your attention. I have an opportunity you might be interested in. Throughout the course of the next few months, I will be traveling to different oceans around the world to shoot some scenes for a movie that is currently in production. For these scenes, I will need someone of your swimming ability. You will be paid handsomely and you will not have to worry about any expenses, whether travel or trivial.”
I was about to interrupt him, but he stopped me.
“Please do not answer me now. Just think about it and then if you would like to join me, you can call me, but I must know your answer by the end of the month.” He handed me a worn business card that he pulled from an even more worn wallet. “Goodnight, Mr. Masselton, and congratulations on the great year.”
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