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Excerpt from THESE DAYS
A short story by Margo Christie
"A Glittery Romp down Memory Lane on an Historic Burlesque Strip ...."
Fueled by a passion for 1940s movies and her jazz musician father's tales of a time when “every hole-in-the wall bar had a band,” 14-year old Becky Shelling dreams of a career in show biz. When her beloved dad disappears, Becky finds solace in Carolyn Kibble, upstairs neighbor and barmaid at her dad's former haunt, the Half-Mile Bar. But it is the attention of smooth-talking businessman Lenny Moss that she really craves. Taking Becky to work for him on Baltimore's World-Famous Block, Lenny inadvertently leads her down a path of self-discovery on a once-stylish, now-decrepit adult entertainment strip where everyone has a tale about “the good old days,” but nothing is quite as it seems.
As Becky struggles to reconcile her life as Lenny’s mistress/star performer with the realization that her father wasn't the man she'd believed him to be, These Days juxtaposes past and present, myth and reality in ways that shine a light on the pitfalls of nostalgia and challenge the tenacity with which we cling to the past.