By: Jennifer Cook
“Cut!” the director yelled.
“Finally! Put me down!” Jane squirmed as he put her down.
“Gladly,” he whispered under his breath as he walked away.
Jane could’ve killed her agent for setting up this project. Of all the costars she could have had, she had to be paired with Jim Stevens. She knew she needed to be grateful. Everyone was well aware of the fact that she wasn’t getting any younger. Her agent insisted that a romantic comedy with Hollywood’s leading man would do the trick. She first had to make it through a few more weeks. It didn’t help matters that they were filming throughout the southwest. They were far from civilization for much of the project so far, and she was getting increasingly uncomfortable with the scenes she and Jim had to film.
She tried not to show her true feelings. She tried to be professional, but the old feelings had surfaced as soon as she saw him again. It had been sixteen years since they last worked together. Many people didn’t even realize they were old costars. Jane was in her prime in her mid-twenties, and audiences adored her good looks and comic timing. At the time Jim was a no name actor, with very small parts. He played a waiter during one of her big scenes. They shot it several times, over several days, and she and Jim got to know each other. In fact, they started a very steamy affair. At first she thought the whole world would find out, but she was surprised by how easy it had been to keep it a secret.
She fell in love with Jim. She fell hard. He seemed to feel the same way, but as soon as he was cast in a bigger part, he dumped her. She was devastated. Their entire relationship had been kept secret, so nobody had any idea why she started acting so weird during the summer of ’47. She had found it difficult to work, and her agent threatened to drop her a few times if she didn’t get her act together. What had hurt the most was seeing how easy it was for Jim to move on with his life. She realized at that moment that he really was a phenomenal actor.
That’s what made this movie so difficult. Nobody knew of their affair, and she could feel herself being pulled into his spell again.
The director announced they would have an hour break. Jim had disappeared. Jane ran up to her trailer, her yellow dress blowing in the hot wind. She was close to tears, and didn’t want anyone to see her. As soon as she closed the door, he was there. He quickly put his arms around her and kissed her hard. She tried to fight back, but she couldn’t. Sixteen years of hurt and hatred just disappeared, and she decided all she wanted to do was live in this moment; to have him carry her away in the sunset.