A Tale for the Modern Attention Span
Crescendo Cove is a serialized comedic-drama presented in brief episodes that will be posted twice a week.
“Are you all right, Ms Bolt?”
“What? Yes, I’m fine,” said Viv, her eyes fixating on Benson Benoit, her erstwhile butler and seducer. “Wh-what are you doing here?”
“What am I doing here? Where else would I be on the day that represents the culmination of decades of toiling, plotting and planning? I am here to witness the signature that will finally bring Bolt Fasteners into my hands!”
“Oh why?” she sobbed, “why does it have to end this way? How could I let my poor father down like this? He must be rolling over in his grave right now.”
Beth Breath stood off to one side, herself thinking what a momentous tragedy this day represented.
“It’s not your fault,” Norbert said in his falsetto whisper. “You’re an artist. You’re not cut out for this kind of work. If anything, your father would admire you for making this decision. Even though it’s difficult, it’s the right one.”
Look, there’s Chastity Fate cleaning out the storefront that used to be Crescendo Cove Copies (a small printing firm recently forced out of business by one of those big, soulless chains). Complete with toolbelt around her waist, she’s sweeping and painting and hammering with such vigour because this space is going to be the headquarters of the Crescendo Cove Council of Lesbians and Outed Gays (CCCLOG, which everyone pronounces “Clog”).
Like seemingly everything else she does, Chastity has taken to being a lesbian with boundless energy. Within hours of discovering there was no support group for gay people in Crescendo Cove, she’d formed one. She took care of fund-raising, renting office space, recruiting members and conscripting volunteers “almost single-handedly.”