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“Don’t be nervous,” Bill told Avril.  “You’ll nail this.”

“I hope so,” she muttered.  It was her first day on camera, doing the weekly NewsHour program and she was very nervous. 

It was time.  They stood in front of the cameras. Bill spoke first and then he introduced her.
The program was underway and when it was over, she was relieved but confident that she’d done well.

Weeks later, the producer announced, “The ratings have gone through the roof so, beginning next Monday, this will be the Avril Haines NewsHour.”

Bill gaped at him, “That means…”

“You’re out, Bill.”

99 Words

This post is for the Friday’s Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  You can find this week’s prompt here. To read other stories or to participate, click here.

24 comments

  1. Celebrity is a dirty business, but its also an addiction for those who crave the spotlight. I hope Bill finds something that satisfies his jones now that he’s gotten the boot. And Avril is now the one in the hot seat to perform well enough to stay in it. Good storytelling, Adele.

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    • Good points, Lisa. Yes, Avril is in the hot seat now. The pressure is on her to keep those ratings up. I too hope that poor Boris finds something soon. Perhaps Avril should have stood up for him or maybe she didn’t because she didn’t want to ruffle any feathers.

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    • Yes, fickle is the right word, Sandra. Avril could be there today and gone tomorrow just like Bill if she doesn’t keep the ratings up or someone else comes along who outshines her.

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