Priest of Sales
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Storyline: An overworked executive finds her private life destroyed by incessant business demands. While suffering through her employer's scheme to build the business and avoid retirement expenses through burning people out, she tries to save a casanova associate. Through her efforts, she comes to grips with her own sexuality, spirituality, and helps rescue the company.
Some of the scenes contain sexual references that aren't appropriate for children. Deals with mature sexual themes. Contains some language that some might find offensive.
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What exactly did my warped little mind have in mind? Mostly fun for myself - and I wanted to get some things off my mind so I could write about other things - especially rid of work related things. A casual reader might think this story is about saving Beau Monde Enterprises. It isn't. A critical reader might lose the path - it isn't a rewritten and polished story.
The story at its basic level is about acceptance - knowing there is a place for you in this world.
Gina, the main character in this story, seems accepted by others, but a former relationship went way out of bounds in passionate sexuality. It hurt them both and shook the company they worked for. That was preceded and followed by Gina's excessive devotion to Beau Monde. A mystic, she frequently has an excessive need for meditation - devotion to God - searching for answers. Sometimes she mixes them all. She needs acceptance as she is. But in her school days, she was the epitomy of the outcast - a mystic, someone who went into a trance and embarrassed everyone - "different" - forced to go to a private school where she might be understood. Why a mystic? People who seem the most "religious," or the most "leader" or the most "whatever" aren't really any different than anyone else. The sexual and other problems are symbolic - they represent the deeply rooted difficulties that Gina has been facing.
It's no coincidence that Gina tries to rescue Travis, who has problems of his own that also come out as sexual problems. He has problems with self-acceptance related to esteem. I give Travis's problems the 60 minute television episode treatment - they get cured much too quickly, but there is still some realism in it.
The themes used to develop this story are sexuality, overwork, love (true, not selfish), spirituality, and self-esteem. I let these play out in a glamour setting. Each detail regarding these themes is based on fact and accurately portrayed.
There are two subplots: the survival of Beau Monde, and Travis's casanova problem. Additionally there is the mystery of the meaning of Gina's dream. These all entertwine with the main plot and help develop it. The dream episodes are also a motif, but not as strategically placed as they could be.
Kenrick is the villain. He is a poor business manager with nothing ever on his mind but personal gain. The business decisions that Kenrick makes hurt people. Even his good decisions are made for the wrong reasons. Business decisions are difficult and have to be made - they aren't evil. Kenrick's problem is that he is not involved with the development of his people - it's just a contest to him - loser loses big. Most business decisions in real business are made for the good of the company, but companies realize that making their employees relatively happy and developing them is part of what makes them profitable. Kenrick doesn't care - he has nothing on his mind but himself.
Gina's non-acceptance comes out in her sex life (gaining acceptance through sex). When that causes problems and she feels less accepted, she rejects that part of her life and channels her need into work, which is already her safety rope. It is a major problem for her to repress her sexuality, and it comes through in her inappropriate dress during her meditations with Travis. She verbalizes early in the story that she doesn't want to happen to her what happened to her father - suicide from being out of work - not accepted. But she can't see that in herself until nearly the end of the story. Near the end, she has built up some confidence in herself and begins to accept herself some. This is symbolized by her dream in which she visits the nun who accepted her as a child, and she frees herself from the chains that she knew she had placed on herself.
Gina's objection to Beau Monde's slave attitude comes through in her rejection of being "owned" by God or anyone, and by her realization that Kenrick is taking away her life. But her fear is born of her father's suicide from no work. ( I wrote this story at a time when I had left the corporate world, for roughly the same reason, and was facing finding work during a period of massive downsizing and unemployment.) In the end, Gina encounters her fear (or the result of it) and enlightened and motivated she refuses to be owned by her fear. She changes jobs. She presents herself to God as she is.