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CHAPTER TWO

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THE RECORD LABEL TYCOON

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[GRACELYN]


I am home alone as always and when l look at the clock...the time says Chloe might walk in anytime but hey you cannot predict how long will her shoot take


Oh what shoot l am talking about?


Well this morning she came to my bedroom and bragged about the magazine shoot she is going to make at this high profiled studio where legends biographies are found...l think her biography will be availed there most definitely will be availed


It hurts that she is going to that shoot but just last week she went for a shoot for a billboard advertisement..yes she will be in a billboard and l heard something like the billboard being placed in the most famous bridge..yes of course l am referring to "thee" Mandela bridge...she must be living a dream


You know l sometimes wonder if she can do a reality show l will be featured as a what..


Am l even going to be featured??


Hell no l doubt


(Background voices...few second later Mr "Hector" and Mrs "Jenny" James walked in )


Hector: "I am so proud of my daughter"


He said with felicity all over her face


Jenny: "Your daughter?"


Jenny answered with frustration


Hector: "You heard me very well...l said my daughter and wow she is already internationally known..l can't believe l carried a star in my balls for some time"


Jenny: "You mean a dancer who is now pretending to be a singer"


Hector: "Jenny please save your bad ernegy"


Jenny: "Look how you just reacted after reminded you about your dirty deeds then if you personally reacted like that...imagine how the world will react when they find out about what you are up to"


Hector: "and who will tell them?"


Jenny: "Hector people ain't stupid okay!"


Hector: "no one said they are"


(Background screams)


We all stared in concern regarding the noise we just heard ..just in few seconds our precious mighty talented Chloe walked in


Chloe: "Daddy..daddy..daddy"


Said Daddy's little girl running to daddy


Chloe: "Daddy..l am trending daddy"


Hector: "what!?"


Chloe: "Look dad look!"


Daddy's girl handed the phone to Daddy immediately when he saw whatever he saw He opened her mouth agape


Hector: "what!"


He said the dropped the phone on the floor the lifted his daughter and hugged him tightly whilst they are making noise as a form of celebration


They then pulled the hug..


Chloe: "mom ain't you happy for me?" 


She asked Jenny who just pulled herself and changed her frowning facial expression to a smiling one..faked smile


Jenny: "I am baby...l am happy for you and uhmm congratulations and excuse me"


She said then left


Chloe: "Dad"


Hector: "Baby..


Chloe: "why is mom not happy for me?"


Hector: "No baby...not like that"


Chuckles...


Hector: "It's not like that you know that your mother wants the best for you as much as l do and you should know woman better maybe she is going through hormones or..."


Chloe: "is she pregnant"


Hector: "No...no silly she is way too old for that..you are our only doll baby"


Chloe: "But why l feel like a doll on my father's side?"


Hector: "Because your father doesn't go through period pain"


Chloe: "oh... snap!...so she is on her periods?..yeah eish l understand worse since she is old"


Hector: "You see there is nothing to worry about...errh Gracelyn"


Me: "uncle sir"


Hector: "please go and two glasses...oh make it three glasses of champagne and come celebrate with us"


Me: "right on the way...uncle sir"


I said then left...


You don't have to question that..this has been my life since l got in this house


Well l am comming from the rural areas and l used to stand in taxi rank with my guitar and sing whilst people are throwing coins as form of appreciating me


It wasn't much but at least a day l would make R300 if people don't have money l would come with plus...minus a Rl00 that's until l met Mr James


Mr James used to pass by me and drop about R500 or more in my bowl...that happened for about two months and the third one she walked past me going with Mrs James (Jenny) who suggested they take me and sign me in their record label


My life changed within weeks..l recorded my songs without performing them and when l asked them about that he told me that l won't perform mine is just to record and that's all


I think l was supposed to depart this place immediately after he said that but l guess l was fooled by En suits..white sheets...Fancy breakfast...swimming pools.. Morden furniture's etc 


Look now here l am...a servant and a ghost musician..have you ever heard about that?.... this is how l live everyday


Well l went to take the glasses and champagne...l was with them but l couldn't bare the pain so l decided to excuse myself before they notice


I went to the bedroom they said it's mine and l went straight to the mirror and gave myself a glance...


"How did you end up here grace?"


I asked myself..then l felt someone's presence then l saw Mrs James leaning on the door folding her arms through the mirror...l wiped my tears then turned to face her


Me: "Aunty Ms"


She came closer and crouch to my level...she then reached my hand and squeezed it


Jenny: "Never ever wipe your tears when you haven't heal..let them fall as much as they want to and l am happy to see you cry...you know why?..it shows that you have cried for too long now you are withdrawing from the pain..which is a good thing..the sun will set for Chloe and Hector and it will rise for us "


Me: "Ma'am l am sorry to say this but...l hate your husband..l despice him with passion and l hate staying here"


Jenny: " And you have every right to feel like that..if anyone was in your shoes he or she was going to feel the same way you are feeling"


I took a look at Jenny and wondered if she is being for real or acting smart on me


Jenny: "what?"


Me: "This is unusual how can you choose to support me not your child Chloe...l mean l saw how you reacted when they were celebrating"


Jenny: "l might be an ex porn star with many viewers but l am coming from a good family where the difference between wrong and right was defined everyday"


Oh that answer was too deep and l wish k withdrew my question


[CHLOE]


Well... well...well life has no description because the word good it's not good enough to explain the world l am living in...


This is more than just being people's favourite...being a motivation to other celebrities...being a celebrity to other celebrities 


Your girl is a Diva..l have made a name for myself


Although my life has changed l can't take public transport and l use private jets l have to hide myself or disguise when l want to walk in public in peace...l enjoy every moment of it...l remember when l landed at airport some girl drew attention to me and screamed out her lungs like a lunatic and ran to me for a hug and the other licked my shoes..siesss then there was the other who took my wig...it was an embarrassing and funny moment


Then emotional moments like when was at the mall a young girl ran to me and cried whilst hugging me and showed me her phone gallery..she had pics of me l no longer had...her playlist were my songs...l nearly died out if happiness that day and hey as a form of appreciation l paid for her school fees for the whole year


Education comes first guys...yes entertainment it's nice but not everyone was meant to be in the industry..as much as we want actor and actresses...singers and comedians we also want doctors and pilots... Accountants and Business man and women


Well no matter how happy l can be..every situation has its on challenges... especially on an interview when they ask me to sing a line without a Mic it raise a red flag because my life depends on that mic with Gracelyn's voice


Yes people are not stupid and there was an article stating that the songs l am performing are not mine but the story wasn't accurate because they said the artist died long time ago 


What saved me is that after the statement was said the artist died a long time ago... Gracelyn recorded and my dad produced and released the song which was a tool we used to defend ourselves


We asked if the artist died a long time ago..we then asked if we have woken her up and made her record they failed to reply and that's how l managed to win my fans back


After some time the matters were laid to rest...some idiot came with some evidence pure evidence to prove that indeed there is someone we are using but he was such an immature clever idiot because as we speak he is six feet under and no one recognised that he is no more...


(Door knock)


That must be Gracelyn..l am expecting her since l asked a driver to drive her to the main Label


Me: "come in"


She got in and hey l went straight to the point...you know when people talk about you..that make you to work so hard


Me: "Grace...guess what..oh well l won't wait for you to guess"


Gracelyn: "okay..shot then"


Me: "l wrote a song and l already have a key"


Gracelyn: "oh really"


She answered with interest


Me: "yep"


Gracelyn: "okay let's get to it"


Well l nervously took out the lyrics...l mean nervous because this is the first song l have ever created in my life...


I begun to sing and Gracelyn didn't seem to be pleased at all


Her facial expression was like a face of a judge in some certain competition listening to a contestant who is terribly singing to ruin the day


Me: "Anything wrong?"


Gracelyn: "No absolutely no...the lyrics are fine but the key...the key...l am interested in the key"


Me: "what about it?"


Gracelyn: "It's not too good"


Me: "That's for you to fix...isn't that the reason why l called you here?"


Gracelyn: "yeah it's not to good as much as l think l know it from somewhere"


Me: "from where?"


Gracelyn: "l don't know but something is off with your lyrics.. borrow me that pad"


She took the pad and sang the lyrics out loud


Gracelyn: "oh now l get it...these are Sia's lyrics and you just changed to words to synonyms"


I yanked the pad in annoyance..l regret why l even called the stupid brat here...and how did she even notice??


Me: "No one will notice"


Gracelyn: "I noticed and you can be sued for piracy...why don't you make a cover if you like the song?"


Me: "Gracelyn the knowest..l don't want to make a cover..l want to make a song..my song and you know what..l will make millions and millions with the so called "piracy" okay?! "


Gracelyn: "It's always been about you and what you want and the rest doesn't matter..you don't care about the world and other people" 


Eh..so gracelyn can act this dangerous??


Me: "and who is other people?"


Gracelyn: Me...how can you do this to me?...Living my dream?...do you even take time to list yourself in my shoes?...feel my pain.. depriving me to connect with my people?...yes you can take my songs but holding me hostage it's the worst ...l am walking around.. uncomfortably having a cuff in my leg being punished for what l was given by God without asking..for what?..fame?...money?... endless photoshoots and interviews?


Me: "ENOUGH!!"


Just after l snapped the energetic Gracelyn calmed down...l don't know how l even breathed fire but it placed gracelyn in her position


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02

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THE RECORD LABEL TYCOON

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[GRACELYN]


I am home alone as always and when l look at the clock...the time says Chloe might walk in anytime but hey you cannot predict how long will her shoot take


Oh what shoot l am talking about?


Well this morning she came to my bedroom and bragged about the magazine shoot she is going to make at this high profiled studio where legends biographies are found...l think her biography will be availed there most definitely will be availed


It hurts that she is going to that shoot but just last week she went for a shoot for a billboard advertisement..yes she will be in a billboard and l heard something like the billboard being placed in the most famous bridge..yes of course l am referring to "thee" Mandela bridge...she must be living a dream


You know l sometimes wonder if she can do a reality show l will be featured as a what..


Am l even going to be featured??


Hell no l doubt


(Background voices...few second later Mr "Hector" and Mrs "Jenny" James walked in )


Hector: "I am so proud of my daughter"


He said with felicity all over her face


Jenny: "Your daughter?"


Jenny answered with frustration


Hector: "You heard me very well...l said my daughter and wow she is already internationally known..l can't believe l carried a star in my balls for some time"


Jenny: "You mean a dancer who is now pretending to be a singer"


Hector: "Jenny please save your bad ernegy"


Jenny: "Look how you just reacted after reminded you about your dirty deeds then if you personally reacted like that...imagine how the world will react when they find out about what you are up to"


Hector: "and who will tell them?"


Jenny: "Hector people ain't stupid okay!"


Hector: "no one said they are"


(Background screams)


We all stared in concern regarding the noise we just heard ..just in few seconds our precious mighty talented Chloe walked in


Chloe: "Daddy..daddy..daddy"


Said Daddy's little girl running to daddy


Chloe: "Daddy..l am trending daddy"


Hector: "what!?"


Chloe: "Look dad look!"


Daddy's girl handed the phone to Daddy immediately when he saw whatever he saw He opened her mouth agape


Hector: "what!"


He said the dropped the phone on the floor the lifted his daughter and hugged him tightly whilst they are making noise as a form of celebration


They then pulled the hug..


Chloe: "mom ain't you happy for me?" 


She asked Jenny who just pulled herself and changed her frowning facial expression to a smiling one..faked smile


Jenny: "I am baby...l am happy for you and uhmm congratulations and excuse me"


She said then left


Chloe: "Dad"


Hector: "Baby..


Chloe: "why is mom not happy for me?"


Hector: "No baby...not like that"


Chuckles...


Hector: "It's not like that you know that your mother wants the best for you as much as l do and you should know woman better maybe she is going through hormones or..."


Chloe: "is she pregnant"


Hector: "No...no silly she is way too old for that..you are our only doll baby"


Chloe: "But why l feel like a doll on my father's side?"


Hector: "Because your father doesn't go through period pain"


Chloe: "oh... snap!...so she is on her periods?..yeah eish l understand worse since she is old"


Hector: "You see there is nothing to worry about...errh Gracelyn"


Me: "uncle sir"


Hector: "please go and two glasses...oh make it three glasses of champagne and come celebrate with us"


Me: "right on the way...uncle sir"


I said then left...


You don't have to question that..this has been my life since l got in this house


Well l am comming from the rural areas and l used to stand in taxi rank with my guitar and sing whilst people are throwing coins as form of appreciating me


It wasn't much but at least a day l would make R300 if people don't have money l would come with plus...minus a Rl00 that's until l met Mr James


Mr James used to pass by me and drop about R500 or more in my bowl...that happened for about two months and the third one she walked past me going with Mrs James (Jenny) who suggested they take me and sign me in their record label


My life changed within weeks..l recorded my songs without performing them and when l asked them about that he told me that l won't perform mine is just to record and that's all


I think l was supposed to depart this place immediately after he said that but l guess l was fooled by En suits..white sheets...Fancy breakfast...swimming pools.. Morden furniture's etc 


Look now here l am...a servant and a ghost musician..have you ever heard about that?.... this is how l live everyday


Well l went to take the glasses and champagne...l was with them but l couldn't bare the pain so l decided to excuse myself before they notice


I went to the bedroom they said it's mine and l went straight to the mirror and gave myself a glance...


"How did you end up here grace?"


I asked myself..then l felt someone's presence then l saw Mrs James leaning on the door folding her arms through the mirror...l wiped my tears then turned to face her


Me: "Aunty Ms"


She came closer and crouch to my level...she then reached my hand and squeezed it


Jenny: "Never ever wipe your tears when you haven't heal..let them fall as much as they want to and l am happy to see you cry...you know why?..it shows that you have cried for too long now you are withdrawing from the pain..which is a good thing..the sun will set for Chloe and Hector and it will rise for us "


Me: "Ma'am l am sorry to say this but...l hate your husband..l despice him with passion and l hate staying here"


Jenny: " And you have every right to feel like that..if anyone was in your shoes he or she was going to feel the same way you are feeling"


I took a look at Jenny and wondered if she is being for real or acting smart on me


Jenny: "what?"


Me: "This is unusual how can you choose to support me not your child Chloe...l mean l saw how you reacted when they were celebrating"


Jenny: "l might be an ex porn star with many viewers but l am coming from a good family where the difference between wrong and right was defined everyday"


Oh that answer was too deep and l wish k withdrew my question


[CHLOE]


Well... well...well life has no description because the word good it's not good enough to explain the world l am living in...


This is more than just being people's favourite...being a motivation to other celebrities...being a celebrity to other celebrities 


Your girl is a Diva..l have made a name for myself


Although my life has changed l can't take public transport and l use private jets l have to hide myself or disguise when l want to walk in public in peace...l enjoy every moment of it...l remember when l landed at airport some girl drew attention to me and screamed out her lungs like a lunatic and ran to me for a hug and the other licked my shoes..siesss then there was the other who took my wig...it was an embarrassing and funny moment


Then emotional moments like when was at the mall a young girl ran to me and cried whilst hugging me and showed me her phone gallery..she had pics of me l no longer had...her playlist were my songs...l nearly died out if happiness that day and hey as a form of appreciation l paid for her school fees for the whole year


Education comes first guys...yes entertainment it's nice but not everyone was meant to be in the industry..as much as we want actor and actresses...singers and comedians we also want doctors and pilots... Accountants and Business man and women


Well no matter how happy l can be..every situation has its on challenges... especially on an interview when they ask me to sing a line without a Mic it raise a red flag because my life depends on that mic with Gracelyn's voice


Yes people are not stupid and there was an article stating that the songs l am performing are not mine but the story wasn't accurate because they said the artist died long time ago 


What saved me is that after the statement was said the artist died a long time ago... Gracelyn recorded and my dad produced and released the song which was a tool we used to defend ourselves


We asked if the artist died a long time ago..we then asked if we have woken her up and made her record they failed to reply and that's how l managed to win my fans back


After some time the matters were laid to rest...some idiot came with some evidence pure evidence to prove that indeed there is someone we are using but he was such an immature clever idiot because as we speak he is six feet under and no one recognised that he is no more...


(Door knock)


That must be Gracelyn..l am expecting her since l asked a driver to drive her to the main Label


Me: "come in"


She got in and hey l went straight to the point...you know when people talk about you..that make you to work so hard


Me: "Grace...guess what..oh well l won't wait for you to guess"


Gracelyn: "okay..shot then"


Me: "l wrote a song and l already have a key"


Gracelyn: "oh really"


She answered with interest


Me: "yep"


Gracelyn: "okay let's get to it"


Well l nervously took out the lyrics...l mean nervous because this is the first song l have ever created in my life...


I begun to sing and Gracelyn didn't seem to be pleased at all


Her facial expression was like a face of a judge in some certain competition listening to a contestant who is terribly singing to ruin the day


Me: "Anything wrong?"


Gracelyn: "No absolutely no...the lyrics are fine but the key...the key...l am interested in the key"


Me: "what about it?"


Gracelyn: "It's not too good"


Me: "That's for you to fix...isn't that the reason why l called you here?"


Gracelyn: "yeah it's not to good as much as l think l know it from somewhere"


Me: "from where?"


Gracelyn: "l don't know but something is off with your lyrics.. borrow me that pad"


She took the pad and sang the lyrics out loud


Gracelyn: "oh now l get it...these are Sia's lyrics and you just changed to words to synonyms"


I yanked the pad in annoyance..l regret why l even called the stupid brat here...and how did she even notice??


Me: "No one will notice"


Gracelyn: "I noticed and you can be sued for piracy...why don't you make a cover if you like the song?"


Me: "Gracelyn the knowest..l don't want to make a cover..l want to make a song..my song and you know what..l will make millions and millions with the so called "piracy" okay?! "


Gracelyn: "It's always been about you and what you want and the rest doesn't matter..you don't care about the world and other people" 


Eh..so gracelyn can act this dangerous??


Me: "and who is other people?"


Gracelyn: Me...how can you do this to me?...Living my dream?...do you even take time to list yourself in my shoes?...feel my pain.. depriving me to connect with my people?...yes you can take my songs but holding me hostage it's the worst ...l am walking around.. uncomfortably having a cuff in my leg being punished for what l was given by God without asking..for what?..fame?...money?... endless photoshoots and interviews?


Me: "ENOUGH!!"


Just after l snapped the energetic Gracelyn calmed down...l don't know how l even breathed fire but it placed gracelyn in her position


[Please excuse the errors]

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.

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