Marilyn sat on the hot bus, and a hundred thoughts whirled through her head and out her left ear. She had left behind her family, her home, and some guy in Louisiana... and just pulled up stakes and headed for Tinseltown. It was a brazen move. But would it pay off?
Yes, she was hopeful for stardom and fame, but she also knew that there was a chance that she very well could end up working behind the snack counter in Woolworth's at the orange-ade machine where a skinny, horse-faced assistant manager named Kenny would develop a crush on her. (A grim scenario she cared not to entertain.)
Finally she arrived at The Hollywood Hopefuls Hotel. It had once been a glorious place, a towering jewel in the heart of Hollywood. But now the place seemed so desolate somehow, so very uncared for... like Truman Capote's gym bag.
Marilyn approached the front desk and placed her suitcase on the floor. A petite, clean cut man of about sixty with thick glasses and a shock of silver hair appeared at the front desk.
"Checking in, my deeeeeaaaaar?" he asked.
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