Thursday, 12 November 2015

CLEANER II: Chapter Five - Part Ten


Well at long last, allow me to present the next episode of Cleaner! 

My convalescence is going well and I was able to find the strength and focus to get on with this today. I'm hoping to proceed with more episodes in the near future and start Lady Ann up again too. 

It probably won't be quite as often as it was before my surgery - not for now - but I am going to do my best to keep releasing episodes semi-regularly. 

I hope you enjoy them... 



MELISSA

Over the past months, when I might otherwise have been eating excessively, I had found something else to feed on: fantasies. Fantasies about how I might really come to look like Dahlia; how I might even become enough like her to fool people back in England. I had engorged myself on these fantasies in spare moments, as I lay in bed or by the pool, as I did my training; to light myself up as one of my many men pumped and grunted on top of me, caring more for his own pleasure than mine.

Since the very beginning, standing on the side of the road in that terrible storm, just before we left the UK, when I had come inches away from ending my life, I had treasured the daydream that we could really change places. Now I had accepted that there was some true possibility there, all the ideas I’d had were flooding my mind. Surely I had worked out every little detail by now. Surely I knew exactly how I was going to do it.

And I had been working toward this from the very beginning, hadn’t I? Since we first arrived in Greece.

I had taken photographs of our faces at that starting point, from every angle. As I did it I had known exactly why I was doing it, even as I lied to poor, stupid Dahlia.

I took out those photos now and sat on the edge of my bed, my lips cured up at the edges, flicking them one after another onto the cover beside me so that they were all on display. It was so delightful seeing my old face. It was so bloated! I could scarce believe that it used to be me – I was so used to being slim now. I was disgustingly fat. But that wasn’t the best thing. The best thing was that when I first took out the pictures and saw my old face, my first reaction had been to think that it wasn’t even me – that it was her as she was now! Oh, how I had laughed at that!

As for her old face... the beautiful face she used to have... I looked at it then at myself in the mirror, over and over again, chin rising and falling. I hadn’t been imagining what I saw in the dance studio. We really did look alike now. It was uncanny. Not the same; not identical – of course not – but close enough to be cousins; maybe even sisters.

And close enough for the reason I had taken these photos to maybe work.

Surgery.

It wasn’t a magical transformation – I wished that it could be – but I had been doing research for some time now; watching videos online and reading loads of firsthand accounts. The advances they had made in just the last couple of years were remarkable. They really could perform miracles.

I closed my hands, the last photo resting on my knee.

Although the greater part of me was crazily excited about the prospect of that, another part of me was terrified.

But any pain, any risk, was worth it to steal this life.

I wasn’t an idiot. I knew it wasn’t guaranteed that I would look exactly as she had, but I had a plan to cover that and frankly, if it worked, it worked. If it didn’t then I would still end up a beautiful slim woman. I would have lost nothing.

And maybe gained everything.

I went to the computer and started setting it up. I made contact with the surgery in Bangkok that seemed like the best place to do it, all things considered. I looked up flights and checked prices for first class seats and scummy seats. I found a couple of hotels near the clinic for our convalescence.

I set the wheels in motion.

I was thinking about an A-list Hollywood star I knew who had had surgery to keep herself looking young and how afterwards she hadn’t looked quite the same. I was always seeing celebrities on the front of magazines who I didn’t recognise at all, who had changed their looks and updated their style.

And this was why I needed to talk to Dahlia’s agent, Tommy.

It would be him that would start the rumours of “my” facial surgery. He would get the story out there in the gossip rags so that when I appeared in the limelight, people would already be expecting a difference. All I needed to do was get as close as I could to the original Dahlia’s face. The willing suspension of disbelief would... hopefully... do the rest.

The idea of calling Tommy filled me with fear, but I could do this. I could do anything.

And it was thanks to the other preparation I had undergone that my confidence was at least reasonably high.

The recordings.

For the entire duration of our trade, Dahlia and I had spent long sessions recounting the details of our original lives to one another, and even longer listening back to them; learning the details of our new personas. I knew her history and relationships as well as she did now; surely enough to pass if I was careful.

I could do it.

And if it all went wrong then I could end the call. He would remain none the wiser.

I shut the computer down and went to the mirror.

“You’re Dahlia Western,” I said to myself. “You’re invincible. You’re beautiful. You are going to steal that stupid bitch’s life and there’s nothing she can do to stop you.”

I grinned at myself and took a deep breath.

Then I reached for my phone and called up Tommy’s number.





23 comments:

  1. What a lovely surprise! I've been dropping by now and then to see if there was any news about your health and we have a new posting of Cleaner to enjoy! Just don't over do it.

    It seems Eric's demand for plastic surgery is being met. It seems a good ploy to involve Tommy because it will help to explain any slight differences in appearance because now it seems certain that the swap is going to be extended to England. Dahlia's only hope is that she still has access to her money apart from the accounts she handed over to Melissa.

    Thanks you so much for this and take care.

    Robyn H

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    1. Yeah. The tension is starting to mount.

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  2. Welcome back! Great new chapter. Now the biggest challenge will be to involve original Dahlia. And cunning plan on Melissa's part to explain why she might look different!

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    1. Yeah. Let's hope she's cunning enough!

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  3. What a delight it was to find this new episode!!! I am so happy that you are on the path to wellness, but as Robyn said, don't over do it! :)

    I am excited to see that Melissa is going to take the next step. She's built a solid foundation on which to build her new life as Dahlia Western and at the same time, bury Dahlia beneath it.

    Will Dahlia stand a chance once Melissa has her face, her life, her money?

    We shall see in the next Finn-tastic episode! :)

    Keep on getting well!

    Robert

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    1. I will attempt to keep on getting well.

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    2. Still get a chill on the second read! Very nice work.

      Loved how you handled the fact that she may not look exactly like Dahlia when she re-enters the modeling world as Dahlia Western. I can't wait to see Dahlia's reaction when Melissa shows up with her new face! :)

      Melissa has a wickedly cunning mind! I can't wait for more!

      --Robert

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    3. I think Dahlia will also be getting surgery so the changes in Melissa won't be a surprise at all because she'll have some of her own. Melissa has booked both first and coach class air tickets and selected two hotels for their convalesence. You can make a small wager as to the quality of the hotels and who will be where :)

      She seems confident that Dahlia will accept her authority for the surgery to take place. I wonder if such a drastic measure may cause Dahlia to think again before it's too late.

      Robyn H

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    4. Robyn,
      I read it too fast the first time and realized that Melissa intends to have Dahlia go under the knife too after my post!

      I am anxious to see how Melissa talks Dahlia into going through with it! :)

      --Robert

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  4. wonderful to "hear" from you again. I'm glad you are feeling better. hope progress continues. Fantastic posting btw, gave me chills.
    get lots of rest and fluids or not, (I have no medical knowledge, shocking I know) take care of yourself.

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  5. Great news to see you are now really on the mend. It shows how we take our health for granted till it is snatched from us like that and I was quite worried. Good to see you are back and thank you for such a devilishly erotic comeback :-)

    Mike W

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  6. Glad to see you back to health and writing again, Emma.
    I really missed reading "Cleaner". That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the newest chapter of your masterpiece.
    Maybe I got it wrong, but did I detect a small change of pace in your narrative style? ;-)
    In any event, I was a little surprised to read about "the surgery" that soon. But you presented the idea in a believable way, so I dont mind.
    Actually, I really liked your newest trip into Melissas mind very much. Seeing Melissa putting all the pieces together needed for sealing Dahlias fate and realizing how all of her long-ranged manipulations ingeniously come to fruition was sort of fascinating.
    Similar to watching a venomous spider going for the kill after secretly weaving her web around its naive prey.
    I´m still biting my nails....

    marc

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  7. Glad to see that you are feeling better and on the mend. Loved this episode of cleaner it is not so far fetched it is all within the magic of science.

    Rob

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  8. Welcome back! I am so glad that you are feelling better. I hope things continue to improve.
    Terrific chapter, I love man ythings here. First I love thwwe way you continual sprinkle the word 'magic't throughout your chapters. Poor Dehlia! thinks loko bleak indeed for her.
    I love that the pictures she taken when they first arrived are now going to be used. LOL that M laughes looking at her old photo & ar first thinks its D. Also, I remember that they also exchnged hones os naturally M now has all of D's friends & contacts at her call. I doubt if M's Phone cna reaches over seas, I hope you write of her conversation with Tommy!
    & of course they will now travel on each other's pasports. Wickedly funny! as if M trabvelonng first class & D in LAst class. Bancock is an intertesting choice,
    One sentence you might want to modify is the one where she says I am goingto steal this life. I think it would be more dramatic & poignant to say something like I am going to steal Dahlia's life. That makes it mor e personal, perhaps?

    Anyway, great to see you're feling better!

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