A Hollywood Tragedy

Cassondra F.
3 min readJun 17, 2021

To be a leading lady

Photo by Rodion Kutsaev on Unsplash

When I accepted the job of Miss Evelyn’s assistant two years ago, I had no idea what I’d be dealing with. A former actress, Miss Evelyn spends most of her days lying around the mansion calling me for this and that.

“Teeny, darling!” she called, after she rang her little bell.

I informed her that my name is, in fact, Tina on several occasions. But it didn’t seem to make a difference.

On one particularly difficult day, I was preparing lunch for Miss Evelyn and her special guests. These special guests were well-known producers. Her agent set up the meeting knowing his client was desperate for work.

While in the middle of cutting carrots for the roast, I was startled by my employer’s shrieking. Though, this was nothing new. Miss Evelyn was always in a crisis of some kind, and it was my job to ease her worries with wine and Valium.

From the kitchen, I heard, “Teeny, please! Help!”

I sighed deeply, grabbed a bottle of wine, her favorite glass, and a pill. I entered the sitting room to find Miss Evelyn laying on the chaise and with her eyes wide open in terror.

“Miss? What’s wrong?”

“I can’t see, Teeny! I can’t!”

“Here, Miss. I brought — ”

“No! Call a doctor, Teeny! I… I’ve gone blind!”

Within ten minutes of my call, an ambulance arrived. The paramedics carried a weeping Miss Evelyn away.

“Teeny, darling. Please come with me. I need you,” she managed to call.

“Of course, Miss.” I followed.

At the hospital, Miss Evelyn was admitted for exhaustion. Seeing how little she did on a daily basis, I was confused by this diagnosis. Miss Evelyn’s agent called, and I excused myself.

Upon returning from the restroom, I found her sitting up in bed and fumbling with the bag I brought to her.

Without a tone of surprise, I asked, “Miss, your sight has returned?”

“Teeny, come tend to my face. I’m having visitors soon.”

“What visitors, Miss?”



Cassondra F.

Freelance writer for Black Girl Nerds, WatchMojo, Mental Floss, and The Take. cassondrawrites.com