In Jon Broeke’s Interview With Destiny, an interview with an actress leads an entertainment reporter to what he’s always wanted, but can he look past his integrity to find love?
Sparks fly the moment entertainment journalist Kevin Brandt meets actress Celeste Hargrove for an interview, but he knows he can’t get involved with her. Simply put, it’s because they are on opposite sides of the table, but when he gets roped into doing an article that sees him staying with her for a whole week, he struggles to control his feelings. Especially when it becomes obvious she’s interested in him too.
It was ten minutes later that they were sitting on the tube heading west on the Piccadilly Line back towards Celeste’s apartment. He’d said very little since leaving. Celeste had been so excited about getting the role she’d just been going on and on about it. It wasn’t until they were actually sitting on the train that she’d stopped. They sat in silence for a moment, Celeste still glowing.
“I didn’t know you could sing,” Kevin said.
Celeste smiled. “I don’t really,” she said.
Kevin looked at her like she was out of her mind. “Are you kidding?” he asked. “You sing beautifully.”
She looked at him and smiled a genuinely grateful smile. “Thanks,” she said. “I was so nervous.”
“It didn’t show,” he said. She put her hand on his forearm and squeezed and he felt and electricity pass between them. The same electricity he had felt when he’d first met her for that first interview.
He looked at her, and she smiled. He wasn’t sure if she felt it. He wasn’t even sure what he felt, but he knew he shouldn’t be feeling anything. She was a job, nothing more, or at least that’s what he was telling himself, over and over, as her mobile rang. She let go of his arm and pulled the phone out of the red coat pocket before she pressed the answer button.
“Hi Gina,” she said into the handset.
Kevin could hear Gina’s New York accent excitedly talking on the other side of the line, and knew Robert must have contacted her already about the audition. Kevin couldn’t help but grin. He felt good to see Celeste so happy. He looked away again, knowing he shouldn’t be feeling this way. Again he tried to push those emotions down, but it was getting harder and harder every time, and, as he looked at Celeste smiling brightly at the phone, and him when she caught him looking, Kevin knew he was in deep trouble.
Jon Broeke (Born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in 1981) started his writing career at 18 when he enrolled in the Writer’s Write course to learn how to become a fiction novelist. Through some trials and tribulations his first novel, Ripter, a teen horror, was published in 2009 through various self-publishing platforms, eventually ending up on Amazon.com. Now he has two more books, Interview With Destiny and Love From Above, and more on the way. Jon also works as an entertainment journalist, talking to and writing about the stars of the big screen as well as stage and other books on the website offthescreenmagazine.com, when he’s not working on screenplays for film and television, his other great love.