The taxi stopped in front of a large stone townhouse on park avenue. I
I tossed a 50 dollar bill across the front seat before climbing out, shopping bags and suitcases in hand.
My pale pink Manolos clicked across the slate path and up through the sold door of my house.
I looked around the manicured grass and freesia’s growing along the path. It had been more than a year since I had set foot here, as I had jetted off to Spain for a few weeks after school ended. I needed to minimize the summer I would be spending in New York with my Father.
"Hello? I'm home!" I shouted, my voice echoing though the large foyer. There came no reply.
I kicked off my heels and dropped my suitcases and a few Neiman Marcus bags with my NYU Cocktail Dinner outfit for the housekeeper, Carla to pick up.
I passed through the east hallway to my bedroom. On the walls hung 7 priceless paintings, including the work of Monet and Van Gogh. I lifted a tanned hand to turn the door handle, and my eyes nearly fell out when I saw the inside.
Gone was the canopy bed, with Italian silk hung from the posters, the French vanity with my extravagant makeup collection, my wall inspiring New Yorker articles. I struggled to take a deep breath.
“What the fuck!?!?!” I screeched, and stomped down the hallway, back through the foyer, up the marble staircase and into my father’s den.
I shoved open the heavy door without any forewarning, and marched right up to his desk.
Evil Stepbitch Claudia sneered at me with disgust, but quickly turned it into a sickly sweet smile with my father turned my direction.
“Where the fuck is my stuff?!?” I demanded.
My father’s face looked impatient, and he glanced over to his overly botoxed fiancée, beckoning her to explain.
She clasped her hands together. “Well, since you were away at school, I took advantage of the extra room! It’s a wonderful space for me to work in. And that lovely view of central park!” She smiled, a tough feat for someone with so few un-frozen facial muscles. I scoffed and clenched my teeth together.
She remained unphased by my attitude. “I’ll have Carla put in some fresh sheets in the guest bedroom.”
I wanted to scream. I wanted to take her stupid highlighted red hair and rip it out of her head. I wanted to scream at my father for marrying such a degrading bimbo.
But, of course, I didn’t.
Instead, I stomped out of his office, slamming the door behind me, back down the stairs, past the huge family painting an... Stopped. All it took was one French manicured finger to scrape Claudia’s face off the 250,000 dollar painting. I smirked, satisfied and made my way out onto park avenue.
After digging through my Chanel clutch, I pulled out my blackberry and hit speed dial #2.
Selita picked up after the first ring. “Ello?” She croaked, sounding extremely hungover.
“It’s me, Linds.”
“Oh! Hey! Where the fuck have you been? The NYU dinner’s tonight!” She exclaimed.
“Travelling. And I know. What time do we have to be there? I can get my driver to pick you up.” I offered, as I carefully examined my cuticles. They were in serious need of a manicure.
“Seven, and sure. I have to go get ready, see you.” She hung up.
I flagged a cab, and made my way down to Bergdorf’s on fifth. No way in hell was I going to the Dinner tonight looking like I’d been partying in Spain the last two weeks.