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Lily Beckett

"I don't care if I am remembered for being beautiful and talented or being old and grumpy, just as long as I am remembered, I shall be smiling down on you."

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a character in “The Stork Club”, as played by Calvazara

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Lily Beckett
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"I don’t care if I am remembered for being beautiful and talented or being old and grumpy, just as long as I am remembered, I shall be smiling down on you."





ImageFull Name
Lillian May Beckett

Nick Names
Hating the name Lillian, she goes by Lily. Her friends sometimes abbreviate this to Lil and her brother fondly still calls her ‘Little Lil.’

Age
Twenty Three.

Hometown
Pennsylvania

Likes
- Sunny Days
- Going to the beach
- Music
- Dancing
- Animals
- Italian food
- Spending time with her Nephew
- Working
- Dating
- Laughter
- Reading
- Meeting new people
- Her brother
- Vodka Tonic

Dislikes
- The cold
- Fish
- Cruelty to animals
- Her brothers protectiveness
- Sherry
- Spiders
- Being Alone
- Selfish behaviour; she is a big advocate of equal rights.
- Segregation

Quirks and Habits
- Lily drums her nails against hard surfaces when bored.
- She always has something red on her, whether it be red nail vanish, lip stick, item or clothing or accessory.


Personality

Dedicated: A trained ballet dancer, Lily knows the meaning of dedication and she is truly dedicated in everything that she does especially when it comes to her career and charitable work. Focused and reliable, you can count on Lily to give a hundred percent in everything that she does and if she feels like she can’t then she simply wont do it, as she says “Lily Beckett does not do things by half’s.” In her personal life, she isn’t as dedicated, she loves her family very much but they do take back seat to her career, whether this is intentional or not.

Passionate: Lily is an extremely passionate woman, if she believes in something she will give it her all, she never gives up, which can be a good trait but also a bad one. When in love, she loves like there is no tomorrow but the passion over her career comes above the passion of her heart, which has been the result of much heartache and so of recent, she has focused more on her career and taken less interest in love, she’s beginning to doubt she’ll ever find the one. That seems to be the Beckett curse.

Humorous: There is nothing Lily loves more than to laugh and make people laugh, she has always prized herself on her comedic timing and impressions, which she just loves to do for her nephew. They say a way to a mans heart is through his stomach, but the way into a woman’s heart is through laughter.

Strong-willed and Opinionated: Although many would say that Lily lets Gabe control her, she would argue that he only thinks that he’s in control, a fact that is debatable. Lily is not one who is easily pushed around at work, she is respected and well liked, if she doesn’t like something then she will let you know, there are no false pretences with her. Like her brother, Lily is very highly opinionated and will voice these opinions whether you want to hear them or not.

Stubborn: Everyone has the tendency to be stubborn, right? Well Lily has the tendency to take this to a whole other level, she hates to be proved wrong and would fight black was white until her dying breath. This also makes her very unforgiving, if you wrong her or her family, you would have to bring her heaven to make her forgive you and even then she wouldn’t let you forget it.

Loving and Caring:One of Lily’s best qualities is her generous and loving heart, especially to those less fortunate. She is a big advocator for blacks rights and strongly apposes the Jim Crow Laws in place, she believes everyone is equal and you should not be judged by the colour of your skin. Along with this Lily is a big supporter of animal rights, she refuses to wear fur, is a vegetarian and does not wear make up that has been tested on animals. She donates regularly to various charities in New York and LA.



ImageOccupation
Actress and Dancer

Crushes and Relationships
Gabe Beckett: With both parents dead and an older sister she very rarely sees, Gabe is the only family Lily has left and this makes her cling to him a little bit, out of fear that she may loose him and be left alone. She loves him very dearly and this forces her to turn a blind eye to his bad qualities. Although she sometimes feels trapped by his protectiveness, she also feels like she couldn’t live without it. Despite being independent, she still likes how he looks after her.

Alexandra Beckett: Lily’s relationship with Alex is often strained, she feels slightly uneasy when they are together, mainly because she knows what her brother gets up to and also because she doesn’t feel any pity for the woman, she thinks she is spineless and puts up with Gabe’s infidelity because she’s scared of losing the money and the nice things.

Cale Beckett: The little tyke is the apple of his aunts eye and she dotes on him as if he were her own at times, there is nothing he wants as he knows he only has to ask his father or aunt and they will buy it for him. Something they will probably regret doing in the future, but for now she can’t look passed those blue puppy god eyes.



ImageAppearance
Height: 5ft 7
Weight: 11lbs
Hair Colour: Golden Blonde
Eye Colour: Blue
Skin tone: Quite fair
Scars or Blemishes?: None
BIO
WIP

Secret Word: Vintage

So begins...

Lily Beckett's Story

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Gabe and Lily Beckett

Saturday 5th January, 1932

Saturday night in New York was a blessed sight, the city came alive with the night which people waited for all week. Especially for the rich and famous Saturday night was like Christmas for children, they worked hard to earn money all week and when the weekend came they got to spend it and boy did they do it in style. The place they went? The famous Stork Club.

This was no more so than with the famous Beckett siblings, Gabe was the eldest, tall, handsome, masculine and incredibly rich, he never missed an opportunity to attend the Stork Club, have a drink with friends, pick up a floozy, it was the greatest way to spend the weekend. Beat spending it with his wife anyway. Stood in front of the mirror in the foyer of his sisters apartment, he adjusted the tie of his dark navy suit, running a hand over his slicked back hair, he smiled to himself, approving of his appearance. Walking into his sisters sitting room, he took a seat on the large leather couch and pulled out a silver cigarette case from his pocket, lighting up. He sat there for a moment silently admiring the newest piece of art which hung above Lily's fireplace; a light music filtered from Lily's bedroom, the music that he could vaguely make out as Fred Astaire's Night and Day, in accompany with his sisters soft humming. Glancing down at his watch a frown appeared across Gabe's face "Lil! Hurry up!" He called drumming his fingers on the arm chair rest.

"I'm coming!" A smooth voice called back and suddenly the music stopped. Within the room, Lily sat at her boudoir having just put the finishing touch to her red lipstick. Glancing at her appearance, Lily nodded, flaxen blonde hair bounced in waves bellow her shoulders, the diamond necklace around her neck shimmered in the light and her red dress silk gown hugged her figure perfectly. She was ready to go, finally.

Walking out of the room, clocking her brother in the sitting room "I'm ready" she smiled "What do you think?" Lily asked doing a quick spin.

"Very nice, now lets go" Gabe stated, hastily standing up, helping her into her coat.

Lily rolled her eyes "don't fret brother, the floozies will still be there for you to drool over. Or you know you could just go home and make love to your gold digging wife." Lily mocked fastening up her coat.

"And maybe you should learn when to close it Lil" Gabe's low voice echoed through the empty apartment, making it sound more menacing than it was suppose to.

Nodding, Lily swallowed the lump in her throat, she was not one who backed down easily but when it came to Gabe, there was just something about him at times which frightened her "I'm sorry, I wasn't thinking" she apologised, she should have remembered that he didn't like back chat, especially from a woman.

Gabe nodded, a quick smile appearing on his lips "lets go shall we?" He asked offering his arm as his mood lightened within a second.

The siblings left the apartment building and jumped quickly into the car which was waiting for them. It took no longer than ten minutes to reach the Beckett's favourite Saturday night haunt, The Stork Club. As they walked in they were greeted by the doorman and gave their coats to the cloakroom assistant and walked into the main dance hall which was already bustling with the creme- de-la-creme of New York Society. Gabe immediately spotted the pretty red head he had been with the previous week, usually he didn't go to the same woman twice but that woman was a little spitfire in bed. "I shall find you later Lil"

Lily nodded not really paying too much attention, as Gabe left her she walked over to the bar, taking a seat at the bar stool "Hey there Lil, what can I get you tonight?" The bartender Joe asked.

"Vodka and tonic water please darlin" Lily smiled brightly at the older bartender "How is the wife and little darlings doing?" She asked pulling a cigarette out of the case lighting it and bringing it to her lips.

"Not to bad, thanks toots, here you go, one vodka tonic" he smiled placing the glass in front of her before going to serve another. Turning on her stool Lily watched the crowd, spotting for a familiar face. Gabe was easy to spot, he was with the pretty girl in the corner, no doubt lavishing on the compliments to get into her knickers. Shaking her head the blonde took a sip of her drink and tapped her cigarette on the edge of the ash tray on the bar.

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Daniel Birchfield and Marietta Abbott


Saturday 5th January, 1932

It was a Saturday. The New York streets were alive with people, who were out looking for a good time after working hard all week. Innate chatter slipped easily from their lips as they moved beneath the starlit sky towards their destination of choice. And it was one said destination where our story begins. It begins in a famous haunt in the centre of New York City. A club formed of the single, most elite members of society. It is a club that is invitation only…

The steady rhythm of a jazz-like dance number thrummed joyfully from a large, ornate door that was slung open in a welcoming manner. Light streamed effortlessly from the open doorway, banishing the night which had crept over New York City. A low hum of talking and laughter could be heard over pauses in the cheerful music.

A pair of silhouetted figures approached the door, linked arm in arm, their outlines highlighted by the bright light shining out. The couple paused for a moment as the gentleman pointed to the night’s sky and began to explain something in a hushed whisper to his lady friend. They looked quite the picture stood silent and still, the darkness attempting to envelop them, but its tendrils were held at bay by the gleaming light from the door. The gentleman’s icy blue eyes sparkled in the starlight, which also reflected off his shiny, stylish combed back sandy hair. His coral pink lips were pursued in deep thought. He was dressed in a dapper tux; his waistcoat a light cream in colour, the suit and bow tie as jet black as the sky above them. Tucked into his top pocket was a delicate, crimson flower. It was exactly the same as the flowers that resided in the woman’s elegant blonde ringlets, which were pulled back and artfully twisted, before being secured with a diamond encrusted clip. She could only be described as beautiful that evening. Whilst her slender form was sheathed in a stunning knee-length dress -cream to match the gentleman’s waistcoat and covered in beads and gems- it was reserved and gave nothing away. Pearls adorned her neck, looping down to almost her stomach and her wrists were covered in all manner of intricate bangles and bracelets. Her ocean green eyes were focused on the gentlemen’s face, drinking in every detail. Her lips, coated in bright red lipstick, were slightly parted as she watched him. In a second, he turned his head to meet her eyes. The moment was perfect.

Then she punched him on the shoulder and swiftly turned back towards the open door.
“Oh Daniel my dear, you know nothing of the stars above us. Nor about anything else you profess to be an expert in. But you do make me laugh, you fool.” Twinkling laughter echoed for a moment, disappearing into the night when she had finished speaking in her light English accent.

“You are lucky you are my friend, Marietta. If you were not I would certainly dislike you.” Daniel’s amused response came from behind her. He stepped forwards to take up her arm once more. Allowing him to, she rolled her eyes dramatically, but at the same time gave his bicep a gentle squeeze as an affectionate gesture. “I would suggest you are polite to me Marietta. You are lucky to have me upon your arm this evening. I had many offers that I could have accepted, but I felt obligated to accompany you once again to The Stork Club.”

Again she punched him playfully on the arm.

“You are indeed the lucky one Daniel. You are lucky that I still choose you to accompany me to this place. And that was only because I know few other people in this huge city. Once I have exerted my influence you shall be long forgotten, my friend.” Marietta’s words halted as her wide eyes fell upon the door once again. In awe her mouth opened slightly and she whispered a gasp. Every time she gave the same response. This place was still very new to her.

“I should hope you never forget me.” Daniel muttered, though it was evident that she hadn’t heard him, either that or she had deliberately ignored his words. With a sigh, he shook her head gently before replacing his brilliantly white smile. “Come on Marietta, let us get you inside. You shall catch your death out here.” Gently he tugged her towards the club and inside. Gathering her composure, Marietta straightened her back and held her head high as she crossed the threshold.

Shrugging out of her wrap, Marietta handed it to an attendant that was waiting eagerly by the door. Giving him her most beautiful smile, she thanked him gracefully and swept down the corridor, Daniel in tow. Before she passed into the club, she turned to him and grinned in an impish manner.

“Do not wait up Granddad. I can only guess at the fun I am going to have this evening.” With a cheeky wink and brief wave, she stepped into the club without a single glance back at the man who watched her walk away. Daniel was accustomed this this behaviour from Marietta. It mattered little to him. Undoubtedly he would have some young actress hanging onto his every word within minutes.


But first he needed a stiff drink.

Quickly he sauntered across to the bar, giving a brief wave of his hand to alert the barman to his presence.

“What will it be sir?” The barman said politely, a practised, but easy smile on his face.

“Cognac my kind sir, if you will.” Daniel replied, his eyes sweeping the room for any familiar faces. Almost immediately he spotted Gabe Beckett and although the two had never spokeb, Daniel knew of the man. And he knew of the man’s sister, who he recognised to be sitting only a few seats along from him. Raising his drink to her in greeting, he took a sip.

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Character Portrait: Harlean "Jean" Harlow Carpenter Character Portrait: Marietta Abbott Character Portrait: Jackie Roberts Character Portrait: Lily Beckett Character Portrait: Daniel Birchfield Character Portrait: Gabe Beckett
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George and Lily Beckett

Lily's foot tapped lightly against foot rest on her stool in time to the jazz music which floated across the room with smooth and velvety tones. Humming lightly, she stopped occasionally to take a sip of her drink, all the time eyeing the crowd for a familiar face which so far she had been unsuccessful, sure there were regulars which she recognised from the incomprehensible amount of time she had spent in this bar but still, no one she would talk too. A few more minutes passed along with a new song from the marvellous lounge singer and once again Lily found herself humming along to
'Dream a little Dream of me' by Wayne King, she had never been a singer, but dancing, well dancing was her passion, alongside acting of course, but put her on a dance floor or with Fred Astaire and she would light up like an angel. Yes, singing wasn't her forte but still that didn't stop her, especially when one of her favourite songs came on.

Not long after her attention was drawn towards the doors as none other than Jean Harlow walked into the club, platinum hair shining with the dimly lit chandeliers which hung ornately from the gold leaf roof. Lily had met Jean a few times, they were in the same line of work after all and if MGM stuck to their word, they would be starring in a film together next Summer.

Tearing her gaze away from the platinum blonde, she once again brought the glass to her lips before placing it back on the bar, empty. It was in that moment she noticed Daniel Birchfield sat a couple of seats across from her, he tipped his glass to her in greeting "Good evening Mr Birchfield" she smiled her most dazzling smile with a flash of pearly white teeth. Lily did not know the man well but she had heard of his reputation alright, hell, he was on parr with Gabe when it came to womanising. Yet that didn't deter the young movie star, she knew how to handle herself around these men alright.

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Gabe smirked as he lit another cigarette, in the past few months he had become a bit of a chain smoker, he blamed the stress of work and new business ventures but the little relief he had from smoking, his wife didn't like it, she had read that smoking could cause something called cancer, but he seldom believed that bullshit. Getting back to the reason behind his cad like smirk was mainly to do with the red head sat opposite him, leaning forward on her elbows, her chest pushed out accentuating her assets, accompanied by the occasional flutter of her eyelashes. Oh how Gabe loved art of women's seduction.

In honesty, Gabe thought he would of had a bit of trouble getting with Claire again, especially after their last encounter and promising to call on her but not delivering. Yet then again that was Gabe all over, full of promises but then never really living up to these promises. Luckily it hadn't taken him long to sweet talk her around and once again he had her wrapped around her finger.

Glancing over towards the bar, Gabe spotted Lily chatting to Daniel Birchfield, the scene troubled him slightly and he made a mental note to keep an eye on her, there was no way he was letting her make mistakes with him. Although another thought soon popped into his head, if Daniel was here then the lovely Marietta surely was too, glancing around the room he spotted her in all her splendid glory but she was taking to Jackie.

His eyes scanned the room again and this time landed on Jean Harlow, the siren as Gabe affectionately called her. "Gabe are you listening to me?" Claire's impatient voice beckoned him from thought, tearing his gaze away from the starlet he shot her a devishly grin "sorry baby, what were saying?"
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As the night wore on and became later into the midnight hours, Jean and Antonio laughed it up like old chums, playfully slapping each other on the arm and busting on each other like it was no tomorrow. To the naked foreign eye, they seem to act like elementary school kids who rough housed with one another. Jean was the type to be a tom-boy at times so she fit best acting like a little rude boy, "Jean, stop playing around! I think you had too many drinks.", Tony commented, moving the glass of chardonnay away from Jean.

Jean wagged her finger in Tony's face, feeling slightly woozy and light-headed, "I'm not drunk! Give me back my drink, Ant man!". She tried to grab it out of his hand but Tony moved it quickly away from her with Jean grabbing his arm, making them both accidentally spill the drink on the table. They both looked down, "It appears your drink is finally finished, Jeanie baby", Tony playfully teased, the both of them beginning to laugh all over again. This is what the two of them did on the weekend, make NYC, at night, their personal playground that they just couldn't resist not to pass up.

A new song softly filtered the club room with the beautiful melodious likes of Wayne King, he singing a scrumptious tune by the name, 'Dream a little Dream of me'. Jean and Antonio started to notice faces darting in their direction, "I think all eyes are on you baby...." Tony lowly whispered in Jean's ear while Jean raised a curious eyebrow. She smirked a little to herself at that, "Hey, I see one of my coworkers, Lily!", she silently pointed a finger, finally spotting the beautiful golden blond actress and highly skilled dancer.

They worked a couple of times together and, as Jean thought, were going to work on another new movie together that was quite soon; let's hope that MGM's engagement really pulls through for the both of them, Jean mentally crossing her fingers. Antonio turned his gaze to Lily as well, silently taking in her person. He secretly liked her work and would sneak into theaters just to see her on the silver screen. He had a "idol crush" on her in the sense that he liked her characters, they beautifully dancing across the screen in his personal delight.

While Antonio longingly gazed, if not pierce his crystal blue eyes, at Lily, a waiter boy came up to the table, setting a beautiful strawberry daiquiri on the table in front of Jean, "Ah, Miss, This is from the young lady over there.", he kindly smiled to her, motioning to a blonde who wore a slinky black dress that rode up her toned thigh, long slender legs crossing over the other casually. The blonde, who by the way looked like a super model, smiled and tilted her glass towards Jean. Jean looked to the beautiful lady, studying her thoroughly.

She was the beautiful Photoplay model, Toni! She was the most popular and highly revered model on the art deco scene. Jean secretly idolized her with a hint of jealousy sprinkled in, "I wish I could be like her.... I wonder why she noticed me?", Jean thought silently, tipping her drink to Toni, a small smile thrown in for good measure. Jean felt another set of eyes studying her. She slowly turned her lavender platinum swirled eyes to the staring source and found that the owner of the club, Gabe, staring her down. Jean knew that Gabe was siblings of Lily. Lily told Jean to watch out for him because he was known to be a player around the Stroke.

Jean raised an eyebrow as Gabe turned his attention back to the young "tender roni" who was talking on his arm, "Jean, I'm going over to talk to Miss Lily. I want her autograph", Antonio said to her, he getting up from his seat. Jean only nodded her head with a smirk on her face, "A crush, I see....", she playfully batting her eyelashes. Antonio rolled his eyes, "No, silly. I'm just a dedicated fan of hers. Will be back soon", he waving his hand to Jean, walking away with an unfinished apple martini in his hand.

He made his way through the throng of people who were dancing on the floor, keeping his eyes upon Lily who was still at the bar. Finally at the bar, a few ladies in the room staring and liking his swank and swagger, Antonio's tall muscular-toned frame silently came up behind Lily. He wasn't much of a ladies man and a womanizer but that didn't stop the ladies from fawning over him. He was the city hero detective, of course, who had his face on the front crime pages 24/7, either handcuffing or slamming bars on criminal's faces.

"A formal introduction could commence here but I rather have an autograph of you first", he lowly told her, taking out a notepad and pen from his open black suit coat. He slid the notepad and pen across in her direction, a small smile playing upon his full wet lips. He was determined to get a signature of hers before the night was through so he took another sip of his drink, not tearing away his downward gaze upon Lily's face.

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Marietta Abbott



Marietta had been making her way steadily around the club, enjoying the music, the laughter and just the feel-good atmosphere that seemed to seep through The Stork Club. It was highly infectious and within moments she found herself laughing with the best of them, joining in chatter and simply hanging off the words of famous, beautiful people. Stopping briefly at the bar, she ordered a drink before resuming her wandering; now sipping delicately at her cool beverage. It was still all so marvellous to her. Daniel had said that the splendour and mystery of the Stork Club soon wore off, but with some many enticing and interesting people gathered in one place, Marietta simply could not see how it could be anything less than a wonder.

On occasion, she stopped and chatted to people that she knew, her soft twinkling laughter leaving her lips more and more often as she relaxed and began to enjoy herself. A few times however she had to skirt around a less than friendly face. Usually men she had flirted with and then refused to sleep with them. Marietta was not a harlot. In fact, she believed in waiting for exactly the right man with whom she would fall in love with. But it was undeniable that she was a tease. She treated flirting as a sport, which left some men a little hacked off. It hadn’t taken her long to realise that many of the men here were womanizers, Daniel being one of the main ones. It seemed that it was a requirement of the male members. Or perhaps it was a symptom of the Stork Club.

However it was incredibly easy to fit in once you gathered your bearings. All you needed was wealth or fame (or in most cases both) and you were accepted with open arms. It was as though you were a member of an incredibly large ostentatious family. Marietta had wealth and she was on the brink of fame. The reason for her invite, no doubt. But it did surprise her when a voice she did not recognise addressed her by name.

"Miss Marietta Abbott, am I right?"

Slowly the young woman turned and ended up face to face with a handsome man. He was wearing a dazzling smile that nearly caught her off guard. It was a smile that Marietta had seen upon many of the men’s face in this club. However it did not stop her from giving him her most beautiful smile in return.

“That would depend on who was asking.” She replied in her sweetest voice, sipping her drink in a rather coy manner. She did not miss the roving eyes that swept over her body. Barely suppressing her smirk, she turned away and scanned the crowd. Often she played it like she was completely uninterested, in order to hold a gentleman’s intrigue. She made it look as though she had somewhere else to be.

"Well, look at that, Miss Abbott. We match."

Again, she flicked her gaze towards him, eyes resting on the flower he indicated in his lapel that matched the ones entwined in her elegant ringlets. Glancing upwards, she caught the charming smile that was once again upon his face. Well he certainly was alluring. Or he knew how to make himself appear so. Marietta knew better than to trust a man who strode so confidently up to a woman he seldom knew.

“Indeed it seems we do Mr…Please forgive me, but I do not know your name? I do not believe we have met.” It was a polite response, but laced with interest and her English accent came through. Marietta had met many bold men in her time, but this one struck a chord with her curiosity.


Daniel Birchfield



"Good evening Mr Birchfield"

It surprised Daniel somewhat that Lily Beckett was aware of his name. He did not, however, let it show on his face. Instead he allowed an easy smile to spread across his face in response to her words. “It is curious how members of this club never cease to hold my wonder. I suppose my reputation speaks for itself. I have gained a name for myself and that is how she knows of me.” Daniel thought to himself, as he took another sip of his cognac. It did not upset him. In fact, he was quite pleased with his bad antics.

Feigning another glance around the club, his eyes sought out Gabe to ensure he was consumed with his latest woman. It would not do for the brother to come muscling in if he were to make a move. Indeed Gabe’s attention was held elsewhere, but it was not upon the red-headed woman he was sat with. Daniel followed his eyes to find that they rested upon Marietta, who was chatting with a gentleman he understood to be Jackie. Well, that was curious. Rubbing at the faint blonde stubble on his chin, he watched worriedly as Marietta turned her full attention upon the man. That was never a good sign. He couldn’t decide which was worse…Marietta talking to Jackie as though she were interested or the owner of the club taking a liking to her.

But instead of getting up and striding over there, Daniel kept himself firmly seated upon his bar stool, his eyes returning to Lily Beckett. Only to find that someone else had swept in whilst his mind had been elsewhere. The man was a handsome fellow and he appeared to be asking for Miss Beckett’s autograph. It was something Daniel himself would have done two years previously, had he not been such a ladies’ man and too proud to approach the woman in such a way. It was clear that this gentleman was new to the club. Slipping from his bar stool, he too approached Lily Beckett and climbed onto the stool beside her.

“I do not recognise your face,” Daniel said in a smooth, friendly tone as he watched Antonio’s face. He relaxed against the bar and gestured for the barman to come over. “Miss Beckett here is quite the celebrity, is she not? Here, let me get a round in. I’ll have a cognac. What’ll it be for you two?” He asked Lily and Antonio with a smile.

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While Antonio sauntered away from Jean's table, Jean briefly watched him walk through the dancing people on the floor, finally making it to the bar where Lily sat. Jean just shook her head and snickered under her breath knowing that Antonio had his charms, sometimes he unknowingly flirting successfully with the ladies. He was good at playing tall, dark, and dangerous when was needed and he did a fabulous job with keeping ladies on their toes, keeping them guessing and guessing about him: mystique and mysterious are best that come to mind....

Jean then turned back to her strawberry daiquiri and took a generous amount down her throat, the dull throbbing headache steadily coming back so she tried to drink it away with more alcohol. Who in the world thought something as stupid as thinking that a person could use alcohol as painkillers to take away the pain?

.... Jean agreed and thought so, that's what....

Hell her life away from the Stroke was more then she could bear sometimes on a daily basis. Juggling her demanding job and dealing with her miserable family was enough for Jean to tear out her hair sometimes. The only places she could think of to get away from it all were nightclubs and bars that she hopped and returned to frequently.

Jean, head hanging for a second, sighed heavily at that, her depression and life rearing it's ugly head slowly returning to the surface. Jean then rose her platinum blonde head, curious to see the Photoplay model, Toni, who paid graciously for her drink, wanting to watch her secretly. She wasn't there anymore... How odd. Jean could have sworn that she was at the bar tipping her glass to her but Jean turned her head somewhere else, giving the blonde enough time to get up from her stool and disappear in the throng of people. The joint was big enough as it is and it was hard trying to spot people as they came and went.

"I hope you do not mind me saying miz, but... you look ah... merveilleux. How do you say. Marvelous!", a smooth french accent commented about Jean. Jean instantly snapped her head to see that Toni was sitting opposite next to her at the table. Toni sure was full of surprises already and Jean didn't say anything yet! Toni was even more beautiful and charming up close, her tall modelesque frame lounging in her seat coolly, she observing Jean with bedroom brown eyes calmly. Damn it! Why was she so wonderfully swell, wonderfully scrumptious, wonderfully....Ugh!

Jean gained some of her bearings and finally answered her pretty idol in front of her, "Thank you so much for the compliment but I think you top me! I mean your face graces Photoplay constantly...", she complimenting in the same gesture. "I'm sorry for the alcoholic spill on the table, I'll get a waiter to clean it up", Jean apologized, giggling, for the mess on the table, she motioning for a waiter quickly. A male waiter came up to them immediately, a charming smile wide on his face, "What might you beautiful ladies need?", he asked.

"Could you clean up the spill please?", Jean replied, putting on her best feminine allured charm. The waiter simply nodded his head, he swiftly pulling the table clothe without spilling anything on Jean and Toni. "How did he do that?!?!", Jean thought, somewhat amazed as the waiter folded the clothe and then went to wiping the table down. After he was done, with a fresh clothe on the table, the waiter nodded his head and went on his way, leaving Toni and Jean alone again.


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"As you wish", Lily's voice smoothly replied in agreement to Antonio's humble request as he took a stool for himself next to her, she writing her handwritten signature down. Even though his crystal blue eyes lighted up like a little school boy who just got a toy train for Christmas, Antonio kept his composure, his face solemn and neutral. He was too chill, too relax, too calm, too collect to show any real emotion, not betraying his cool facial features. Lily brought a slim cigarette to her red painted lips, taking quite a long drag, her eyes continuing to study Antonio's person, she sliding the notepad and pen back in his direction.

Antonio continually gazed into her eyes while taking the notepad and pen back, his long slender fingers brushing lightly and gently across Lily's soft smaller hand, all the while not tearing his eyes from hers. "And now you have me at a disadvantage, for you know my name but I do not know yours.", she told him making Antonio smirk amusingly while he stored his notepad and pen safely back in his blazer pocket, "Thank you, Miss Beckett....", he softly whispered near her ear.

"I do not recognize your face", another gentleman curiously added causing Antonio to snap out of his silent gaze at Lily. Antonio took a good look at the man who finally took a stool next to Lily and knew off the bat that it was none other then the successful Mr. Daniel Birchfield. He was a highly revered English businessman around NYC for the past couple of months, Antonio seeing his face in the newspapers constantly. He was a dapper and charming fellow but Antonio knew he was a ladies man around the women, Antonio getting a kick out of hearing different love affair stories of Daniel with different women, they being like soap operas that entertained him to no end.

"I do.... Have you been in the papers recently Sir? Your face seems oddly familiar.", Lily chimed in trying to figure out who Antonio was too. It had seem that both Lily and Daniel wanted to know where Antonio came from and what he was about. Antonio thought a little about it, "I do get around a little and I do normally go by Nolan but you can call me Tony", he simply stated with a devilish grin, leaving the both of them to figure it out on their own. It was like a masquerade without masks to Antonio in the sense he wanted to leave people guessing on who he really was. Antonio was used to being mysterious around people with a low profile off the criminal justice scene, he taking personal amusement out of it.

"Miss Beckett here is quite the celebrity, is she not?", Daniel commented about Lily causing Antonio to bring his gaze back to Lily. Hell yes she was! She graced her beautiful presence on the silver screen all the time and delighted the audiences, continuously. "Hmm why thank you for that modest introduction Mr. Birchfield…", Lily replied delighted, Antonio just shaking his head slightly, only softly chuckling in response.

"Here, let me get a round in. I’ll have a cognac. What’ll it be for you two?", he said politely to the barman and then asked Lily and Antonio in offer to buy them both a drink.

"....And since you’re buying I shall have a vodka tonic.", Lily ordered with a hint of coy feminine charm, Antonio moving slightly closer to Lily without her knowing, a small smile playing upon his lips again.

"....And I, a simple bourbon on white rocks", Antonio ordered, accepting Daniel's offer as well; Antonio minds well just take it because he was in need of another stiff since he drunk up his last apple martini glass pleasingly. Antonio could see out the corner of his eye that a very beautiful blonde lady quickly sat opposite Jean at her corner table. "Already cornered Jean?", he mentally thought, laughing loudly in his head. Jean was a big girl and she knew how to take care of herself so Antonio wasn't too nervous and overprotective of Jean especially in that moment of time.

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“I do...Have you been in the papers recently sir? Your face seems oddly familiar.”

"I do get around a little and I do normally go by Nolan but you can call me Tony"

Daniel gave a slight frown, watching Tony very carefully for a moment. Nolan was a name that he had heard before, but he couldn't place where. He was a man who knew almost everyone in this club, but it was clear to him that Tony was new. Perhaps this was his first time at The Stork. In that case, he made a mental note to find out more about the mysterious newcomer. A quick glance across the room also noted who had been sat with. Jean Harlow. Maybe he was some connection of hers. Still, he would find out eventually.

"Hmm why thank you for that modest introduction Mr. Birchfield…" Daniel snapped out of his trance and smiled at Lily, showing a flash of pearly white teeth. He knew how to work in a compliment at almost any time and it had worked like a charm. He did not fool himself into thinking Lily would be won over with such trivialities, but it was worth a shot right? Perhaps she would surprise him and be just like every other woman (with the exception of Marietta, oh and Jean Harlow who he had once tried to hit on), falling for his charm and his kindness. But he highly doubted that. Lily was smart. Obviously men hit on her all the time.

"....And since you’re buying I shall have a vodka tonic." Daniel inclined his head at her words and glanced at the barman, but he needed no encouragement to fetch the ladies' drink and then Tony's when he ordered. He knew it would be placed on his tab, so he turned away and lent against the bar, watching the other two for a few moments. It was still a mystery to him who this man was and he doubted that he would place the face until he had done a little digging.

Clearing his throat, he replaced his smile quickly and took a sip of his cognac. "You are simply killing me with all this mystery Tony," He said lightly, arching an eyebrow slightly. In the corner of his eye, he noticed the red-head Gabe Beckett had been chatting to storming away from his table. Quickly, his eyes flickered to Marietta who was still talking with Jackie and looking like she wanted to dance. Daniel let her be. She would soon realise Jackie's game, but he would keep an eye on her.

"Tell me Lily, how is your brother these days?" A quick change in topic by Daniel, who focused his attention on their conversation. With a easy smile, he showed he had no other intentions other than simply asking after the gentleman.

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Lily watched with an amused grin as the men had a testosterone match between themselves, what was it with men and having to assert their dominance around a pretty face, rolling her eyes she turned back to reach for the new drink Joe placed in front of her on a folded napkin; no doubt they’d be on to who has the biggest cock next, smirking to herself at the scandalous thought which had popped into her head, she brought the drink to her lips and turned back to Daniel and Antonio. If she was honest, she quite liked holding the attention of two men, being the passionate woman that she was Lily was a huge flirt and relished in the attention of men, it made her feel wanted, although she was a confident gal she was not short of her share of heartache. In every girls life there is that one guy, that one guy who ruins them for others and Lily was not exempt to that. Shaking her head she refused to think about that now, after all ‘The Stork Club’ was the last place you should be miserable in.

"I do get around a little and I do normally go by Nolan but you can call me Tony" Lily smiled at her new friend, now Nolan was a name she had definitely heard before, it was often grumbled by her brother when he spoke about business but still she couldn’t put her finger on where she had seen him before “Well, it’s a pleasure to meet you Tony.” She shook his hand. The men conversed a little and Lily could have sworn Tony took a step closer to her, already staking his claim, she thought to herself, hiding her smirk behind her glass, not that she minded much, he was a handsome fellow.

Seeing his eyes dart across the room briefly, Lily followed his line of sight, smiling as her blue orbs landed on Jean Harlow giving her a small wave, making a mental note to speak with her after, at the moment she seemed a little preoccupied with Toni the infamous model, known allusively for her romances with the same sex. Yes, she would talk to her later, she was enjoying her handsome man sandwich too much at the moment. "Tell me Lily, how is your brother these days?" Lily’s head snapped towards Daniels “Hm? Oh…well Gabe is Gabe, he spends his days drinking, fucking and making business deals, in between making movies, so I fathom he is fine” she smiled at the handsome gentleman from England.

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"Ah, yes, Photoplay, they... they are ah... très bon. Ver' good to moi.", Toni replied, her smile wider then ever. Jean smiled too and took another sip of her strawberry daiquiri. She was surprised to see that she was almost finished her drink, "Shoot... My drink is already finished and I enjoyed it too well", she setting her empty glass down on the table. Jean could see some people staring in their direction, "I think all eyes are on you now, Miss", Jean giggled.

Jean was caught off guard a little when Toni tilted her head to the side, her blond hair falling around her slender shoulders with a small grin on her face, "You know, you should not allow moito upstage vous! You are... très belle. Ah... you say... very beautiful, demoiselle. Surely vous are... are model? Actress? Ah, forgive moi! I have gone and begun to ask personnel questi-ons, and I have not even introduced myself! My name is Toni... and miss, you are...?", Toni's beautiful voice commented and then asked, her french accent making her seem more exotic to Jean. "Nice to meet you Miss Toni. I'm Jean!", Jean simply replied.

But Jean shook her head and flagged her hand, "First of all, I'm too short to model and second, my face isn't so photogenic as yours. Your too kind for words! What part of France have you originally came from?", she stated and commented, throwing in a curious question. Jean had an inkling in the back of her mind that Toni was flirting with her but she didn't know if it was true or not, she thinking her alcoholic induced mind was playing tricks on her. She didn't mind Toni's preference for the same sex and really was awed struck to see a woman liberated from depending on a man.

But why did Toni choose to spot and flirt with her? Jean wanted to know so she began to dig a little deeper about where Toni was coming from with laying on the "thickness" with her. "I know a lot of men can't stop falling around your feet. You can even wrap them around your finger. I wish I had that type of magic hold on men!", Jean said with a smirk. Jean looked in the corner of her eye at Daniel, wondering what he was saying to Lily and Antonio.

He tried to push up on her one time but she turned him down knowing he was a player around the ladies. She didn't want to be another "notch" in his bed, broken-hearted in the process so she stayed clear from him, trying to avoid him as best as possible just like she did with other men who had the same nature. But she still couldn't help but admire him from afar, she secretly wanting to get to know him better. He sure seemed interesting...


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"You are simply killing me with all this mystery Tony,", Daniel replied, he really curious to know what Antonio was all about, eyebrows raising in the process. Antonio took a sip of his new bourbon on white rocks drink, "I'll give you two a hint then.... I'm always in the papers in the section with high crime stories....", he said with a complex hint thrown in for good measure. He was highly amused that Daniel wanted to find out more about his person, he seeming kind of frustrated in the process.

"Well, it’s a pleasure to meet you Tony.", Lily said shaking Antonio's hand. Antonio smiled at that letting his hand linger in her hand for a bit before she moved her hand away. Was he flirting with her or what? Antonio was never aware that he flirted or even thought he was flirting. All he thought that he was being was extra nice to people especially with the ladies. Antonio wanted to make the ladies feel special in his presence, he being the utmost gentleman. Antonio slowly took another sip of his rich dark bourbon noticing out the corner of his eye Lily secretly watching him watch Jean.

He chuckled lightly at that. Lily sure had an observant eye around the joint and she never seem to miss too much even when he dropped subtle "courteous hints" towards her way. She kind of reminded him of himself, he being the same way. "Tell me Lily, how is your brother these days?", Daniel asked curiously causing Lily to jerk surprisingly at his question. Antonio rose an eyebrow at that, he starting to want to know as well. Gabe sure had secrets about him that Antonio wanted to find out, his curiosity getting the better of him.

That's just like Antonio, he wanting to snoop into other people's affairs, the detective side showing through again. Antonio remained silent as Lily answered Daniel, "Hm? Oh…well Gabe is Gabe, he spends his days drinking, fucking and making business deals, in between making movies, so I fathom he is fine", she finished, Antonio trying to stifle a roaring laugh. She was very bold to say that about her brother, she seeming to not really care how much information she would display about him either.

"Siblings.... together, they are sure funny", Antonio thought, shaking his head with a smirk on his face.

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"I'll give you two a hint then.... I'm always in the papers in the section with high crime stories...."

It hit Daniel then who this man was. He cursed himself mentally for not realising it sooner. It was fairly obvious, after all. This was a face that was plastered across the papers as often as his own of late and had a reputation that no others could live up to. Antonio Nolan, New York's hero and detective. This was a man who had put many behind bars and stopped a multitude of various crimes recently. Of course, Daniel himself had nothing to fear from this gentleman. His business was as clean as it could be and besides his womanising he did not participate in anything that might be questionable, but he didn't doubt that some members of the Stork Club were guilty of crimes they'd rather keep quiet. Was that the reason for his invitation to the Stork Club? To rat out criminals. Daniel couldn't help his eyes darting Marietta and Jackie who seemed to be dancing merrily on the dance floor. Chewing his bottom lip, he gave no inclination to his realising, preferring to keep the information to himself. Instead, his eyes swiveled back to Lily as she spoke.

"Hm? Oh…well Gabe is Gabe, he spends his days drinking, fucking and making business deals, in between making movies, so I fathom he is fine."

"As long as that fucking doesn't include Marietta then I wish him the best." He said it in the lightest voice possible, but he had not neglected to notice the attention that she received from Lily's brother and a slight edge crept into his voice. Clearing his throat, he shook it off quickly and downed the rest of his drink. Raising his hand for another, he cast a glance around, only to meet Jean Harlow's eyes across the room, boring into him. A slight frown passed his features before he smiled and raised his new glass in a greeting.

"If you would excuse me, Tony...Lily," He took her hand in both of his and pressed his lips to it. Glancing up, he tossed her a wink before scooping up his drink and making his way over to Jean and Toni's table. Daniel was known for his womanising. He could switch women five or six times in a night. "Do you mind if I join you fair ladies?" He asked in a velvet voice, his eyes focused on Jean Harlow intensely.