Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Baikal Boat Moment

Drew couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day for the island excursion. The sun danced on the surface of the clear lake, and there was no noise but the hum of the boat that took the party to their destination.  She gazed with wonder at Caitlin who was this morning holding court over the guests, regaling them with hilarious tales of being on set with one of Hollywood’s most notorious actors.  The entire group, who less than 24 hours earlier been ready to throw her into the lake without a life vest, was now eating out of her hand.  Laughing, admiring, and even gushing. It was a feat to be admired.
Hollywood refers to that special quality as the “It” factor. There was no doubt, Caitlin had “It,” whether she gave her brother credit for her discovery or not. Drew watched as she connected with each person, touching one person’s shoulder and leaning in as if sharing a secret, reminding another of a common acquaintance’s outrageous behavior at that one event, and dishing dirt on those celebrities that absolutely everyone loves to talk about. It was a sight to behold. She shook her head and looked out across the lake at their destination.
She could already see the canopy, table and chairs set up on the beach that Natasha had orchestrated early that morning.