Silicon Dick Chapter 4
Rating for this chapter: General audiences (it’s a fluffy magazine article)
Fandom: Richard II (specifically inspired by 2013-4 RSC production)
Vanity Fair Cover Story:
All Hail the King!
On his journey from ordinary suburban kid to bad boy billionaire, Richard Plantagenet has had to overcome the pressures of fame at a young age and the pain of loss beyond his years. The Hart Chip inventor talks with Cheryl Roberston about life at the top and the importance of gratitude.
When Richard Plantagenet finally arrives, he swirls across the floor of the trendy Santa Monica cafe as gracefully as one of the cherubs painted on the ceiling. He looks ethereal in slim white jeans and a pink paisley shirt, his hair floating around his face. I’ve been sitting here smoking a cigarette while I wait and nursing a cup of coffee because I’m too nervous to think of anything else. I’ve interviewed senators and stars, scientists and saints. I even interviewed Richard once before, for People magazine when he was 14, and I’m a bit embarrassed to admit even to myself how giddy the thought of spending a whole afternoon with him makes me feel now. He’s gone from nerdy child genius to awkward teen to glamorous captain of industry before my very eyes and I’m having a hard time keeping my mind on the questions I’ve prepared.
I manage to stand up to greet him as he glides up to my table. He kisses me quickly on both cheeks, saying, “Cheryl, it’s been so long!” and instantly I feel at ease. “You remember me?” I can’t resist asking. “I never forget a face.” His eyes crinkle a little with his smile and I have to remind myself that I am a journalist.
Over lunch, he talks with excitement about an exhibit slated to open tomorrow at LACMA. In fact, we’re supposed to head over to the museum after lunch to do the photo shoot for this story. “Treasures of the Holy Roman Empire” is already one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the art scene and it’s only happening because of a very large gift Richard gave to the museum.
"I love art and I love to travel and I’m fortunate that I am in a position to indulge those interests. But most people don’t get many opportunities to enjoy either of those things. I’m glad I can partner with museums like LACMA to bring some of that to them."
He laughs when I ask how much he donated, and pours me another glass of wine.
"Let’s just say it was a king’s ransom. I feel pretty strongly about this because it’s part of my wife’s heritage, and it’s something not many Americans know anything about. Isabella is as excited about this exhibit as I am."
He’s only been married to Isabella Valois for two years, and I feel a belated congratulations might be a good way to ease into some of the more delicate topics I want to talk about.
actually all of my systems are nervous
(you know the drill — post a bit from a current writing project)
I haven’t posted one of these in a while, so have more of the second half of French Shenanigans (I haven’t finished the first half either, but whatever, I write out of order depending on what scenes I get in my head). This is the same scene the last two Sunday Snippets I posted are from and is nsfw (it’s Sunday so you’re probably not at work, but ykwim, sexytimes ahead).
Isabel grins at him, grabbing his hand again and clutching it against her chest, her fingers interlaced with his. “Only if you go first,” she says, loosening her grasp to trail a finger over the back of his hand, all soft veins and sharp bones. She tries for a moment to remember if Richard’s hands looked that way before his imprisonment, but barely has time to push the thought away before Richard’s hand withdraws from hers and then he’s drawing his shirt over his head and she’s completely distracted, feeling her entire body warm as he reaches for her hand.