An illusion is an erroneous perception of reality according to the freedictionary.com
In other words, an illusion is Fake.
A representation of something that isn’t real.
“Maya” is a Thai word used to represent the Entertainment industry;
The world of fame & stardom
The English translation of Maya is illusion
Please be advised that the following content is FICTION and was written for entertainment purposes only. The story is not based on true events and the celebrities mentioned have not consented to the use of their names.
This is purely FICTION, read and enjoy!
PARN’S EVENT PLANNING OFFICE
“I’m hot!” announced famous actress “Kwan” Ausamanee Waitayanon.
No, she wasn’t referring to her fame status or her exquisite good looks. She was referring to the current temperature of her body.
Overheating in the blazing sunlight, Kwan is shouting to her mom Pranee Waitayanon, urging her to hurry. Kwan has been waiting outside in the heat for more than 7 minutes. If her mother doesn’t come out soon, her beautiful skin is going to burn like nobody’s business.
Why is she taking so long?! How hard is it to collect money?!
The heat is making her agitated. She could see her mom giving her the ‘You just wait woman!’ look from inside the window of a small Event Planning Office.
Pranee is in the middle of collecting Kwan’s pay cheque from yesterday’s promotional appearance. It’s her job to collect her daughter’s money. Kwan’s job is to go to work and look pretty, a job in which she managed to do very successfully.
At only 22 years of age. Kwan’s name is listed as one of the country’s A List. She’s got fame wrapped tightly around her little finger, it appears nothing or anyone can bring her down. Not even a string of scandals from her many years of ongoing bad press and alleged misconduct.
In spite of it all, Kwan’s fame has always managed to escape bad rumours unscathed.
“Mom!!” Kwan’s shouted to her mother with more intensity than before.
A throng of people in the small office were startled by the piercing sound of her voice, her mother included.
“JUST WAIT!!!!” Pranee shouted back fiercely.
The famous celebrity mom is way too annoyed to pay attention to her daughter right now. She is in the midst of demanding for a new cheque and the event organizer is making her wait for the cheque a little longer in retaliation.
When the cheque was finally signed and handed to her. Pranee took it and looked over the sum to make sure it was exactly the amount asked for. When she was satisfied, she thanked the organizer and gave everyone in the office an overly sweet smile before heading out the door to join her daughter in the blazing sunlight.
“C’mon! What took you so long?!”
Kwan was annoyed. She waited outside instead of going into the office because her mother insisted that a famous celebrity such as Kwan should not be the one to talk money or business.
Pranee prefers to deal with these financial matters herself.
“They wouldn’t pay me the extra 30,000 baht I asked for. The job went over the time limit by 20 minutes, I had to charge her extra but she wouldn’t have it. Tightass! I had to force it out of her” snapped Pranee.
Fighting with Event Organizers is a typical occurrence in Pranee’s life. She can never understand why she can’t just add extra charges on top of her daughter’s agreed pay rate.
Most importantly, it amazes her why they bother to throw up a fight about it. It’s not like they’re going to win the fight anyway. Pranee always win, why people can’t just surrender in the beginning and save themselves the trouble, she’ll never understand.
“You got the money right?” asked Kwan
“Of course!” Exclaimed Pranee, offended with her daughter for doubting her skills
As a mom and manager to a famous celebrity, Pranee takes great pride in her managerial role, especially when it came to money.
“Can I spend some of it today?” Kwan asked sheepishly.
She hasn’t been shopping for almost a week, her clothes are starting to feel out-dated.
Pranee thought about it for a moment. She has to make sure all the bills are paid before any money can be passed on to Kwan
“Okay..” She finally agreed.
Kwan has two more promotional jobs lined up for this evening. Financially, this month her daughter is on a roll.
This week is Kwan’s lucky week with over three appearances under her sleeve, raking in an impressive sum of almost 300,000 baht. Kwan’s mother is counting their blessings.
Promotional work is one of Kwan’s favourite jobs in show biz.
It’s where she makes the most money. Thus, it is also Pranee’s favourite.
After Kwan gained the approval from her mother to spend her own money, Kwan’s mind is wholehearted occupied with shopping ideas.
There’s a dress at the mall she had her eyes on. The dress would go perfectly well with her gold stiletto.
“Where did you park the car?” Pranee asked
“Just in the next street, we’re almost there” said Kwan
As the mother and daughter walked further down the street to meet their parked silver SLK 200, a small crowd of 4-5 fans approached Kwan for autographs and photos.
“Kwan! OMG can we take a photo with you?!” screeched a young tween girl
“Of course” replied Kwan as she turned to pose and smile gracefully for the photographs.
“Thank you, please don’t forget to watch my lakorns” She said to her admirers in the sweetest tone.
Pranee tried to separate the fans from her daughter after the swift photo and autograph session explaining politely to each of them,
“Sorry girls, Kwan would love to stay and chat with you all but we are so, so busy right now. We have another job to go to in 10 minutes!”
Kwan’s next job is not for another 5-6 hours.
The fans reluctantly waved goodbyes and went on their way.
When the fans were out of sight, Kwan reached into her hand bag to pull out a bottle of sanitizer to clean her hands, arms and pretty much all the parts where she was touched.
It’s better to be safe than sorry she thought. God knows where their hands have been.
Don’t get her wrong. It’s not that she disliked fans. In fact, she loves fans. She loves the way they make her feel, the attention they pay to her whenever they meet. Also, being overly nice to them is a big part of her job.
Kwan is good at being famous because for most of her life, she has always been famous.
Before she became an A-lister, she was a child actress, continually in the spotlight from an early age.
Kwan doesn’t even remember what life was like before she got here.
“Are we going home first?” Pranee asked as they got inside the car
“No mom, we’re going shopping” said Kwan with a mischievous grin
There’s still 5 more hours left before her next job tonight at Crystal Park Mall. Enough time for Kwan to squeeze in some me time, shopping time.
CRYSTAL PARK SHOPPING MALL
It’s been almost a year since Todd Sina graduated from university and broke up with his older celebrity girlfriend Aump Patcharapa.
Life has been very different since. No more headlines in the gossip rags or stalking paparazzi. Life is starting to feel ‘normal’ for a change, or as normal as life can be for a former model and son of a successful business man.
Walking along at a high end department store in Bangkok, Todd is enjoying a day out without being noticed. He liked it, the joy of going out in public without people gawking at him is a refreshing sensation. Luckily for Todd, he’s been given this luxury ever since he ended his romance with his ex.
Being with her had always put him in the spot light. People always noticed them whenever they were together.
It’s not really her fault, she was too damn famous, and she couldn’t help it. But then again, Aump was always dressed in such a way that begged for attention. Without her by his side, Todd can easily walk around unnoticed.
In his plain black T-shirt, jeans and flip flops, the former teen magazines pin up boy ambled through the aisle of a bookstore undetected.
Todd is looking to buy a travel book of Europe. He’s heading to England in three months to study Masters. It was always the plan for him. Grabbing the book he wanted off the shelf, Todd headed straight to the cash register to pay for his purchase. He’s not much of a shopper.
“350 baht please” says the young female shop assistant, blushing from the familiar sight of him.
Oh crap, she recognized me thought Todd. He smiled shyly and handed her the cash. Sometimes it happens. Although he doesn’t consider himself to be ‘famous’, but as a former teen model and ex boyfriend to a famous actress, his life was constantly in the spotlight, no matter how much he tried to keep a low profile.
“When are you coming back to showbiz?” the shop assistant asked.
Todd wanted to walk away, there were people behind him waiting in the queue but somehow the shop assistant didn’t seem to care.
“Umm..” Todd was hesitant; he turned to the girl behind him and gave her a weak smile as a gesture of apology for holding up the queue.
The girl didn’t appear to mind, she smiled at him flashing her metal braces. It’s not often you run into a celebrity waiting in the queue of a book store.
“Are you Todd Sina?” she asked
He laughed, suddenly feeling awkward from the attention.
“When are you coming back to showbiz” the shop assistant asked again “You know, I used to watch your show all the time”
By ‘your show’ she was referring to a Teenage Music Video Show that Todd hosted over 6 years ago, when he was still a teen. Todd can barely remember it but the shop assistant has one hell of a memory.
“Thanks…but umm, I’m going overseas soon” He replied briefly and tried to make a run for it.
“Wait!” The girl behind him grabbed his arm “Can I take a photo with you?”
Todd wanted to say no, posing for a photograph in the middle of a bookstore attracts way too much attention than he could handle. Instead of asking for a photograph, she may as well ask him to hold up a giant sign saying ‘HELLO! LOOK AT ME’
“Please?” She insisted
Todd didn’t want any trouble. The last time he said no to photographs turned out to be a complete tragedy. His so-called fans chased him down the shopping mall, shouting his name and calling him a jackass.
The memory of that last incident pretty much left him with no choice but to just pose and be done with it.
“Thank you” He said to her after she took the picture. It was out of habit, he didn’t even want to be photographed in the first place let alone thank her for taking his picture. But back in the days when he was working in showbiz, it was customary to say thank you after a photograph.
Once Todd’s Kodak moment with his girl fan was over, everyone in the store are now staring at him. Some stared with recognition while others stared with incredulity, probably thinking something along the line of ‘Who the hell?!’
While all eyes were fixed on him, Todd looked around in discomfort. To some people, fame might be satisfying. But to Todd, fame is a dark thought, a form of handicap preventing him from the liberty of a private life.
With all this uninvited attention clouding his personal space, Todd figured now would be a good time to leave.
As Todd tried to make his way out, the shop assistant threw a magazine in his hand from the cash register and told him to read page 6
“It’s about your girlfriend, oh! Ex. Girlfriend” She yelled out to him from the counter
“I don’t read gossip magazines” he tried to give it back
“No, have it, my treat. The article is about you”
He didn’t want to argue so he just took it and dashed out of the store as fast as he could.
Stepping out from the store, Todd thought he was safe. Until he spotted someone from the corner of his eye, a man who looks like a paparazzi from some gossip magazine followed him from the bookstore.
The paparazzi-lookalike was holding a professional camera in his hand. It’s obvious to Todd now, the man is a paparazzi. The same paparazzi that used to snap pictures of him and ex girlfriend together when they were still an item.
“Todd!!” The man shouted his name
Todd turned away ignoring Mr Papparazzi instantly. He knew if he turned around, the man would take his picture and write a fabricated article. Todd wasn’t going to wait around to give the man his fake gossip opportunity.
Walking away is the best option. Walk away very, very fast.
The paparazzi tried to follow; he wasn’t going to let Todd get away that easily. He’s been hanging around the shopping mall all day hoping to snatch a shot of some celebrity and no one showed.
Todd Sina will have to do for now.
Seeing Mr Paparazzi following his trail, Todd zigzagged his way out of the building in a fast and confusing motion.
No Paparazzi or anybody could possibly keep up with his path and speed. Crystal Park is his hood, he knows this place better than anyone.
As he got further and further away from his follower, Todd looked back to make sure he completely lost the man. While his legs are pacing forward, his head was constantly turning backwards to check for Mr Paparazzi, Then BAM!
A loud thudding sound in conjunction with an unknown force knocked Todd’s 6Ft frame against the hard surface of the concrete ground.
He had no idea what hit him but when he looked up, an obvious Mercedes Benz logo was right in his face.
It’s a car. Todd realized he was hit by a car, Mercedes Benz SLK200 to be exact.
Kwan Ausamanee rushed out from the driver’s seat; the look on her face conveyed the reaction of someone caught in acute shock and distress.
Her expression troubled Todd. He felt a mixture of emotions between guilt and empathy toward this visibly beautiful young woman, possibly stressed by the apprehension that she had run over a human being.
It was his fault, he walked in the middle of the road without looking. Suddenly Todd felt the urge to comfort her. He struggled to get up despite the pain, hoping to at least reassure this gorgeous girl that she didn’t kill him and that he would be okay.
Before he could find the strength to let the words come out of his mouth she shrieked;
To be continued…………….