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Becca and the Sneaky Violinist: Part 16

Post by Onna Carr

“Becca, I came as soon as I got the message. I had a dinner party, and I had turned off my phone during it. I am sorry I was not here sooner. Peckbridge, you helped Becca home?” Martin questioned, turning from Becca to me. “Yes, Sindhi and Ben couldn’t get her here on their own,” I replied. “Sindhi is asleep in the guest room, Martin. Mr. Peckbridge was staying until you arrived,” Becca clarified. “Of course. Becca, why don’t I help you back to bed? You must be tired,” Martin said as he helped Becca up and to her room. I prepared to go and gathered my coat, scarf, and hat in the entry.

When Martin came back from Becca’s room, he asked to have a word with me as he led me back to the living room, where we both sat down. “You know, from the time The Phantom of the Opera came out in the mid-eighties, I produced and directed it at my theater. I had it play for twenty seasons,” he began. “John Silverbridge was The Phantom, and he was the best I have ever seen—no offence. Becca Singer was Christina for the first six seasons of the production. She and John got married the seventh season, and she became pregnant. Seven months into the pregnancy, complications were discovered, and the doctors said the baby would have to be aborted if Becca was to survive. Becca refused, and she died shortly after the premature birth of their daughter, whom she named Millicent Waddelly. Millicent was in ICU for nearly eight months, and John stayed by her. That season, his understudy performed. By the eighth season however, John was back, and Millicent, whom he nicknamed ‘Becca,’ was with him. John was the best single parent I have ever known, and he was constantly with Becca. When John was onstage, Becca was in the wings. John had his dressing room remodeled to suit her needs. Only during the show was John away from Becca, when she sat in my lap or beside me for the performance. John educated Becca, and when she was eighteen, she went to college and trained in voice. She had great promise, and everyone said she would be the next Sara Brightman,” Martin continued. “But something happened,” I replied. “Yes, it did,” Martin answered.

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