She was getting old, but she never lost her spirit. She made a name for herself in a 70s sitcom “The Gray Group” which was about two widows with 4 children each. The Gray Group family had become a household name with reruns still running after 2000′ on oldie cable channels. It was as famous as Gilligan’s Island, Happy Days, MASH, and Laverne and Shirley. The lovely lady of the Gray Group was played by Flow Heston, her character; Carol Ann Gray. She never gave up her style or love of acting even in her older years, mid-80s. She noted a casting call for a political part in a Movie, so she auditioned, thinking “what the hell” and she got the part.
Turns out the political part was “real life” and she’d be doubling as a real political candidate, and get this, the candidate was running for President. Flow was to look the part, with what some might call an extreme makeover, although the candidate and her shared many things; she was within an inch or two of her in height, same complexion, similar old-age wrinkle lines and mannerisms. With a little hair-styling and some make-up even friends close to the candidate couldn’t tell the difference up close. Best of all Flow was polished, good at acting and even better than the actual candidate at giving speeches.
The candidate was under investigation and feared being served prior to the election, knowing that if she could just make it to the magic number of 90-days before the election, that the FBI wouldn’t serve her due to political season protocol, until then the candidate would not go to any public events or give any major speeches, and no TV interviews, in fact her whereabouts were completely unknown. Even her husband, a former president, stayed aloof, however met with the Federal Attorney’s General trying to broker a deal to get his wife off-the-hook.
Flow met with big donors, gave small town speeches but never up-close interviews as the candidate feared the scheme would be found out. This plan was working great until one day Flow was attending a funeral as the candidate, she wore big sunglasses so no one could tell it wasn’t the candidate. Then Flow was hit by a heart attack weapon, originally designed by the CIA, but was used on her by Russian Agents who thought it was the actual candidate. Flow couldn’t figure out what was happening, but was able to walk to the candidate’s van before collapsing.
After the election was over, the candidate had lost, but was still under investigation, unfortunately even though Flow had fully recovered, she knew too much, she’d become a “loose end” to the Candidate’s Political Machine, she wouldn’t be the first to die in the wake of the many scandals spanning decades of the candidate’s family politics. Flow, although sworn to secrecy, was worried for her life, and she had told several friends of her gig as a presidential candidate in real life. She told her friend and actress Debra Reinhold, who then told her daughter also an actress Kerry Foster of a popular Science Fiction Movie series made famous by George Lucas.
More loose ends, they knew too much, in fact the entire story – their phones were also tapped and they were culled even before the winner of the presidential election was inaugurated. As fate would have it, the candidate’s loss was more than she could handle, and she and her politically corrupt husband were already in poor health. Nevertheless, their poor health, fading memories may not be enough to keep them out of prison.
The new incoming President and his Attorney’s General is trying to figure out how to get a special council willing to investigate, as everyone in Washington DC knows the candidate and her former president husband are well-connected and anyone opposing them generally mysteriously dies. Of course, politics at this level is a ruthless game and they play for keeps… the sequel continues…
-Note- If any of the characters in this story resemble in any way the lives of real people – hey, it’s just coincidental, and you must have a very active mind – so deal with it.