Tortoise Island - An Introduction
"Welcome to Tortoise Island. A luxury 5-star resort, located in the tropical heart of the South Pacific, we are dedicated to bringing you a unique and extraordinary holiday experience, while showing commitment and dedication through ecotourism to the surrounding communities, their people and their environment."
Lacey couldn't believe her luck. Flicking through the publicity pack and reading this excerpt from Tortoise Island's press release, Lacey was still shaking with excitement at having just landed a job as the Personal Assistant to the Director of Tortoise Island - "an award-winning resort renowned the world over for its development and implementation of ecotourism as well as for its supreme opulence and exclusivity" (also in the press release). Why only 20 couples were permitted to stay on the island at any one time, and children were only allowed during designated times each year.
Okay, so she wasn't going to be based anywhere near the island itself - in fact Lacey was going to be working out of the resort's head office in Melbourne. But this young woman could feel that such opportunities would flow her way as a result of this position.
The Director, one Alexander L. Featherstoner, was a man, as he told it to Lacey directly, involved in a great number of projects that included directorships on University Boards, aiding and funding projects in rural parts of the country and still consulting at his former patent law firm. He also mentioned to Lacey during her first interview, held in the boardroom of the head office, that he frequently rubbed shoulders with the cream of society and could count the country's political leaders amongst his close friends. Alexander, for his name was always written and spoken in full - he had never been known as simply Alex or Xander, supposed that Lacey, herself an avid reader of all press, would undoubtedly know his name and face from the social pages of the local rags. While she sat opposite Alexander nodding as though this was indeed true, inside her head, Lacey was thinking that she had, in reality, never heard his name before this day.
In the course of their second meeting together, in which Alexander offered Lacey the position, she noticed that he reminded her a number of times that one of her smaller, but definitely not lesser tasks, would be to comb newspapers and cut out the numerous articles that were written about him - oh and the island - for scrapbook purposes. 'Obviously a man of importance,' Lacey told herself. It didn't matter to Lacey at that time, that she could not recall ever reading a piece about him or his work. Amongst other things, Lacey's duties would include co-ordinating Alexander L. Featherstoner's hectic diary, organising his travel plans, liasing with staff on Tortoise Island itself, as well as working closely with employees in the Melbourne office and occasionally assisting his wife with minor tasks.
If it ever occurred to Lacey at this time that Alexander seemed to posses a great deal of self importance, she certainly didn't entertain the thought for long.
Lacey was asked to start in her new role 3 days later. It was going to be a learning opportunity and a memorable experience, Lacey thought. And she was right. It ended being all of that and much more, but not for the reasons Lacey first imagined, nor for any reason she could ever have imagined.
To be continued...