Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (45) What Becomes of the Broken Hearted (Part 01)
The Purplemere Film Studio’s was a large complex of production spaces and studios that almost fell into disuse but its fortunes were turned around by Peter Lutchford the renowned film director who had turned it into one of the premier film industry resources in Europe.
The complex catered for every aspect of film production including set design, costumes, sound and visual FX, in addition to the stages.
Some areas were in a security controlled zone but there were still a lot of others on the periphery and it was into the small staff car park of one of the companies in a peripheral complex that Jed Anderson would park while he waited for his ex-wife Karen to leave work.
Karen and Jed had divorced the year before but it was a completely amicable split because after eight years of marriage they both realised it wasn’t really working.
In fact they carried on living under the same roof for nine months until they sold the house and it wasn’t really very different to when they were married, and it really should have been if they belonged together as a couple, so they knew they had made the right decision.
But even after the divorce they were still very good friends which was why he still picked her up from work.
Even after they stopped living under the same roof they still lived within half a mile of each other and as the split was so amicable it made no sense to abandon their long standing routine of travelling to and from work together.
However everything changed one Monday night at the end of April, she looked out of her office window just before she left and saw Jed was already parked and Keith Clarke, the odious buildings manager was talking to him through the car window and she could tell by his body language that he was actually talking at him so she put a bit of a spurt on.
As she stepped out of the lift she passed the pompous little man who was muttering to himself in a thick Scottish accent, he didn’t look happy she thought as she walked down the steps to the car park.
She was going to ask what it was all about once she got in the car but she got distracted by a song on the radio and he didn’t mention it so she thought no more about it.
Until the next morning when she found out that Mr Clarke, who was the de facto landlord, had made a complaint to the Facilities Manager, of the company Karen worked for, Pioneer Productions, who were involved in many aspects of film production.
Karen was very embarrassed when she was summoned to the office of Suzy Ford, the Facilities Manager, to be told that her husband had verbally abused the landlord, or at least his representative.