Cold Open, A Tale of Modern Hollywood // Chapter 6. The Smorgasbord

Cantara Christopher
18 min readJun 17, 2022

“I’ve absolutely got to be home by six,” said Nina as she climbed into the car beside Teddy.

“No problemo,” he told her. He started the engine and pulled away from the curb. In no time at all, they were on Sunset Boulevard headed east.

“I hope this info Ruth gave you pans out,” he said as he leaned back, steering easily with one hand. “That’s why I left the room, to give you a chance to pump her. You know, using your feminine wiles.”

“Because she’s a lesbian and was sure to go for me,” said Nina, perfectly deadpan.

“Right,” answered Teddy in perfect earnestness.

She looked out the window. “Wait, how come we’re not taking the freeway?”

“Don’t forget, it’s Friday afternoon rush hour. You know how the freeway gets.”

“I don’t drive anymore,” said Nina quietly.

“You don’t? In LA? Interesting,” he remarked absently as he passed a few cars. After a moment he asked, “Sooo…did you talk about anything else while I was out?”

“Just your career.”

“Seriously? Great.”

“And my career.”

They stopped at a red light and Teddy turned to her. “What are you talking about?”

Nina explained about Ruth recognizing her. “And this is the strange thing, Teddy,” she continued. “She was hinting that she might already have something in mind for me. Do you know about anything going on I might be right for?”

He knitted his brow in thought. “No…no. I can’t think of anything. But so much stuff gets spread around town and ninety-nine percent of it is bullshit anyway…” Then he grinned broadly. “But that’s great! Are you gonna sign?”

Nina sighed. “I don’t know. I honestly don’t.”

“You know, baby,” said Teddy almost tenderly, “you’ve got a lot of good work in you still.”

They looked at each other for a long moment until the light changed and the car behind theirs beeped loudly for them to move.

“I, um, I’ll have to think it over,” Nina said at last as they continued up Sunset. “But don’t talk about this to anyone else…



Cantara Christopher

Actress-writer leading visitors down the rabbit hole of the arts, sex, magick, Filipiniana, and America’s hidden history []