In June 2015, just in time for the Southern Baptist Convention, Cetaire-Maris Designs released a very chic, retro-1920s line of linsey-woolsey fashions under the label "Abomination." At a Paris press conference, Madame Rose Cetaire explained that the new line had been inspired by Deuteronomy 22:11: "You shall not wear a mingled stuff, wool and linen together." The Southern Baptists obliged her by noisily denouncing her company's "mockery of Scripture," and overnight Abomination became the hottest-selling line in fashion history.

A celebration, Miranda Maris decided, was quite definitely in order.

Accordingly, Cetaire-Maris Designs rented a large hotel for the Bastille Day weekend, and threw the door open to friends, relatives, business associates, and assorted well-wishers of all types.

Like all creative souls, Miranda and Rose had always been at home with artists, musicians, actors, talented people of all stripes. Sensing free food and great parties, they flocked to the hotel -- taking advantage of universal bohemian brotherhood, each brought his or her own entourage.

Drawn by the bohemians, journalists and reporters swarmed like moths to the flame. Journalists of course brought politicians and gray eminences; these in turn draw those who worshipped power. In the end, more than two thousand people eventually passed through, and Miranda did her best to spend time with all of them.

The party passed into legend, so that eventually tens of thousands would claim to have been there. When all was said and done, the Abomination Party was credited with the creation of twenty-five books, twenty new bands, fifteen billion-dollar mergers, a dozen marriages, ten gold records, eight blockbuster virties, six corporations, four Broadway musicals, three masterpiece paintings, two religions, and a proof of Goldbach's Conjecture.

copyright (c) 2009, Don Sakers

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