Note: Although this story is a stand-alone, the detailed background of Joe and the Land-Fields Studios was first introduced in 'The Seventh Reel' and continued in several other stories.
Paulie Donavan, Kelsie, and Steffie were first mentioned in the last Land-Fields story, "The Wandlys".
Here's a brief background:
Weeks earlier, Joe had been placed in charge of cataloging and overseeing the removal of the late studio mogul Henry Land's private effects from his mansion, which his grandchildren were converting into a museum. Joe had worked at Land-Fields Studios for years and had been "borrowed" to manage this phase of the project. After discovering a collection of old films and photographs in a previously blocked alcove within the mansion's wine cellar, Joe had reported his find to Sharon, the Land granddaughter who was chairing the museum project. Thinking these were merely copies of movies the studio made and had later preserved in digital format, she gave Joe free reign over what he wanted to keep.
But as he watched the first movie, he had discovered that there was an extra reel showing a much different version of a scene that had been a song-and-dance number. Instead, this reel was very pornographic and featured the movie's leading actress, seven year-old child starlet Alice Barber. The little girl took on several mobsters in a fuck-fest instead of the cute song-and-dance number that the public was familiar with. It was the beginning of Joe's exploration through the private cache of recorded content, much of it starring children from the studio's various movies and television shows.
This story is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
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