CHAPTER TITLE: Reaching His Pinnacle_Eighty-Two of One Hundred
RATING: this chapter: PG
WORD COUNT: this chapter: 835
WARNINGS: this chapter: none_Editors POV
DISCLAIMER: Nothing I can say that hasn’t been said already? Not mine
herefordroad continues to have a life of her own. So any and all mistakes continue to be mine.
Story throughout contains excerpts from The Brian Kinney Operating Manual including commentary from the Editors
SUMMARY FROM THE EDITORS: ‘And so, as seems reasonable, at age forty-five Ted feels he has reached his pinnacle…’
Theodore has a life of his own, he really does, and he learns how to live it well
AUTHOR‘S NOTES: This story projects 59 years into the future and reflects all that that entails, many of the loose ends are tied-up. I dance with POV, I dance with time, in essence, I just dance to the song Brian & Justin sang to me.
Contains: Brian_others, Justin_others. They grow old, they are always together for just as long as time allows, but, ultimately, they will die.
As someone wise once said, ‘In the end, it’s all about Brian and Justin’ and I can only agree
A Time From Now
Reaching His Pinnacle
Six Months Later - Seven Years - Chicago-esque
The Brian Kinney Operating Manual - A Life Examined
the chapter titled - ‘ ‘Brian & Others - As to Their Outcome’
There are several compelling reasons why the money men at Thompson&Thompson, headquartered out of Chicago, consider the acquisition in 2007 of Kinnetik Inc., a small boutique ad agency out of Pittsburgh, to be a very wise investment on their part beyond its obvious and considerable revenue generating capabilities. And one these other compelling reasons is one Theodore A. Schmidt, Kinnetik CFO. Ted isn’t really aware that the acquisitionists even know of his existence beyond welcoming him, along with the rest of Kinnetik’s staff, ‘on board‘. But they do.
And, as is sometimes the case with such acquisitions, there are mainly superficial changes that take place along the lines of job titles, job descriptions and salaries. Brian Kinney is no longer President of Kinnetik he is now the CEO of Kinnetik&Thompson. Cynthia Walstrum is no longer Brian’s secretary; she is now the Assistant to the CEO with a secretary of her own. And while Theodore retains his title of CFO, he too gets his very own secretary, a lovely woman named Helen Barnard who, in the course of two short years, will become the Assistant to the CFO with a secretary of her very own. And so, as they climb the professional ladder of their respective fields, each new addition on the bottom rung compels those already there to climb just a little bit higher into that heady and rarified air of Really Big Business.
And as money men are want to do, they watch and wait and when the time is right, five years later in 2012, they make Ted an offer he could never have imagined possible, that of Assistant to the CFO at HEADQUARTERS. Did anyone else hear angels sing, or was that just us?
Not merely a promotion, not simply a transfer, but a huge big-deal lifestyle change that, after discussions with both Blake and Brian, Ted gratefully accepts. Two &1/ 2 years after Brian leaves Pittsburgh for New York, Ted and Blake leave Pittsburgh for Chicago and he takes Helen, his right-hand woman, with him.
Thompson&Thompson, or T&T as Ted affectionately dubs his new company, takes care of everything. From giving him a very generous sign-on bonus to above-norm benefits, from helping the seriously frazzled couple find a buyer for their old house in Pittsburgh to helping the deliriously happy couple find and purchase their new house in Chicago, T&T could not have been any more accommodating. They even include moving costs and a jobs placement assistant to help Blake find the job of his dreams in the city he will come to considers the most beautiful he‘s ever lived in.
Ted and Blake settle into a comfortable lifestyle of 60% work and 40% play. They look at several properties, finally purchasing a large, mostly unfinished loft, overlooking Millennium Park, which they remodel using a ‘close’ architect friend of Brian’s from New York, a dark-haired beauty Ted remembers well from the rebuilding of Babylon@BOSTON five years before. Ted and Blake travel and while in foreign climes, they buy paintings, eventually amassing a fairly large collection of European modern art. And they move easily within a stratum of Chicago society they never could have imagined.
And so, as seems reasonable, at age forty-five Ted feels he has reached his pinnacle, that he is perched firmly on the top-rung of his life’s professional ladder, but he is wrong. Because ten years later, at age fifty-five, Theodore A. Schmidt will become the Chief Financial Officer of Thompson&Thompson where he will remain until his retirement some tem years later.
Blake continues his work in alcohol and substance abuse counseling eventually becoming something of an expert in the field. He even publishes a book which becomes required reading at a number of major universities for students in several different majors including psychology and psychiatry.
Thompson&Thompson, as it turns out, loves a good party and at almost every event someone mentions someone who could use Blake’s help. At first he refers them to people he’s worked with through the Athenour Clinic in downtown
Chicago, but after going back to school himself in order to obtain his degree in counseling psychology, he starts to take on some of the referrals himself. The one thing though he will never do is leave Athenour because as far as he’s concerned, the Liberty Avenue Clinic where he found his help, the very same one where he found his Teddy again, saved them both. And he feels he owes them big-time and he plans on repaying his debt in kind.
The Pittsburgh family becomes a little more scattered when Ted and Blake leave them for Chicago, but in so doing their influence also becomes just a little more wide-spread. They are flexing their wings, each and every one of them and they are learning to fly.
Next Chapter: It’s Ted, and Justin’s, time to dance in the limelight
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