So then, imagine the horror Abigail may feel when the very vehicle in question is towed.
As messy as all of that was, it did present the unexpected outcome of bringing Colin Firth back into her life - and how could that be a bad thing? They got off to a disastrously bad start when they starred together as Darcy and Lizzie in Pride and Prejudice, but this second time they met led to a lasting friendship (and a whole lot more).
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Of course, I had issues anyway. I went to the front desk to claim the car, and they informed me, rightly so, that my name was not on the title or vehicle registration. Thankfully, John’s wasn’t either. He’d registered the car under Random Ventures, Inc., which he quite often used for purchases and philanthropic endeavors. The front desk clerk was told my name, but she didn’t seem to be too impressed by me, so I couldn’t even use my celebrity to get myself out of the mess I was in. What’s more, I had left the apartment with nothing except the keys, so I had no identification or money. It was a hopeless situation. And then the desk clerk noticed Colin.
“You’re Mr. Darcy!” I could tell she didn’t know if she needed to fan herself or just go ahead and faint.
Let me just say, God bless Colin Firth. He detected the dire situation perfectly and flashed her a grin which would have melted the coldest heart. To a heart already wowed by him, it was dangerous.
“Hi darling, how are you? Myrna, is it?” he asked, reading her name tag.
“You are Mr. Darcy!” she squealed. And then she looked once more at me, and her eyes got even wider. “You’re Elizabeth Bennett! I didn’t recognize you! Why are you doing that American accent?”
Really? I quickly considered my options. She clearly didn’t know me from anything other than Pride and Prejudice, and I had to get John’s car back. There was no other option there. So, I adopted my Lizzie Bennett accent.
“Oh, you know,” I leaned in, speaking quietly, “just trying to avoid being recognized whenever possible. But, since you’re obviously a true fan...” I winked at her, as if she were in on the world’s biggest secret, shared between only Mr. Darcy, Lizzie, and Myrna.
“Darling,” Colin said as he sat on the edge of Myrna’s desk. “What can we do to get the car? It really does belong to the lady. I give you my word on that. Everything else is just unfortunate miscommunication.”
Myrna, who was in her early sixties if I had to guess, started giggling because Colin was sitting so close to her. I mostly just watched in awe, and for the first time decided I really needed to watch Pride and Prejudice and see what it was that made Myrna so flustered and giddy.
Did I mention that? I’d never watched it. It was a snapshot from a horrible time in my life, and as soon as it was over, I had wanted nothing more than to forget it had ever happened.
“I suppose,” Myrna said through her giggles, “that if you pay the fee and sign for responsibility, I could give you the car. I can trust you, I’m sure.”
“Of course you can, Myrna. Thank you! But can I do something for you? An autograph or photo, perhaps?” I was trying not to laugh as Colin sweetened the deal unnecessarily, just because he was a nice guy, I surmised.
Myrna giggled even louder and finally said she would love to hear a Mr. Darcy line. Colin didn’t hesitate for a moment. He stood up, grabbed her hand, and recited the line Mr. Darcy said to Lizzie when he proposed the first time.
“In vain I have struggled, it will not do. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
Myrna practically went into convulsions, Colin kissed her on the cheek, and we got the car.
“You’re good, Firth,” I smiled as we stood by the Saab, ready to go our separate ways. “Thank you for that.”
He laughed. “I would be ashamed to admit how many tight spots Mr. Darcy has helped me out of.”