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TURNING THE TIDES
(A QUESTION OF FORTITUDE-THE STRENGTH CARD)
Malcolm Turnpike’s life was in chaos; it had been now for many years. A self-imposed chaos, made so by a terrible weakness of will and a propensity for indulgence. Malcolm had been on a downward spiral for longer than he cared to recall…but recall he unavoidably did.
It all started out as fun and games. The perpetual parties, the shady characters he chose to associate with, the unbridled sex, money, drugs and rampant acts of violence. Malcolm once thought he had it all, but oh, how wrong he was to find himself. All of these fixations served him well for quite some time until one night, his precarious house of cards finally crashed down around his ears. With one fatal mistake and in one fell swoop, Malcolm Turnpike went from being at the top of his game to being shunned by his peers and cast from his own circle of Power; left dwelling on the darkest fringes, searching desperately for a way back in.
It was at one of these debauched parties that his life changed for the utter worst. Gloria Speakle was one of his most fervent devotees and would adamantly hang off of his every word; follow him to the ends of the earth, if he but asked her. The thing was, Malcolm had a procession of gorgeous, albeit misled, women who clamoured for his attention, and he would bestow upon each and every one of them just enough of the desired attentiveness to keep them bound under his spell. Gloria however, was one whom he lavished the most attention upon. Although this caused obvious resentment amongst the bevy of babes languishing at his feet, they were careful not to betray their feelings, for fear of losing favour with Malcolm. It wasn’t only the women who held resentment though.
As Malcolm had been elevated to an almost god-like status, his ‘friends’ of the male category also harboured feelings of envy and bitterness towards him. Malcolm was blissfully unaware of this though. He cared only for himself and what he could obtain from his fellows and wenches by whatever means were at his disposal. He paid no heed really, to the needs, wants and desires of the people he surrounded himself with. This was instrumental in the proceedings of this night which would lead to his downfall.