I’ve Developed Feelings For You

Alan J. Schwarz
6 min readAug 7, 2023

Uh Oh

Image by Claudio_Scott from Pixabay

Running a publishing company was not easy in the world of digital. Jeff Mendelsohn was lucky as he loved literature, and he made a living. The thing was he couldn’t do it without his trusted assistant Lisa Mandell.

He had cut Lisa into a profit sharing plan. He made a deal that anything they published that was turned into a broadcast property would see her getting fifty percent of the sale.

They had sold the licensing rights to ‘’Gumbo The Gator’’ for an animated series and after the writer received her cut, the other forty percent was split between Jeff and Lisa. She had been extremely happy and pleased.

One morning at United Bakery Restaurant they met with an author of a newly written book called ‘’Neurons and Neurotics.’’ It was funny and well researched and they wanted to publish it. Jeff had done a great dance and Lisa had listed reasons why the author would feel comfortable with Emunah Publishers as her home. The Author promised to give a decision that afternoon and she left to consider her options.

Lisa was looking at Jeff after the author left and they were alone to discuss business. Jeff started talking about one of their authors who was on a deadline to get his final manuscript to them for review, when Lisa reached out and touched Jeff’s hand. He stopped talking in mid-sentence.

‘’You know Jeff, we’ve been working together for the last six years and I’ve loved every second of it. I’ve enjoyed watching you work and more importantly your decency and integrity. I just wanted to tell you, how much I enjoy working with you.’’ Jeff smiled ‘’Thanks the feeling’s mutual.’’ He began to talk again when Lisa interrupted him. ‘’Uh, I’ve never asked you a personal question, but I’d really like to if that’s okay.’’

Jeff sat back in his seat and thought to himself that Lisa was acting strangely. ‘’Sure, but I wanted to discuss Viewmount Printers with you. They sent me a note they want to raise printing prices and I think we need to tell them that we’re not in a position to pay more.’’ Lisa’s response was a nod. ‘’Sure, Sure, I’ll talk to Kelly, we have a good relationship. So speaking of relationships, I was wondering how your situation is with Tamara?’’



Alan J. Schwarz

Alan Schwarz loves life. He is the founder of JAMS Productions, a television production company based in Toronto . His passion is writing.