"Oh, come on, James," Winnie says. She snatches up half of the paper. She begins rifling the pages, scanning bylines. Finally, she gets to the Style section. There, under the heading "Thing," is a tiny box with a story on meatloaf. Evie’s piece.
"Did you know about this?" Winnie asks.
"Evie’s ‘piece.’" Winnie tosses the paper to him. She stands up. "Are there any more bagels left? I’m still hungry."
In the afternoon, Winnie calls Evie. "Congratulations," she says.
"Hey!" Evie says. "Thanks."
"So how does it feel to be a journalist?"
"Great," Evie says. "I’m working on another piece for them next week. See? I got t
he lingo right. I said ‘piece,’ not ‘article.’"
There is a sound of shuffling in the background and Evie laughs.
"Is someone there?" Winnie asks.
"Mmmm, yeah," Evie says, naming the important journalist.
"That’s perfect," Winnie says. "Because James and I wanted to know if you and he wanted to come to dinner next week. Our treat. We’ll work it around his schedule. Oh, and Evie?"
"Yes?" Evie says, somewhat suspiciously.
"Just remember one thing," Winnie says.
"What’s that?" Evie asks.
"You’re one of us now," Winnie says, smoothly, so that Evie won’t suspect how difficult it is for her to choke out those words.
Evie laughs and says, "Sis, it’s like you and James always say: We are the media."
Candace Bushnell began Sex and the City as a column in The New York Observer in 1994; it subsequently became a book and a series on HBO. She is also the author of Four Blondes, Trading Up and Lipstick Jungle, which is being filmed as a pilot for NBC starring Brooke Shields. Ms. Bushnell is also the host of Sex, Success and Sensibility, a live weekly talk show on Sirius Satellite Radio. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, New York City Ballet principal dancer Charles Askegard.