Black, 45 years old, female
Even at five years old it was evident that Vivian Irene Biggers had the makings of a social climber. Having friends and the right friends was paramount for her. She angled to be invited to every birthday party of the popular kids. She joined the girl scouts and church clubs because they positioned her to be in the right clique. She towed the social line when she was young without question and the democrat party line when she was older. She quickly scoped out who the power players were in whatever group she targeted and maneuvering to the inner circle was her primary goal. She succumbed to the peer pressures as a teen and abandoned (howbeit privately) the Christian values she was raised with. When she was 17 she got pregnant by the high school football star and privately had an abortion so her parents and church and school friends would never know. She was detained for shoplifting with a bad group of wealthy girls at her school, but fortunately one of the girl’s dad was a judge and with his phone call everyone was set free to go home without calls to their families or contacting the police. Vivian was the oldest of three children, her sister Brenda was second and her brother Vernon, the youngest. Brenda had a goal to be the most important and wealthiest of the children. While she did finish school and went on to college and then nursing school, she was in a fervent quest to find and marry a man of means and importance. Finally, three years before our story takes place, Vivian had an affair with a handsome Black married physician that practiced at her hospital. The affair was enduring and satisfying, however it became evident that his timeline for leaving his wife did not keep pace with her biological clock and this clandestine relationship did not fulfill her goal of being publically revered as the wife of a prominent doctor. In a desperate effort to finally snag him, she purposefully got pregnant. His wife found out and left him. Then he left Vivian and quickly married a radiologist from Ecuador. The shame was enormous, though she siphoned the marginal esteem she could from the situation, her acclaim being that she had a prominent physician’s child. His child support and her nurse’s salary helped her maintain a quasi-bourgeois life style, complete with a C class Mercedes.
Vivian resented Brenda who though she was not wealthy nor inclined to participate in the right circles and cliques, yet, Brenda somehow managed to garner the respect and admiration of everyone in the family, the church and the community. What Vivian strived so hard to attain just naturally rained on Brenda abundantly. Vivian had more financial wealth than Brenda, however, the money was never Vivian’s goal. It was the esteem and power she felt it could draw. Brenda married her high school sweetheart, a military guy, she dropped out of college to work for the postal service. When he was killed in action, Brenda became a single parent. Vivian wondered how, my God how, could she compete with the wife of a dead Purple Heart veteran? She thought.
Both of the Biggers girls were mildly attractive, but Brenda always drew the attention of the best guys. Why she married Willie Freeman was a mystery to her.