Despite her good intentions and best efforts, Fio has always been gauche.
Like when she was sitting at the same table as Victoria Alexander, a well-known romance writer. The others around the table were shamelessly chatting her up so Fio tried her hand, and, of course, she was honest.
Fio announced how thrilled she was when VA walked across the stage at Nationals to deliver the keynote address. "I realized you have the same body shape that I do," Fio said. "It gave me hope I could be successful too."
VA smiled weakly and may have even said thank you.
A couple of months later, it finally dawned on Fio that perhaps she had not delivered the accolade she was trying for.