Back From Hollywood and the Breakup

"Are you busy?" "No, why?" "Have dinner with me. There's this great Mediterranean restaurant about half hour from here." "Stuart, are you sure that's a good idea?" "Why wouldn't it be?" "Natalia." "We broke up." She gawked at him. "What?" "She dumped me because she was convinced that I was cheating on her. It wasn't …

After Dinner

He grew impatient as dawn slowly turned to dusk. Then, he showered and got dressed for dinner. He couldn't wait to see Alexandra. He had been looking forward all day to having dinner with her. They were having dinner at the manor and afterwards he was going to teach her how to play pool. At …

Blogs, Dresses and Wedding Plans

"Felt and bobbles." Mats looked at Abi. "Pardon me?" "It's a topic I'm thinking posting on my blog--felt hats vs bobble hats. I'm curious to see which most women prefer." "Why would that be an interesting topic?" "Well, women are interested in fashion and I thought it would be fun to do a post on …

A Friend’s Trust

"You're the only woman I trust Rory with," Emlyn said to me. We were in the living-room on a Sunday afternoon. She had invited me to have lunch with her and Rory. I was on the loveseat while she was on the matching sofa. She and I were more like sisters than friends. We have …

Dinner on the Boat

"What's that you're drinking?" "Pickle Juice." "Pickle Juice?" "Yes. Want some?" She made a face. "No, thank you!" "It's good for you, you know. I've been drinking it for years. Athletes drink it." "What's it good for?" "I can give you ten good reasons. It soothes muscle cramps. It helps you stay hydrated. It’s a …

Laird Visits His Father

"Tell me what you think of this opening line for my book, Time stole his most prized possession--his mind." Mr. Pendlebury asked Laird. They were in his study. Laird had called him the night before to tell him he wanted to see him. "Sounds good but I thought you were writing a book about genuine …

Monifa’s Whereabouts

It was one of those misty mornings in the summer. It reminded him of the times Monifa and he went for walks. He remembered that it was on the morning of Holy Thursday when he had told her about the hot cross buns his mother used to make every year for Good Friday because it …

Two More Days

I didn't want to think about it but I only had two more days with Maxime and then he would be leaving New York. He told me yesterday when we were together. We were both sad about it and wished that he could stay indefinitely. Today, we are going taking a day trip to Sleepy …

Mrs. Cheung Learns About Karine

Jason was on a ZOOM call with his parents. As usual, his mother did most of the talking. She was going on about one of the neighbors who had invited her over for lunch. "I was looking forward to some of her delicious soup, but instead, she said that we were going to have peanuts …

Laird Recounts the Past

"So, you didn't stay to see your father?" Martina asked Laird. "No. I couldn't bear to listen to any more of her bloody drivel." "It sounds like she's still in love with you." "How ironic. Karson wanted her love but I, who never wanted it got it instead." "Love is a crazy thing. And some …

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