Porto Novo & Portland

It was a beautiful Sunday morning and Ede and Hank were in Porto Novo having lunch. "I spoke to my mother last night. She asked me if I would be spending Christmas in Portland with her." "What's Christmas like in Portland?" "Very festive. You have the Revels Show with singing, dancing, juggling, and poetry as …

The Last Day in Hanoi

She sat in her room. Today was their last day in Hanoi. In a few hours they were going to be on a plane heading back to Chicago. She didn't want to leave. She was afraid that things would go back to how they were between Ryker and her--friends and colleagues--well, director and assistant. There …

With A Little Help…

"How many more photo shoots do I have to do?" Shaelyn asked Gilles when they were finished. "Don't you like doing them?" "I don't because I'm not a model and I feel so self-conscious." "Have you told Ryker this?" "Yes, several times but you know Ryker. Once he has made up his mind..." "Yes. And …

Laird and Martina Honeymooning

It was their first night in Bora Bora. They were staying in a beach villa at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort with its private garden with private plunge pool. The comfortable living room opened onto the beach and they had dazzling views of the lagoon and the majestic Mount Otemanu. The bedroom was very …

Ryker Shows Up

Ryker walked in just before the photo shoot began. It was her second one. She was still miffed with him but was glad to see him too. He looked very handsome dressed in all black. "How good of you to show up," she said. "After that telling off you gave me yesterday, I had to …

In Hanoi

She felt ridiculous standing there holding a tall stalk with an unusual flower on it behind her back but it was part of the shoot. Why on earth was she here, modeling for a photo shoot which would appear in Bazaar? She wasn't a model. She knew nothing about modeling. This was Ryker's bright idea. …

An Afternoon on the Beach

"What did Professor Harper say when you told her about us?" "She said that I was old enough to be your father." "That may be true but your feelings for me aren't fatherly, are they?" His eyes darkened and he pulled her roughly against him. "No, they aren't," he muttered thickly. And then he was …

Breaking Up with Janis

After he called Janis earlier that morning to tell her that he needed to see her that afternoon, he decided to go to the beach. As he swam in the calm ocean, he thought about how he was going to break the news to her. The line, Healing hawthorns and harrowing hesitations came to mind …

Coco

We met at a mutual friend's party. As soon as I walked into the room, I spotted her. She was easily the most beautiful girl in the entire room. She was flirting with a man who looked old enough to be her father but when she saw me, she ditched the poor sod and made …

Two Propositions

It was Jocelyn's wedding day and she was both nervous and excited. As she stood there, waiting for the moment when she would walk down the aisle, she thought of the first time she met her husband to be. It was at his sister Anya's dinner party. She and Anya worked together at the same …

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