Laird’s Birthday Celebration

It was the evening of his 40th birthday and Laird was going to have a romantic dinner with Martina while her mother looked after their daughter. It was the first time since Charlotte was born that the two of them had been able to go anywhere together, alone and they were both excited about it. …

Lunch, Christmas Dinner & Roberto

It was exactly noon when Genet arrived at the restaurant. Fabrizio was already there at the table. He was on his tablet but set it aside immediately when he saw her. "Hello." "Hello." His gaze traveled over her. Smiling, he remarked, "You look great. She forced a smile. "Thank you." "I thought you might like …

Laird’s 40th Birthday

It was Laird's 40th birthday. His father was taking him out for lunch to celebrate but first, they were going to find a wedding suit for his father. They were in Moss Bros, Mr. Pendlebury's favorite store. "What about this one?" Laird asked showing his father a slim fit Sage Tweed suit. Mr. Pendlebury made …

The Past, Present & Future

"So, are you nervous?" Melania asked Tanner. They were at his place. She was lying on the rug with her head propped up by her hand. In the background soft music played. It was Friday evening. She was spending the weekend with him. "Nervous about what?" "The wedding. It's two weeks away." "No, I'm not …

Comply or…

PHOTO PROMPT © David Stewart The weather's dismal. It matches my mood exactly. Today's World Teacher's Day but I can't celebrate it because I was fired. Why? I refused to use female pronouns for a transgender student. The student, born a male began identifying as a female. He and his mother wanted him to be referred to …

Aunt Savitri Calling it As She Sees It

"Would you like a cup of tea, Trishan?" Aunt Savitri asked me. "No, thanks." As usual, I was sitting at the table. The bowl of Indian rice pudding sat untouched in front of me. I stared out of the windows in front of me but I wasn't seeing what was there. My mind was elsewhere. …

Celebrating Ten Years

To celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary, Asif and I are on a Halal trip. We're visiting the Alcazar of Seville, the oldest palace in Europe and the most beautiful in Spain. Castilian Christians built it on a residential fortress for the Christian king Peter of Castile. The gardens are breathtaking. The only downside is that there …

University, Summer Job & Birthday Plans

"So, you've decided then that you're going to move out at the end of summer?" Gideon asked Chelsey. It was a Saturday afternoon and they were in the conservatory. She had just told him that instead of commuting every week to Oxford, she would just live on the campus. She didn't mention that she had …

The Politician’s No-Brainer

PHOTO PROMPT © Na’ama Yehuda Before leaving for a press conference, he met his secretary, Shondra in the garden. “Thanks for the tulips,” she said. “You’re welcome.  They’re from Hannah and me.” “Please thank her for me.” “I will.  Any plans for tonight?” “No.  It’s going to be a quiet birthday.” “Maybe we could celebrate …

Tanner and Melania Go For a Drive

Melania was waiting for Tanner. It had rained the night before and had washed away what little snow was still there. It wasn't cold but she was wearing a leather jacket. It was Sunday afternoon. Yesterday, she had gone to Uncle Betty's Diner with Matt and Cam to celebrate his getting full custody of his …

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