New Year’s Eve With the Grays

"I still can't believe that your mother has invited both of us to dinner." It was New Year's Eve and Tadeas was taking her to his family's mansion for dinner. "I think she's really trying to open-minded." "Well, it's a start." "And, I think she's curious to meet the woman whom I've fallen madly in …

Tadeas Goes to Briony

He stood in the shower, letting the water beat down on his back. His mind was still spinning from the realization that until he had made love to her earlier that day, Velma had been a virgin all along. That meant she had never slept with either Akello or Karl or any man for that …

Touring Sicily

So, I'm at the back of the hotel, leaning against a ladder waiting for Rey to join. He went back up to the room to get his camcorder. Today, we're going on a tour of Sicily. I'm so excited. Can't wait to see the sights. There are still moments when I still can't believe that …

A Day in Ouidah

Ede was looking out the window when she saw Hank drive up. Immediately her heart began to beat faster. "Pastor Hank is here," she told her grandmother. "Good. I'm looking forward to meeting him." Ede went to answer the door. Hank's face broke into big smile when he saw her. "Good morning, Pastor Hank." "Good …

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 …

Twenty Questions

Velma studied him. "No need to look so uptight, Mr. Gray. I just wanted to let you know that Kiskadee Records was extremely impressed with your ad layout." "Oh." He was very relieved to hear that. "As I said on Friday, you did an outstanding job which is what I always expect from you." "Thank …

A Bitter Taste

Antonia watched Laird and Martina, anxious for them to leave. It was torture seeing them together. After Martina and Mr. Pendlebury returned to the drawing-room, talking and laughing, Laird had immediately left her to join them. Even though she lived there, she felt like an outsider and she hated Martina for that. Laird, oblivious to …

Gerhardt’s Disappointment

He was in the library when Benson informed him that he had a visitor and that she was waiting for him in the drawing-room. "Has she been waiting long?" he asked. "No, Sir. She arrived about ten minutes ago." "Thank you, Benson." He straightened his sweater and combed his fingers through his hair. His heart …

Dinner and a Carriage Ride

I'm on the subway on my way to meet Maxime. He's taking me to lunch at Tribeca Grill, a restaurant co-owned by Robert De Niro. I so excited that I'm going to be seeing Maxime again. Too excited to concentrate on mystic mall cops and maroon feather dusters, a book I'm currently reading. It's about …

A Tour and Lunch

Gerhardt had just returned from a walk on the moors and was outside on the porch when Alexandra stepped out. He was pleasantly surprised to see her. "Hello," he said. "Hello. Nice dog. He's sitting so still that I thought he was a work of art. What's his name?" "Cinder." "Cinder?" "It was Helena's idea. …

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