|Nereids and Neptune (standard:romance, 940 words)|
|Author: Cyrano||Added: Jul 24 2006||Views/Reads: 1919/1072||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|The only way to forget love is to find it again. Two years after the death of his wife, Tom heads back to California.|
Nereids and Neptune Copyright: Kelly Shaw2005 Chapter 1. Mendocino Tom Champion places both hands on the bar and rests his right foot on the brass rail. The bald, heavily bearded barman, busy drying glasses, throws the damp towel over his shoulder and sets a mat in front of him. Tom orders a beer, which comes in a tall frozen glass. He chugs it down, its coldness hurting his throat, before pulling a ten-dollar bill from his wallet and nods an acknowledgement to the barman before stepping back into the streets of San Francisco. Crossing Golden Gate Bridge he settles deeply into the leather seat. It's a four-hour drive to Mendocino; time in which old recriminations would sully the memories. If he hadn't chosen to sail the yacht back from Hong Kong, after promising he would fly, he would have been with her that fateful day. Now, two years after hearing the news, he is heading back, leaving highway 101, toward Jenner, a small bohemian community on the Pacific Coast Highway, with all its unrivalled, spectacular beauty. He didn't wanted to come back at all, knowing her clothes still hang in the closet, her perfumes and make-up still clutter the bathroom, and it's this intimate knowledge that sets aside any certainty he will enter the house. **************** “ Honey, we need to hurry.” Tom leaned against the bathroom door, watching how she curled her eyelashes. “I'll be two minutes, almost done,” she said, giving the strange metal curling tool another blast of heat from the blow dryer. It was enough to make him flinch. He stepped back into the bedroom. The phone rang; it was Joseph Chapman, a long time friend and business agent. He called confirming the American businessman had accepted the offer and signed the contract on the house. “We'll be in London this evening, Josey...well, if Katherine leaves the bathroom anytime soon...” he joked. “ I heard that, honey,” she called out. “...and we fly out early the next morning.” Tom finished. “A limo will take you from the airport to the Sonoma Lodge, about an hour and a half drive, and the following morning you'll be driven to Mendocino.” “Yeh, I've been thinking about that, I'd rather drive myself. Can you fix that?” “Sure, if that's what you want.” Katherine appeared from the bathroom, moved to his side and nibbled at his ear. “Great, Josey, we'll take in the coastal route, do a bit of sightseeing while we're there. Okay, it looks like we're ready. I'll give you a call from the airport.” “You bet. Tell Katherine, hi from me.” Tom put the phone down and put both arms around her waist. “Well...” she said, raising her arms and dipping her hip in model fashion, “worth the wait?” She smiled radiantly. He didn't need to answer, his eyes and arms told her all she wanted to know. “You're sure you want this, Tom, you're not buying this house just for me are you? I know your heart, your spirit and soul are in this house.” Click here to read the rest of this story (58 more lines)
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