On The Road Again

This post is a continuation of Monday’s story, Looking for Adventure!  

Tanya looked both ways before crossing the road, and making  her way towards the woods. She thought back to another woods, that was far away. The woods that she hid out in for awhile. She remembered the man in the woods who had owned the annoying, talking chicken. The chicken man had appeared to be a kind man, it was really a shame that she had to kill him, but she had to get his gold somehow. She started whistling as she entered the woods. 

“Do you hear that? Someone is whistling.” Ethan said to Jade. 

“Maybe its someone that can help us.” Jade said. 

They both stared straight ahead waiting for the person to come into view. Jade screamed and Ethan stood there in wide eyed disbelief! It was HER! 

Tanya couldn’t believe her eyes, she stopped whistling and her pulse began to race. 

Ethan drew in a deep breath and then lashed out at Tanya, demanding his money and keys. He was stunned as Tanya said nothing, but her eyes looked wild with fright. Was she actually afraid of him? She grabbed his wad of cash out of her jeans pocket and threw it at him, along with his keys. Then she turned around and ran so fast, it was as if something was chasing her! 

Jade and Ethan were in shock, but so happy! 

“She looked so scared! Definitely not the tough girl that she had appeared to be when she robbed us.” said Jade. 

“I know, that was so strange, but hey, we got my keys, lets go find my truck! ” 

They started to walk out of the woods, when they heard a voice behind them. 

“Glad you got your money and keys back. I could tell that girl was trouble and I thought I would give her a scare. I guess I succeeded!” and he let out a deep chuckle. 

Now it was Jade and Ethan whose eyes were big with fright, when they turned around. They were staring into the face of a huge black bear! 

“Oh don’t worry, I am harmless. I won’t hurt you. I didn’t want to roar for I knew then you all would be scared as well. I just stood up on my back legs and made a very menacing face at that lady. My name is Bobo, nice to meet you.” 

Jade and Ethan were speechless.  A talking bear? Maybe they were dehydrated and starting to get delusional. Before they could get their thoughts together they saw a hippo come walking towards them with 2 turtles on her back. Could this day get any more crazier!

“HI Bobo! You did great! We watched the whole thing. That was hilarious to see her run!” Henrietta said. 

“You…you… talk too?” questioned Ethan, shaking his head in confusion. 

“Yes, she talks, and so do we! Do you humans really think that you are the only ones capable of speaking?” Myrtle asked. 

“Welll…..” Ethan and Jade didn’t know what to say, they just started laughing. What an adventure this trip to Vegas was turning out to be! 

“Thank you so much Bobo for your help! We very much appreciate it!”

Jade was looking at Henrietta for awhile and then said, “You are one very unique hippo, your neck is so long!” 

“That’s not the only unique thing about me, I can sing too! Do you want to hear me?” 

“I gotta go!” and Bobo. 

“Wait! Take us with you.” cried Myrtle and Tulag as they climbed up on his back. 

Jade and Ethan watched , feeling perplexed. Bobo was running away, as Henrietta opened her mouth and started to sing. 

It didn’t take long for Jade and Ethan to figure out why Bobo and the turtles made a quick retreat. They grimaced as Henrietta continued. They didn’t want to be rude and run away from her too, so they stood there listening. 

When she finally stopped, they breathed a sigh of relief. 

“I never knew a hippo could sing, you are indeed a special hippo!” said Jade and Henrietta beamed with joy. 

Jade and Ethan couldn’t help but feel drawn to Henrietta’s cheerful attitude. They all  kept talking as she shared her story with them about escaping from the zoo and meeting Myrtle and Tulag. 

“Its been great meeting you Henrietta, but we should probably go now. We need to find my truck.” said Ethan

They said their goodbyes and Ethan and Jade couldn’t stop talking about everything as they walked out of the woods. 

Henrietta smiled. What a nice couple they seemed to be and she was so glad that Bobo scared away that mean lady. Now she was going to head back towards the river, she was sure to find her friends there and she was ready for a cool swim. 

When Jade and Ethan got out to the road they saw an ambulance, a police car and a tractor trailer driver looking very frazzled! As they got closer they heard the tractor trailer driver talking to the police. 

“I didn’t see her! It was like she came out of nowhere! I couldn’t slow down in time, she was smack dab in front of me!” 

Jade and Ethan looked at each other. “Do you think…?” asked Jade. They looked at the stretcher with the sheet over the body. and didn’t say a word. 

They climbed into Ethan’s truck and he turned the key. it started right up. He put his arm around Jade. “Now to find that special chapel!” With love in her eyes, Jade kissed him as they drove down the road and out of sight. 

Feelings of the Heart

This is the conclusion to the story that was posted on Thursday.  Finding Peace Enjoy! 

Gavin and Camille walked slowly back to the lodge. They didn’t speak, there were no words to express the heaviness in their hearts. They had read about the strong bonds elephants make with each other and how they grieve. It had stirred their hearts when reading, but witnessing it deeply moved their hearts. 

Sasha, the matriarch of her herd,  had died, and the other 9 elephants in her herd mourned her. They had made a circle around where she had fallen and stood tightly against each other. The elephants stood there for the whole day, extending their trunks and touching Sasha’s body. Then they slowly started picking up leaves with their trunks and covering her with them. 

After lunch, Gavin decided to ride out to the other parts of the reserve. Get his mind off of Sasha and try to figure out how he felt about Camille. While he was riding, in the distance he saw the zebras running. If only everything could be so plainly black and white. His mind often resembled what the black and white colors looked like when the zebras ran, a big blur! 

He had felt sorry for Camille when she opened up to him one night, as they were watching one of the amazing sunsets over the lake. She had been an only child and her parents had died when she was young. She had been raised by her grandparents. Her grandpa had died this past winter and her Grandma had died in the spring. Camille just needed to get away and have some time for herself. She needed to decide what direction her life was going to take now. Would she keep their house, stay in the town she had grown up in, or venture out to something new? She had been so busy taking care of them, that she really didn’t have many friendships. The kids she had grown up with had moved on with their lives. She was pretty much on her own, she had told him. Being from a big family, Gavin couldn’t imagine how she must feel. 

Gavin stopped the Land rover and got out. He thought he would take a walk and see if he could find the new baby rhino that had recently been born. He didn’t have to walk too far, before he saw it under a tree with its Mama. It might be a baby, but it was far from small! It weighed 110 pounds. Derek had said that some baby rhinos could weigh as much as 140 pounds when they were born. Gavin laughed to himself, his Mom had thought that he was a big baby at 10 pounds! 

He watched from a distance, he didn’t want to have to deal with an overprotective Mother Rhino. They had horns and they weighed a lot more than a baby rhino! He didn’t want to risk getting Mama mad. Mamas don’t like when you mess with their babies.  He was content to admire baby Zonya from afar. In time the Mama would let him get closer, just had to be patient. 

His walkie talkie went off, and he heard Camille’s voice. “Gavin, what are you doing?” 

“I am watching baby Zonya. Do you need me to do something?” 

Camille’s frustrated voice came across the walkie talkie. “Yes, we have an elephant that got stuck in a poacher’s trap. Could you help me get her out?” 

Gavin made a face, poachers made him so mad. All they cared about was money, they had no heart for the animals. 

“I will be right there.” 

He headed back to the Land Rover and took off. They were on a protected reserve, but poachers still tried, a lot of times they did manage to catch them, but unfortunately not all the times. Elephant and rhino tusks were worth a lot of money, and the poachers didn’t give up easily. 

It didn’t take too long to get the elephant out of the trap, once two of them were working at it. Fortunately Nadia wasn’t harmed too badly,  If only it always turned out that way. 

“Thanks for helping.” said Camille. 

“Glad you called me. Want to take a walk to the lake?” Gavin asked. Before Camille could answer, they were interrupted by Derek calling to them. 

“Hey guys!” Derek called, as he was strolling over to them. 

“Do you two have plans for tonight?” he asked. 

Gavin and Camille looked at each other and then Gavin looked at him and said, “Well, not exactly.” 

Derek caught the look between the two of them and he smiled to himself. “How about we go out for supper tonight? Go into the city.” 

Gavin saw Camille’s eyes light up, they hadn’t been off the reserve much, it would be nice to go out. 

“Sure, sounds great.” said Gavin. 

“Okay. I will meet you guys at my car at 6.” Derek said, and then he strode away. 

Gavin looked at Camille. ” Guess we can walk to the lake another night.”

Camille agreed. “Yes, you probably don’t want to get all wet before heading into town, do you?” she said with a teasing glint in her eye.  Bubbles had managed to give him a few showers whenever they were down at the lake. 

Camille’s mind was full, as she was back at the lodge getting dressed for the evening. What did she feel for Gavin? He was a really nice guy and seemed to have a caring heart. He had listened attentively when she was sharing her story.

She couldn’t deny that her heart was beginning to have that twitterpatted feeling whenever he was near. She sighed. Time would tell. For now, she wasn’t going to get too anxious about things, she just was ready to enjoy an evening out. Picking out her golden heart earrings, she put them on and smiled at her reflection in the mirror. She twirled around in her black dress. This summer was shaping up to be all she wanted and more. 

 

 

 

Finding Peace

 

This is the second part  to Monday’s post. Here is the link, if you missed reading the first part. Summer with the Elephants

Gavin was walking through the reserve. He had only been on the reserve for 3 weeks now, but he felt like it had been a lot longer. He had fallen in love with the elephants and with the reserve. Gavin had always loved wide open spaces. Had wanted to live in the country as a child, but they lived in the city. Being here in Africa, on the elephant reserve, he felt like he was finally where he belonged, his heart was full. 

One day Derek had taken Gavin and Camille out to see more of the reserve. It was huge, over 70,000 acres! There were more than just elephants! Gavin and Camille got to see giraffes and zebras and rhinos. Gavin was impressed at how graceful the giraffes looked as he watched them walk. They didn’t look gangly with their long necks, but elegant instead. 

Gavin smiled to himself as he remembered that day. It had given him a chance to get to know Camille better. She had just come a week ago, but she took charge right away. She was so grateful to Derek for letting her come and Gavin could tell that she was going to work as hard as she could to show him that he had made the right decision. She was feisty with a lot of energy. 

Camille was very friendly, and Gavin looked forward to working with her for the summer. She was average height, about 5’5 with dark brown hair that seemed to have a bronze glow to it. She had the cutest dimples when she smiled, and dark brown expressive eyes. 

“Hey Gavin…”  Gavin turned his head to see Derek walking towards him. 

“Did you need something?”  Gavin asked. I lost track of time walking around out here, just admiring the beauty. 

“All is fine, I was just going to ask if you had seen Camille?” Gavin shook his head. 

“Well if you see her, tell her I would like to see her please.”  Derek said. “Enjoy the rest of  your walk. I have been here for 7 years and I still get awed by its beauty.”  Derek clapped on him on the shoulder, and then turned to walk back to his office. 

Gavin continued on his way. He decided to walk down to the lake. Maybe he would get to see the elephants and rhinos playing in the water. He walked on and when he arrived at the lake he saw that he wouldn’t be alone. Camille was sitting down by the water. She had her back turned, so she didn’t see Gavin coming. 

He quietly walked down to her and she turned her head just as he was almost to her. Her face broke out into a bright smile. “Hi Gavin!” she said.

“Hi!” he replied, as he sat down beside her on the grass. 

2 elephants were playing in the water. It was Kenna and her baby Bubbles. Bubbles loved the water. He kept spraying himself. Gavin and Camille sat in silence, watching the elephants. 

Camille sighed. “This was just what I needed.” she said. 

“Sitting down her by the lake?” questioned Gavin. 

“No, coming here, this whole summer. A break from the real world.” 

Gavin was quiet, seeing if she would say more. She hadn’t talked much about her life back home. 

Her face was serene as Gavin looked at her. 

“I just had to get away. You know, sometimes, one just needs an escape, right?” 

Gavin nodded. “Yes, I understand.” he said, as questions were running through his mind. 

Bubbles started walking towards Gavin. Gavin had been working with him these past 3 weeks and felt elated that Bubbles was coming to say HI. He lifted his trunk and sprayed Gavin with the cool lake water. 

Camille was laughing, as she stood up. “I just noticed the time, I forgot I had a meeting with Derek. I better go. You may want to lie in the sun a little to dry off. See you at supper. ” she said with a twinkle in her eye. 

Gavin watched her walk away, and he couldn’t help but smile as he turned back around and looked at Bubbles. He patted his trunk. Oh yes,  this could be an interesting summer Bubbles! Gavin was sure Bubbles smiled, as she nuzzled him with her trunk. 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer with the Elephants

 

 

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Gavin put his luggage in his room and collapsed on his king sized bed. He was exhausted after the long trip, but yet feeling excited that he finally was here.

He was looking at the pictures on the walls of his room. A room that would be his for the next 3 months. He was here on an internship for his zoology major. Gavin was thinking hard about working with elephants, he had always been fascinated by them. They were majestic creatures and very emotional animals. When he heard about the internship opportunity at one of the Elephant reserves, he jumped at it. This summer should show him if he really did want to make a career out of working with elephants.

Gavin had been told that there would be another person joining the internship program with him this summer. She was due to arrive next week. She had missed signing up and they had almost refused to let her come. The head of the program told Gavin that he usually isn’t a pushover, but she sounded so desperate, and that made him forget for a moment about the rules, and he let her come.

He hadn’t given much thought to the other young woman coming, but he couldn’t deny that his curiosity was sparked. He was guessing that she wasn’t in a serious relationship, for would she be coming to Africa for 3 months if she was? Time had healed the wound that Abby had left, and he felt a stirring in his heart. He just may be ready to find love again.

The clock said 3:00pm. Gavin had been told that supper would be served at 6. He was looking forward to trying African dishes. He had been told that Boboti and Fried Plaintains would be served tonight as the main dishes, along with Mazagran, African Iced Coffee. Right now though his mind was on sleep. Jet lag was quickly overtaking him, and within moments he was sound asleep.

Derek was sitting in his office making sure all the paperwork was correct and that everything was in order to begin Gavin’s internship tomorrow. Gavin had very impressive grades and wonderful recommendations from his Professors. His essay about why he wanted the internship was well written and Derek felt eager to get to know him better. There would be a full time opening at the reserve soon. He wondered if Gavin might consider it after his summer here.

His eyes fell on the application of the other applicant who had been late to register. She had just called 2 weeks ago inquiring about the internship program. Derek didn’t know what made him listen to her on the phone as she pleaded to be allowed to be in the program. She said how she really needed a summer away and he was in shock as he heard himself give in to her!

Now while going over her paperwork, he began to have his doubts. She wasn’t even in college anymore. She had graduated with a zoology degree but hadn’t used it, and now was desperate for a new beginning. Her grades weren’t overly impressive and she had no recommendations from Professors. There were a couple paragraphs written about her from a few people, but they didn’t say how they knew her. The paragraphs didn’t elaborate too much on her qualities, besides saying that she was a good person. Derek rubbed his temples. What had he done? What was this young lady’s story? There had to be more than what she had told him.

He put all the papers back in the folders, as he looked as his watch. It was soon time to meet Gavin, supper was due to be serve. Let the summer adventure begin!

(to be continued…)

Love at the Falls

For Part 1, here is the link, Mystery at the Falls  

I hope you enjoy the conclusion! 

Trisha stared down at the diamond ring in her hand, and looked around, wondering how many people had walked by it. How long had it been lying in the leaves? Her auburn hair was blowing in the wind as she stood there thinking about the person who dropped it.

Did they have any idea of where they had lost it at? How long did it take them to notice that it was missing? She could imagine the hopeless feeling that they had, if they thought they had dropped it in the woods. How could they hope to find it in a woods covered by leaves that had people traipsing through it every day to see the beautiful Falls. 

Inspecting it closer she noticed writing engraved on the inside of the sparkling band. “You are my Rose!” The diamonds sparkled in the sun. It looked to be a very expensive ring. She slipped it into her pocket, determined to find the person it belonged too, though not sure how likely that was to happen. Her mind was thinking of ideas as she continued her climb to reach the top of the Falls. 

Whoa! Trisha almost lost her balance as a man ran into her. 

“I am so sorry”, the man said, with a frantic look on his face, as he continued running down the path. 

Trisha stared after him and saw him looking down at the ground and crouching down picking up leaves. What was he doing, she thought. She started walking towards him. He was definitely frantic, and at one point he sat down and held his face in his hands. 

“Excuse me sir, Can I help you?” Trisha asked, after she tapped him on the shoulder. 

“I lost it! I can’t believe I lost it! Today was supposed to be so perfect and soon she is going to meet me at the top of the Falls and….” he let out a long moan!

Trisha’s heart went out to the poor man, who was literally starting to pull out his hair.  “What did you lose?” 

“Her ring. I was going to propose to her today. She has changed my life in a thousand beautiful ways and today I was going to ask her to be my wife for a thousand years. I got up to the Falls, and went to pull the ring out of my pocket one more time to look at it and it was gone! It must have fallen out on my way up here, I will never find it!!”

Trisha broke out in goosebumps as she pulled the sparkling ring out of her pocket. “I am not sure if this is your ring, but I …” The guy’s face lit up like a thousand suns! 

“You found it! You found it! Oh you are amazing!” He impulsively gave her a big hug! 

“Thank you so very much! You have saved the day!” 

Trisha’s heart was warmed by his enthusiasm and she wore a big smile as she watched him running towards the Falls. 

She stood there for a few moments after he was out of sight and then turned around to head back. Tomorrow she would hike to the top of the Falls, today was their special day. She would go back to the rock she had been sitting on and listen to the roaring water some more. Maybe she would daydream about her Prince Charming. Her prince wasn’t  frantically looking for a lost ring. No, she figured that her prince was probably wandering around lost. Someone needed to show him the way to her,  for he probably wouldn’t ask for directions! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simply Stunning

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Jenna couldn’t stop smiling, it had been the perfect day. She was married! Her long awaited day had finally happened. She let her eyes wander over to the bridge where Cole was standing with his groomsmen. The photographer had wanted to snap a few more photos with the sun starting to set. Soon Jenna would join them, but for now she had stolen a few moments alone. 

The way the sunbeam was coming through the one sunflower was so beautiful! Jenna really had really felt like a fairytale bride as she walked through the path of sunflowers earlier to meet Cole and say their vows. 

Her bridal party had looked so pretty in their dresses of periwinkle blue, holding their simple bouquet of lovely Fall Flowers. Stargazing lilies, were among the flowers, and one of Jenna’s favorite. There were definitely stars in her eyes today.

Jenna’s friends had done an amazing job playing the music for the wedding. The violin with the cello filled the field with beautiful music.

She looked over towards the bridge again, watching Cole, he was laughing with his friends and then his eyes caught hers, and his love shined bright. His smile warmed her heart. He had been her stable rock over the past month when Jenna was getting frantic about all that could go wrong. How it could rain, or what if the flower girl got sick, what if a bad storm came and destroyed the sunflowers. Her mind would start to go 100mph, and Cole would gently remind her that nothing would ruin the most special day of their lives! He was right, as he usually was, the day had been perfect! 

Her eyes roamed to the farmhouse, that stood empty now. Farmer Ben had planted the Sunflowers for her, but last month he had moved to a warmer climate to retire. He had given the few animals that he had to his brother who lived out West. It felt strange not seeing the cow watch her from the field or hearing the rooster crow, but they were long gone, and far away now. 

Life was changing and Jenna was so ready for this new adventure. Everything was packed, after a honeymoon at the Fiji islands, they would be moving to their new home by the beach. 

The photographer was walking towards Jenna. “Stay right there. Don’t move. You look stunning standing by that sunflower with the sunbeam shining through.” 

She started snapping pictures as Jenna’s eyes found Cole’s once more. 

“Perfect, just perfect!” the photographer said, and Jenna couldn’t agree more. 

 

 

Smiles from the Heart

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Cheri was in deep concentration. She had been working on this painting for awhile and she wanted it as close to perfect as she could get it! Time was slipping away and she wanted to finish it tonight. It had to be ready for tomorrow. She couldn’t wait to see his expression when he saw it.

Her older sister was always baking treats for her beau, for she said that food was a way to a man’s heart, but Cheri wasn’t very good at baking yet. The other week she had tried making some fudge brownies. They looked good when she took them out of the pan, but … they never came out of the pan! She turned the pan completely over and it was like they were glued to the bottom. Hard as rock! Her brother Christopher laughed and laughed, until she bopped him over the head with the pan.

Cheri dipped her paintbrush in the golden yellow paint. After that she used the azure blue. Stood back, taking a look and felt proud. Just needed a little more emphasis with some deeper colors and she would be finished. Oh, how she hoped he liked it!

As her hand moved in rhythmic motion with the brush she thought of the first time she had seen Peter. He was the new boy in class and Cheri was happy when the teacher told him to sit at the desk next to hers. His wavy blonde hair covered his one eye slightly. He brushed it out of the way as Cheri said “HI” and he gave her a hesitant smile. At recess he was sitting under the tree while the other boys played baseball. Cheri walked over to him, as her friends giggled at her.

Conversation was awkward at first, but then he started talking more, and sharing with Cheri about where he used to live. Suddenly a ball had come flying their direction and Peter caught it. The boys cheered and asked him to come play. He looked at Cheri and paused for a moment then had told them not today. The other boys gave him a confused look as to why he would prefer sitting under a tree with a girl, but they quickly went back to playing. Cheri’s heart warmed and from that moment on they were friends.

Today at school he had given her a really pretty violet bow for her hair. She was planning on wearing it tomorrow and she wanted to give him this painting. She had decided to paint a picture of Georgie for him, his pet gecko that he always talked about.

Cheri would have preferred a fluffy kitten, but boys were strange, and liked weird looking things.

She made the final stroke and smiled, finished at last. Cheri thought of how she prefer kittens, and she still thought the gecko looked a little strange, but she liked the cute smile that she had painted on him.

“Cheri! Time for supper!” her Mama called.

“Coming Mama!” She put down her brush and headed in. Cheri thought of the secret she had that no one knew. Under the tree yesterday, at recess, Cheri had told Peter that he was cute. He blushed, and didn’t say much, but then today he gave her the pretty violet bow. When Cheri told him thanks, he blushed again as he told her that he thought that she was the cutest girl in school!

Cheri couldn’t stop smiling, she guessed that there was more than one way to a guy’s heart, besides food! What did her big sister know!

When a Secret Unravels!

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“Mama! Mama! What is wrong?” little Sally asked, wondering why her Mommy had got so very quiet.

Isabelle was quiet, she couldn’t answer her at first. The day had been going so well, oh what was she going to do. She knew they would find out sooner or later, but did it have to happen now?

“Mommy, are you okay?” little Sally asked with worried eyes.

Isabelle reached out and patted her on the head. “I will be okay darling, don’t worry, you can go play. Mommy just needs a little time alone right now.”

Sally wasn’t sure at first, as she looked at her Mama.

Isabelle smiled and squeezed her hand. i will make your favorite dessert, okay? Go play for just a little, please.

Sally got a big grin at the thought of her favorite dessert! Shoo-fly pie was such a yummy treat! She kissed her Mama’s cheek and ran off to play.

Isabelle watched her run and her heart smiled, oh how she loved her little girl.

She drew in a deep breath. Oh tomorrow would surely be an interesting day! She looked again at the letter that Henry had silently handed to her, with a flushed face.

Henry’s parents were coming for a visit and Henry did want to see his parents, there was just one very big problem! His parents didn’t know about Isabelle. They thought Henry was still with Catherine, his childhood sweetheart.

They had adored Catherine. They had planned for him to marry Catherine ever since him and Catherine had been little. Catherine and Henry went along with it, but it didn’t take long for them to see that it just wasn’t going to work. They were friends, not lovers. Once they had crossed the Atlantic and were away from their controlling parents they decided to separate. Henry felt relieved, and Catherine decided to travel the world, be foot loose and fancy free.

They had both agreed that they would wait to tell their parents, there was no hurry, their parents were across the Atlantic.

Henry met Isabelle a few months later and he fell in love with her and her little girl. Isabelle felt that Henry was a dream come true. They had made a wonderful life together.

Who would have thought that Henry’s parents would decide to make a trip so soon to visit Henry and Catherine! To make things even worse, Catherine’s parents were coming with them!

Isabelle sighed, she better make a couple Shoo-fly pies, for she had a feeling that Henry and her were going to be eating a lot of humble pie tomorrow!

The Magic of Music

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Larissa’s fingers would get tired at times, but she continued to play her music. She enjoyed weaving magic with her harp, for the guests. She had been playing for the past 6 months at the “Gardenia Palace”, a 5 star hotel. She would sit in the lobby, near its fountain,  playing at different times throughout the day. The hotel manager had seen an increase in guests, since Larissa started playing, and he couldn’t be more pleased. She played in the hotel’s restaurant during the evening meal as well. 

Getting paid for something she loved to do made Larissa feel very blessed. She found it very satisfying and hoped that she could keep this job for a long time. 

One Saturday morning it was raining hard when she came to work. She felt like a drowned rat. This weather was for ducks! Usually she stopped and fed the ducks in the lake by the hotel, but not today!

After going to the ladies room to try to freshen up and make herself look presentable, she got her harp from the room that it was kept in. Walking out into the lobby, she sat down and started to play. 

Larissa was playing one of her favorite songs when a man with curly blonde hair walked in. He looked like he had walked a mile in the downpour as puddles were forming at his feet, but he was in no hurry to go to the front desk. He stood in the lobby watching Larissa play. 

Feeling his steady gaze upon her Larissa began to feel a little nervous. She made eye contact with him, and he flashed a bright smile. Quickly she looked away. She continued playing as he continued to stare. She stole another glance and noticed that his eyes were a cobalt blue color. This time she didn’t look away as fast and again he smiled. Larissa felt some warmth growing inside of her. She told herself this was crazy, she didn’t get flustered this easily around men, what was going on? 

After finishing her song, she decided to take a break. She needed to get control of herself. She saw the guy start heading towards her when she stopped playing, so she made a quick beeline for the ladies room. Looking back she saw him head to the front desk. Good, she thought, he will be gone when I come back. 

Larissa breathed a sigh of relief when she came back to the lobby and there was no sign of him. She guessed that he finally decided to get out of his wet clothes. 

Marcus was in his room, he had changed out of his wet clothes and he couldn’t stop thinking about the lady with the harp. She played such beautiful music. He would have to try to find a way to talk to her sometime this week. He had come here for a much needed relaxing getaway, and he was smiling at how it was starting out. 

Later that evening he went to supper at the hotel’s restaurant. He was very happy to see that the lovely lady with the golden touch was playing her harp again. 

Her music lifted his heart as he ate, and he felt the stress from the past weeks start to melt away. 

Larissa noticed him, she couldn’t help it. She felt his stare again, and when she looked his cobalt eyes were smiling at her. When she was finished she started to walk away, when she saw him motioning her to come over to him. He had sat there for over 2 hours listening to her, she figured the least she could do was go and meet him. She couldn’t deny that she was a little intrigued with the mysterious man. 

Before Larissa knew what was happening she found herself sitting down at his table and they talked over coffee and banana cream pie. She found herself smiling and the warm sensation tingling in her heart, as they continued chatting. 

When the restaurant started closing they said goodnight and parted ways, but not without making plans to meet for breakfast. Tomorrow just happened to be Larissa’s day off. 

Marcus went to bed that night with a smile in his heart and slept better than he had in weeks! 

Larissa tossed and turned as she couldn’t get the man with cobalt blue eyes out of her mind. She wondered what tomorrow would bring.  She was anxious and nervous, feeling like she had just taken the first step into what she hoped to be an exciting adventure!