Ms. Williamson is a published author and educator with a Bachelor of Business, Master of Public Administration, and Master of Science!
Savor the Moment
Bridget pushes her plate away with satisfaction. This has been one of the best breakfasts she can remember. Alex is feeling satisfied as well. He is now more than happy to give Bridget the grand tour of the Princess since they have both shared a good meal.
Alex shows Bridget different levels on the ship and gives commentaries on them. He tells her that Coral Princess is a 2002 model and construction is a testimonial of its splendor. From the crystal chandelier to the luxurious carpets it is indeed a princess.
Bridget becomes enchanted not only in the ship; but in the man who is devoting so much of his time in explaining things to her. She begins to realize how much she truly misses having a man pay her attention. It also frightens her. Things are moving in fast-forward.
Bridget only expects to go on an enjoyable cruise; be “wowed” by the majestic appearance of Alaska, our largest state. She expects to take pictures, talk to the natives of the area, visit a couple of art exhibits of the culture and then return home rested and ready to turn her latest adventure into a full-length novel.
Now however, she is feeling more like one of the characters in her mysteries, wondering what is going to happen next. Since she doesn’t have complete control over the experiences as she does in her books; she just must follow the cues her heart gives her.
“And this is the theater …” Alex is talking in that sexy British accent he possesses which brings Bridget back to the present moment. Bridget wonders how much Alex has been saying that she apparently missed.
“Can we sit down for a moment, I’m a little winded.” Bridget says. But she isn’t breathless because of seeing the wonderful vessel but from being with Alex.
Discovering the Symphony of Love
“Oh, I am sorry Bridget. How very inconsiderate of me. Do you want me to get you a Pinot Noir or something stronger?” Alex has read somewhere that Bridget enjoys sipping Pinot Noir while she writes novels.
“Yes, Pinot Noir would be a very appropriate beverage, Alex. I have had such a marvelous day.” She says.
“It’s still early. And I wouldn’t mind spending all day and all night with you, Bridget!” Alex cannot believe he just said what has been on his mind since he first sees that beautiful middle-aged woman sway toward the information desk.
“Are you listening, Alex. Now you are the one in Never, Never Land.” Bridget smiles shyly.
“It’s happening much too fast, isn’t it, Bridget.” Alex voices her concerns cautiously.
“Yes, it is but I like it.” Bridget boldly admits.
“I like it too, Bridget.” Alex replies and takes her hand and gives it a little squeeze.
“Who would think that in the Autumn of my Life I would find you?” Bridget asks aloud.
Alex looks deeply into Bridget’s eyes. He knows at this point he is lost. He decides he may as well declare all.
“Autumn is the best time of the year. The Spring brings about rebirth and the renewing of life. The Summer is the busy time when life fills with activity and we are constantly on the go trying to get things done with little time for anything else. It’s always going; rushing, have to be there.” Alex continues.
“But in the Fall things begin to settle down. Nature gives her signal that if fall is here then winter can’t be too far behind. We start to reflect, reminisce, and recollect. The pace is steady; but not urgent. We begin to appreciate what we have left. We begin understanding things. So, it is with mature love. Yes, I said it Bridget. Love.” Alex concludes.
A New Beginning
As Alex speaks his voice gets softer so that Bridget must come closer to him to hear. The intoxicating smell of his cologne permeates her senses. As their eyes meet, they know that what they have discovered in each other is as real as autumn turning into winter. This discovery is so special that it takes their breath away. As close as they are, they do not touch and they do not kiss. No further physical contact is required. And as if the hypnotic spell will never break, Emily walks up to the pair.
“Well, are you two going to kiss or just stand there counting the pores on each other’s skin?” she has a smile in her voice.
Bridget backs away slightly from Alex but her eyes never leave his.
“Emily, I want you to meet …” Bridget begins.
“Alex is the friend who helped arrange for us to be on this cruise.” Jim interrupts.
“But I thought …” Bridget starts confused.
“I had no idea that the Pharaohs were bringing you on board. They only told me that they had a tired old friend that needed some airing out.” Alex says.
“Alex, I didn’t want you to know that our friend would be Bridget. If there were to be something between the two of you, Emma and I felt that it should come naturally and not by way of interfering friends.” Jim informs the bewildered couple.
“And they are so very right, Alex. Thank you for everything you have done.” Bridget says sincerely.
“No, let me thank you for being at the right place at the right time, Bridget, my autumn love.” Alex says so tenderly.
“So, where do we go from here?” Bridget asks feeling younger than she ever has.
“Ketchikan!” Alex replies.
The End … Or a New Beginning!
© 2017 Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS