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Topic: Australia or New Zealand (01/15/09)
TITLE: Angela Verilli: Storm Watcher: A Wedding
By Gilbert Backers
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The sun was setting in Darwin, Australia. A wedding reception for a morning wedding had been underway for some time. The bride and groom were happily dancing to the music.
Angela Verilli was chatting with two new acquaintances, Barbara and Cindy.
“So, Angela,” said Cindy, “How long are you in Australia?”
“Just until the fist phase of the Storm Watcher program is complete which should be within three years,” said Angela. “Once the weather observation centers and early warning systems are complete, I'll return to the US. I'll visit but I'll leave the daily operations to the director of the program.”
“It must be tough on your marriage to travel so much,” said Barbara.
“I simply bring my hubby along with me,” said Angela.
“And he just follows you to Australia, dropping everything for three years?” asked Barbara.
“My dear, he would follow me to the outer rim of the galaxy if I so desired,” said Angela.
“So, how did you catch such a muscular, younger man?” asked Cindy.
“He's the one who actually initiated the start of our romantic relationship,” said Angela. “I met Alex twenty years after my first husband passed away. By the time I met Alex, I had stopped thinking about remarrying. It wasn't like men were lined up to date a middle aged, wealthy, aggressive business tycoon. But then I met Alex. Everything changed. The way he looked at me. He made me feel like I was the only woman in the world where ever we were.”
Angela glanced over at Alex. He was near the buffet table. Two younger women walked over to talk with him as he was gathering food on a plate.
“Alex finds me beautiful,” said Angela, with a smile. “The fact that I'm also brilliant, determined, and a bit controlling attracts him to me even more as a person. He genuinely admires me.”
“Don't you see him with those younger women,” said Cindy. “They must be in their early twenties and they're surrounding him like a pack of lions.”
“He's probably telling them about me,” said Angela. “He's loves me so much.”
“Well, you'd better be careful,” said Barbara. “Lots of beautiful young women from around the world come here to Australia for various reasons. Those young women over there, they fancy your husband. One of them just might catch his eye. I know that's why Harold left me.”
Then Cindy whispered, “Some of those women will do wild sexual things to steal an attractive, muscular man like him.”
Angela looked over at Alex. He obviously said something that made the women around him laugh. Then some of them looked over at her. One in particular looked rather envious.
“Seriously, Can you satisfy him physically?” said Barbara, “ You're old enough to be his mother. And a man in his physical condition could probably handle several of those young girls gathering around him right now.”
“I used to worry about those things when we started dating,” said Angela, “Then I realized he could have dated women his own age or younger women if he wanted. But he fell in love with me. As our relationship grew over time, I could see how he looked at me differently than other women. I could feel his affection for me in little things like a simple touch or a glance. Sometimes it was the tone in his voice. I've grown to know that he loves me, dearly.”
“Lots of men make you feel that way at first,” said Cindy. “But there's the sex. It's different for men than it is for us.”
“For Alex, sex and love are bound together,” said Angela as she waved to Alex. Alex seemed to sense her attention. He suddenly looked up and turned his head in her direction. He smiled and waved back. “Oh, and did I mention he had never been with a woman until our wedding night?”
“No, really?” said Cindy.
“I can't believe it,” said Barbara.
“Sex isn't just something he does or an itch that he scratches. He feels lovemaking to be a special bond between us,” said Angela.
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