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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Taste (07/15/10)

TITLE: Rainbow Mountains by the Sea
By Debbie Roome
07/22/10


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Josie
So here’s the thing. Grandpa Bob died over a year ago and Grammy May been miserable ever since. I helped her move into a smaller house last month and spotted something that got me thinking.

Grammy May
I was glad Susan and Josie pushed me into the trip. There was something about the sea that stirred my soul; the combination of salty air, crisp winds and waves crashing on the shore. I awoke early that morning and went and stood in the shallows. It was healing for my soul.

Josie
I was helping Grammy empty her drawers for the move when I came across a photo. It was a faded black and white like something out of a museum. “What’s this?” I asked her, examining the teenagers in the picture. She told me it was herself and her first love, Roger.

Grammy May
The seaside town reminded of the one where I was raised. Bob and I always lived inland and it took the coastal air to remind me how much I missed my childhood home.

Josie
So I asked Grammy about this guy, Roger, and she became a bit teary. “We were inseparable,” she said. “He had eyes like the bluest ocean and such a good heart. We spent all our time together and at the weekends we would go ice cream tasting.” She pointed at the store in the background of the photo. “That shop had the best ice cream – so rich and smooth it just melted down your throat. We would order a rainbow mountain to share which was ten mini scoops of different flavour ice cream.”

Grammy May
The girls decided we needed to go into the village and explore. We started on the pier and worked our way through the funfair. What a blast from the past to eat salty popcorn and sweet candyfloss; to ride the big wheel and sway to the hurdy gurdy.

Josie
I asked Grammy what happened to Roger and she shrugged. “His family moved away and we lost touch.” A dreamy look washed over her face. “I loved Grandpa Bob dearly but sometimes wondered how life would have been with Roger.”

Grammy May
Josie said she wanted to walk down the main street so Susan and I set off behind her. The stores were quaint and the sun warm. I was feeling quite tired when Josie stopped outside an ice cream parlour.

Josie
I was hoping that Grammy would suggest an ice cream and she fitted right in with our plan.

Grammy May
A teenager stood behind the counter, skin browned by the sun and hair bleached blonde. Startling blue eyes sparkled as he called into the back room, “Grandpa!” An elderly man came out to serve us, eyes a faded reflection of his grandson’s. “What can I get you ladies?” he asked.

Josie
I was so excited I could hardly stand to watch.

Grammy May
The tubs nestled in the glass-fronted display: cherry, strawberry, creamy blackcurrant, peach panache, banana, rich toffee, mango surprise. “I haven’t seen a selection like this in years.” I said, almost tasting the sweetness on my tongue. “I’m finding it hard to choose.”

Josie
His lips curved into a gentle smile. “Could I suggest a rainbow mountain? It’s a cone with ten mini scoops of different flavour ice cream.” Grammy May froze like an ice-statue, mouth open, eyes shocked as she stared at him.

Grammy May
“It can’t be ... how could it be ...”

Josie
Mom and I took a step back as Grammy leant forward. “Roger?”

All the researching, all the time on Google, all the phone calls were so worth it to see the joy in Grammy’s face. I think Roger was just as excited. “I never forgot her,” he said when we tracked him down. “My wife died six years ago and I’d love to see May again.”

Grammy May
I was so shocked I didn’t know what to think. I guessed the girls must have planned it ... but how ... and when ... Then Roger handed me a sumptuous rainbow mountain. “How about we go for a walk?” he said. “For old time’s sake.”

Josie
They wandered off without a backward glance and my heart leapt like a frog on steroids. I gave Mom a high five before turning back to the counter. Roger’s grandson was a real hottie and I’d decided to order myself a rainbow mountain. You never knew what might come of it!


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Margaret Kearley 07/23/10
Fun... and romance! Just lovely. Hope it all worked out! A great story.
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/24/10
I liked the duel narrators and the "delicious" story. Cleverly done.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/30/10
Congratulations for placing in the top 15 of your level and in the top 30 overall.