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Topic: WEEKEND AWAY (short vacation) (07/23/15)
- TITLE: Making A Splash
By Loni Bowden-Horn
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How she was coaxed by her mother into going out with Milton in the first place defied understanding. Just because his father was one of the wealthiest men in the county, didn’t mean she should have to be saddled with Milton the rest of her life.
Gwen looked into her mother’s steely blue eyes as she stormed into the solarium, “I simply cannot tolerate another date with that man. Milton is as exciting as a limp dishrag. “Beside the fact is I don’t love him.”
“Balderdash. Love is vastly overrated. You need to accept this union with Milton. Your father and I have determined it is in your best interest to have someone take care of you.” Her mother’s thinned lips grimaced.
“Don’t you mean your best interest?” Gwen retorted.
“Enough! I have your bags all packed for a weekend getaway for a spa treatment and fitting for your trousseau.” Gwen’s mother waved her hand as a sign of dismissal.
As Gwen lounged on the deck of the ship, she felt pampered and relaxed from all the attention she received from the ship’s crew. The masseuse applied a thin lay of mud on her face to exfoliate the pores. Cucumber slices were placed over her eyes to reduce the puffiness. For the first time in her life, she felt invigorated and alive.
Strolling around the promenade deck of the ship, Gwen decided to get a better view of the ocean. The pristine blue-green waters stretched across the horizon. The white foamy peaks of the waves gently sprayed against the ship. The vastness of the waters reminded her of the lost hope she had of ever finding a man who truly loved her. Her salty tears were like one with the ocean as she felt resigned to follow her parent’s wishes.
As the ship made an abrupt turn, Gwen lost her footing. Her arms began to flail as she skidded across the deck into the arms of a six-foot tall passenger. His light blue shirt hugged his broad shoulders and chest.
When her rescuer smiled, he revealed a brilliant grin that took her breath away. “Are you all right?”
Gwen could feel her cheeks grow warm. As she felt an excruciating pain shoot across her foot, she replied, “I think I twisted my ankle.”
“Let me help you get safely to your cabin.” By the way, my name is William.”
Resting against his arms, Gwen hobbled to her room. Thank you for your concern and coming to my rescue.
“No thanks are necessary,” William replied.
As she began to study his mesmerizing hazel eyes, Gwen got lost in the moment.
“Miss, may I come by tomorrow to see if you are feeling better?”
“Yes. My name is Gwen.”
When she was around William, all thoughts of being engaged to Milton fled from her mind.
Sleep evaded Gwen that night as her thoughts were focused on a future with Milton. Milton seemed to her to be a shrewd businessman who followed after his father’s footsteps. Even though he was merciless toward others, Milton had not showed that side of him towards her. Her biggest concern was Milton never sought out God for direction. He had told her he was a self-made man who didn’t need anyone else in his life.
Gwen heard a tapping sound on her door. As Gwen limped over and opened the door to be her cabin, she noticed that William had brought a doctor to examine her ankle.
William spoke in a soothing tone to Gwen as the doctor taped up her ankle.
“Tell me a little bit about yourself, William?”
“My father sent me on a business trip for his shipping company. He is embarking on a venture to build a vessel which will be called, “The Splash” when it makes its maiden voyage. Unfortunately, my father believes his former employee embezzled money from the company and wished for me to investigate the matter. My father and I prayed about the proper course of action before I left.
As Gwen looked up at William’s face, she knew that she could no longer live by the dictates of her parents. She no longer wanted to endure life without love. She wanted God to direct her life. A life that would be filled with boundless love.
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