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Topic: INSOUCIANT (06/02/16)
TITLE: Searching for Sally
By Francie Snell
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“Waiter, I’ll have another please.”
The young man passing by stopped. “Yes, mam, I’ll get that for you right away. As he briskly walked away across the busy courtyard, another man stepped up to her table.
“Excuse me, but would you mind if I sit here?" He motioned to the area around them. “It looks as all the tables are taken.” He smiled warmly. “I’m Gary. Would you like some company?”
Sally flippantly flicked her wrist. “Sure, no problem, I’ll be leaving soon anyway,” she awkwardly announced through numb and swollen lips caused by the Botox treatment the day before.
“Thank you,” he said and slid into the chair. Casually, he leaned back and crossed his leg, wearing faded jeans and a T-shirt. “You staying at the hotel?”
She took a sip. “Yeah, but I’m leaving today.”
“Oh yeah, where to?”
Whimsically, she threw her head to the side with a faraway look. “Well, first, to Jamaica, then to St. John, after that, Paradise Islands ..."
“Wow, you’re quite the traveler. Sounds like such a carefree life."
“Oh,” it is she agreed lifting her brow. She took a sip.
“Traveling with anyone?”
“Oh, I have friends here and there, but I’ll be flying solo.”
“Really,” he said surprised, slowly nodding his head.
As she polished off her drink, the waiter returned with another and set it down in front of her.
“Thank you’” she cooed and lifted the glass high. “Cheers!” She placed the glass to her lips and grimaced in pain.
Gary shuddered as he watched. “Ouch. Looks like it hurts.”
She shrugged. “It usually does for a few days, then it goes away.” Gingerly, she tried the glass again.
A cool ocean breeze swept through the patio area making her catch her breath. She noticed a seagull in the sky not far away, and gave a wistful sigh. She mused. “I just love how birds can just ride the wind like that, just hang in the air without a care in the world.”
He gazed at the bird. “Yes, they have a lesson to teach us all.”
She looked at him quizzically. “Yeah, and what’s that?”
He smiled at her with light in his eyes. “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sew nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Sally sat silently as the words resonated in her spirit. She trembled as she slowly leaned over and opened her purse laying under the table by her feet. Pulling out a mirror, she checked her reflection. After she wiped the tears from her eyes, she sat up. Gary was gone, vanished, nowhere to be seen.
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