Chapter Twenty-Three, Annabelle, Dallas, Texas
“Come have a smoke with me dear, and don’t tell the gentlemen, they get fussy about an old broad being too independent.” Heloise Richards commanded, taking my hand and leading me over to a floral settee sitting beneath a large bay window. “Those boys out there don’t understand women one bit, but I’ve got them all figured out,” she explained, leaning over to pull two cigars from a Spanish Cedar humidor that sat on a walnut Queen Anne side table.
I laughed and accepted the squat brown Cohiba cigar from her sun spotted hand then asked, “So, if you’ve got men all figured out, why are you alone?”
“I’m not alone, I’m waiting for company,” she gestured grandly around the room, “The world is too big for unhappiness. I don’t complain, I move on.” At least that’s what I told my third husband as I was driving away in his Jaguar Heloise huffed, lighting a cigar and circling it between her glossy pink lips. I watched a thick emerald glitter on her gnarled finger and found myself instantly drawn to Danny’s great aunt.
I leaned in for her to light the cigar, and I slowly let the sweet mossy smoke roll over my tongue before I exhaled with, “That is a lovely sentiment, but it sure seems hard in practice.”
“No, my dear. What is hard is wasting one single, precious day in love with someone who does not know it, or loving someone who does not love you back.”
“What if you’re in love with someone, who knows it, and he loves you, but you still can’t make it work?”
“Well, then you go to Vegas, bet everything on red, and if you win you keep trying and if you lose you move on – or you can wait for magic, because sometimes the universe will give you exactly what you need.”
“I don’t believe in magic.”
“Maybe you should start.” Heloise winked, her eyes twinkling with unshed tears brought forth by some personal m
emory stroll I could see her slipping into.
- Chapter 1 – 3, SL,UT, Excerpt, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards Quaterfinals
- Annabelle Franklin, Chapter Twenty-Three, SL,UT 2.0
- Annabelle Franklin, Chapter Two, SL,UT 2.0
- Annabelle Franklin, Chapter Fifteen, SL,UT 2.0
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