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I'm an author with the medium press, Second Wind Publishing and small e-book publisher - Tirgearr Publishing. My first book, "Indian Summer", is an historical adventure romance set in St. Augustine, Florida in 1739. Gabriella Deza and her fiance, Manuel Enriques, uncover a plot by a British spy to overrun the town and take the fort, Castillo de San Marcos. Only they can stop him. "Indian Summer" is a novel suitable for ages 14 and older. "Lone Wolf", the first in my sci-fi series, is Set in the future in 3032 - in outer space. This fast paced adventure is also available from Second Wind. Look for "The Ninja Tattoo" a thrilling romantic suspense of danger, betrayal and courage - from Tirgearr Publishing.

Sea of Destiny – Part 22 by Dellani Oakes

sea of destiny coverKyle feels foolish after Carmelita teases him about being a lustful male. He endures a lot of ribbing from her, but it’s a bit much on his male ego at the moment. Fortunately, Emily understands and isn’t deterred by his behavior.

“You look very pretty.”

“You look very wet.” Emily giggled, rubbing his face with the towel. “Thank you.”

Again, he was overcome with the urge to kiss her. She wasn’t more than a foot away. He leaned toward her, lips itching for hers.

“Daddy!” Mindy flopped down on his outstretched legs.

Wincing slightly, he grinned at his daughter. “Mindy! Having fun?”

“Did you see me win?”

“I sure did!”

“Adam heped me! He gived me a ride.”

“I saw. That was very nice of him.”

“He’s my boyfriend.” She nodded solemnly.

“Oh, he is, huh?”

He exchanged a look with Emily. She suppressed a grin.

“Gonna have to talk to that boy,” he murmured to Emily over his shoulder.

“I think this daughter is safe from his wiles for a few more years,” she giggled.

“Not long enough.”

“Daddy, are you gonna come wif me to music?”

“I didn’t know there was music. Do you want me to come?”

She gave him an appraising look. “But you can’t sing good. Miss Emily, can you sing?”

“I sing very well, Mindy.”

“Will you come? We’re gonna sing the princess songs!”

Emily raised an eyebrow, waiting for Kyle to explain.

“The Disney princess songs,” Kyle interpreted. “Jasmine, Ariel, Belle….”

“Ooh, those princesses. I’d love to come. That’s if Daddy hasn’t got other plans.”

“Daddy is thinking of taking a long nap after lunch. You wore me out with all that dancing. You aren’t too tired are you? Don’t let her wear you down.”

“I’d love to go. When is music?”

“We go eat and then we sing. Adam’s other girlfriend told me all about it.”

“His other girlfriend?” Her father looked puzzled.

“Yeah, her name is Maggie. Her’s older than me. Her’s the big girl with blonde hair.” She pointed across the pool.

Maggie was indeed a big girl, probably 5’9”, blonde, very pretty. She had a flock of teenage boys around her. Adam, he noticed, was surrounded by teenage girls.

“Damn,” he whispered, gaping.

Emily smacked his chin, clicking his teeth together painfully. She looked annoyed.

“Sorry. Remember what I said about nice earlier? That was nice taking a holiday.”

“I see that,” was her terse reply.

He brought her hand to his lips as Mindy hopped up and ran to her sister. Who was not, he noticed in passing, flocking around Adam.

“And this is nice returning. I apologize. I’m a man forced into celibacy for over a year. I’m gonna look, but I won’t touch.” No one but you.

His fingers brushed her cheek, bringing her face closer to his. The kiss he’d wanted a few minutes ago tingled his lips, making him smile. Opening his mouth, he teased her lips asking her to open to him. His kiss deepened then, possessing her gently but adamantly.

The none to gentle clearing of a throat behind him made Kyle stop. Turning around, he saw Cindy standing there, tapping her foot, arms crossed, frowning at him. She looked so much like her mother, he nearly choked. Margo had that same expression on her face the first time she saw him—and for a similar reason. He was kissing her younger sister in a more than friendly fashion. She’d been only a few months older than Cindy when they met.

Swallowing hard, he forced a smile. “Hey, baby.”

“Dad, please. Can you control yourself for five minutes? You’re embarrassing me.”

“Sorry, honey. I wasn’t trying to.” If I had been, I’d have broken Adam’s balls for flirting with you. “What do you need?”

“Lita said to come get you so you can get ready for lunch. They’re serving in about twenty minutes. That’s if you can drag yourself away?” She raised an eyebrow, arms akimbo now, foot still tapping angrily.

“I’ll be right down. Thanks.” He hoped she would leave, but she didn’t.

Kyle stood, leaning over to help Emily to her feet. She clung to him for a moment, swaying slightly. Concerned, he held her by the waist until her grip relaxed.

“Are you alright?”

“I’m fine. I sat too long in the sun. I’ll be okay.”

“I’ll see you to your cabin so you can change.”

“I’m okay, Kyle. Go with your daughter.”

“Sorry, you’re stuck with me. Don Quixote at your service.”

Gracias, Señor Quixote. I’m alright.”

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Sea of Destiny – Part 21 by Dellani Oakes

sea of destiny coverEmily can’t believe her good fortune in finding a man as loving and caring as Kyle. He’s also self-effacing, something she’s unused to from men. When she pays him a compliment, telling him he’s swept her off her feet, he can’t help but be pleased with himself.

Smiling in a rather smug fashion, Kyle leaned back in his seat, adopting her same pose.

“Damn, I’m good. And I haven’t even tried to be charming yet. I wonder where that would get me?”

“In more trouble than you can imagine,” Carmelita said, dropping to the chair next to him. “You see that boy hitting on Cindy?”

“He wasn’t hitting on her,” Kyle explained. “He was flirting.”

“Now he’s an expert on that? Mm hm.”

“Actually, I’m the one who told him,” Emily giggled. “He thought that too. I happen to know the lifeguard rather well. He grew up down the street from me. He’s very nice.”

“He’s got testicles,” Kyle replied rather tersely. “Therefore, nice gets left at the door when there’s a hot chick around.”

“He also knows I’d break his arm and call his mother,” Emily added with a wink. “We’re very close.”

“That would be a deterrent,” Kyle agreed.

“Threatening to rack his balls would be more of one.” Carmelita sniffed, reclining languorously. “But at this point unnecessary.”

“Lita, I want you to know, that’s a pretty wicked threat. Racking a guy’s balls? Come on, that’s reserved for attempted rape.”

“I didn’t say do it, just threaten.”

“Remind me never to piss you off.”

“I don’t think you could possibly make any woman that angry,” Emily said. “You’re far too nice for that kind of behavior.”

“Remember what he said about testicles and nice before?” Carmelita asked her. “Take that and then some when it comes to a grown man.”

“Thank you, Carmelita, for making me sound like some sort of caveman!” He could take a lot of teasing, more than some men, but she’d made one too many barbed comments. “Excuse me, but Oout need swim!” He beat on his chest like Tarzan.

Tearing off his shirt, he kicked his shoes and socks under the lounge chair and walked to the side of the pool set aside for people to swim laps. He did a shallow dive, hitting the water with a tiny ripple and was off like a shot. He got to the wall, did a flip turn and headed back the other way. After he’d burned off some of his irritation, he slowed down, counting the laps as he swam. When he reached his 500 meter mark, he stopped, hanging on the wall at the deep end, gasping. Heart pounding, he levered himself out of the water.

Emily walked over with a towel that he didn’t recognize, wrapping it around his shoulders. She squatted next to him, gazing at his profile. He wouldn’t look at her.

“You feel better now?”

“I feel like a kid who just threw the world’s biggest temper tantrum,” he admitted with a laugh. “Sorry. Carmelita’s known me way too long and knows just what to say to push my buttons. Most of the time I can take it….”

“But not when you’re trying to impress someone.”

He glanced at her calm face, staring into her jade green eyes, trapped by them. “Is it that obvious?”

A quirky half smile twitched her lips. “Oh, yes. It’s that obvious.”

“Great.” He collapsed over his knees, shaking his head.

“It’s also alright,” she said, sitting next to him on the concrete.

Turning his head, he smiled at her. “Thanks for the towel.” He stretched out his legs, leaning back on his arms so the sun would dry him.

“I got it when I went down to change. Why sit by the pool if I’m not dressed for it?”

She was wearing a dark blue bathing suit with a sarong in bright rainbow colors, and a huge sunhat and sunglasses. She was almost pitifully thin, her ribs showing beneath her pale skin. He could see under the edge of her hat that she wasn’t completely bald. A fine, velvety layer of hair cast a blue black shadow over her scalp. He thought she was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen, even more so than Margo.

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Sea of Destiny – Part 20 by Dellani Oakes

sea of destiny coverKyle Scott finds himself hopelessly smitten by the quiet, fragile Emily Geraci. Not since his wife’s death has he ever been interested in a woman. He enjoys her company and delights in seeing her smile.

“Would you like to go sightseeing with us tomorrow? We’d love for you to join us.”

“I’m more interested in Cozumel,” Emily admitted. “I went to Cancun on my honeymoon. Honestly, I’d rather forget it.”

“That bad?”

“Cancun is gorgeous. The honeymoon was that bad. I should have known the marriage was doomed to failure from the beginning. I wouldn’t let myself see it. He didn’t love me—not even for a minute.”

“What makes you say that?”

“I know you loved your wife a lot, Kyle. I can see it in your eyes every time you even think of her. You’d never have ditched her to go out drinking with total strangers on your honeymoon, would you.”

“He did that?”

“Nearly every night. And not all the friends were male either. He came back to our cabin drunk and stumbling, smelling of alcohol and stale cigarette smoke. Sometimes he even smelled of other women. I was a fool to keep him around. I’m sure he thought that I thought he was charming and wonderful in bed. The truth is, I was lonely and didn’t want to have to go out and find someone else. We were together two years before we married. I was used to him.”

“Why marry him in the first place?”

“He kept insisting. Once we divorced, I realized it was because he thought he could get something from me in a settlement. But since he walked out on me in the doctor’s office in front of twenty people, vowing loudly he’d have nothing more to do with me. He didn’t get a penny.”

“Ironic. Does he pay you anything?”

“Bob? He’s worthless piece of shit who can’t keep a job for more than two months at a time. I don’t need his money. I do all right…. Oh, look at Mindy!”

His five year old sat on the shoulders of one of the young male lifeguards, running after people as they played Marco Polo. Mindy had her eyes closed, but the young man didn’t. She was calling out “Marco” as the others answered, “Polo”, catching everyone because he ran right to them before they moved.

The game broke up when the last, laughing participant got tagged. Mindy was declared the uncontested queen of the pool and got to pick the next game.

“Bally ball!” She yelled.

Cindy translated five year old speak for the supervisors, blushing attractively when the young lifeguard swam over to her with a volleyball.

“I’m gonna have to warn that kid my daughter’s only fourteen,” Kyle said darkly. “I hadn’t realized how much she’d matured over the last year.”

His daughter was developing her mother’s physique. Margo had been tall, slender, narrow hipped and full busted. Cindy wasn’t quite up to Margo’s 38C, but she had decidedly graduated into a B cup and the bikini she was wearing did little to cover it up.

“As long as he keeps his hands to himself and you can keep them in plain sight, don’t embarrass her. Take him aside later or…. Oops, I don’t think you need to. Look.” She pointed cautiously, not raising her arm.

Randy walked over to the lifeguard, taking him aside quietly pretending to ask him something. Tall and muscled from swimming, he looked older than 12. The young man listened calmly. A startled glance over his shoulder told Kyle his son had taken care of it for him. The young man was still friendly when he came back, but much more careful about the level of his flirtation. He got Cindy involved with a group of kids her own age and went to supervise the younger children.

“Smart man,” Emily said with a smile.

“Which, my son or the lifeguard?”

“Both. You should be proud of him. He handled that well. He didn’t embarrass his sister or let that boy make an ass of himself.”

“He shouldn’t be hitting on her anyway.”

“He wasn’t hitting, he was flirting. There’s a world of difference.”

“Oh, yeah? Explain the difference so I know for future reference.”

Emily sighed, leaning back in her lounge chair with her arms behind her head. “Mostly it’s a matter of intent. If you approach a woman with the intent of getting in her panties as expeditiously as possible, that’s hitting on. If you are feeling the waters, testing parameters, but haven’t quite moved into more dangerous territory, that’s flirting.”

“Oh, I see. And what have I been doing since I met you?”

She sighed happily, gazing at he pool. The sunshine reflecting off the water glittered in her eyes “Sweeping me off my feet,” she admitted quietly.

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Sea of Destiny – Part 19

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Kyle takes Emily to a dance class the day after they meet. The teachers are a couple who know his mother well. He embarrasses himself by talking about his early experiences on, and off, the dance floor.

 By the end of the class, they were dancing to ‘Oye Como Va’ by Carlos Santana. Kyle and Emily did extremely well together. Marion and Tony complimented them.

“If you ever want a job as a dance instructor, tell us. We still have connections all over the world. In fact, you could work on a ship of you wanted to. It’s good money and great fun.”

“It sounds like it, but I couldn’t really do that with three kids.”

“You’ve got children? Amy never told us that,” Marion said.

“Two girls and a boy.”

“Do they dance as well as you?”

Kyle shuffled his feet self-consciously. “The girls take ballet. My son is a sports freak. Nana wasn’t around to browbeat him into submission.”

“Was it so awful learning to dance?” Marion asked gently.

“Not when it gets me laid,” Kyle remarked in a smart assed fashion.

It was his stock answer and had been for so long, he didn’t even think about the implications of the comment anymore. Then he remembered he was there with a woman who wasn’t his wife, whom he had just met, and blushed a deep scarlet that clashed with his light red hair. Tony laughed loudly, clapping him on the back.

“Sorry, ladies,” Kyle mumbled, shoving his hands in his pockets.

“My boy, that’s the most honest answer I’ve heard from any man to date,” Marion giggled, kissing him on the cheek.

“And so true,” Tony added, clapping him on the back.

“Isn’t it silly the stigmas attached to being artistic?” Emily said. “I’m an artist, so automatically I’m a flake. No matter that I’ve got two masters degrees and a doctorate, I’m still treated like I’m dumb. And I’m not even blonde!” She giggled, tossing her scarf over her shoulder.

“Has it been long?” Marion asked her kindly. “I am also a survivor, which is why I ask. You seem to be doing remarkably well. Such energy.”

“I just found out I’m in remission. I think I’m riding on an adrenaline high.”

“Take it easy, then. It’s not good to overdo, and you will be tempted right now. Had I thought about it during class, I’d have made you be more careful.”

“I won’t let her overdo,” Kyle promised. “Don Quixote to the rescue.” He put his arm protectively around Emily’s waist.

She leaned into his embrace before he realized he was holding her. It felt good to have a woman do that again.

Marion smiled. She took Kyle’s hand, holding it in both of hers. “You are a kind young man. A rare gift of empathy is in you. An old soul and a sweet spirit. Your mother must be very proud of you.”

He blushed again, glancing shyly at the floor. “I hope so. She’s not disappointed, anyway.”

“I can’t see how she could ever be disappointed with such a son. Shall we see you again tomorrow?”

“I’d love to come,” Emily said happily. “I had such fun!” Her green eyes sparkled.

“There will be sight seeing in the afternoon,” Tony said. “So take it easy when you come here. You don’t want to be too worn out to see Cancun.”

“I promise to take it easy.”

Tony and Marion left and Kyle walked with Emily back to the pool to check on his family. They were having a wonderful time playing Marco Polo with a bunch of other kids while the ship employees supervised.

Carmelita was deep in conversation with a tall, muscular, dark skinned man and didn’t even notice them. Kyle and Emily found a place in the shade and sat down.

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Sea of Destiny – Part 18

sea of destiny coverDuring their conversation, Emily discloses how awful her husband was to her and how he mistreated her. Kyle’s heart goes out to the delicate woman.

 They got her shoes and walked into the dance class in plenty of time. The instructors were a married couple who were probably about the same age as Kyle’s mother. In fact, the woman really reminded him of her in the way she walked and spoke.

“Do any of you have any experience with salsa dancing?” Marion, the instructor, asked.

Kyle was the only one who raised his hand.

“What would you say your level of expertise is, Kyle?” She read his name off his nametag.

“I haven’t done it in a few years, but I used to be pretty good.”

“All right. Come up here and partner me for a moment. Let’s show the folks how it’s done.”

Shrugging, he walked over to her taking his position across from her with a shy smile.

“I apologize in advance if I step on your toes. It’s been about ten years since I did this.”

“I promise to be gentle.” She grinned at him, nodding for them to begin.

The music started at a very fast tempo. Kyle’s feet stepped automatically as he and Marion moved across the dance floor. He spun her under his arm, twirling her first left, then right. As she turned, he flipped the edge of her skirt with his fingers, then grabbed her hand, pulling her to him. In and out, back and forth, they danced as the others in the class laughed and clapped.

Stunned, Marion nearly lost her aplomb when he tossed her in the air, catching her lazily just before she hit the ground. He swung her into a low dip supporting her with one arm and his knee before swooping her up again. The music finally ended. Laughing and panting, he bowed to Marion, who dramatically collapsed into his arms.

“Oh, my God! I think I’m too worn out to teach the class now. Where on earth did you learn to dance like that?”

“Amy Kay Scott’s School of Dance,” he said proudly. “My mom taught for many years and I partnered her from the time I was eleven.”

“You’re Amy’s little boy? I thought you looked familiar. My husband and used to work with her. Marion and Tony Capella.”

“Sheesh, I’m losing my mind. I kept thinking you looked familiar.” They exchanged pleasantries for a moment more before getting back to the class.

“We must get together later and talk. Is this your wife?” She held out her hand to Emily.

“No, this is my friend Emily. We met last night at dinner.”

“Lovely to meet you, dear! Are you as accomplished as Kyle?”

“Oh, no. I’m decidedly a beginner.”

“He can probably teach you better than I can. We’ll start slowly. You don’t get to his level overnight.”

He and Emily practiced some simple steps. He showed her the woman’s part as Marion worked with the others. Tony circulated, helping his wife as well as checking on Kyle and Emily. Slightly apart, they practiced the steps and chatted quietly.

“You’re so light on your feet. I’m jealous!” Emily giggled as she messed up.

“I’ve been dancing since I could walk,” Kyle admitted with a shrug.

“Why didn’t you go into it professionally?”

“Because where we lived only fags became dancers.” He glanced at Marion’s husband. “Sorry, dude. You know the stigma.”

“All too well,” Tony replied with a distinctive Italian accent. “But women love to dance and a straight man who can move like that on the dance floor, they’re figuring he can move good other places—you catch my drift?”

Kyle did, so did Emily. The men chuckled knowingly as Emily blushed.

“I know very well what you mean. All these single women used to come to take lessons and meet guys. They all thought I was in my twenties because of my size. I was barely fifteen the first time…. Ne-ver mind,” he concluded, snapping his lips together.

“The first time you what, Kyle?” Emily feigned innocence, fluttering her eyelashes.

“Danced a salsa,” he lied. “Jumped right in like a pro.”

Tony laughed at him as he blushed, spinning Emily away from him. Tony caught her, spinning her the other direction, sending her back.

“I feel like a yo-yo,” Emily laughed when Kyle caught her.

“You don’t look like one. Which is a good thing, since they’re flat and round. Very boring, yo-yo’s. You’re much prettier.”

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Sea of Destiny – Part 17

sea of destiny coverDuring a conversation with Kyle and his family, Emily discovers that he’s a widower and finds out how his wife died. 

“I’m so sorry,” Kyle said honestly. “I understand a little bit how you feel. A man can’t ever entirely understand that kind of loss….”

“But you were there to help Margo cope. She was a lucky woman.”

“Thanks. Well, this is me.” He pointed to his door. “Let me grab my shoes and the information about the class.”

“Okay.”

He opened his door, leaving it open for her. Emily stood in the doorway, looking around the room, her eyes wide.

“You can come in, Emily. I don’t mind.”

She looked around rather furtively.

“Are you okay?”

“Yes.” She whispered. “Yes, fine. Sorry. It’s been awhile since I was in a strange man’s cabin. Maybe the only time, actually. The last time I was on this ship, it was my honeymoon. We stayed in this cabin.” Her eyes filled with tears as she leaned against the doorframe. “I’m so sorry. I swore I wouldn’t be this emotional. It’s just I’ve had more fun since I met you than I did my entire honeymoon.”

“That’s great—but terrible all at once. I mean, hell, you’re supposed to spend your honeymoon in bed.”

She wrinkled her nose. “Sex wasn’t all that great for me. Bob didn’t much care about my needs. God, I can’t believe I just told you that.”

“So, no multiple orgasms?” He shut the door behind them. “No screaming his name, biting the neck, that sort of thing?”

She blushed, casting her eyes away. “There was some screaming—mostly in frustration. Even after a few years, it didn’t improve and then he started fooling around on me.”

“I can’t imagine any man treating you like that. Didn’t he realize how special you are?”

She shook her head, shrugging slightly as she tried to open her door. Kyle took her key card from her, sliding it smoothly and opening the door for her.

“Not so much, I guess. He always thought I was a bit of a flake.”

“Pardon my saying this, cause I’ve never met the man, but what a douchebag. The more I hear about him, the more I want to cut his balls off and feed them to him while he bleeds to death.”

“Bizarre as this may sound, that’s one of the nicest things a man’s ever said to me. I never had anyone volunteer to fight for my honor before.”

“Margo used to tell me that I was Don Quixote in another life—tilting at windmills. I’ve always been the one to champion a cause, fight for the weak….”

“Are you a lawyer?”

He laughed, shaking his head. “No. I’m in advertising. Championing the weak doesn’t pay the bills very well. But I do ad campaigns for companies who are going green, trying to be more environmentally friendly. Not all my clients are like that, but the numbers are growing. Good PR to be ‘green’.”

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Sea of Destiny – Part 16

sea of destiny coverKyle and Emily are spending time getting to know one another. His family seems quite taken with Emily, especially Mindy.

 “My mommy was sick,” Mindy’s little mouth pouted.

“I’ve been very sick too. But now I’m all better.”

“I’m glad you’re better. I like you, Miss Emily.”

“Thank you. I like you too, Mindy.”

“What’s on the docket for today?” Carmelita asked.

“I don’t know. There are all kinds of activities for the kids. Arts and crafts at nine, swimming, video games. In fact, there’s a Guitar Hero competition right after lunch.”

“There’s not!” Randy’s eyes got huge. “Which one?”

Kyle pulled out the brochure. “Says here, Guitar Hero II and Metallica.”

“Sweet!”

“I thought that would interest you and Cindy. You two kick serious butt at that game.”

“Randy’s better than me,” Cindy pouted. “He’d beat me.”

“You can compete and different levels. See?”

“You’re the queen of medium, Cindy,” Randy tried to console his sister. “I can’t even play as good as you at that setting.”

“This from the king of expert.” She smirked, nudging her brother. “But thanks. It might be fun.”

Once the children were occupied, Carmelita got her things and lay beside the pool for more hunk watching. Kyle and Emily took another stroll around the deck.

“There’s a dance class at ten,” Kyle told her. “Would you like to go?”

“What kind of dancing?”

“Salsa.” He did a few fancy steps, shaking his hips.

Giggling, Emily agreed. “I’ll need different shoes. I can’t dance in tennis shoes.”

“Ditto.” He was wearing flipflops. “How about we stroll down to the cabins, change footwear and find the class? I’ve got the brochure in my cabin.”

“Sounds good. Where is your cabin?”

“A few doors down from yours.”

“Really? Oh, how fun! Carmelita wasn’t upset that I kept you out half the night, was she?

“No, she thought it was great. The family has really taken a shine to you.”

“I’m glad. I like them too. You have a lovely family. I look at Mindy and I see a lot of myself there. What a darling she is.”

“Thanks. I’m pretty fond of her. She was kind of a surprise after the first two. We thought we’d had our family, but Fate had different plans.”

“Funny how that happens, isn’t it? I hope she wasn’t too big a shock.”

“She wasn’t so much a shock as a surprise. We’d thought about having more kids, but Margo had a few miscarriages.”

“I had a couple myself. That was the main reason we found the tumor. I’d had another one and went to the doctor to see what was wrong.”

“What a lousy way to find out.”

“Yes, so I had several tragedies to deal with simultaneously.”

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Sea of Destiny – Part 15

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The children get the chance to talk to Emily and get to know her. They all seem to like her a great deal.

Once the children were occupied, Carmelita got her things and lay beside the pool for more hunk watching. Kyle and Emily took another stroll around the deck.

“There’s a dance class at ten,” Kyle told her. “Would you like to go?”

“What kind of dancing?”

“Salsa.” He did a few fancy steps, shaking his hips.

Giggling, Emily agreed. “I’ll need different shoes. I can’t dance in tennis shoes.”

“Ditto.” He was wearing flipflops. “How about we stroll down to the cabins, change footwear and find the class? I’ve got the brochure in my cabin.”

“Sounds good. Where is your cabin?”

“A few doors down from yours.”

“Really? Oh, how fun! Carmelita wasn’t upset that I kept you out half the night, was she?

“No, she thought it was great. The family has really taken a shine to you.”

“I’m glad. I like them too. You have a lovely family. I look at Mindy and I see a lot of myself there. What a darling she is.”

“Thanks. I’m pretty fond of her. She was kind of a surprise after the first two. We thought we’d had our family, but Fate had different plans.”

“Funny how that happens, isn’t it? I hope she wasn’t too big a shock.”

“She wasn’t so much a shock as a surprise. We’d thought about having more kids, but Margo had a few miscarriages.”

“I had a couple myself. That was the main reason we found the tumor. I’d had another one and went to the doctor to see what was wrong.”

“What a lousy way to find out.”

“Yes, so I had several tragedies to deal with simultaneously.”

“I’m so sorry,” Kyle said honestly. “I understand a little bit how you feel. A man can’t ever entirely understand that kind of loss….”

“But you were there to help Margo cope. She was a lucky woman.”

“Thanks. Well, this is me.” He pointed to his door. “Let me grab my shoes and the information about the class.”

“Okay.”

He opened his door, leaving it open for her. Emily stood in the doorway, looking around the room, her eyes wide.

“You can come in, Emily. I don’t mind.”

She looked around rather furtively.

“Are you okay?”

“Yes.” She whispered. “Yes, fine. Sorry. It’s been awhile since I was in a strange man’s cabin. Maybe the only time, actually. The last time I was on this ship, it was my honeymoon. We stayed in this cabin.” Her eyes filled with tears as she leaned against the doorframe. “I’m so sorry. I swore I wouldn’t be this emotional. It’s just I’ve had more fun since I met you than I did my entire honeymoon.”

“That’s great—but terrible all at once. I mean, hell, you’re supposed to spend your honeymoon in bed.”

She wrinkled her nose. “Sex wasn’t all that great for me. Bob didn’t much care about my needs. God, I can’t believe I just told you that.”

“So, no multiple orgasms?” He shut the door behind them. “No screaming his name, biting the neck, that sort of thing?”

She blushed, casting her eyes away. “There was some screaming—mostly in frustration. Even after a few years, it didn’t improve and then he started fooling around on me.”

“I can’t imagine any man treating you like that. Didn’t he realize how special you are?”

She shook her head, shrugging slightly as she tried to open her door. Kyle took her key card from her, sliding it smoothly and opening the door for her.

“Not so much, I guess. He always thought I was a bit of a flake.”
“Pardon my saying this, cause I’ve never met the man, but what a douchebag. The more I hear about him, the more I want to cut his balls off and feed them to him while he bleeds to death.”

“Bizarre as this may sound, that’s one of the nicest things a man’s ever said to me. I never had anyone volunteer to fight for my honor before.”

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Missed Any Sea of Destiny?

If you missed some of the earlier posts of Sea of Destiny, I’ve collected the links and listed them below. Dellani

Sea of Destiny part 1

Sea of Destiny part 2

Sea of Destiny part 3

Sea of Destiny part 4

Sea of Destiny part 5

Sea of Destiny part 6

Sea of Destiny part 7

Sea of Destiny part 8

Sea of Destiny part 9

Sea of Destiny part 10

Sea of Destiny part 11

Sea of Destiny part 12

Sea of Destiny part 13

Sea of Destiny part 14

Sea of Destiny part 15

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Sea of Destiny – Part 14

sea of destiny coverOn a whim, Kyle invites Emily to go dancing. Not only does she have a great time with him, she finds out that he’s an amazing dancer. Kyle surprises himself by giving her a kiss.

“She didn’t slap you?”

“No. No hysterics, no screaming, no hitting. I’m not sure which of us was more surprised, me or her. A good kind of surprised….”

“You’d better get to sleep, Romeo.”

“Yeah. I do need to sleep. Thanks for watching the kids, Lita.” He hugged her, kissing her cheek.

“You’re very welcome. Sleep well, Kyle.”

“I will. For the first time in ages, I will.”

They closed the adjoining door and he got ready for bed. Images of Emily floated past his closed eyes. With a giddy, silly smile on his face, he fell asleep.

The next morning, he and Carmelita took the children to breakfast. Tables of fresh fruit sculptures and every kind of breakfast bread imaginable greeted them when they walked in. They were in the process of piling up their plates when Emily walked in. She smiled when she saw the family and walked over to greet them. Mindy took her by the hand, showing her the swan that was made mostly of pineapples.

“I’m an artist too,” Emily told her as they came back to the table.
“Do you carve fruit?” Mindy asked earnestly.

“No, I paint, mostly. I also like to take photographs and draw.”
“I like to finger paint.”

“Do you? I loved to do that when I was your age. That’s how I started my art career.”

“By finger painting? Wow!”

“My daddy let me paint the front window of his business with flowers and things at Easter time. I had a lot of fun doing it and his customers really liked it.”

“What kind of store did he have?” Mindy asked, wide eyed.

“He was president of a bank.”

“My mommy was sick,” Mindy’s little mouth pouted.

“I’ve been very sick too. But now I’m all better.”

“I’m glad you’re better. I like you, Miss Emily.”

“Thank you. I like you too, Mindy.”

“What’s on the docket for today?” Carmelita asked.

“I don’t know. There are all kinds of activities for the kids. Arts and crafts at nine, swimming, video games. In fact, there’s a Guitar Hero competition right after lunch.”

“There’s not!” Randy’s eyes got huge. “Which one?”

Kyle pulled out the brochure. “Says here, Guitar Hero II and Metallica.”

“Sweet!”

“I thought that would interest you and Cindy. You two kick serious butt at that game.”

“Randy’s better than me,” Cindy pouted. “He’d beat me.”

“You can compete and different levels. See?”

“You’re the queen of medium, Cindy,” Randy tried to console his sister. “I can’t even play as good as you at that setting.”

“This from the king of expert.” She smirked, nudging her brother. “But thanks. It might be fun.”

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