Sisley was always amazed by London since she had been in London for the first time as a young girl with her mother and still she loved it every time she came down. Sue was almost as stunned by London as Sisley was and the two had a drink at a bar before they would go to the announced party.
“Oh Sue, I am so glad you made it, isn’t it lovely, here?” Sisley asks.
“Yes, Sis, this was such a great idea to leave all this shit behind and get a change of scenery. I love that dress, I bought this afternoon at Kensington High street, do you know this little shop at the Kensington Arcade?” Sue asks while placing her hands at her hips striking a pose and tweaking over to Sis.
“Wow, yeah, that red looks amazing on you, I love it!”.
“Such a store, this is actually something I would love to have, too,” Sue suggests. Sis is nodding with her head.
“Yeah, me, too, but I wonder how they make it, the rent in such a place is like insane, imagine how many dresses you have to sell to make that?” Sis points out.
“Yeah, you’re right, but somehow they make it don’t they?” Sue says.
“That’s true, but I would try to avoid business with such high rent. If I would do a business I would do something like this redecorating as I did with Boyce, I loved this or more something like a PR agency more a kind of service. Why don’t you think about something like a PR agency here in this city, this is your background, isn’t it? I am sure there are a hell of companies you could work with.” Sis thinks about all the companies and events and some of the artists Boyce knows.
“Yeah, you’re right, and I really should think about making a move, I am ready for something new!” Sue laughs.
“Well, maybe we should think about business together, I am a little tired of up north. My contract finishes soon which means I would need to go back to the mother company, and I could imagine better things, too.”
The two girls look at each other and realize that they should get serious about their idea of their own business even though they are not sure about what business this should be.
“Oh, it’s after 11:00 pm,” Sis looks at the clock, “we should go now, I am sure we won’t be the first by now.” The two leave the bar and are on the way to the river party.
Close to the river theme near the London eye the boat body rocks. Sisley and Sue are welcomed with a glass of champagne, a band is playing and the two are listening to the song. Sisley smiles “This is exactly how I always feel about London.” Sue agrees “Yeah, you’re right, I feel the same about this city.” And the band keeps on playing Hotel California with the words “you can check out but never leave.”
The two walk a level up and meet Boyce who is surrounded by a group of people, actually some business friends who are planning a launch for their new business.
“Sisley, you always have such great ideas, what would you suggest for a launch party, any idea?” Boyce asks looking at Sisley with high expectations. Sisley actually has an idea.
“Sure, Boyce, you want an idea for a launch party?” Sisley looks over to Sue and the two immediately know this is not just an idea for a launch party, this is the idea for their new business. Sue immediately clicks.
“Yeah, indeed, she has tons of ideas, actually, we should discuss more in a business frame, we can plan your launch party, interested?” Boyce’s business friend cheers his champagne glass with a smile.
“Why not, a launch party planned by two charming ladies like you, we’ll be excited.”
With the music keeping on playing, an excited Sisley and Sue dancing to the rhythm of the night away…
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes
—Lord Byron, 1788-1824, England
by Robert Frost
The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
Why not I with thine?—
See the mountains kiss high heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth
And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
What is all this sweet work worth
If thou kiss not me?
“Vanity rejects all healthy nourishment and lives exclusively on the poison of flattery.” as Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach once said. And so it was on a Saturday noon when Susan came to meet Sisley for lunch.
Sisley was still at the Spa to get a little beauty facial and manicure to be ready for tonight’s surprise that her fiancé Boyce had announced three days before when Susan called her on her mobile: “Sis, you won’t believe that, I have to tell you this. Can we meet in the city, I can’t tell you all that on the phone.”
Sisley surprised: “Oh, Su, I didn’t know you are back, I thought you were still in Berlin. Chris had made a comment last week that sounded more as you would stay there for a little longer. But how wonderful you are in town.”
“Oh, Chris, he made what comment?” Sue asked and continued. “This is why I need to talk to you, you won’t believe what he’d done. I’m still speechless and don’t really know what to do. But I can tell you.”
“Well, yes. I’m here at the Bella Spa in the town center,” Sisley says excitedly. “but I need probably one more hour at least, Boyce had announced a surprise for tonight so I will rather be ready for whatever.”
“Then why don’t meet at the Tattu’s at a quarter past one?” Su asked
“Yes, that’s perfect, honey, it’s not far from here anyway, so see you there.” Sisley agreed.
Sisley rushing down King Street, trying to avoid any window shopping even her eyes spying a beautiful baguette bag in the perfect rose shade to match her shoes for tonight but anyway she’s thinking maybe she can get it later on her way back. Turning left into spring street passing Deansgate and finally turning into Fountain Street.
She’s right on time and Su is already waiting at the bar winking at Sisley: “Sis, hey, oh how great to see you! Wow, you look wonderful” Sis: “Hey Su, lovely, great to see you, too. Yes, Bella Spa is always doing a great job, they are amazing.”
“Oh, that’s true,” Su said. “but for me right now I think I need a drink, that’s the best that will do”
“Well, honey, yes, let’s get some Martinis and then tell me what happened. Honestly, you look like a ghost has welcomed you for your return.” Sisley wonders.
“A ghost? I wish it was just a ghost! But wht I saw was actually pretty real!” The two walk over to their table and Su continues: “Yesterday, I arrived at five and took a cap to my house. I actually came three days earlier as originally planned. And when I came in already the neighbor looked like me like what I was doing here but I had no time for explanation and got into the house. You won’t believe what Chris has done. When I came in all my pictures, from my families, kids, holidays, and other personal stuff were gone. All my decoration where taken off the walls, and when I went to the bedroom, I opened the cupboard and found a whole new collection of leather and all kind of black silicon.”
Sisley with open mouth nipping on her drink starring at Su: “Really, Chris?” Su nodding than shaking her head:
“Yes, Chris, this always so innocent but flattery Chris! And I can tell, you. All the time when he talked to me on the phone while I was in Berlin he always asked me things like if I don’t want to stay like opening a business in Berlin and every time I said I’m coming over he was like no I should do something on the house, really like he didn’t want me to come back here and I wondered why cause I had already sorted all the issues why I went over anyway.”
Sisley wondering: “So what did he do, he removed all your things?” Su was laughing: ” Yes, he removed all my stuff. So, I went over to the neighbor trying to find out what was going on. And he was like Chris had told him that I’m going to stay in Berlin that we had split up. The neighbor said he had asked Chris after he had seen him with another woman and I haven’t been here for months if anything was wrong.”
Sisley: “So he told the neighbor you had split up and would stay in Berlin, and got another woman? But he kind of didn’t let you know anything about splitting up? What was he thinking? You stay in Berlin and he gets another girlfriend did he think you wouldn’t find out?” Su finishing her drink: ” Don’t ask me what this man got in his mind. I have no idea. Maybe something like this was his idea. Yes.” The two sitting at the table shaking their heads.
The food arrives and really tastes delicious. Su: “Yes, well, man! What else to say. And of course, he confirmed the whole thing when he came home with his new accessory on his side. You should have seen his face. The woman acted like it was her home, not mine. I can’t tell you. I just kicked him out. I don’t know what to do now. I don’t intend to go back to Berlin, I don’t even know why Chris was thinking that. I have all my clients here, all my friends, my whole life!
But what would you do, would you give it another try, forgive it?” Sisley: “Forgiving it? Are you crazy? I think this totally crossed the line!” Su: “Yes, you are right! Oh, you won’t believe what I found in my flat all that shit that belongs to her.” Sisley: “Forget him, he had been seen with other girls all around town.”
Su: “Yes, I know this is not the first time, but they come and go.” Sisley: ” Yes, but you don’t really seem happy and this no, way! No one is worth your tears and the one who would be worth it wouldn’t make you cry.” Su: “Oh, well, yes, that’s actually true.”
Sisley: “Why don’t you come down to London tomorrow, there is a great party at the river Thames tomorrow night, just to get out of your cloud, a change of scenery always helps. I’m sure there is some interesting man who might turn your head around and make you forget about your new wardrobe collection:” Su: “Oh, I already threw it all out, I packed all his stuff including hers last night. It’s all already out of my house. Actually, I really could need a little change, getting some inspiration and replacements to fill my empty wardrobe. As you once said, London is always a good idea.”