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Winter-break

Sisley racing down the Hill on her skies. Sue was still standing on top of the Hill Jakobshorn watching Sisley who had just stopped and was now waiting for Sue who had not been on Skies for almost ten years. Last time Sue had been skiing with her family but her aunt had just been moaning. Everything Sue did her aunt had something to say about. How she was skiing, her smoking of course and last but not least when Sue had said she did not want to be on the photograph when they were posing for a family shot her aunt also had to say something about this “when you do not want to be in the picture, you could have taken the picture for us at least.” After the trip, her aunt apologized for her constant criticism of Sue.

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Sadly, this was the memory she had now on her mind despite overlooking this stunning winter wonderland scene. Instead of remembering the first time she had been skiing with her school class and later on with her Dad’s men clique who all were stunned about how great she was skiing.  Sue took one more breath forgetting her aunt’s comments and recalling all the positive comments she had once heard and there she was skiing downhill like she had never done something else. Almost on Sisley’s hight, she incorporated a bend and with an abrupt stop, she arrived right next to Sisley scratching a bit snow in the air.
“Wow, this is so amazing, I almost forgot how much fun this is.” Sue was screaming for joy.
“Yeah, what took you so long? I thought you are about to put down roots! But you have quite a speed on skies, wow!” Sisley laughed.
“Yes, I had some memory from my last skiing tour hanging on, my auntie’s words. “Why don’t you and you should…., that kind of thing.” Sue tried to explain. “Your auntie? You are thinking about your auntie? This is the last thing I would think about here, come on let’s go up there and then to the Jatzhütte. Maybe we meet some nice hot skier so you can shift your mind to better things than past family matters.” Sisley joked.
“Oh, yeah, you are right, this is not the place here to think about drama.” Sue agreed and the two made their way down and to the next chairlift.

Enjoying the scenery while steering towards the Jatzhütte.
“This was really the best idea to come here to Davos.” Sue swarmed.  Just a week before Christmas Sisley had suggested a short trip to Switzerland, Davos as she had found an all-inclusive trip for a really, great price. And here the two had arrived just right to spend the time between Christmas and new year in the snow.

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The two could hardly believe it, they stepped out of the ski lift sliding towards the Jatzhütte. Bright blue sky, George Michael’s “Last Christmas” was playing and they overlooked a breath-taking scenery on a hight almost 2600 m on Jatzhorn.
“This looks like paradise.” At the edge of the mountain, some crazy guys had stripped off their clothes and were sitting in a jacuzzi surrounded by some Swedish girls.
“Is this real?” Sisley asked. One of the guys who were sitting in the Jacuzzi turned around.
“Yes, this is real, so real, Sisley.” A familiar voice replied to Sisley, and a grinning Boyce looked at Sisley and Sue.
“Ladies? What surprise, want to join?”
Sue couldn’t get her mouth close. “No way, Boyce, you? That’s you?” Sue had a crush on Boyce, and it wasn’t too long ago the two had spent a wonderful night together. And yes, at some point she had hoped to meet him again despite being aware of his reputation on girls, and which was obviously he wasn’t sitting alone in the jacuzzi but surrounded by some attractive Swedish blondes.
“Eh, not now, we need some substantial food, first, maybe later.” Sisley smiled. Well, she knew Boyce knew that they would spend the winter-break in Davos as she had told him herself. But that he would spend his winter-break here too, he had not mentioned.

An hour later they all were sitting at the bar having some drinks. Flyers were spread across the table offering New Year Eve parties and Boyce suggested to spend New Year’s Eve together. The girls agreed and despite the party was already sold out Boyce arranged some invitation for the girls.

They went for another two hours skiing and then relaxed in their hotel spa before they would meet again at the Casino for dinner and some little gamble.
“Seriously? Boyce is here? Like this means any less trouble?” Sue was speechless.
“Well, you don’t have to make it like trouble, just enjoy and see what happens?” Sisley continued. “Which is obvious, of course.“ Sue could not hide her sparkle eyes when she was talking about Boyce, not when she was thinking about him and certainly not when she was around him. The two busted into laughter.

At eight the girls met Boyce for dinner in the Pizzeria and then moved on next door to the Casino on the Promenade. The place where almost every prominent person spends an evening when skiing in Davos. And so it was no surprise when Sisley’s eyes sparked a familiar person at the Roulette tables – charming Robbie surrounded by some attractive blondes, also these girls were already familiar, they were the girls from the Swedish skiing team Sisley and Sue had already met in company with Boyce earlier the day.

The Trio joined the Roulette table. Sisley played decent on the 50/50 chances while Robbie came closer to her setting on whole numbers and did not keep short on compliments towards Sisley almost forgetting about the Swedish skiing team.

Later the evening after playing some rounds and watching the games going on at the blackjack table, Sisley felt like it was just yesterday that she had spent time with Robbie despite this was over a year ago now, but with him, she could talk endlessly and it felt so comfortable and it was clear that she would not go home alone tonight. Robbie looking at her with his smile on his face “and all in?” The two left the casino walking through the snow along the Promenade.

Sisley woke up in the arms of Robbie in the famous Belvedere Hotel enjoying the views into the mountains which were fully covered with snow.

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At around ten they met with Boyce and Sue who decided for a sledge at Schatzalp instead of skiing.

Robbie and Sisley went for the fifteen-kilometre long Parsenn. Sisley was stunned with hardly an interruption they were skiing one of the longest ski runs she had ever skied.

Of course, Robbie joined the Trio for the New Year’s Eve party on the Jatzhütte and he did not just participate as a guest but also had a gig. Singing for an hour and ending the last minutes shortly before the end of the year with a song dedicated to Sisley his very own version of Frank Sinatra’s “The way you look tonight”.

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Shortly before midnight the crowed walked out to welcome the new year and watching the impressive fireworks from the top of the mountains.

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Sisley felt like in heaven wrapped in Robbie’s arms. The crowd counting down from ten then cheering the champagne glasses with Sue and Boyce wishing each other a “Happy New Year” when Robbie suddenly felt a cold wet bash on his cheek, a snowball from the right had just hit his face, thrown by one of the girls from the Swedish ski team and the year started with a snowball battle the single ladies against the lovers.

 

 

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Out Now! New ebook – Blend 37 – Pippa Bow

Read the first chapter….

Christmas Day

Sitting on her flight back to London Pippa was glad having kind of survived the family Christmas celebrations which had turned out in a more stressful event running from one Christmas party to the next all within three days.

The Christmas day had started with a lunch with the neighbors followed by a late afternoon celebration at her brother’s house and with the third destination at the Christmas dinner party at her father’s girlfriend’s house including the girlfriend’s daughter Bea which Pippa had not met within sixteen years. Contrary to descriptions from Pippa’s brother that Bea was a kind of irritating person, which was no surprise with that kind of a mother, she would not have any other chance.

Actually, Bea had turned out to be a really nice, witty and very sympathetic woman. She was joined by her once lover but now ex-boyfriend and a good friend who seemed also to be a very charming, likable guy. Next to Pippa was sitting Izabella her brother’s girlfriend’s daughter who had also arrived from London only four days ago by surprise, joined by her mother. On the opposite side, Pippa’s brother, her father and his girlfriend had taken a seat at the table and a little Whity underneath the table, one of those little terrier mix dogs who Bea and her then lover and now good friend had found on a Sicily holiday as a lost dog and had brought the little animal over.

They all had enjoyed a very delicious Christmas goose as the main course and closing with a variety of desserts and sweets from cinnamon parfait with a hot plum mouse, coco pudding with mango sauce to an untraditional Christmas pudding made with Jameson Whiskey. They all had spent a joyful evening with festive cheer in its own way but very different from the Christmas Pippa once knew from her childhood.  She remembered a Christmas when they still were the picture-perfect portrait family. Her Grandmother who had spent the year before Christmas Eve with one of Pippa’s ants, one of her mother’s sisters with a quite chaotic Christmas party experience, where the tree had caught fire and the Christmas night had turned out into one of their typical family fights where none of the family members would talk to each other for at least a week.

That year grandma had been sitting on one of the black leather Ray&Charles Eames chairs in her typical flower dresses that she used to wear. The one for Christmas differed only in the color as this one was black with golden and white flowers, unlike her usual flower dresses that showed painful color combinations of lilac, blue, yellow and turquoise. In addition, she was wearing some black flat ankle boots that came together with some skin-color knee-high socks. In her grandma-style, she was commenting the Christmas night with her little sarcastic bits and bites. While the family was singing Christmas songs in the shimmering light next to the Christmas tree which was lighted with real candles: “Oh, that Christmas tree, a noble fire and the blond Pippa on the piano, this is a Christmas,” and she added cynically “so typical German.”

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The next day Pippa had visited her neighbor who had their Christmas party with a three-year-old, the grandchild and a single mother who had the trouble with the kid’s Dad where the communication was only possible through the courtroom. They had reported one triumph but would have the next battle about more holidays sharing with the kid.

Pippa made a quick visit to her brother’s wife before she had another dinner with the family. Her brother and his girlfriend would head off to Cannes, the girlfriend’s daughter had a flight to Moscow, her father’s girlfriend’s daughter with the good friend would take off to Bangkok.

Read the next Chapter “Between the years”…

Pippa Bow

 

 

short-stories

Something New – London

 

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.

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“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.

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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.”

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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.

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“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…

 

Great Writers · Poems

The Road Not Taken

by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
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Great Writers · Poems

“Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

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?—

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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?

Stories

girls talk #lunchtime

“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.”

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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“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.”

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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.”

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HAPPY NEW YEAR – Another Story

It was about 12:00 o’ clock when Sisley had just finished her article “Three characteristics of the woman who has been named by The Times “Woman Of The Year”. An article she was really proud of and was just uploading her work on the platform she wrote for. One to empower woman.

 

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Now she was ready, set for New Year’s Eve. She had planned to go to the English Theater’s costume ball. The entry was being dressed as an English character as a costume. She had arranged to go with her fiancée Boyce and she had spent hours the week before to get the perfect outfit for her.

Boyce would go as Mr. Bond. So her costume, of course, would be a Bond girl, but so far Boyce would not know which one and as the story goes he had agreed to meet her at the party. The phone rang. It was her fiance Boyce: “And everything, ready, set? Which Bond Girl will I meet tonight?” Sisley replying: “That’s going to be a surprise. “Well,” he said: “Than I’m excited if I will chat up the right Bond girl as I intend to spend the whole night with my Bond girl and I got a surprise, too.”

Sisley wondering: “Oh, Mr. Bond has a surprise and WHAT should THAT be?” Boyce: “Well, as far as I know, we are “On our majesties secret services” and I can keep a secret. So, I meet you there at the English Theater.” Sisley is giving him a smile through the phone. “Well, maybe you meet Trench, Sylvia Trench.” Boyce: “Oh, the one, James Bond mimicked his trademark name. Bond. James Bond. This was in “From Russia with love, wasn’t it?”

Sisley: “Oh, really, I didn’t know, that, she said it first. I need to get some things done here, honey, and I meet you at the St. James Bar at 8 pm?” Boyce: “Sounds good, I’m excited in which Bond movie we actually are tonight.” He laughs and blows a kiss through the phone. Sisley speaks on the phone: “I love you, Boyce. See you.” Sisley puts down the phone and feeds her cat, Makadi, a British blue, who loves winding around Sisley’s legs while Sisley is standing at the phone.

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8:30 pm Sisley walks through the St James Bar doors in tight black leather trousers, white blouse, a black Blazer in a costume cut style and a black hat. The place is already crowded and a handsome guy in a dark suit is sitting at the bar. Yes, it’s Boyce in his James Bond Outfit, looking really good. Sisley walks up towards the bar and takes the seat next to him. He looks over flashing only gaze with a silent smile. Sisley orders a Martini on ice and lemon. He is drinking a non-Bond signature drink, a Bourbon.

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Sisley is starting the conversation: “Is Mr. Bond waiting for someone in particular or on any of his missions?” Boyce: “Who do I have the pleasure with?” “Teresa di Vicenzo, I’m pleased to meet you, Mr. Bond.” Boyce replies: “I’m on my Majesty’s secret services. Teresa, Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo? I’m pleased to meet you too. I was given this to you.” He hands over an envelope with Teresa’s nickname, Tracy, written on it. “Many thanks, Mr. Bond.” She zips on her Martini and opens the letter with two tickets to London with the first flight on New Year’s day. She looks at Bond then saying:” The pleasure is mine, so we have a long night ahead, I hope it’s worth it.” Boyce (as Bond): ” I know a comfortable place to go to with an amazing view to spend some quality time and I’m sure it’s well worth it.” He flashes his charming smile at her and she follows him through the bar outside to his car.

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At midnight she finds herself in the pool at the Steigenberger’s Airport Hotel on the 21st floor. Her arms around Boyce’s neck. He holds her hands around her waist. Five seconds before twelve o o’clock they cheer their champagne glasses, they look out of the huge glass front where a breathtaking firework lightens up the sky in all colors. Green, red, golden, a million stars are sparkling at the sky. They look at each other and share a long kiss before they take off in the morning.