“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bernhard standing on the rooftop just opening bottle champagne: “And ladies, how about a nice after midnight dinner, you two girls and me?”
Nicole looking over to Sisley shaking her head. Sisley asking interested: “Oh, a midnight dinner, sounds interesting, how exactly does this look like?”
Bernhard: “Well Ladies, I have booked a suite here next to the radio bar, and we can order per room service whatever you like.” Sisley turning towards Nicole: “Oh, whatever we like.”
Nicole smiles: “Okay, than let me just have a look what they have on offer, you know I’m a huge Asia fan, don’t you.”
Bernhard: “No, I didn’t but yes, I also like sweet sour, it’s always a good idea, but take your time to make your own choice. But as I understand you girls are with me?”
Nicole smiling at Bernhard: “One, moment.” She grabs Sisley and the two, walk over a the Bar passing the VIP Lounge. Rob is still hanging there with his groupies not even recognising that Nicole and Sisley are on the party tonight. They just pass by. They both already had their experience with Rob Nicole actually left and Sisley remembers a hell of a night with Rob.
The two order some drinks and Nicole turns towards Sisley: “Well, I have an idea, we are going to join him, bind him on the bed, put on a blind and order some Asian girls and a butler. And then we go and have our own suite. What do you think?”
Sisley: “Well, are you crazy?”
Nicole: “We keep the butler there who makes sure it’s not going to wild, and that nothing happens that anyone doesn’t want.”
Sisley laughs. Nicole adding: “I’m not interested in a threesome, I remember the party with Rob, even not with him. Have you seen him, he didn’t even recognised you are here. I’m sure he also stays here tonight with his whole team. I am going to book my own suite now, and you can still decide who you want to spend the night with. So are you with me?”
Sisley: “Mmmh, I definitely won’t spend the night with Bernhard, he is so crazy, even having the idea of asking us. I can’t believe. But yes, let’s order him some dishes with a butler. Why not.”
The next morning Sisley and Nicole sitting in the hotel lobby taking time for an English Breakfast. At around eleven o’clock Bernhard joins the table: “Ladies, you are still here? I had an incredible night.”
Nicole: “Oh, really? Let me guess sweet sour.” Sisley ads: “And I don’t want to know more about.”
Bernhard: “Well, a gentlemen enjoys and keeps quiet.” and with a grinning smile on his face: “And you girls having a traditional English breakfast this morning, I see. Well I prefer a French, croissant and a strong coffee.”
Sisley: “Sure. Why don’t you take a seat?”
Rob coming through the breakfast hall, stopping in the middle of the room, starring at Sisley and Nicole. Then walking over stopping at the table: “Nicole, Sisley you are here why didn’t you tell me?”
Nicole: “Yes, we are here, and we were here last night.”
Rob: “Oh last night, did you see me? Oh, yes you did, I can tell by your face, but it’s not your thing as far as I remember.”
Nicole: “Oh you remember, actually there was nothing to remember that included me.”
Rob: “Yes, exactly that morning was without you, you were somehow disappeared.”
Bernhard throwing in: “Yes, that’s their speciality, they also, disappeared last night. But I won’t complain.”
Sisley: “Well, remember that sometimes not getting what you want can be a wonderful stroke of luck.”
Nicole agrees: “Yes, I found my Mr. Incredible just the night after. We are already engaged”, flashing her diamond ring toward Rob who replies: “Beautiful, sparkling like your eyes Nicole, I hope you invite me to your wedding, I will sing a song for you.”
Nicole: “Oh, really, you would do that? That would be amazing. But Sisley I see my stroke of luck and Bernhard’s but yours?”
Rob turning towards Sisley: “Give me a call next time you’re coming down to London and I show you a good stroke of luck that works out.”
Another story – life is sweet
Sue had had a date with Bernhard. Her silence and smile on her face said it all how this night must have ended or better said where.
As sweet as this morning had started in the arms of Bernhard, she knew there was nothing to repeat or to be continued.
But now she felt guilty somehow. Her husband had announced to come over for the weekend.
Apart from that she also knew that she wasn’t the only one, so this was just one of those one-night stands. But what was this?
Sisley came over to Tina’s desk explaining she couldn’t make it on Friday. Sisley happily explaining: “Oh, Tina, I will be in London at the weekend meeting my friend Nicole and you won’t believe who else will be there!”
Tina Questioning: “Who, your rock star Robby?” Sisley replying: “No, you won’t believe it. Bernhard! He has a loft to be decorated and needs a designer. Well, he asked me if I had time to view it with him. He would love to hear my idea about it as he liked my style.”
Tina: “Wow, now he gets on you!” Sue asking upset: “Your style?” Then immediately trying to hide her anger, the last thing she needed was her boss winding her up about last night or even worse, someone could make a comment about this thing to her husband. Actually, it was good not to meet any one of them as long as her husband was there.
With a sweet smiling face, she asks Sisley: “So you are going to spend the whole weekend in London?” And with a bittersweet underlying sound in her voice: “And who are you most likely going to spend the night with Bernhard, Robby or Nicole?”
Sisley replying: “Well, yes, as you see, London is always a good idea!”
A week has passed since the two girls had been on their weekend-trip Sisley had covered one colleague’s desk who went on holiday and she did really, well. She actually had enjoyed the past week talking with the customers and making the arrangements for the delivery.
Even sometimes it got a bit harsh and busy like the encounter with Peter. Sisley had arranged a delivery for hazard goods, but the lorry was delayed and there was no valid permission for parking the lorry on a public street. The one that was arranged had now been expired. Peter wanted that Sisley took the responsibility and would allow the driver to park the lorry at their estate. But Sisley simply had said no and Peter had finally agreed to it.
Ten minutes later Sisley’s phone rang, Peter’s boss: “I want to talk to the Manager David, now!” And immediately put down the phone. Of course, this was about the lorry with the hazard goods.
Ten minutes passed and the phone rang, again Peter’s boss: “ Sisley, I apology, I was very upset as Peter has no responsibility to make those decisions, but yes, after talking with David, you were right and it was up to us that the lorry had the permission to park. Please take my apology and I also want to say thank you for making the deliveries on time, you really did a great job and it’s great to work with you!”
Sisley replied “Oh well, Peter that’s okay, this was an explosive thing to handle, I felt the same about it, so a little heat in the air it’s okay and I’m glad to hear that everything else went well. No need to apology.” Peter: “Oh, thanks Sisley than I wish you a great week and I’m looking forward to working with you on the next orders.” Sisley replied simply by answering with a “Pleasure of the company” and put the phone down.
Mike the Director came out of the office: ”Oh, Sisley what is defenestration in German.” Sisley: “Defenestration? This means “Rausschmiß”. David: “Defenestration, I don’t even know what this means in English!” Sisley: “This means to throw out something or someone out of the window or in some other context it can also mean the action or process of dismissing someone from a position of power or authority” Mike: “Oh, it’s always nice to have you around Sisley!”
Tina just coming around with a sharp look at Sisley “Oh, what a compliment, what did you do for him?!” Sisley’s phone ringing again, blinking with an eye on Tina then picking up the phone. Mel calling from London: “Oh, Sisley, you won’t believe who just called me, Marc, the guy from our weekend trip…..!”
Sunday afternoon the two girls Sisley and Mel are diving the M5 passing Exeter Mel tells about last night when Marc had picked her up with this hot Cabrio a red Alfa-Romeo Spider.
They had taken the Riverside Coast Way driving through Pentire towards West Pentire and the drive had been amazing. Marc had been playing the song crazy in love than he had taken a right turn at the Riverside Avenue diving the little path towards the coast and stopped the car.
They had an impressive view over the sea, the water in turquoise color was coming into the coast side and ended in the deep blue while huge waves were breaking and spreading against the big rocks – amazing natural wonder.
Marc had looked into Mel’s eyes and came very close with a smile on his lips he had closed his eyes and started kissing Mel. Mel felt like in heaven his kisses were soft and warm. She felt his strong muscles at his back and she sank comfortably into his arms and kisses.
The sun slowly went down they paused looking through the front window watching the sun like a red fireball slowly going down. Marc asked to continue the trip he knew a nice place where they could stay overnight.
At Pentire Point was a small lodge and they had rooms left. It was a beautifully decorated room called the moon sweet. Everything was decorated in dark blue shades with stripes and the bathroom in sand tones. And of course, they had a fantastic view on the little coast were the water was breaking at the rocks.
After the dinner, they had taken a twenty- minute walk along the seaside and had ended at a little base. They both were sitting on this shot runway looking at the bright shining moon when Mel suggested “Why not have a little swimming in the ocean? Did you ever go swimming naked before?”
Marc were smiling surprised and answered: “Swimming naked? Would you like to? No, I didn’t do that ever before. Okay, I’m with you.” Both had taken their close off and they slowly walked in to the water now standing close together. Marc kissed Mel and they dived into the water. Mel put her arms around Marc while he was swimming, so he felt her body on top of his back.
Both laughed and giggled. As it was so dark, the moon was the only light shining, that any unknown stroke on their legs felt weird and scary. Marc turned around and now they were both standing in the water again kissing each other and feeling the love in the waters of the deep blue sea.
By eleven they had returned and had ended the evening with a hot bath.
Mel was swarming she had a total crush on the guy but not knowing if this had been just this one weekend or if this was a story to be continued.