“I just had made a huge step forward from a bedsit to a beautiful three-room apartment in an art-nouveau townhouse built around the nineteenth century. The one I had always dreamed of…..read the full story on http://www.nhush-books.com
“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.”
Su: “Oh, Chris, he made what comment? 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.” Sisley: “Well, yes. I’m hear at the Bella Spa in the town center, but I need probably one more hour at least, Boyce had announced a surprise for tonight so I rather be ready for whatever.”
Su: “Than why don’t meet at the Tattu’s at a quarter past one?” Sisley: “Yes, that’s perfect, honey, it’s not far from here anyway, so see you there. Bye.” Su: ” See you. Bye.”
Sisley rushing down the king street, trying to avoid any window shopping even her eyes spying a beautiful baguette bag in the perfect 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.”
Su: “Oh, that’s true, but for me right now I think I need a drink, that’s the best that will do” Sisley: “Well, honey, yes, let’s get some Martinis and than tell me what happened. Honestly you look like a ghost has welcomed you for your return.”
Su: “A ghost? I wish it was just a ghost.” 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 original planned. And when I came in already the neighbour looked like me like what I was doing here but I had no time for explanation and got into the house.
But 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 wanted 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 laughing: ” Yes, he removed all my stuff. So I went over to the neighbour 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 neighbour 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 neighbour 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. But I kicked him out. But actually 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, forgive it?” Sisley: “Forgiving it? Are you crazy? I think this is totally over the line! Don’t.” Su: “Yes, you are right, oh, you won’t believe what I all 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 about and this no, way! No one is worth your tears and the one who would 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 themes tomorrow night, just to get out of your cloud of thoughts, I’m sure there are some interesting man who might can turn your head around and make you forget about your new wardrobe collection:” Su: “Oh, I already thew it all out, I packed all his stuff including hers last night. It’s all already out my house. Actually, I really could need a little change, getting some inspiration and replacements to fill my empty wardrobe…..and as you once said, London is always a good idea.”
I remembered a Toyota ad clip with a personnel woman suggesting to her boss: “The design can be done by students, the creativity will be brought in by kids and the work will be done by monkeys”. The management role actually was left out. Maybe they were planned on absent right from the beginning with a year round holiday or wherever.
I remembered years ago when I did my vocational training with a chemical company, one of the global players. The company worked with real professionals who had many years of experience. Everything was organised. The professionals had high qualifications and were really capable as well as innovative. Decisions were made for a healthy business growth. Nowadays, the management and everyone act just for the moment, for the quickest success, which results in the long-term in a really unhealthy business, destroying most of them.
Keira and I laughed on the phone thinking “Once upon a time…” and for both of us, it became clear that not everything was as we had learned.
Finally, Keira, who had studied fashion design, said: “As we designers say in fashion, there’s a new set of rules every season”.
From the book SMART SEXY SUCCESSFUL get the book and read the fully story on http://www.nhush-book.com
A new year’s first week. A fresh start. A new chapter in life to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Your success and happiness lies in you and be kissed by someone who loves you as much as you do. Cheers to the New Year wishing everyone a smart sexy successful year 2016.
HAPPY NEW YEAR – Short 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.
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 any 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 fiancee Boyce: “And everything, ready, set? Which Bond Girl will i meet tonight?” Sisley replying: “That’s gonna 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 in 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 a tight black leather trouser, 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 a 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. I was given this for you.” He hands over an envelop with Teresa’s nick name, 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 than 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 waste. Five seconds before twelve o o’clock they cheer their champagne glasses, they look out of the huge glass front where an 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.