Strawberry Wine Summer

Introduction

18-year-old Regina Crimson, having just graduated from high school, is looking for one last fling before starting off for college in the fall. After a week of partying and having fun on the beach, mysterious bottle of strawberry wine appear on the beach at her favorite spot. Intrigued, Regina spends the summer wanting to know who has been sending the bottles of wine and why? When Regina finally finds out who it is, is it a match made in heaven, or Regina’s worst nightmare?

Chapter 1

“C’mon, Parker, let’s enjoy this last night before you go off to the air force?”
Regina pleaded with her boyfriend. She had been dating Parker since they were freshman and had known each other since they were in diapers playing in the sandbox together.

“I’d love to Regina, but I really must pack and get some sleep for my flight in the morning.”

“So, that’s it?! No celebration send off before you leave?!” Regina said disappointed.

“I’m sorry, babe, but I can’t be hung over from drinking when I show up for boot camp tomorrow.” Parker apologized. “Hey, I tell you what. I will get a week after I complete my boot camp training at the end of summer. How about we spend it on the beach alone when I come back here then?”

“Okay, sweetheart.” Regina said, softening to Parker’s promise. His promises always seemed to have a way to soothe Regina with his promises.

“Oh would you look at the time.” Parker said, glancing at his watch. “I best be going.”

He gave Regina one last kiss before leaving her front porch. As disappointed as Regina was at the prospect of being separated from her boyfriend for the summer, Regina had hopes for a glorious reunion when Parker came back at the end of summer after his boot camp training.

She watch Parker leave in his beat up old jalopy. The was the one thing Regina loved about Parker. His family had money. He could afford to have the best car, yet, he loved that old jalopy. He was always fixing it up and adding new features to it.

After Parker left, Regina went inside her home and went upstairs to her bedroom.

She dialed her best friend, Alice’s, cell to see if she was up to having some fun.

“Hello, Regina.” Alice said after seeing Regina’s name on her cell.

“Hey, Alice! Are you up for a night on the town?”

“Wish I could!” Alice said bummed. “The parents went out and I’m on babysitting duty.”

Alice’s parents just had a new baby, just 3 months old. Alice was always busy having to watch her baby sister. She never seemed to have any time for Regina anymore.

This was turning out to be the worst summer of all. The last summer they would be able to enjoy before they start their lives as adults. Parker was off at boot camp training for the summer and Alice was always watching her baby sister. Regina was left all alone.

Well, Regina decided in the morning, she was going to make the most of this summer. Even if she had to go it alone by herself. She decided she would spend it on the beach drinking her favorite Strawberry Wine. This was going to be the best summer of her life, even if she had to be by herself, Regina vowed.

Chapter 2

Regina woke up the next morning, the sun streaming in through her bedroom window. What a glorious day it was going to be, Regina thought, as she jumped out of bed and retrieved her clothing that she had picked out—her 2-piece purple bikini that she would put on under her clothing, a white cotton blouse with pink flowers and a pink mini-skirt, complete with pink Crocs. After getting dressed, Regina went into the bathroom and washed and dried her face and put her long blonde tresses into a messy bun tied with a pink scrunchy.

After finishing up with her hair, Regina went downstairs to join her family for breakfast. But when she got to the table, no was there. Instead, there was note from Regina’s mother:

Regina,

Had to take your sister to the hospital as she come down with the flu. Your father went off to work. Eggs and bacon on the stove. Enjoy your breakfast. See you soon.

Love, Mom

Yep! That was her family! Always on the go! They never found any time to hang for just one meal! Feeling rejected again, Regina gobbled down her now cold breakfast and fixed a sack lunch of her mom’s fried chicken, potato salad, grabbed a bottle of her favorite strawberry wine. Then she locked the house and hopped into her car and drove to the beach for a little fun, even if she would be alone.

Regina pulled into the parking lot of her favorite beach and parked her VW Bug in a parking spot away from the other cars as she didn’t want to risk her car getting dinged by another car door. Regina got out of her car, grabbed her picnic lunch and walked a half-mile to her favorite spot.

As she walked, Regina loved the feel of the sun on her face. She took off her white blouse revealing the purple bikini and let herself get tanned as she walked to her favorite spot on the beach. When she got there, there were a group of teens already there.

One boy motioned for her join them and Regina decided to do just that. She set her lunch on her blanket and joined the others in the water.

While Regina was having fun playing in the water, she was unaware of someone watching her. The mysterious figure watched Regina the entire time, about 5 hours, as Regina swam and sunbathed on the beach, drinking her Strawberry Wine. It was as if the stranger was getting to know Regina’s habits.

Chapter 3

The group of teens had already left after a few hours, leaving Regina alone on the beach. Unbeknownst to Regina, the mysterious stranger who had been watching her, was still there. Regina went for one last dip in the ocean before deciding to leave herself.

As Regina started packing her belongings and headed for her Bug, a guy about 20 stopped her.

“That was some fancy paddling earlier.” The guy complemented Regina on her swimming.

“Thank you?” Regina replied, not really knowing what to say. “I need to be going.”
“Hey, where are you going?” the guy asked her.

“Home.”

“Can’t you stay?” the guy pleaded with her.

“Excuse me?” Regina asked. “I don’t even know you?”

“It’s Jaden.” The guy introduced himself.

“Well, Jaden, it’s nice to meet you, but I really must be getting back home.”

“Please?” Jaden begged her as he grabbed her arm.

“Let go of me!” Regina nearly screamed, but came out a whisper as she yanked his hand off her arm.

“I’m sorry.” Jaden apologized. “I just want to be a friend.”

“OK, if you’re really serious. . .” Regina began. “. . .Meet me here tomorrow afternoon.”

“It’s a date!” Jaden exclaimed.

Regina got back to her VW Bug, flung her bag inside and got inside and startd the ignition. When she looked into the rearview mirror, she put the Bug in park and reached into the backseat to pick up a bottle of her favorite Strawberry Wine.
“I wonder where this came from?” Regina said to herself as she put it into her bag, then put her Bug into drive and drove home.

Chapter 4

Regina came home to a empty house and a note from her mother telling her that she had to go into the office and would be home late, her sister, Kaidence, would be working late and then a late date with her boyfriend, Jenkins, and her father left for a week on his business trip.

After reading the note, Regina walked into the kitchen to find that her mother had left her favorite casserole, Chicken Divan, in the refrigerator. After eating the cold casserole, because Regina didn’t feel like warming it up, Regina went up to her room and laid on her bed. She picked up the novel she was reading, “Little Women,” her favorite and had read over and over, turned to the page she bookmarked, and began reading. But within minutes, Regina was fast asleep.

The next morning, Regina woke to find Kaidence had finally come home, but were sleeping after hrt late night, but her mother had not arrived. Dialing her mother’s cell, a man’s voice picked up:

“Hello?” the voice answered.

“Yes, I was calling Robyn Crimson?”

“Just a moment.” The voice told her, handing the cell to Regina’s mother.

“Mom, are you still at work?”

“Yes, honey.” Regina’s mother covered as she looked at her supervisor and lover. “I was tired after working so late, so I just crashed on my desk.”

“Oh, OK.” Regina replied. “Well, I have plans at the beach today, so I won’t be home after work.”

“OK, honey. Have fun.” Regina’s mother said, hanging up and kissing her supervisor, Tom.

Meanwhile, Jaden had arrived at the spot Regina had told him to meet her a little early to drop off the strawberry wine before Regina found him there. Jaden felt bad not telling her he was watching her, but he couldn’t tell her why? Not yet anyway.

After a half an hour later, Regina came walking to find Jaden waiting for her.
“Hello.” Jaden greeted her.
“I’m here, Jaden, like I promised.” Regina replied to his greeting.
“Yes, you are.” Jaden said, noticing her new bathing suit, a lavender bikini that looked great on her.
Jaden extended a hand and helped her sit down on the blue and white checkered blanket that was spread out with a picnic meal of fried chicken, potato salad, and strawberry wine.
“I think I want to go for a swim before I eat something.” Regina replied, as she got up and headed for the water, Jaden following closely behind.

Regina and Jaden frolicked in the invigorating water for about a half hour when she noticed another bottle of Strawberry Wine, unbeknownst to her, left by Jaden, by the rocks by their picnic area. As she got out of the water to go pick up the bottle of wine, Jaden followed her.
“What did you find?” Jaden asked, not letting on that he was the one who left it.
“A bottle of Strawberry Wine.” Regina said, showing it to him.

“Hmmmm. . .you have a secret admirer?” Jaden mused.

“I don’t know, but they left one in my car yesterday when I went home.” Regina added in wonder.

“Well, let’s add it to our picnic.” Jaden suggested. “Besides, after that swim, I’m famished.”

“OK.” Regina agreed as they walked over to their picnic area to eat the wonderful meal Jaden had brought.

Regina was having a wonderful time with Jaden, but it was stopped short when it was stopped short from a call from Regina’s boyfriend, Parker, who had managed to get to a phone and surprise her.

“I’m sorry, Jaden, but I must get this.” Regina apologized when she noticed the call. “Parker, what a surprise?”

“Hey, babe, I was able to get a phone and give you a call.” Parker said. “How are you?”

“I’m good.” Regina said, not letting on to Parker that she was with someone.

“I miss you so badly.” Parker told her.

“I miss you too.” Regina said, feeling guilty for being with Jaden.

“Well, I have to go, sweetheart. I just wanted to give you a call and tell you I love you.” Parker told her before hanging up.

“I lo—–“ Regina started to say, but the call went dead.

“My . . .” Regina start to say, but felt guilty not telling Jaden she had a boyfriend.

“Boyfriend?” Jaden asked, as if finishing her sentence.

“Yes.” Regina said, regretfully.

“It’s OK.” Jaden told her.

“You don’t mind that I’m involved with someone already?”

“No, we’re friends, right?” Jaden reminded her.

“Yes.”

Regina relaxed as she enjoyed the rest of the afternoon with Jaden. She liked him. There was an air of mystery about him, not to mention, she enjoyed talking with him. It was as if he understood her.

It was getting late and Regina had to be to work at the office early in the morning.
“I had a nice time, Jaden, but I must be going home.” Regina said. “I have an early day tomorrow.”

“Have a safe drive home.” Jaden told her as he watched her pick up her bag and head for her VW Bug.

When Regina was out of sight, Jaden drove to the office building where Regina worked as secretary to the CEO, and left another bottle of Strawberry Wine on her desk.

Chapter 5

Regina woke the next morning and picked up her cell that doubled as an alarm clock. Usually Regina rose at the first alarm—rarely did she push the snooze button, but this morning she failed to hear the alarm. After realizing that she was late for work, Regina hurriedly got dressed for work and quickly made some toast with butter.
Afterwards, Regina grabbed her bag and jetted out the door and into her VW Bug. Turning on the ignition and backing out of her parking space, Regina failed to see car behind her and ran into the side of the car that was passing by.

“I’m sorry sir.” Regina apologized as she dug into her bag to pull out her cell to enter the driver’s information for her insurance.

“Well, you should look where you’re going!” the irate driver berated Regina.

“Should we call the police?”

“Oh, heavens no!” the driver said.

“Ok. How can I take care of this matter?”

“Don’t worry about it.” The driver said. “It’s already been reported.”

“Huh?” Regina asked.

“I’m a cop and I took down your license plate with the police station.” The driver said.

“A cop?” Regina berated herself.. “Just my luck to run into a cop in an unmarked car.”

“Well, the way you just acted. Like I ran into your baby?”

“Oh, just my cover. I’m an undercover cop.”

“Oh.”

“Well, just go about your day and the PD will give your information to your information to your insurance.”

“But you do—“ Regina started to say, but the driver was back in his car and had taken off.

Without questioning the guy, Regina drove to work, pulled into a parking space and hurriedly walked into the office and to her desk just as her supervisor had stepped out of the office.

“Oh, good Regina, you’re finally here. I need you in the conference room taking notes in 5 minutes.”

“Yes, sir I’m on it.” Regina said, hurriedly getting her pen and notebook in order.
As Regina was about to leave, she noticed the bottle of Strawberry Wine sitting on her desk with no note attached.

“Another one? I wonder who is sending these?” Regina thought to herself.

Regina didn’t time to wonder now due to the meeting in the conference room. But she vowed to get to the bottom of it as soon as she got off work today.

When Regina got back from the meeting and hearing her supervisor rant about when he wanted the meeting’s notes, Regina took out her cell as soon as her supervisor was out of sight and saw a text from Jaden.

“Had a gr8 time last nite.”

“Come by Ur place 2nite?”

Smiling when she read Jaden’s text, Regina text back: “Sure.”

“Be there at 8.” Jaden text back.

“K. C U then.”

While working on the meeting’s notes for her supervisor, thoughts went to her boyfriend, Parker, who was away. It was alright to hang with a friend who just happened to be a guy? Regina wondered. Jaden and her were just friends? Regina thought.

Later, after finishing her work for the day, Regina left to get ready for her visit with Jaden. She arrived home to her apartment to find another bottle of Strawberry Wine waiting for her on her kitchen table. But this time, the admirer left a clue to their identity as Regina walked through the apartment to her bedroom to get ready for Jaden’s visit: the same sterling silver bracelet she had seen Jaden wearing. Is Jaden the mystery man leaving these bottles of Strawberry Wine? Regina thought to herself.

Just then Regina heard the doorbell ring. “Omigosh!” Regina said to herself. “That’s Jaden. I lost track of time.”

Regina answered the door to let Jaden in, all the while still wondering if Jaden was the mystery man.

“I brought over Strawberry Wine as I know it’s your favorite.” Jaden said holding it out for her. “I knew it was your favorite and we drank all the wine last night.”

“Thank you, Jaden, but you didn’t have to.” Regina said thankfully. “I have two bottles.”

“Huh? How is that?” Jaden said cleverly not to let on he left them there.

“Well, one was left on desk at work, and another one on my table when I came home from work.” Regina explained.

“Gee, the mystery man strikes again?” Jaden smiled.

“Yeah, and this time he left this?” Regina said showing him the sterling silver bracelet.

“Oh, he left a bracelet too?”

“Isn’t this yours?”

“No, mine’s at home on my dresser where I left it.” Jaden covered.

“Oh?” Regina said confused.

“Well, how was work?” Jaden said, changing the subject.

“It was ok. I was weirdly late for work this morning.”

“Oh?”

“Yeah, my alarm on my cell didn’t wake me up this morning. I’m usually pretty good at waking.”

“Well, maybe you were just tired and needed the extra sleep.”

“Yeah. Oh dear, my pot roast.” Regina said, running into the kitchen to check on her dinner.

Regina came out a few minutes later to tell Jaden the news.

“Jaden, dinner is ruined.” Regina said, slumping down in the chair next to Jaden.

“I burnt the pot roast and the potatoes are mush.”

“Hey.” Jaden said taking her hand. “I have it covered.

A few minutes later there was a knock at Regina’s door.

“Who could that be?” Regina asked confused.

“I’ll get it.” Jaden said as he rose to get the door to find the pizza delivery guy standing at the door with a delivery.

“How much do I owe you?” Jaden asked the delivery boy.

“20.45.” the pizza delivery boy replied back.

“Here you go. Keep the change for a tip.” Jaden said, taking his order of 2 pizzas and breadsticks and a 2-liter of soda.

“I can’t believe how you saved the day.” Regina exclaimed.

“Hey, we have to eat.” Jaden said picking up a slice of pepperoni pizza.

As Regina also picked up a slice of pizza, some tomato sauce dripped down her chin and without hesitation, Jaden picked up napkin and gently wiped Regina’s chin.

“Sorry. You had some tomato sauce on your chin.”

“Thank you.”

Jaden leaned in for kiss as Regina nearly allowed him to kiss her until memories of Parker came flooding back and pushed him away.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to impose.”

“No. I’m just not ready right now.” Regina lied.

“Well, I had better be leaving.” Jaden exclaimed. “I have a long day tomorrow.”

“Sure. I’ll call you when I get home from work.”

“Sure.”

Regina watched Jaden get into his car. She was sure the bracelet belonged to Jaden. She remembered seeing it on his arm the other day.

Later, Jaden got home to work on the next phase of his plan to win Regina’s heart. It was a good thing he covered for the bracelet he dropped in Regina’s apartment when he slipped the Strawberry Wine earlier before he arrived for the date. He had to be smarter. Regina couldn’t find out it was him—not now at least.

Chapter 6

Regina went to bed and dreamt of Jaden. After waking up to the sound of her cell ringing, Regina groggily looked at the caller to find it was Parker.

“Parker?” Regina said surprised, feeling guilty about the dream she woke up to.

“Hey, beautiful.” Parker said cheerfully when he heard the sound of Regina’s voice.
“Happy birthday, love.”

“Omigosh!” Regina said surprised yet thankful. “I completely forgot about my birthday!”

“Been busy working?”

“Yeah. The boss is a real slave driver!” Regina lied.

“Well, cheer up baby. I have good news!”

“Really? What is it?” Regina said happily.

“I get a weekend leave this weekend. So I’ll be home to celebrate your birthday.”

“That’s great, Parker.” Regina exclaimed.

“I have big plans for you, baby.”

“I can’t wait.” Regina said with worry, but trying to hide it so Parker wouldn’t notice.

“Well, kisses until this weekend love.” Parker said.

“You too.” Regina said before Parker hung up.

Parker will be here by the end of the week. What was she going to do? What will she tell Jaden? She would just have to come up with an excuse to tell Jaden while Parker is visiting.

Regina needed a break so she decided to head for the beach and look for Jaden. But when she got to the her and Jaden’s private spot on the beach, she was surprised to see a private party set up with a picnic basket full of delicious fried chicken, potato salad, and the same strawberry wine on a purple blanket complete with candles and a ghetto blaster that was playing her favorite Air Supply tunes.

The mystery guy with the strawberry wine, Regina thought. She was sure it was Jaden.

“Looks like you have an admirer!” Jaden said, nearly scaring Regina and causing her to fall into his arms.

“Jaden!” Regina said surprised to see him. “Did you do this?”

“No.” Jaden said, knowing he did but not wanting to reveal himself as the mystery guy.

“I wonder who it is?” Regina said with curiosity.

“Who cares?” Jaden said. “Let’s just enjoy it.”

Jaden needed to gain Regina’s trust before he revealed himself to her as the mystery guy sending her the Strawberry wine. He need to be sure that she was all his and no one else was in her life.

Regina and Jaden enjoyed the picnic lunch that, unbeknownst to Regina, had left for her. Although the lunch, Regina decided to tell Jaden that she would be out of town this weekend so Jaden wouldn’t see Parker in town.

“Jaden?” Regina began. “I have to go out of town this weekend.”

“Oh? Where are you going?”

“I have to visit my grandmother for her birthday up north.” Regina lied.

“Okay. When will you be back?”

“On Monday.”

“Okay, then we can get together then.” Jaden said.

Regina and Jaden enjoyed the rest of the afternoon swimming and lying on the beach and eating the most perfect fried chicken Regina ever tasted.

“Well, Jaden, I had better go.” Regina hated to tell him. “I have an early morning tomorrow. I have to get packed for my trip to my grandmother’s.”

“Okay,” Jaden said, giving her a quick peck on the cheek. “I’ll see you on Monday when you get back.”

“Sure was sweet for that mystery person to leave all this?” Regina said.
“Yeah, it sure was.” Jaden replied.

“Well, see you on Monday.” Regina said packing her bag and heading to her car.
Jaden watched Regina head back to her car and started packing up the picnic lunch he had set out before Regina arrived. He hated lying to her, but now was not the time to reveal himself to her.

Chapter 7

Parker knocked on Regina’s door. There was no answer.

“Hmmm. That’s weird?” Parker mused. “Regina knew I was coming?”

Parker tried the door knob to find it was unlocked. When he walked inside, he found Regina still sleeping.

“Baby?” Parker whispered in her ear. “I’m here.”

“Parker?” Regina woke with a jump at feeling guilty that she was dreaming of her time with Jaden last night.

“Babe. Why you shocked? I told you I was coming?” Parker reminded her.
“I’m sorry, Parker. I stayed late at work last night.” Regina lied, knowing she was with Jaden.

“I’m sorry Babe. But I missed you so much.” Parker said as he kissed her.

“I missed you too, Sweetheart.” Regina replied as she pushed his lips away from hers.

“I’m sorry. You don’t like kissing until you’ve brushed your teeth.” Parker apologized.

“Yea. So let me go get dressed and we will go out. Wherever you want.” Regina promised.

As Regina got up to go get ready to leave, Parker turned on the TV and flipped through the channels.

“Nothing on.” Parker said bored. But something in Regina’s apartment caught his eye: the Strawberry Wine that was sitting on the kitchen table. Parker knew Regina had a weakness for Strawberry Wine, but there was so much of it, like Regina had been saving it.

“Okay, Parker, I’m ready to go.” Regina came out dressed in her light pink bikini and a white mini skirt with white flip flops and her hair pulled back in a ponytail with a pink scrunchy.

“You look awesome!” Parker said, as he kissed her on the lips. “I see you have Strawberry Wine? Care to bring some along on our outing?”

“Sure.” Regina said as thoughts of Jaden came to mind.

“I’m glad you have some of this. I wanted to surprise you with a few bottles, but funny thing is, the store I went to was all sold out.”

“Really? I can’t imagine a store being out of stock?”

“They said some dude came in and wiped them out of their entire stock.” Parker explained.

“Well, bring some along.” Regina told Parker.

Parker and Regina left the apartment and got into Parker’s jalopy. Parker wanted to take Regina to a special spot on the beach. He just didn’t know it would be the same spot Regina had been spending with Jaden.

“Parker, why are we here?” Regina said when Parker parked his jalopy.

“I found this spot when I came back. I thought you and I could christen it as ours.”

“That’s sweet, Parker, but can’t we go somewhere else?” Regina told him.

“What’s wrong with this spot, Babe?” Parker asked confused by Regina’s attitude. It wasn’t like her not to like his ideas.

“Please, Parker, this place gives me bad memories.” Regina lied.

“I’m sorry, Babe. I didn’t know.” Parker apologized. “What happened?”

“I don’t care to get into it.”

“Okay.” Parker said as he got back in his jalopy and started the engine. “I know another spot.”

As Parker drove to his other spot, Regina thought about Jaden. She hated lying to him. How could she tell him about Jaden? Not to mention, she lied to Jaden about going to her grandparents because Parker was going to be in town.

Suddenly Parker turned around and drove Regina home.

“Parker, why are we home?” Regina asked when she realized Parker had taken her home.

“It’s over, Regina!” Parker said all of a sudden.

“What? I don’t understand?”

“I know all about him.”

“I’m sorry, who are you talking about?”

“Your new guy!”

“My new guy?” Regina inquired. “There is no one else, Parker.”

“Lies. I saw you with him yesterday.”

“Are you telling me you were here yesterday and you were watching me?”

“Yes, and it’s a good thing too!”

“So you took me on this great date only to dump me afterwards!”

“That was the plan, yes.” Parker confessed. “That is, until you told me you wanted to go somewhere else other than that spot on the beach.”

“So, you knew the whole time!”

“Yes! Yes, Regina I knew. I wanted to break up then, but I wanted to make you pay for betraying me while I was gone.”

“Well, now that you’ve had your fun, have a nice flight back to the base!” Regina yelled at him. “Now, get out and don’t ever contact me again!”

“Fine!” Parker yelled back as he got back into his jalopy and sped off.

Regina couldn’t believe that Parker played her the way she did. Yeah, she knew she was probably wrong for hiding Jaden from Parker, but Parker hid the fact that he was back early only to spy on her. It was like he didn’t trust her. Well Regina was glad that Parker was out of her life. As far as he was concerned she never wanted to see him again.

Moments later, there was a crash just down the street as Parker was hit head on by a drunk driver. He died instantly from injuries sustained from the crash, while Regina had just walked into her apartment to find the same Strawberry Wine and a note waiting for her:

Regina,

Tonight’s the night. Meet me at the beach spot. I reveal myself tonight.

Your Mystery Man

Chapter 8

Jaden waited at his and Regina’s special spot waiting for Regina to show up. He wanted to reveal himself to her as her mystery man. But Regina never showed. He didn’t understand?

Meanwhile, Regina was sitting in her apartment crying when Parker’s mother came by to tell her that Parker had just been killed by a drunk driver in an auto accident. The news hit Regina hard when Parker’s mother came by to tell her the news of her son’s death.

“Sweetie, I know how hurt you are by Parker’s death.” Parker’s mother told Regina as she held out her arms to her.

“I can’t believe he’s dead!” Regina bawled in her arms.

“Sh-h-h-h-h! Let it all out!” Parker’s mother said holding Regina and comforting her in her arms.

“It’s not that!” Regina let out in between sobs.

“What is it honey?”

Regina just kept silent. How could she tell Parker’s mother that she and Parker had broken up just moments before his death?

“Nothing.” Regina said, drying her tears.

“It’s okay, Regina. I know Parker loved you.” Parker’s mother told her. “He showed me the ring he was going to give you.”

“Parker was going to propose?” Regina asked feeling guilty.

“Yes. He was going to ask you to marry him after he finished basic training.”

“I don’t understand?”

“He had everything all planned out. The Army was shipping him to France after basic training.” Parker’s mother revealed. “Parker couldn’t be without you. He wanted to take you to France with him as his wife.”

“So, that’s why he did it?” Regina said to herself.

“I’m sorry, Parker did what?”

“Oh, nothing. I was just talking out loud.”

“Oh, dear look at the time. I have to be at the funeral home to discuss what to do about Parker’s body.” Parker’s mother said. “Are you going to be okay?”

“Thanks, but I’ll be okay.” Regina told Parker’s mother as she saw her out.

After Parker’s mother left, Regina thought about Parker and her last few hours with him. Was he really going to propose to her? Why did he break up with her? Did he really arrive early and see her with Jaden? As Regina mulled this over, there was a knock on her door.

“Jaden?” Regina said surprised to find him standing in her doorway.

“You didn’t show up?” Jaden asked her.

“Huh? Show up?”

“At our spot?”

“I was supposed to show up at our spot?”

“Yes, the note that I left you yesterday telling you to show up?”

“Jaden, the only note I got yesterday was from that mystery man telling me. . .”

Regina said, as she realized it was Jaden who had been leaving the bottle of Strawberry Wine. “You?”

“Yes. I am your mystery man.” Jaden revealed.

Chapter 9

“Jaden, I can’t be with you right now.” Regina told him sadly. “I’m going through something right now.”

“I’m sorry. Is there anything I can do to help?” Jaden asked with concern.
“No. I have to be alone right now.” Regina told him.

“Okay. Give me a call as to your decision?” Jaden said as he walked out of Regina’s apartment.

Regina closed the door and sat down on her sofa and cried after Jaden left. She didn’t want Jaden to know about Parker. And she couldn’t believe that Jaden was her mystery man. But the one thing Regina knew, she had to end it with Jaden. She couldn’t be with him. She knew in her heart she couldn’t be with him or anyone. Her heart still belonged to Parker, even if he was dead! Now that she knew who Jaden was, their friendship or whatever was between them. . .had to end.

Several days later, Jaden left several text messages and calls but Regina ignored them. He didn’t understand why she was ignoring him. He went over to Regina’s apartment and knocked on the door.

“Hello?” a gentleman answered the door.

“I’m sorry, but is Regina home?” Jaden asked the gentleman.

“I’m sorry, sir, but who is Regina?”

“The tenant who lives here.” Jaden told him.

“I just rented this apartment two days ago.” The gentleman told Jaden. “There’s no Regina who lives here.”

“What?!” Jaden asked, confused. “where did she go?!”

“I’m sorry. I just rented this from some guy. He just said the last tenant suddenly abandoned the apartment without no notice.”

“Well, thank you sir.” Jaden told the man, as he went on his way.

Jaden got in his car and drove to his and Regina’s spot. He didn’t understand. Where could she be? Why the sudden turnaround now that he revealed himself to her? He had to find her. He had to convince her to be his girl. He couldn’t live without her.

Meanwhile, Regina was being shown around her new digs as she checked herself into Serenity Springs, a mental hospital, for some counseling. She had to rethink her life now that Parker was dead and Jaden had revealed himself as her mystery man, the one who had been sending the strawberry wine.

Chapter 10

Regina had to get a message to Jaden so he wouldn’t worry. She managed to get an aide who had been kind as to lend her her cell phone so she could leave a voice mail on Jaden’s cell:

“Jaden, I’m so sorry for disappearing on you. I am at an undisclosed location rethinking my decisions. I need time to think about some things. I hope you understand.”

“Thank you, Geri.” Regina told the aide who had lent her her cell. “Now I can rest easy.”

“I am glad to help.” Geri the aide told Regina. “If you need anything, don’t hesitate to ask.”

“I will remember your kindness.” Regina said before she settled in her bed to sleep.

Minutes later, Jaden had just noticed a voicemail on his cell. He pushed the button to retrieve the message and heard Regina’s message to him. He looked at the call log to see where Regina had called from and dialed the number that showed up.

“Hello? “ Geri asked when she swiped the phone to answer her ringing cell.

“Yes, I got a call from a friend from this number.” Jaden asked.

“Oh, you must be the guy my patient called?”

“Regina is your patient?” Jaden inquired confused.

“She’s staying at the facility I work at.” Geri told Jaden.

“Facility?” Jaden asked. “I don’t understand?”

“I’m sorry but that’s all I can tell you and I’m afraid I may have breached too much already.” Geri told him.

“Please, you have to tell me where Regina is.” Jaden pleaded. “You’ve told me so much already. I won’t tell anyone it was you. I need to find her.”

Geri contemplated telling Jaden where Regina was, and trusting that Jaden’s word, she went ahead and told him.

“Okay, sir, I will tell you.”

“Thank you.”

“She’s at Oakville Haven.” Geri revealed to Jaden hoping she wouldn’t regret doing so.

“Thank you, ma’am.” Jaden told her. “You’re a life-saver.”

Jaden got some things together and drove the 100-mile trip to talk some sense into Regina, whatever she was in there for. He needed her in his life and he would die convincing her.

Chapter 11

After Jaden left, she felt bad for giving him the wrong institution where Regina was, but she had made a promise to not tell anyone where Regina was.

Jaden arrived at Oakville Haven and asked for Regina’s room but the girl at the front desk said that there wasn’t a Regina at the facility.

“Ma’am, it’s imperative I see her.” Jaden pleaded with the girl.

“I’m sorry, but I’ve looked over the patients here and there is no Regina in this facility.” The girl told Jaden.

“Okay. Sorry to waste your time.” Jaden said sadly.

Jaden didn’t understand what was going on? That lady said Regina was here. If the girl said she wasn’t then where was Regina?

Jaden got back in his car and drove the 100-mile trip back home, just as Geri watched him leave. There was no way she was going to let Regina move on after what she did to her son Parker.

Meanwhile, Regina had just got back to her room at Serenity Springs after being in therapy and checked her cell to see if Jaden had left a message. But there was no message. She had tried to reach him regarding where she was going, but couldn’t. She didn’t understand why Parker she had not heard from Jaden.

Regina was interrupted when the aide came into her room to tell her she had a visitor waiting in the dayroom for her.

“Tell them I’ll be there in a few.” Regina told the aide.

Hoping it would be Jaden, Regina combed her hair and spruced herself up before heading down to the dayroom.

But she was shocked to find Geri, Parker’s mother waiting in the dayroom instead.
“Geri?” Regina said surprised.

“Regina, I came to see how you were doing?” Geri lied. She wanted Regina to pay for Parker’s death. Regina was to blame after cheating on her son with that Jaden fellow.

“I’m doing alright.” Regina informed her. “I’m in therapy.”

“Good.” Geri said, but making an excuse to leave. “Oh, gee, look at the time. I’ve got to go.”

“Geri, you just. . .” Regina started to say before Geri rushed out unexpectedly, then started back to her room after Geri’s hasty exit.

Geri , disguised as a nurse, made her way into the med room and found Regina’s meds and switched them with other meds. Then she walked out of the med room unseen by staff and walked out of the facility with a smile on her face.
“Have a good recovery, Regina!”

Chapter 12

Regina overdosed on her medication that the nurse gave her, unbeknownst to the nurse that they had been switched by Geri, who was posing as a staff member, but was really Parker’s mother, who wanted revenge on Regina for Parker’s death.

Regina flatlined and was clinically dead for 3 minutes before her heart started beating again. After being revived, Regina was rushed to ICU where she was put on life-support.

By this time, Jaden found Regina and was watching at the window when doctors where working to revive her.

“Can I see her?” Jaden asked a nurse, who ignored Jaden as they rushed Regina to ICU.

Jaden, feeling discouraged went to the nurse’s station to see if he could see Regina.

“I’m here to see Regina Crimson?” Jaden asked a nurse, who was too busy to respond to Jaden.

“I’m sorry, but only immediate family only for Ms. Crimson.” The nurse said on her way to answer an emergency.

Frustrated, Jaden waited to until he could see Regina, but was unknowingly being watched by Geri, who was seeking to find out if Regina was dead.

“Excuse me, sir.” Geri asked a saddened Jaden.

“Yeah, what do you want?” Jaden said irritated.

“I couldn’t help but wonder. . .you were waiting for Regina Crimson?”

“So, what of it?” Jaden told the intruder.

“Did she make it?” Geri inquired.

“Who are you? Why do you need to know?”

“She’s a friend.” Geri lied.

“She’s in ICU.” Jaden told Geri.

“So, she didn’t die?” Geri said sounding disappointed.

“You wanted her to die?” Jaden said, sensing her disappointing glance.

“I didn’t say that.” Geri defended herself.

“I watched the doctors finally revive her. She’s in ICU.” Jaden told Geri, who seemed happy to get the information.

“Thank you, sir.” Geri said slipping off.

As Jaden waited to see Regina, Geri slipped into Regina’s room hoping to pull the plug on Regina’s life-support system.

The Mysterious Cookie Caper

Introduction

Sarah Roberts had just started her job as a paralegal at the law firm in her small hometown of Casper, Wyoming, when one morning, a cookie is mysteriously left on her desk. It continues for several months, and Sarah begins to scope out who keeps sending these mysterious cookies, until one day, a different object is left along with a note. Who is leaving these cookies and what will be Sarah’s surprise?

Chapter 1

Sarah was excited to start her first day on the job as a paralegal at Crawford & Son Attorneys at Law. It was the most prestigious law firm in Casper, Wyoming and Sarah had only dreamed of working there since she began her studies as a paralegal. So a month before she was to graduate with honors in her BS degree as a paralegal, Sarah sent her cover letter, resume and references to the law firm hoping to get her dream job. In less than a week after sending out her resume, she got a reply from Mr. Crawford himself, asking for an interview. When the interview was a success, Mr. Crawford offered Sarah the job and without hesitation, Sarah accepted.

Sarah arrived at Crawford & Sons and reported for her first day. She met Mr. Crawford’s son, Terrence, or Terry, as he preferred to be called.

“May I help you?” Terry asked, when Sarah had came into the law firm. Terry was sitting out front until the new paralegal had arrived.

“Yes, I’m Sarah Roberts. I was reporting for my first day as the paralegal.” Sarah told Terry.

“Ah, Miss Roberts. Glad to meet you.” Terry greeted Sarah with flashing smile.

“I’m really glad to meet you, Mr. er—-“ Sarah said but didn’t know the gentleman’s name yet.

“I’m sorry. I’m Terrence Crawford. But you can just call me Terry.” Terry told Sarah.

“Nice to meet you, Mr. Craw— er, Terry.” Sarah told Terry.

Terry oriented Sarah on her duties in the office before heading back to his own tiny office in the back of the law firm. Terry’s father, Terrence, Sr. got the best office up front, as he was the owner of the firm. Terry hoped one day that same office would be his, as his father promised him when he decided to retire.

Terry slipped out of his office and told Sarah it was time for her to go for lunch. So Sarah slipped off to the diner down the road, Dave’s café, where she had text her friend, Maliah, to join her earlier that morning.

Sarah had a nice lunch with Maliah telling her all about her new job. Sarah was nearly late getting back from lunch, and made her apologies to Maliah for plans later in the week, as she hurried back to the law firm, hoping Terry wasn’t mad.
But neither, Mr. Crawford, or Terry were in the law firm when Sarah had arrived back from lunch. As she sat down at her desk at the front of the office, she noticed a cookie laying on her desk.

“Who could’ve left this?” Sarah said to herself, as she took a bite of the delicious cookie.

Chapter 2

Sarah arrived the next morning at the law firm to find another cookie lying on her desk. Taking a bite as she logged into the company computer to view the day’s tasks, Terry came out of his office to ask her type out his notes from a client’s case.

“Sure, Mr. Crawford. I’ll get right on it.” Sarah told her boss.

Terry went back into his office to work on a case when Sarah knocked on his door.
“Come in.” Terry said.

“Mr. Crawford.” Sarah said peeking inside the office.

“What is it, Sarah?” Terry said a little impatiently.

“A Mr. Anderson is on Line 2…something about a deposition at the courthouse today?” Sarah said.

“Oh shoot, I forgot.” Terry reprimanded himself. He never forgot a client’s court appearance. “Tell them we’re on the way.”

“We’re on the way?” Sarah asked confused.

“Yes. I want you to come along to take notes.”

“Right away, Mr. Crawford.” Sarah said as she went to pick up her tablet to take notes.

Terry left a voicemail with his father that he and Sarah were headed out of the office to the courthouse for Mr. Anderson’s deposition.

Sarah was waiting by the front door to the office when Terry walked out of his office.

The ride over to the courthouse was quiet as Sarah found it uncomfortable being alone with her boss.

“So, this is your first out-of-office assignment.” Terry said, breaking the ice.

“Yeah.” Was all Sarah could summon to say.

“How do you think you will like it?”

“It might be interesting.” Sarah said, a little uncomfortable.

Terry pulled into the parking lot and into a parking space near the courthouse and turned off the ignition. Terry helped Sarah out of the car and they walked together into the courthouse where Mr. Anderson was waiting for them.

“Mr. Anderson, I’m so sorry I’m late.” Terry told his client.

“It’s okay.” Mr. Anderson said.

“Well, shall we head inside.” Terry said as he, Sarah and Mr. Anderson headed to a room down from the courtroom to the deposition.

Sarah took a seat next to Terry and Mr. Anderson so she could take notes on the deposition.

The deposition being a success after they were through, Mr. Anderson went home and Sarah and Terry headed back to the office.

Terry went immediately to his office to work on a case while Sarah went to her desk to transcribe the notes she took on the deposition before handing them into her boss.

It was then that she found another chocolate chip cookie sitting next to her PC waiting for her to eat it.

“Another one?” Sarah said. “Just who is this person leaving her these cookies?”

A $Billionaire$ for Savannah (Coming Soon!)

Synopsis

Savannah Ridges is a self-made woman, a successful writer and novelist, who is famous for her romance novels. When she meets the handsome billionaire prince from Barcelona, Spain, Sebastian Mateo Santiago, it’s love at first sight for Sebastian, but for Savannah, she is immediately put off by the sauve prince. Savannah does her best to ignore Sebastian’s advances, but when an accident befalls the prince, will Savannah give her heart to Sebastian?

Manstealer!!!!!

Synopsis

Lizzie Carson has always made her way taking men from other women. But when she meets her soulmate in Hanson Miles, her friend, Sarah Wells, steals him from her. Will Lizzie win Hanson’s heart, or has Lizzie lose Hanson because of her past?

Chapter 1

Lizzie was unhappy. She was really great at getting the man. But that’s all it was. Just sex. Where was the romance.

Lately, Lizzie has wanted more romance and less sex. She wanted a boyfriend. She didn’t want other women’s leftovers, especially since it seemed she stole the men from other women.

Why did she always land the man fresh from a break up. It was bad! Lizzie was becoming known as the woman who stole men away from women.

Her last one was from her own best friend, Sarah Wells, when her guy flirted with her at a party that both Sarah and Lizzie attended.

When Sarah caught on to what was going on between her boyfriend, Matthew, and Lizzie, Matthew cast the blame on Lizzie and told Sarah that Lizzie was coming onto him to get himself out of hot water with Sarah.

Sarah believed Matthew and Sarah and Lizzie haven’t talked in days.

That is until the night of Lizzie’s party for Sarah and Matthew’s bachelor/bachelorette party.

“Oh, hi Lizzie.” Sarah snubbed her nose at Lizzie, still mad at her friend.

“Well, at least you’re talking to me.” Lizzie said sarcastically.

“It’s your fault for our falling out!” Sarah reminded her.

“My fault?!” Lizzie defended herself.

“Well, you were flirting with my boyfriend!”

“Excuse me! He was flir……” Lizzie started to confess to her friend, but Matthew saw Lizzie trying to tell Sarah the truth he whisked Sarah away before Lizzie could tell her.

“Well, have it your way, Matthew.” Lizzie said to herself as she watched them dancing on the dancefloor.

Lizzie couldn’t take it anymore. She was going to leave her own party. That is until the hot new guy caught her eye.

Lunch Gone Wrong

Synopsis

Carissa Watkins has eaten at her favorite diner for the last 3 years. When her friend, Taryn Williams, who is a waitress at the same diner, sets Carissa up with a gentleman who has also eaten at the diner, their first lunch date goes horribly wrong? Will Carissa see love or swear off men for good?

Chapter 1

“Taryn, I’m here, like you requested.” Carissa told her best friend.

“Great! Because I have a surprise for you!” Taryn told her.

“Great! What is it?”

“You’re lunch date isn’t with me!”

“But?” Carissa asked confused.

“I have a gentleman who would like to meet you.”

“Taryn, you know I’m not good with meeting people.”

“Oh c’mon, Carissa, it’ll be great. It’s just a lunch date. Don’t be so dramatic.”

It was too late. The gentleman in question was heading into the diner now and headed over to them.

“Taryn, I’m here.” The gentleman said.

“Robert, you’re here.” Taryn said as she winked at Carissa. “I’d like you to meet my friend, Carissa.”

“Nice to meet you, Carissa.” Robert said just as unsure of himself as Carissa was.

“Well, why don’t I take you two over to your table.” Taryn said, breaking the ice, as Robert and Carissa followed Taryn to the table she had placed their menus and iced tea on.

When Robert, trying to be a gentleman, helped Carissa in her booth, the iced tea that Taryn had just set on the table, spilt all over Carissa.

“I need to go to the ladies’ room.” Carissa said, about to cry.

15 minutes later, Carissa came out looking drier and sat down in the booth across from Robert.

“You look nice.” Robert said, trying to be nice, but not knowing what else to say.
“Thank you.” Carissa said gratefully.

Taryn came over to take their order, “How is everything you two?”

Carissa glared at her friend for roping her into this awful date.

“Can I bring you two something to eat?” Taryn asked them, as she ignored Carissa’s glare and winked at her.

“I’ll just have the bacon cheeseburger, fries and chocolate shake.” Robert told Taryn.

“And I’ll have the BLT, fries and vanilla shake.” Carissa said.

“That’s a bacon cheeseburger combo and a BLT combo, one with chocolate shake and one with a vanilla shake.” Taryn clarified.

While Robert and Carissa were waiting for their meal, Robert heard some shaking kept looking around the diner to see if he could spot the trouble, being an engineer.

Suddenly Robert looked up and saw that the roof was about to cave in on top of Carissa and him. Thinking fast on his feet, Robert grabbed Carissa and moved the two of them out harm’s way.

After the cave-in, Robert moved to see if Carissa was alright. She moved giving Robert the sign that she was okay, as he helped her up from the rubble.

Then they were escorted out be rescue workers where they were reunited by Taryn who was scared that Carissa and Robert weren’t going to be okay.

Lost At Sea

Synopsis

Genny Meiers had her life planned out. She was going to school to be a doctor. But when a tragic plane wreck Genny and her fiance, Andrew Thompson, are on leaves no survivors, Genny and Andrew find themselves castaways on a deserted island. On their own to fend for themselves, Genny and Andrew find their primitive new life a refreshing change of pace. When they are finally found, will they welcome being home again, or long for the simple life they knew on the island?

Chapter 1

“I had a nice time Andrew.” Genny said to her fiance of two years. “But I must really get some sleep.”

“Genny, we’ve been engaged for two years. When will we get married?” Andrew said, losing his patience.

“I have one month of school before graduation to become a doctor.” Genny reminded him. “Can’t it wait one more month?”

“Fine. I’ll see you the day after your test for our weekend in Paris.” Andrew said, giving Genny a kiss on the lips before taking off and letting Genny get some sleep.
Genny got down on her knees and prayed to God: “Please God, let me get through this month and I’ll plan the wedding. Andrew is getting so impatient. Just one more month. In Jesus name, Amen.”

Genny got into bed and got some sleep.

Andrew on the other hand was out partying with his pal, Charlie Simpson.

“So, Andrew, when’s the wedding?” Charlie casually asked his pal.

“I asked Genny tonight. She said she had to get through her final to graduate in a month.” Andrew said, downing his troubles in a pitcher of beer.

“Man, I feel for you.” Charlie said. “Genny is more concerned with her studies than she is with a life with you?”

“You won’t say anything?” Andrew told Charlie.

“On my honor.” Charlie said raising his right hand.

“I’m thinking of calling off the engagement.” Andrew confessed to his friend.

“Oh, gee, it’s that bad?”

“I can’t take this 2-year-plus engagement.” Andrew complained. “I want to start my life with Genny, but she wants her career first.”

“Well, bro, I’m with you, whatever you decide.”

“I’m going to tell Genny when he get back from our Paris weekend.” Andrew said. “I don’t want to ruin her weekend.

As Genny was sleeping beautiful dreams of a wonderful life with Andrew after her graduation from med school, Andrew was stumbling up the walkway into his home.

Flight of Love

Synopsis

Laurie Hamilton is looking forward to a long flight to her favorite destination, a vacation she hasn’t taken in 2 years. When she meets a handsome stranger on the flight who engages her to schedule monthly flights for secret rendezvouses aboard the flight , Laurie casaually accepts. But when Laurie’s feeling suddenly turn to love, will the handsome stranger accept?

Chapter 1

Laurie couldn’t wait to get to Venice, Italy. It was her favorite spot to vacation. She vacationed there every summer. But this year was special. After devoting 10 years to her job as travel consultant at Hartford Travel Agency, the staff presented Laurie with an all-expense-paid trip to Venice, Italy as a reward for the great work.

Laurie intended to sleep on the extremely long flight to Venice, but that was derailed when a handsome stranger sat next to her on the flight. Laurie put a magazine over her face to alert the stranger that she wanted to sleep, but the man alluded the hint. Instead he engaged her in a chat.

Giving up on a much-needed sleep, Laurie thought she would just indulge the man in his chat. it wasn’t like she would ever see the guy again anyway.

“Hello, ma’am.” The handsome guy himself to Laurie. “Name’s Gary.”

“Hi…” Laurie replied back politely. “I’m Laurie.”

“Laurie. Such a pretty name.” Gary complimented her.

“Thank you.” Laura said, blushing a bright red. Compliments always seem to make Laurie blush from embarrassment.

“So, what do you do?” Gary asked, breaking the ice between them.

“I’m a travel consultant.” Laurie replied.

“Oh. Did you book your own flight?”

“No. it was a gift from my co-workers.”

“They paid for your trip? How nice.”

“It was a thank-you gift for 10 years of service.”

“You must work for a nice company.” Gary replied.

“I like where I work.” Laurie replied. “Where do you work?”

“Oh, I work for my father.” Gary told her, sounding bored with his job.

“What does your father do?”

“He owns a travel agency.”

“How weird.” Laurie thought, unbeknownst to her that his father owned Hartford Travel Agency and was the own that paid for her trip.

“So you travel to Venice a lot?” Gary said, changing the subject.
“Every summer.”

“Maybe we can hook up later when the flight lands.”

“That would be great.” Laurie told Gary.

The pilot came on to announce they were landing in Venice and to put their seatbelts on before landing.

When the flight landed, Laurie and Gary went their separate ways, only to discover they were staying in the same hotel in adjacent suites.

Chapter 2

Laurie wakes the next morning unable to sleep, so she gets up and takes a shower and dresses to go for a walk. She only has a week in Venice, so she thought she would get out sightseeing and enjoy herself before the week ran out.

As she was walking along the boardwalk down from her hotel, she saw, Gary, from the flight and who was stay.

Not wanting company, Laurie dodged Gary and stepped to the curb to cross the street. Laurie was not at an intersection where there was a crosswalk because she wanted to avoid Gary.

Laurie, not looking before she crossed was narrowly hit by a car, but, Gary, quick on his feet, was at the scene quick enough to save Laurie from the oncoming car and pulled her out of harm’s way and to the side of the street.

When the owner of the car managed to get the car stopped, he jumped out of his car to see if Laurie was okay.

“Oh my god!” the man asked, Gary. “Is she okay?”

Laurie was gasping for air, but because of the near-accident. She was just shaken at the thought of being mowed down by the car.

“She’s in shock, but I don’t think she’s seriously hurt.” Gary replied as he checked Laurie over for possible injuries.

“Oh, thank God, she’s okay!” the man said.

Gary helped Laurie up to her feet as passersby looked on.

“Well, nice to meet you again.” Gary told Laurie.

“Yeah.” Was all Laurie said. She couldn’t believe she could be so dumb as not to look both ways before crossing the street.

“What are you doing out this time of night?” Gary asked Laurie, as the man got back in his car, seeing as everything seemed fine.

“I couldn’t sleep, so I thought I’d go for a walk?” Laurie said, now questioning her own judgment.

“Well, why don’t I accompany you?” Gary offered.

“Well, okay.” Laurie said, giving in, now unsure of herself.

Gary and Laurie walked along the boardwalk to a gondola where they took a gondola ride around the city of Venice.

It was a magical experience despite the fact that Laurie wasn’t looking for that kind of experience. When they finished the gondola ride, Laurie grew tired as Gary walked her to her suite.

“Good night, Laurie.” Gary said before Laurie went inside to get some sleep.