"" Writer's Wanderings: Take Me Away! (6)

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Take Me Away! (6)

I glanced again at the foyer wondering if I had been left behind. Suddenly James appeared. He nodded. I excused myself from the Duke and his affable companions and made my way to the door. James wrapped the fur about my shoulders and we left quickly.

He popped me into the Astin Martin and deftly rounded the car to jump into the driver’s seat.

“I’ve got it. Now it’s time to get out of here.” The tires spun as he sped down the driveway.

“What have you got?” I asked.

“Later, my love,” he said smiling. His eyes crinkled slightly at the corners. He was pleased with himself and somehow, I knew, with me.

When we had finally put a few miles between us and the mansion, James drove off the road onto a deserted lane. He stopped next to a beautiful grove of pine trees. He spread a blanket under the trees and retrieved a picnic basket from the car. Stretching comfortably across the blanket, he propped himself up on one arm and stared into my eyes.

The scene was so restful. The scent of pine was heavy. I lay back on the blanket. The feeling of a mission accomplished and a job well done was satisfying—but what mission had we accomplished?

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