Nathan 137

Emma and her mother sauntered arm in arm through copious gardens.  “Emma, do you think this “thing” will end soon?”

“I’m not sure, mom.  Nathan and Jim are doing what they do, it seems they’re getting closer.  It’s just not enough to take to court.”

Somewhat startled, Sarah asked, “I don’t quite understand, how so?”

“Someone was intent on chasing Nathan down, but who?  The man at the theater would have attacked me if possible, he was stopped and although he was grilled doesn’t know who hired him. We don’t have any links.  The men sent to our cabin were paid in cash, never met their boss, and although we know they were sent by the man responsible for Marks and Westwood’s untimely demises, where’s the indisputable evidence?  We can follow the dots but that’s all at the moment.  We can tie the arms in the warehouse to Jessop, loosely.  He could easily deny it, say they were planted and he knew nothing about them.  We need hard cold facts, proof he was selling to foreign governments branding him a terrorist.  While the armaments are in warehouses belonging to Jessop (and in one instance) on land owned by Morgon, it doesn’t mean they were in cahoots.  It simply means Morgon rented property to Jessop. It’s less than circumstantial.  Someone ran us into the guardrail but was it Jessop’s doing or a drunk or careless driver?”

“Point taken.”

“There has to be one man who knows all Jessop’s dirty little secrets.  If we find that man, and he rolls on Jessop, we’ll have him.  So far, we haven’t found that connection.  Jessop’s very good at covering his trail.  Either he pays well or has a means of putting the fear of god into his underlings.  We need to find that crack in his armour, and there is one, has to be.  No man is an island as they say.”

“I know your father’s concerned, hell beyond worried.”

Emma hadn’t heard her mother curse in forever.  It only happened when she was exceedingly worried or fearful.

“We’ll be ok, mom, seriously we have Nathan and an army protecting all of us.”

“I’m grateful for it, Emma, I am.  It’s just that this is constantly hanging over our heads.  I’d like to breath again.”

“We will, mom, we will, I promise.”  Emma prayed it would happen sooner than later, for all of them.

Scent

Scent

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So much memory attached to scent,

Centers around a person place or event.

A woman’s perfume full and rich,

Reminders of her continue to bewitch.

Perfection captured in a moment so special,

Full of love’s wonder and true potential.

What of the sweet scent of summer,

Filling our heart setting it aflutter.

Chocolate chip cookies wafting on air,

Cooked in the kitchen with loving care,

Candy floss at the carnival fair,

All the joys we experienced there.

Scent indeed carries great power,

To refresh reclaim and empower.

Childhood memories, and special moments,

Captured forever and surprisingly intense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Replacement

Replacement

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When the knees no longer work

See a specialist receive his handiwork.

If the house has become too small

Simply remove a piece of the wall.

If a picture frame suddenly breaks

Replacement is all it takes.

For some things that is not possible

A loved one is now in the hospital

We beg, we plead for instant recovery

And remember how exceedingly lucky

We were to have them in our life

Whether it be husband or wife

There is no replacement for a lost child

We pour over pictures in which we once smiled

Replacement is possible for many things

But we’d gladly pay the ransom of kings

When the most special gifts we often share

Suddenly disappear, it doesn’t compare

No replacement for honour integrity or love

Never become complacent and neglectful of

Those things for which replacement is not possible

Leaving a hole in our heart, leaving us inconsolable

Most importantly of all I believe, is the fact there’s no replacement for my blog,

for which I am exceedingly grateful daily.  I enjoy you all so much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow

Yellow

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My first thought on seeing today’s prompt was “Yellow Submarine” followed by “Mellow Yellow” and “Yellow Taxi”.

What can you say about yellow

Except it rhymes with marshmallow

We think of the sun on a bright sunny day

Under which we all love to sit or play

It makes the sky seem so richly blue

Everything feels lusciously new

The colour feels warm and relaxing

Under which you hear children laughing

We swim we dance we even romance

At the park amid gorgeous plants

And here I thought I had nothing to say

About yellow as the word of the day

 

 

 

 

Automatic

Automatic

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You trip, you fall, I instantly laugh

No matter how big or small the gaff

It’s a failing I’ve tried to overcome

And I think never more shall I succumb

And then someone lands on their face

Out the window goes all my good grace

I’ve tried to determine my automatic response

I now realize it’s not mean unkind nonchalance

It’s my nervous reaction an immediate response

I laugh, I guffaw as tears course down my cheeks

And if it was really funny laughter goes on for weeks

PS  I love you.

Nathan 136

The following morning, they all met for breakfast, the men looking somber, the women looking relaxed and pleased.

As soon as their breakfast was served Nathan said, “Since we all know the truth of last night’s little adventure, let me be clear, there will be no more recon for any of you.”  He looked solidly at all three women.

The women exchanged knowing glances.  “Since you know we followed you, and that we met with no harm, no foul, and the accident could have been simply that, a drunk or crazy driver, I see no point in belaboring the issue,”  Emma spoke firmly in response.

“Having said that, we’ve already agreed we won’t go unescorted into enemy territory.  So, it behooves each of you to include us in your plans.  We expect to know what you’re doing, and when.  We all have a stake in this.”

The other women nodded their approval.

Nathan exchanged glances with the other men and continued, “Alright, that’s fair enough.  You have a valid point.  We’ll let you know when we’re making a move and why.  Having said that, we expect that you’ll honour our request and stay out of it.”

“I think we can all agree with that proposal.”  Emma looked at the other women who exchanged glances then agreed.

“So what did you find out last night?”

Nathan explained about the ownership of the warehouse and land and continued, “We found more of the same, in larger quantities.  It’s a link at least tying the two men together indicating they are in business together, something we didn’t know previously.  It’s going to take more time to find indisputable proof, but we will.”

The day progressed in relaxed mode with couples breaking off involved in a variety of activities.  Jim showed Jenna some basic moves, to protect herself, Emma and Nathan went over plans and concerns regarding the men involved, Jake and Sarah took a leisurely walk around the grounds.

 

 

 

Nathan 136

The third degree continued with Jake and Sarah.  “I know you too well, Sarah, that was a load of bullshit back there.   What the hell were you three really up to?”

Sarah smiled.  “Following you of course.”

“What?  Why?”

“Do you realize how dangerous that was?”

“Jake, nothing happened.  It was so boring.  I can’t imagine doing that for a living.  Besides, we left before it got interesting I assume.  You weren’t far behind us after all.  We left and were well out of harm’s way.  I have to admit though, I understand the draw.”

“Darling, you could have been seriously injured.  I can’t get past that part.  Don’t do this again, do you hear me?”

“Are you giving me orders, Jake?”

“Yes, yes I am.  Not something I do, but I’m putting my foot down on this one.  No more of this Sarah.  I’ll have a talk with Emma.  I’m shocked and surprised she’d involve you in this, she knows what to expect.”

Sarah stood ramrod straight, “Don’t you dare, Jake.  I wanted to go.  We all did.  We chose to be part of the situation.  It had nothing to do with Emma.”

“It most certainly did.  She was the ringleader, no doubt about it.”

“She may have known what to do, but we all made a choice, Jake.  I wanted to live a little, be part of the big picture, something I haven’t really done.  Oh sure, I’ve raised our family and they’ve turned into fine people, people I’m proud of.  But you, you, Nathan, Jim, you’ve all been part of something far more important.  Exciting.  Thrilling even.”

“Perhaps, but at a cost.  Mentally and physically.  It’s taken its toll.  Not something I would willingly want you involved in or dealing with.”

“Let it be, Jake.  We all enjoyed our little excursion, it was fun.  I’m not particularly interested in going again, as I said, it was boring.”

 

 

Nathan 135

Jim and Jenna were excitedly mid-grope when Jim stopped.  “Jenna, were you telling us the truth?”

“Why do you ask?”

“It didn’t feel right.  I need to know, Jenna.”

Jenna sighed.  “Yes, we were going to the little coffee bar, but we followed you first.”

Shocked, he asked, “Why?”

“We wanted to know what you were up to.  So we followed you and sat there for an hour before we finally left.”

“Jenna, do you know how seriously dangerous that was?  These guys play for keeps and you have no training, you and the others could have been seriously injured!  As it is, you were so damn lucky!”

“It didn’t though.  We got out of there.”

“The better question is why you couldn’t share your plans with us, with me.”

“I might not be in your league, but I understand what you do, the risks you take, the jeopardy you place yourself in every time you go out.  I wanted to know what the rush was, the feelings, the…”

“You are right.  There is a rush, the excitement and energy have to be contained, you have to be thorough, logical, methodical.  Excellent planning for any probability a must.  You being out there, unprotected, not knowing how to act or react puts you in immense danger!”

Taking her in his arms he continued, “Please, Jenna, don’t ever do that again.  If you want to know the plan, I’ll include you, but you have to promise me you won’t involve yourself again.  Or I’ll have a talk with Nathan and Emma, neither will enjoy.”

“It had nothing to do with either of them.  It was my decision to go.  I wanted to see what it was all about.  And if you ask me, it was pretty dang boring.  Sitting around in the dark waiting for something to happen.”

Jim laughed at that.  “A lot of my work involves just that.  The occasional scuttle can bring dire consequences, so we avoid that at all costs.”

“I’ll give you some training, so you can protect yourself if that will dissuade  your desire for stakeouts.”

“Oooh, hand to hand, now I like the sound of that!  Care to show me some now?”  She pushed Jim onto the bed.

Nathan 134

Nathan played along, asking the staff to prepare some light snacks with coffee and brandy for others.  Conversation was light, stilted at times, with everyone skirting the subject they all wanted to discuss.  The women were hamstrung as they couldn’t ask what the men were up to without giving themselves away and vice versa.

When exhaustion finally settled in, they retired for the night.  The minute the bedroom door was closed, Nathan pounced.  “Alright, Emma, what were you up to?”

Emma sighed.  “We knew you were planning something, so we followed you.”  She winced waiting for his response.

“I figured as much.  Taking her in his arms he asked quietly, “You never thought about the possible consequences to you or the others?”  He gave her a little shake, “This is not a game, Emma.  These men are dangerous and could care less who they hurt or take out to save their skin.”

“How would you feel if your mother or sister were hurt while you snooped?  You are lucky they only sideswiped you.  Your mother and sister aren’t in the same league as you, they’ve had no experience in defense or self-protection.  Jim and Jake would be devastated.  I would be devastated!”

Having said that, he hauled her close and held on, “In part, I’m so damn angry I don’t know what to say and in part, I’m simply relieved you are all safe.”

“Then why couldn’t you have explained what you were planning?  Why didn’t you include us?  We have a right to know what’s going on, and what our men are involved in.  You think you have a corner on caring?  On being devastated?”  She pulled back, eyes flashing, “I love you, Nathan.  I may have tried to fight it, but I do.  I’m ok with what you do and how you do it, I just want to be involved.”

Smiling, she added, “I have to admit it was exciting too.”

Nathan lifted her, set her on the bed and proceeded to show her exactly how he felt about her while Emma reciprocated.

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Nathan 133

Emma knew Nathan and company were up to something.  She’d whispered her intention to follow the guys to the others as soon as she figured out the guy’s plans.  Immediately upon their disappearance, the women raced to gather their coats, hats, and gloves and hustled out to one of the waiting vehicles.

She followed at a safe distance, hoping to go unnoticed, but really, this was their line of work so she wasn’t sure she could pull it off.  Fingers crossed she said, “I’m hoping we’re far enough behind that we can tail them.  I’m new at this, so we’ll see what happens.”

Jenna giggled nervously, “Your worst is better than my best.  I guess I should have paid more attention to those chase scenes in my mystery movies.”

They all leaned forward in their seats actively staring ahead.  “You notice the type of tail lights on Jim’s vehicle?”

“Yeah, they are sort of oval with a triangle inside.”  Jenna was the first to respond.

“You watch that, mom, can you watch the shape?  I’ll watch too but I have to navigate, it’s the best idea I can come up with, which is going to get more difficult once we enter the thoroughfare with numerous other vehicles moving around.

They did surprisingly well.   Emma changed lanes constantly, and when the traffic was heavy, pulled closer to within a single car length behind Jim’s car.  As soon as traffic thinned out, she dropped back two and three car lengths.  She laughed, “OMG, this is hilarious.  I have no idea what I’m doing.”

“I’m more concerned about what we’re going to do once we get there.  I mean, do we follow them inside their destination, or do we keep watch, what’s our purpose here?”  Jenna unconsciously emitted another nervous snicker.

“We’ll play it by ear.  I won’t put us in a dangerous situtation, but we can act as look-out and back-up if necessary.”

Sarah asked, “I take it you’ve never done this before, Emma?”

“No, never.  I was with Nathan on one occasion when we followed a man, but it was more of a high-speed chase and I was too excited to take note of his movements.”

“What do we say if they find us?”  Jenna asked as this surprised thought filtered her nervous brain.

“I’ll take care of that, don’t worry.”

Eventually, they turned off onto a lone road that headed out to nowhere.  Emma cut the lights and fell even further back.   When she noticed the other vehicles parking, she pulled to the side of the road and set the car into park and they waited and watched.

“Jeeze, Emma, it’s been over an hour. What could be taking so long, and don’t you think we should leave before they do?  Especially if we want to remain incognito.”

“Yeah, I suppose your right.  It’s pretty boring anyway.  Hey, let’s hit an all night eatery and enjoy a snack?  You interested?”

“Sure.  Got anything in mind?”

“I know a little bar that has great food, finger food.  We can give that a try, see what we think about it.”

They were well on their way, back on the main road and heading to their destination when a car appeared from nowhere slamming them into the guardrail that separated the two sections of highway.  Emma did a remarkable job of holding on and keeping the car on the road until it was safe enough to pull over.  Hazard lights on, she turned to check the other passengers out, “You two ok?”

“Yeah.”

“Yes, I am,  gave me a start of course, but I’m not hurt.”

“What was that all about?”

“I’d say we got someone’s attention.  Probably the perp’s.  This has been an MO he’s used before.  Damn it!”

“What?”

“How do I explain this to Nathan?”

“You tell him the truth.”

“Yeah, I know.  The problem is, I promised I wouldn’t pull another stunt like this without telling him first.”

“You don’t have to tell him the whole truth, just that we went for a drive looking for this restaurant and . . .”

As much as Emma hated half-truths as much as lies, she agreed.  He would accept that, but not that they were following him and his men.

“Ok.”  Sighing she asked, “Are we all in agreement then?”

“Yes.  I know Jake will be scared to death if he knew what we were up to.”

“I’m sure Jim wouldn’t be any more pleased than dad so yeah, I’m in.”

“Ok, I’ll call Nathan, arrange for a pickup.”

It was about twenty minutes later that Nathan, Jim, and Jake rolled up alongside.  They hopped out of their vehicle and hurried toward the waiting women.  “You alright?”  They asked in unison?”

“Yeah, we’re fine, we weren’t hurt at all.  Just a misfortunate accident.”  Jenna was the first to chime in.

Nathan looked Emma over from head to toe before wrapping her tightly in his arms and kissing the top of her head.

Jake grabbed his wife and held onto her tightly before releasing her but continuing to hold her hands in his.  “Love?”

“I’m fine, dear.  A little shocked but otherwise quite alright.”

“Where were you going?”  Jim asked unable to hide his surprise.

“We were going to check out a little coffee shop I heard of that offers delectable entrees and coffee for all-nighters.  It’s supposed to be really good.  I thought we’de give it a try.”

They returned to Nathans when the limo arrived and Jim drove his car back to Nathans.  Jenna seemed pretty good at distraction and involved her mother every step of the way as they asked Emma and Nathan about the various landmarks they passed.

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