“Hi Tasha. This is Kia Ling. I’m here! Can you please give me directions to the winery?”
Kia wrote the directions and looked forward to the shoot in the morning. She decided that the evening would best be spent relaxing.
Kia took a vespa to the winery in the morning. Tasha gave her a quick tour and introduced her to the photographer.
Kia was a natural. The photo shoot didn’t take long.
“Meet me here tomorrow and we can go have lunch together, ok?” Tasha said to Kia and they were heading out.
“I’d love to!” Kia replied.
It was quite early, so Kia decided to do some exploring.
She found a horrible trap…
Thank goodness I didn’t explore before the photo shoot! Kia thought to herself.
She backtracked and found a bathroom. She locked the door and cleaned up the best she could. She then snuck back to the hotel and spent the rest of the evening in her room.
The next morning Kia got up and got ready to go to the winery. She wanted to get there a little early and see about shipping some equipment home for Zelda.
The man behind the counter was very cute. “Hello! My name is Gustave.”he said in a thick French accent. Kia felt her cheeks turn red. “You must be Mrs. Simopolis.”
“Miss Simopolis…” Kia said, definitely blushing. “I’m not married.”
Gustave raised his eyebrows and just as he was about to say something, Tasha came around the corner.
“Oh, good! You’re here! I’m about to starve! Let’s go grab lunch.” Tasha exclaimed.
Kia glanced at Gustave and gave him a short wave good-bye.
“So…” Kia worked up some courage, “…what do you know about Gustave?”
Tasha put her fork down. She glanced at Kia smirking a little. “Uh, oh. Someone thinks he’s cute?”
“Well…yes.” giggled Kia.
“He’s a good guy. Good family, too.”
“He has a family?” Kia said disappointedly. “Like a wife, and kids?”
“No, no! I mean his parents.” Silly me!”
They laughed like school girls.
“Well, I’ve got to get back. Gustave has probably already left for the day, but his shift starts at noon tomorrow.” Tasha winked.
Kia giggled a “Thank you.” Tasha headed back to work and Kia took a look through some shops. She grabbed a few local cookbooks and other momentos. She headed back to the hotel and sat in the courtyard with a book.
The next morning she found herself getting ready to visit the winery again.
She walked in the winery and saw a smile on Gustave’s face. She walked up to him. “Hi, again.” she said.
“Hello beautiful”, he replied. “Would you like a tour?”
Even though Tasha had already shown her around, she let Gustave give her another tour. She was really enjoying talking with him, she could listen to that accent all day!
They returned to the front. “Thank you”, she said.
“No, thank you.” Gustave said as he pulled her into a hug. She melted in his arms.
“So a beautiful lady like you must have all the men chasing you.”
“Well, no, not really. I actually only went on my first date last week”, she admitted. “I’ve never even been kissed.”
“No. I don’t believe it. Prove it. Kiss me now.”
Kia blushed. And then she kissed him.
Gustave grinned. “With a little practice, you might be pretty good at that.” He pulled her close and before she knew it, they were kissing passionately. She was in heaven. He was a great kisser. She was quite caught up in the kiss when she heard a familiar sound. Her heart sank as she heard it again. CLICK CLICK CLICK
Kia was so tired of the paparratzi. Too late now.. she thought. She freed herself from Gustave’s embrace. The paparratzi had already fled.
“Hmmm…”, he said. “Looks like we should practice your kissing a little more privately.”
“Yes. I guess so.”
“I’m off tomorrow. Let’s spend the day together.”
“Ok.” Kia gave him her hotel name and room number. “I’ll see you tomorrow, then.”
She couldn’t help but think of Theodore on her way up to her room.
She was in the tub when she heard a knock on the door.
She wrapped up in her towel and yelled “JUST A MINUTE!” She stumbled to the door, looked out the peep hole and saw Gustave waiting. She opened the door.
“Miss Simopolis, you look exquisite in a towel.”
“Um…thank you. Why don’t you come in and have a seat. I’ll be ready in five minutes.”
He walked in. She hesitated. He grabbed her sweetly and they began to kiss….
Kia never got dressed that day.
The day came for her vacation to end. Gustave drove her quietly to the airport. At the terminal, the didn’t say anything, just embraced.
A week went by. No one called her. Not Theodore and not Gustave.
A few evenings later, Kia was in the back yard. She heard the doorbell. It was Theodore.
“Glad you made it home safely”, he said coldly.
“Hello to you too.” Kia said. “I tried to call you the other day. You missed our date…”
“Date? Why would I take you on a date?”
“What are you talking about?”
“Don’t play innocent with me. Next time you want to go to another country to lock lips with some man, don’t go getting someone’s hopes up!”
Kia looked at Theodore. She didn’t have much to say.
“Good-bye Kia.” Theodore said. He walked to his car and sped off.
It really bothered me to see Kia so depressed. She spent a lot of time practicing her martial arts. I tried talking with her, but she didn’t have anything to say.
I answered to door one morning to a young man, and a very, very large box. “Is Miss Simopolis here, please?”, the young man asked, with a heavy accent.
“Yes. One moment.” He looked familiar, for some reason. I found Kia. “There is someone here to see you.”
She ran to the door. “GUSTAVE! What are you doing here?!”
“I came to personally ensure safe delivery of your wine making equipment”, he winked.
She leaped into his arms.
He spent a few days with us- or should I say with Kia.
Then one morning I heard arguing followed by Gustave walking out the door with his bag.
Kia was crying in her room. I walked in. “Can I do anything?”
“I told him we were having a baby”, she said between sobs.
I felt my face get red. I quickly calmed down and hugged my daughter. “We’re here for you. Whatever you need.”
That night Zelda and I were in the living room. Kia came out of her room with packed bags. I stood up.
“What’s going on, baby?” I asked.
“I found a place. I got myself into this, I have to do this on my own. Thank you for your support. I love you both so much.”
“We will always be here for you.” I said.
We all hugged, and Kia Ling left for her new house.
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