February Shorts: Love Marly

February Shorts: Love Marly

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Kick-off into the season of love! February is all about the month of love and displaying your affection. It is crazy to think how humble beginnings or unexpected moments can blossom into something you’d never expect. How one moment can be so profound and change your life forever. One day you are living life on a whim and in an instant, it can all change. 

I take a moment to reflect on such changes and am grateful for the new changes to come. In the coming months, I am looking forward to expansion and reward. 

As we come into this month full of love, I share with you a compelling story that describes the epitome of love and living in those unexpected moments. In the story of “Love Marly,” the author (who happens to be me) details a roller coaster of emotions in this tale of love between two souls. What started as a simple evening, a night full of fun and dancing, turned into a life-changing experience. Being lost and deserted, and only to have the company of a stranger. This odd occurrence and entanglement catapults Marly & James into a rich love affair that surpasses time.

Excerpt:

“Stepping into the bar on the lower deck, Marly scanned the room. She didn’t mind going out alone. There was more fun and spontaneity that arose from her evenings alone, doing whatever,or whomever, she pleased. The humidity of the evening brought clouds of dew and sweat. The lower deck bar had a balcony ocean view where the handsome milk-dud head man sat, sipping on liquor. Marly made headway. “Hello,” the man said as she got closer. His voice was stern yet gentle. Thickly accented, Marly was quickly enticed. Bashfully, she replied, “Hi, I’m Marly”. He gave a head nod towards the chair beside him. “I’m James.” he said, “Would you like to join me?” Her heart fluttered and her gut did the dance. She longed to know more about the mystery man named James. 

James kept the drinks coming, the DJ kept the beats going, and Marly kept her eyes locked into his. “Dance with me” James insisted. He was light on his feet, took lead when needed, and held back to give her shine. Marly fell head over heels for his charisma. Maybe it was the third Berry Cosmopolitan, but she felt the warmth in her heart. A big grin plastered on her face, bearing her pearly whites all night long. James was an international photographer, enjoying a five-day cruise break in between jobs. Well-traveled, educated, and adventurous, James was almost too good to be true. Out of all the nights, Marly went fishing for fun and adventure, never had she dreamed to run into this.

Ordering two greasy bacon cheeseburgers from the late-night grill, they clobbered to the upper deck of the ship. Marly had access to hidden gems on the ship where regular guests were denied. As a member of the cruise line, she had key card access to almost anywhere, one of the many perks of the Prestige Cruise line employee package. Marly and James lie down on a blanket. The night turned into the morning as they snuggled in blankets cozying up to each other’s company. Marly was fascinated with James. She could lie in his defined arms forever, but she knew this fling was only temporary. Falling in love wasn’t Marly’s style. Marly dismissed the idea of love with casual sex, love was not what she was after, she was only here for a good time. 

The sun slowly crept over the horizon as they gazed into the vast oceanic unknown. Morning crept in, and her bed called her name. Getting back into her quarters, Marly took off her red dress and tossed aside those gold metallic heels. The jewels that once laced her body, were now on various parts of the upper deck floorboard. Mission accomplished. She climbed into the steaming shower and let the water engulf her. Scrub and rinse, pink cherry-blossom body wash aroma filled the small bathroom. Final rinse and dry, Marly slipped into an oversized T-shirt and climbed into her plush fleece sheets. Pulling the sheets over her head, she let the rocking of the ship and the sound of the waves nurse her to sleep.

Snap, crackle, pop! The sound of thunder woke her from her deep slumber. Middle of the afternoon the sky looked as dark as night. “A storm” Marly whispered. The sirens began to blare the sound of an emergency. The static intercom system announcing a whirlpool on the horizon. The currents of where they floated the ship into were right in the midst of a tropical storm which caused a swirling whirlpool. A natural disaster out of their control, mother nature was to have her way.

The storm was twenty minutes of wind, rain, hail, and destruction. Encompassing everything in its grasps, the Prestige cruise ship was spun into wood chips and plank pieces. Oils and small fires spread rampantly in the vast ocean. As quickly as it came is as quickly as it left. The sun beamed high and the vultures came out for a feast amidst the destruction, she prayed for death. She mourned the losses of those around her. All the other passengers on the cruise line were slowly being transported by rescue boats, but the local island nearby could only hold so many passengers. The boats came in waves, what felt like an eternity was only hours in time in between each voyage to landfall.

Marly quickly gasped, “James!”

It seemed as though a mirage was shimmering through the horizon. Marly pinched herself, she thought she was dreaming. Marly tossed some water on her frail face and began to sit up on her makeshift raft. James came swimming up rather quickly. “Marly!” “Marly is that you?!” his thick accent rang a sing-song familiar tone in her ear.

Marly gazed away as if in a trance, startled by the soft tap on her shoulder. Stroking her baby boy Caleb’s fresh newborn skin, Marly turned back and James from behind embraced Marly and Caleb into his arms. “Life has a funny way of turning the unexpected into something great” Marly coaxed. Her heart beamed at the new life great love had brought her.”

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