"End of The Beginning" 2.. Rolly A. Chabot
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Welcome to chapter 2 of "End of The Beginning" It is a fun write, I have decided to share here rather than pursue the traditional publishing route. I have been working on a three novel series which has bogged me down to a close standstill. The novels are a complicated write with many characters, each playing a role. This has been a great diversion so I do hope you enjoy.
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“Mr Davenport Daniel will see you now.” Her voice sultry, yet it had an air of confidence. Her dress was elegant yet modest. “May I get you a coffee, tea or anything Charles?”
“No, but thank you Linda, you are looking as beautiful as always.” He stopped at the heavy office door turned to her. Her eyes always caught his attention, stunning is all he could think of, a deep grey with a tinge of blue. Her face framed with long red hair. He pulled her into his arms, held her tightly. He whispered in her ear, “You know I have always loved you Linda, thank you for caring as you have. We have seen some amazing times you and I, Thank you.”
She responded by moulding herself to him. “I know Charles.” Her eyes seemed to penetrate his very being, holding his attention. “I love you right back, shall we do dinner one evening soon, just like the old days?” Her lips formed into an inviting smile. “Just dinner Charles, no demands, no expectations, just dinner.”
“We will Linda I promise, again her eyes brought back distant memories, how often had he seen the tinge of blue take over her eyes in passion. Again he was caught up by them, thank you.” They separated slowly, he leaned over and kissed her cheek. “I will show myself in.” He knocked, stepped through the heavy Oak door into an office created from dark Walnut. The smell of the rich wood oil filled his nostrils, a soft sweet aroma with a lingering of lemon. Daniel sat at his massive desk. He stood, stepped around it and took Charles hand and shook it.
“Thanks Daniel for seeing me at such short notice. I trust it has not disrupted your day, I know you are a busy man.”
Daniel smiled at him. “Not in the least, so tell me my friend what do you have on your mind today?”
Charles sat in a soft rich leather easy chair running his fingers across it texture. He looked at his hands for the longest while before he spoke. “I would like to make some changes to my Will, these will be final changes.” Daniel had been half sitting on the desk, he stood then sat in the chair beside Charles. “It is back again Charles, can nothing be done this time around.” The two men sat silent for several minutes. It is the one thing Charles liked of this man. He had a soft compassionate heart, yet knew full well his role as his personal lawyer. Daniel got slowly up, walked over to his book case. “Remember this my friend. Man we had some good times you and I.” He passed Charles a framed picture. “Look at the hair we had, old Flip the dog. It has been a good life all in all.”
Charles smiled. “It has and the look at the Green Slimmer, I would give anything to have that old car again. Now there was a chick magnet.” He laughed. “They were some good memories Daniel, it would be nice to go back and do them all over again.”
“It would.” Daniel said. “So tell me my friend what have they said about it this time?”
“Stage 2, Doc Reese say there is nothing they can do, gave me a year at the outside.” He looked down at the picture again. “Goes to show we only have one chance at this thing they call life.”
Daniel walked to the door leaned out. “Linda could you shuffle my appointments for today. I will be tied up for the rest of the afternoon. Maybe bring in some coffee when you get a chance.” He quietly closed the door. “I have your file here Charles, lets get this taken care of. How would you like to come over for dinner tonight. I know Cathy and the kids would love to see you. Sure beats going back to that empty place of yours. I can give her a call, I believe we are having lamb tonight.” Daniel smiled at him with a soft compassion. “Here is a copy of the previous Will I have my copy here, we can go though it together.”
“Thanks for the dinner offer, but I think I will pass, lets get this taken care of while I am in the mood.” Charles flipped through the pages. “Funny about these things we call our last wishes, we work hard all out lives to accumulate, save and build. Then at the end we look for ways to give it all away. Questions like where do we want to leave a legacy? Who can I bless without destroying their lives? I think the hard part for me is the lack of family.” He looked up at Daniel. “Unlike you with what four children now, man you and Cathy are like a baby factory.” He held up the picture. “We had all these plans and ambitions and look where we are today. Everything has changed.”
Daniel laughed leaned back into his chair. “Maybe so but I would not change a thing if that is any comfort. I have news, number five is on the way, will be here in a month or so. Can you imagine another girl, I am surrounded with five now and number six knocking at the door. I think it is time I get snipped. Leave the baby making to the young ones.”
A soft knock came to the door. Linda stepped in carrying a tray of coffee. She leaned over, slide it onto the desk. Her skirt lifted slightly revealing her creamy white thighs. “I brought a few sandwiches and some sweets for you two as well. Is there anything else I can get you you gentlemen?”
Daniel smiled at her. “No that will be fine Linda. “Why don’t you wrap it up for the day. Take some personal time off, go spoil yourself and do something special. I will leave a copy of any changes made today on your desk so we can get them in place as soon as we can.”
“Thank you Daniel I will.” She passed a slip of paper over to Charles. “In case Charles, it is my personal cell number. I can be reached through it anytime.” She smiled at him then at Daniel, walked slowly to the door. “Good night, I will see you Monday morning Daniel, say hello to the family for me and please have a good weekend.” She slowly closed the door.
Daniel looked at Charles. “Why you old sly dog you. I knew you two were casual friends but really her private cell number. Is there something I should know about here?”
Charles laughed. “No not what it appears. We are just friends.”
“It is me you are talking too Pal. I know you two have always had thing happening between you. None of my business but Charles there is one fine lady. I hope I am not talking out of order here, but she has the looks, the figure and the brains. Most important is she cares a great deal for you. She would be a real catch.”
Charles looked at the document in his hand. Held it up and smiled at his longtime friend. “You may be right, but not something I could consider. For now this pile of paper determines what the next phase of life has in store.”
It was well after 8 that evening when He unlocked the door to his penthouse suite. Floor to Ceiling windows cross the expanse of the spacious living room. The walls were covered with some modern art, some classics he had acquired over the years. He poured a two fingered glass of bourbon, sat in the dark looking over the city he had come to love. The harbour below spanned out into the expanse of an ocean dotted with many ships, large and small they slowly lumbered their way too and fro. He was tired, it had been a long day. He switched on the TV, took two of his pain medications. He chased them down with a good stiff drink, poured another. He reminded himself alcohol and drugs were a poor mix, yet he laughed slightly. “Why not the outcome will be the same in the end anyway, may as well indulge of some pleasure while he could. Charles undressed slowly, the sound of the talking heads coming from the living room. He slipped into the shower letting the hot water relax him. At the last minute he shut off the hot water, ice cold water cascaded over his body, waking all his senses again. Before he had dried himself off the effects of the pills and alcohol started to take effect. He shut off the TV and slipped into bed.
Have you given much thought to your final wishes?
- End of The Beginning
We are but a whisper in the wind. We are here one day and gone the next.