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Tangerine Dream Part I: She takes her eyes not off of him

Updated on October 2, 2013

Tangerine Dream begins in the lush mountains of Appalachia along the Blue Ridge Parkway where a wandering spirit searches for the entity she has seen in her dreams: a foreigner with a non-descript accent.

Meandering in and out of the curves she spies upon what may be ahead. He has already eased his way into her soul. First with a simple response. “Shhh…hush little baby…” A softness rather than a condescension. How did he know? Did she will him to her?

As she rounds the next curve, she notices that she is not nervous, not afraid, nor anxious. It is just another day in her life. Some may say a selfish sprite with little regard for the average among the thick laurels that engulf her lair. She decides, “Who cares what THEY say!”

She thinks playing tricks is not her way. The tricks play her and so a magical show is revealed. She just happens to see past the illusions teasing her, tempting her—making her feel a pulse reverberating in places she has long forgotten existed…

Was it an invitation or a designation meant for only her eyes to see?

Did she build the bridge she just crossed or like in a reverie the bridge built itself out of leftover wooden slats laid across the tracks of a disturbed mind?

No matter. She has arrived…

She parks. Sits momentarily. Deep breath. Opens the door.

Gets out of the coach she has driven a million times before. Throws her head back and forth shaking the debris from her long auburn hair.

She knew it was him. He knew it was her. Eyes locked never to be unlocked. Deep breath. “I kept waiting,” he tells her as she takes her eyes not off of him. A presence. “I knew you would come,” he tells her as she takes her eyes not off of him.

“Faith has brought me here. Hope will sustain. Love is ours,” as she touches his ever-growing red cheek. The universe surrounds them; however, they are oblivious. Two souls mated one afternoon in a window sill have now thrown all caution to the wind for this is meant to be.

Walking into the woods, smells of pine engulf and embrace. It is difficult to tell where the one ends and the other begins…so much is this spiritual encounter. She takes her eyes not off of him.

Come drink from the cascades whispers until the falls can no longer resist but drape over the rock hard confines of the mountain side.

Nothing but the sounds of the water can be heard as he lightly touches her exposed arm instantly raising the level of sensory ambitions.

Deep breaths as the climb must take place back up this mountain road where the sprites are disguised as lightening bugs and the ghosts are filaments spiraled out of a web no longer under control: a magical fibrous illumination for those whose eyes and hearts are open enough to push through the silken curtains and see. “Look!” she tells him. “Tell me what you see.”

Instead.

With one hand he moves up and down her arm firmer with meaning and passion unbuttoning the sigh of a love longed for and dreamed about.

With the other he combs through her auburn hair easily pulling her closer into him.

She closes her eyes praying this tangerine dream never ends.

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Be sure to click on the video link. Pretty cool!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Jodah,

      This was my first attempt at crafting a longer piece and is still very much a work in progress. I love that you described the piece with words like "romantic, sensual and erotic." Thanks for the vote, too!

      Kim

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Kim, I know it's taken me awhile to get to reading this first part in your story Tangerine Dream, but better late than never, and I'm glad I took the time...it is romantic, sensual and erotic, and I can't wait to advance to part 2. Well done, voted up.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Kathi,

      Thanks for checking this one out.

      Kim

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      Kathi 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Oh you've put me in as mood! Romantic dreamy story Kim and I agree the video is very cool! Always have loved pink floyd . . .

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Suzette,

      Thanks for the vote. I really appreciate it.

      word55,

      Thanks for the encouragement.

      Best,

      Kim

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Very romantic since the beginning and getting so much better. Keep it up!

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Wonderful story and I am looking forward to the other parts of this. Great start of a story! Voted up!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Eddy,

      Thank you so much for having the attention span. lol. Not as many willing to read a little longer piece. Thank you for the vote.

      Many Blessings to you,

      Kim

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Kim ;I see each part coming through but had to read them as they were written or no point reading at all. You can be sure that you have captivated me and onwards to part 2.

      Voted up and wishing you a great day.

      Eddy.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Max,

      Your encouragement is much appreciated. Somehow I managed to bring this little story to an end...of sorts.

      Audrey,

      Greetings. So nice to see you here. I hope you and yours are well. Thank you for your kind words. This little series was an attempt to write a short story as a challenge. My oldest son has been encouraging me for awhile to try my hand at it. I do think I was able to stretch a little creative muscle, and I hope that will give me the confidence to stretch even more. Again. Thank You. You are such an accomplished writer; thus, your response means a great deal.

      Wishing you the Best,

      Kim

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I somehow managed to pick this series up somewhere around #4---good to read where it started! This is really lovely!

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      Max Havlick 3 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      Kim, tell me something I don't know!

      Stop stall-ing! Edit your new piece of work and let it go!

      And let the readers of the world embrace you in their flow

      to help them heal the wounds and fears that only they can know,

      and treating yours as well, as you and they together grow,

      a symbiotic partnership that calls for your reply

      and proves that Heaven's love for you is not in short supply.

      Max, 10 p.m., Tues., Oct. 1st.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      ChrisSp,

      Your support and encouragement is so appreciated. I love the adjectives you used to describe this little piece. I hope you and yours are well.

      Wishing you the best,

      Kim

      Oh Max,

      The words you sling...

      Have you not read

      Part II of Tangerine Dream?

      Smiles. Just to give you a hint...

      maybe create a little stir

      the next part in my series

      is about the man with the non-descript

      AC-cent

      Blessings to you always,

      Kim

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      Max Havlick 3 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      Tell her, Michael from Colorado, Jamie from Nevada, BillyBuc from Washington State, Romeos Quill from Lincolnshire, England, Word55 from Chicago, Jackie from the Beautiful South, Faith Reaper from southern USA, Lyricwriter from West Virginia, Shanmarie from Texas, Gypsy Rose from Latvia, Linda from Louisiana, Sky from the Sky (indeed!), and all the other avid readers and admirers of Kim's work!

      The whole world of your friends, Kim, sits on the edge of their chairs waiting to see what happens next in your teasingly provocative start of a story. Yet you "chickened out" and took it down?! You look for the courage to put it back up?! This kind of audience, my dear, is what new writers dream about all the while they waste away trying to think of what to write about next!

      Edit mildly anything likely to be overly embarrassing or offensive (you must save something juicy for the unexpurgated version 20 years from now!), and give us the 95 percent that moves your touchingly creative love story forward. What is she thinking now? What is he thinking now? What are the neighbors thinking now? What are the forest animals thinking now? What are the pine trees thinking now? What is that winding mountain road thinking now? Give us something! And if not now, when?!

      Go for it, girl! Best wishes!

      Max, Workshop for Writers, 5:30 p.m., Tues., Oct. 1, 2013.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Oh my, this is very creative--tender, passionate, the longing, the desire and it feels like I want more....so, write on!

      Love from the sky~

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      mylindaelliott,

      Greetings! I think I can make it longer. In fact, I put another part up, then chickened out, and took it back down. Smiles! Thank you for believing that it can stand on its on. I really appreciate your willingness to drop by. I will be over to see your hubs.

      Wishing you a wonderful week,

      Kim

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Very nice. Is this the start to something longer or a short? It stands well on its own but...

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      shanmarie,

      So glad to hear from you. I hope you and yours are well. Thank you for reading my latest attempt at whatever it is: prose? poetry? I have written more, but have yet the courage to throw it up here in the HP sphere. This story has kind of taken over my life. All I want to do is keep working with it...SMiles.

      GRL,

      Good Morning! I so appreciate the vote and kind words. Your continued support is much appreciate.

      Wishing you both a wonderful week,

      Kim

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Romantically wonderful.

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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      A sort of poetic story - a very romantic one!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Dear thelyricwriter,

      You sure know how to make one's day. I can't tell you how much your encouragement and accolades mean to me. THANK YOU!

      Wishing you a most wonderful Sunday,

      Kim

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Kim, impressive!!! I know your a great poet, but girl you can write great stories also. Keep at it, you certainly have a great talent for it Kim. "Deep breaths as the climb must take place... The entire paragraph was my favorite. brilliant writing here and all the way. I was interested from top to bottom, that's a sign of a great write, well done :) Voted up, awesome, beautiful. interesting, and shared.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Dearest Max,

      Poetry or Prose

      I do not care

      You pen words

      so kind and sincere

      pushing me to keep

      trying and writing

      to per-se-vere

      How can one

      be as lucky as me

      to have sonnets

      written so free-ly

      Your Lady Kimberly

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Faith,

      Good Morning! You sketch and draw in addition to writing? You are indeed an amazing lady. I could watch that video 100 times and not be able to reproduce a decent circle.

      Your continued support is so much appreciated.

      Thank you for starting my day off with a smile.

      Blessings to you my dear friend,

      Kim

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      Max Havlick 3 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      What a wonderful fan base you have developed, Kim: "lovingly tender," "great start," "courage," "sensual," "unique writer like no other" -- D. H. Lawrence, indeed!

      YOUR DREAM OF TANGERINE

      AN AMERICAN SONNET

      Sometimes it takes the longest winding road nearby to find

      what you once were, and always thought you long had left behind:

      your teenage will to live the truth and give the waiting world

      a taste of your delicious energy smartly unfurled.

      As mountan girl, perhaps a million rides must glide along

      an Appalachian mountain road to show where you belong:

      to find your sweet and gentle trusting nature never mocked,

      to find your love adventure satisfied but never shocked,

      to find the interlocking eyes never to be unlocked.

      Your dream of reddish orange, almost scarlet tangerine,

      you consecrate with faith, and hope, and love, and evergreen,

      then touch the ever-growing-reddish cheek to mark the scene.

      When your best years are either lost or still ahead of you,

      but darkly hidden, and forbidden, from your point of view,

      the dream of tangerine that fills your heart to rescue you

      is love for someone else that you must find inside of you.

      To Kim from Max in Villa Park

      on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013,

      a little too prosaic, which I hope doesn't ruin the romance of your beautiful picture-story, but the best I could do today grappling with some of the many profundities you throw out here to an unsuspecting world.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Kim,

      You are such a creative and unique writer like no other, making your writes special treats to read.

      I loved that video. I sketch in the same manner myself, so I enjoyed watching the entire video.

      Up and more and sharing

      Have a great weekend.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      word55,

      Greetings! You make me blush! Thank You!

      Jackie,

      Thank you for calling my piece, "something original and fresh to read."

      Your kindness is much appreciated,

      Kim

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very interesting, something original and fresh to read. Thanks for sharing.

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Hey Kim, That sounds like my style of romance. Give us more.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      RQ,

      A chick flick huh? Smiles.

      Best Wishes to you, too!

      Kim

      PS--Had not heard about the 1961 almost horrible incident in NC--makes one wonder how many other times butterfingers have put any and/or all of us in jeopardy...

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Quite a sensual write dear Kim - perhaps this new ? foray into novellas might suit your ambition - certainly great possibilities of further character development, building upon underlying weightier matters which preface the romance; this one feels it could end anywhere, though you have chosen a beautiful scenic beginning in which to launch your intrigue.

      I'm sure it would appeal to the ladies, predominantly, though can appreciate the flavours and sensations you've introduced so far.

      Best Wishes,

      R.Q.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      I hope I can make more of this piece. You are correct regarding our attention spans. We live in such a fast-serve world that very few even remember how to slow down. Writing from my heart is how I get even one word on the page.

      Thank you for your insights, comments and compliments.

      Thank you for being you.

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend, too!

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, it takes courage to write shorts stories and throw them online for review. They are not the favorite genre simply because most readers have such short attention spans and they want to be able to skim an article, get a quick answer and move on. Short stories require concentration, something that is in short supply in America these days. :)

      Having said all that, this is a lovely story with great images and it screams for more...and I hope you do more.

      Have a wonderful weekend and keep writing from your heart and passion.

      bill

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Jamie,

      Gosh. I have not thought about D.H. Lawrence in such a long time. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! You make me want to get my collection of short stories out by him and re-read them all over again. What a compliment.

      Wishing you a most awesome weekend for you certainly have made mine start off in such an uplifting way.

      Kim

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      What a lover's tale! At times I felt like I was deep in a D.H. Lawrence. Keep up the good work. Jamie

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      You sir have made my day!

      Blessings to you my friend,

      Kim

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      yes.. I would also join that group .. this is a great start .. love it ..!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Michael,

      THANK YOU! So many folks have been encouraging me to write short stories. Although not a short story, perhaps a start in that direction.

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

      Kim

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      very nice Kim.. love the ending.. this is something I will read over again ..

      lovingly tender..

      sharing..!

      Michael