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Third Encounters Of The Close Kind - A Happy Ending

Updated on June 16, 2016
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(Please make sure you read the previous Hub to this before continuing this third final part of this "coming out" romantic love story trilogy. And yes, this really happened. Thanks for reading. Now read the last part ...)

I am lying in my bath, with suds up to my neck and I am slowly wrinkling in warm Radox bath lotion. I am alone. (My bath is big enough for two adults to share.) I am thinking back on what happened earlier in my eventful day. Where do I start? With meeting her parents? No, I’ll begin with the cafe where the trouble started...

It was lunch in one of my local hang-outs, a quiet Italian cafe, where the coffee is great. Cathy said she lived and worked nearby. The cafe was small and homely. The staff were very pleasant, and the food was always good.We were in a little world of our own. Cathy was not letting me out of her sight. It was quite funny. I said nothing. I had planned to try and let Cathy put some distance between us, because I wanted her to spend some time away from me. I felt she might be surer of her feelings for me. I had this feeling that it was important somehow. I desperately needed to know that this was real.

I didn’t want to annoy her. I wondered aloud – what were the chances of someone she knew seeing us together here like this? Cathy looked mortified and said maybe we should go somewhere else. I pretended to ignore her. She put the same question to me, and I replied smoothly that everyone knew about me and my situation.

I was unsure of how things were progressing. Cathy had texted her mother, and had still said little about what was happening at home with her parents. I wasn’t worried, but wondered what was going on inside her head, and how to broach the subject. It’s funny how things turn out in the end.

The meal was over, and we were sipping our coffees. We were sitting in a booth, which was concealed from the front of the cafe, but we could see where most people sat. The cafe was nearly full. Cathy suddenly noticed three people that she knew, all sitting at a table at the window. They waved to her. She hesitated, and then waved back. One of the girls apparently sometimes worked with her. One of them came over, and Cathy muttered “oh shit”, and smiled and they greeted each other. I was introduced. I watched Cathy very carefully. I invited her friends to all join us. Cathy seemed mortified, then said yeah – why not. They came over. I got a gentle kick from Cathy under the table, and smiled inwardly.

We chatted together for a while. They all seemed like nice people. One of them knew Cathy’s mother. Another girl asked where was Cathy last night? Cathy seemed stuck for words. I said she stayed over with me. There was a brief moment when Cathy looked at me and I thought I saw a flash of something, anger perhaps. Cathy’s friends seemed not to notice. “Actually, Cathy has something she wants to tell you all...” I said suddenly. Cathy was now turning red. They all looked at her, knowing something was up.

“Cathy...” I said slowly, ignoring the kicks I was getting under the table from her. “...is happy to tell you that she will pay the bill.”

There was a silence. Then laughter and the conversation returned to normal. But Cathy shot me looks that could kill. I ignored them, and smiled at her and winked. When her friends left, Cathy turned to me and she was not impressed. She was angry that I almost “outed” her in front of her friends. I told her that she was going to have to deal with the issue sooner or later. She said she wasn’t ready. And not in here...

We stood up, putting on our coats. I asked her did she know anyone else in the cafe? She said no, then asked why I wanted to know. I told her I wasn’t going to always tip toe around in her wake, trying not to “scare the daisies”. She was gobsmacked. “I thought you liked me” she said in a forlorn voice. “I do”, I replied, my throat suddenly feeling very dry. I was totally crazy abut this girl.

“But Cathy, I don’t think you are mature enough to handle someone like me yet.” She looked at me in surprise. The look in her eyes was haunting me so much, and I had to turn away. I felt like shooting myself with a damn gun. I told Cathy maybe we should spend some time apart and should think about things a bit. Then see how we felt about each other. She looked ready to cry. “Are you saying...” she didn’t want to finish her sentence.

“Cathy, if I were to kiss you now,” I asked, “right here – right in this cafe...what would you think? What would you do?” She looked back angrily at me and said she would hate me and would never speak to me ever again.

I walked out of the cafe back to my car. She caught up with me, and asked what was wrong. I told her to ring me later. Much later. Then I left her and went home.

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I noticed my iPhone going mad as texts arrived and I simply ignored the ones sent by Cathy. I tried to analyze my feelings. I have been down this road before so many times. Thinking it was real, and getting my heart broken because it wasn’t real. I hated myself. I hated what I had done. I hated that I seemed to be pushing a very sweet girl away from me. I thought of her warm eyes as they would catch me unawares, and how they melted me inside. I lay on my bed, and finally cried. I could smell her perfume on my pillow. I held it to my chest and squeezed it tight. I knew the first few texts would be angry, maybe even furious. I then imagined the latter texts, the softer more imploring ones, the begging-to-meet-me and talk-to-me ones. I needed the emotional tirade to give way to reason and logic.

After twenty three texts, she rang me, and it was a weird call. She called me all the horrible bitch pig whatever names under the sun. She said she hated me, and then she seemed to break down and run out of steam. I had only one name to call her. I called her a lesbian and told her to wake up, and then I hung up. Now what was I to do? I went and looked in my fridge for something my grandmother had recently brought over, a Swiss recipe cake.

Seven pm. I was just leaving the local gym, having worked off some of my angst. I had a shower and treated myself to a pedicure. Simply divine! In my car, Cathy rang. Her voice was soft, and strained. She asked to meet me. Where? Her house. Her parent’s house? Wow, now this was more like it. I put her address in my GPS, and about twenty minutes later, was parking outside a neat red-brick terraced house with a small garden somewhere in suburbia.

I had a package under my arm. Cathy opened the door before I even rang the bell, and she hugged me like crazy. I fought back the tears and hugged her back. She told me she was sorry for being an evil Troll. She told me to burn those texts. I said that isn’t possible on an iPhone, and anyway I never read the damn texts. She took me inside, took me down a long hall, and into a kitchen-come-mini-dining-room. Two people were sitting watching “Who wants to be a Millionaire” on TV. They were her parents. Her father was Indian, over-weight, and balding, and was impeccably dressed. Cathy's mother was from Thailand, and she smiled at me with warm friendly brown eyes, and motioned us both to the table to sit, and looking at her, I thought she looked frail and tired, and she gave me a watery smile as I smiled back at her. We went and sat at the kitchen table away from the TV. Cathy did most of the talking.

She said I was her girlfriend and she told her Mum and Dad that she had stayed the night with me.

I looked with new respect at Cathy. Cathy had told her parents about me. And apparently hadn’t left much out. Her mother offered me a cuppa, I said I’d love one. I told her the gift was for her and Cathy’s Dad, and I produced the cake my Grandmother had made. Cathy’s Mother smiled at me. Inside, I was mentally hugging Cathy for her stentorian efforts here. She seemed to be on my wavelength because she was smiling at me. She liked the cake idea too. Her father never once looked at me. My brain was working like a Cray computer as I pondered what might he be thinking.

I was asked what I did for a living, and where I lived, was questioned about my parents, my life, even my education. Any other time or moment in my life, I would laugh at these queries here. But this wasn’t the place or time. I just answered as honestly as possible, and kept my answers short. Somewhere in the middle of all this, Cathy slid her hand in mine as we sat beside each other. Oh, those fingers wrapped so tight around mine. Her mother pretended not to notice, but it was obvious. I felt sorry for her, I don't know why, but I was guessing now, and I wanted to give her a hug. Cathy squeezed my hand. Her hair was brushed back and combed in a neat ponytail, and she wore a black polo-neck shirt that rumpled nicely over a lovely red short skirt. I did my very best not to gaze at those olive skinned legs of hers. I was amazed at how relaxed Cathy seemed. There had obviously much soul searching going on in this house this day. Her mother looked at me. She guessed loudly that this was the way it was going to be from now on.

“And we are to live in shame and disgrace for ever”, boomed a voice and it was Cathy’s father, who now suddenly joined us. And just as I was putting the cup of tea to my mouth. I nearly burnt my gob off!

“Oh dear,” I said softly and slowly. I was sizing him up carefully. “In spite of what I have told Cathy and her Mom, you must think I am a terrible person.” There was a dreadful silence. He said I was right on the money.

I continued in an even soothing voice and told him that I was aware that I might be making things bad for everybody. Right again. He was short, blunt and to the point, bless him. And, I continued, (ignoring some signals from Cathy beside me) – he was afraid of what was happening and was very worried and very angry. He was about to agree again, but stopped in mid flow. He just nodded now.

I have watched and studied my Boss stand toe to toe, nose to nose with some pretty tough characters on million dollar Mega buck Deals, where one twitch would make or break a deal, and he would never be the one to bitch out or back down or blink. He had a quiet demeanor and raised the art of soft speaking to an art form. He was also a man who worked hard at always trying to read people and figure what they were thinking. I learned more from him than most. I tried to emulate some of that as I sat here in this little room, sandwiched between these three people.

I told this proud man before me that he was right to be afraid about things and to be angry. When something changes with someone, and the change threatens peace and tranquility in the home, the first urge is to not want the thing to happen. I told him I was glad he felt that way; I was relieved he felt that way. Why – he asked. Because – I replied - a bad father would not have reacted the way you have, or might not have been sensitive to that and might not be as concerned or as caring as you. You are a good Father. You care about Cathy, and I feel that about you - you don’t want bad things to happen to her, and you are afraid of the shame which might visit you, since you don’t deserve it. And in the end, I finished – we are all afraid of a change or a thing we do not understand. Even if it is a woman like me, who has taken a fondness for your daughter. And you know nothing about me whatsoever. This is your house, your family, your rules.

There was a long silence. They looked at me.

I stood up, looked around at everyone, and said - and perhaps I have overstayed my welcome. Cathy held my hand tightly. Tears rolled down the Mother’s face. No one spoke. Cathy’s Father looked at me very intently. In a house like this, the Father’s word is LAW. He was looking through me. He looked at Cathy. She looked at him beseechingly. Then he told me to sit down. It was then that he noticed the cake...

That had been several hours ago. I was aware that the bath water had cooled quite a bit, so I slowly climbed out and slipped into my bathrobe and unplugged the stopper. I watched the water as it gurgled away, like a bad memory. I dried off and put on some jeans and a T-shirt. Damn, I smelled great! I applied a small bit of make-up and admired myself in the mirror, plumping my hair with my hands, then I snuck on some gentle romantic Cuban Guitar music in the living room, and lit some scented candles. It was near that time. I felt excited.

A text message let me know Cathy was at the door, I opened it, and in she came. She looked as real and as radiant as ever. She threw her arms around me. We hugged and held each other for an eternity. She managed to squeeze a tear or two from my eyes. We flung ourselves on the big sofa. I noticed some new jewellery – a small neat necklace, and wrist bands that she hadn’t worn before. She was wearing that same sexy red dress. Mmmh! Nice! She babbled on about her father and how he seemed to be finally getting used to the idea of having a gay daughter and that it wasn’t the end of the world after all, and that we were all taking baby steps, and about how her mother seemed to latch on to me even more, and that I was a welcome person in their house. And how smart I was to not even blink when her father said he was a bus driver. And that I better get more of that damn cake ‘cos her father seemed to like it a lot!

Holy Triple Mother of Everything, I yelled! Slow down, woman! We laughed. I held Cathy close to me. What a crazy few days it had been. But it came right, Cass. I asked her did she hate me. She laughed and said no, and kissed me. Her touch was instinctive, natural, so soft and beautiful. She said she knew what I had been trying to do. She said I had escalated things somehow. She understood why. She said I had made her face her fears. I started to say something but she put her finger to my lips and pressed them closed. We were okay. And we were here now. And I knew now what I had all along needed to know. She was not a mirage, or an optical illusion. Cathy Nerujen was a miracle sent by God into my life. For reasons I didn’t yet understand. I just simply accepted it.

Cathy had brought wine and some French bread since she knew I liked it. As we sat in the kitchen eating and drinking, and all the time holding hands, I felt a bond with this amazing girl that was stronger than it had ever been. The butterflies were dancing in my stomach. I was truly prepared to do anything for my Cathy. I was besotted. I knew I was in love with her.

“You know, Cassy” – she said slowly – “it’s funny how you seemed to know what to say to my Dad earlier. Funnier still that you said you never read those texts I sent this afternoon, since I explained some stuff about my Dad being old fashioned and a proud man and all, in those messages, near the end...” She smiled at me. “I was hoping you might read them if you were going to understand things eventually.”

“Ahem...well, Cathy,” I said, sipping my wine. “All that stuff about me not reading your damn texts. It’s a good job I lied!” She stared at me and yelled – “why, you cheeky...!”

We fell around and laughed like crazy. And as the evening went on, and with the warmth of the wine melting the last of the coldness away, we slipped out of our inhibitions and clothes and dove together under the big Duvet and our two bodies melted into one. She felt like heaven in my arms.

Outside in the London night, a light drizzle of rain pattered on the window. Here inside the bedroom, a Cuban guitar expertly serenaded the two of us as we lay on the pillows, cheek to cheek, arm in arm, listening to the music, and feeling each others' heart beat. We were two women so very in love. Somewhere in the London night air, a distant window was open and a song from Coldplay drifted in the stillness of this amazing moment, and I felt that paradise touch me deeply.

As long as we were together, nothing else mattered.

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    sabrebIade 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

    I love reading your Hubs.

    They seem to convey an intimacy that is very hard to get down in writing.

    But you do it.

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    TattoGuy 7 years ago

    Awwwwwwwww that was just bloody the best read ever !

    Merry Christmas Cassandra & Cathy, may you both enjoy your first Christmas together, have the best one ever CG, you know I love you to bits xox

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    @ sabreblade: Gosh, your photo is lovely! I am impressed! Thank you for this, sabreblade. I am touched by youor comment. Yes, it isn't easy, and took a while getting it written, but I got there, or should I say We got there! Your belief means a lot to me, so muchos gracias amigo! Oh - and Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Prssperous New Year to You and Yours! Keep writing those amazing Hubs!

    @ TattoGuy: Heh! I am smiling here! 2 positive comments already! Well, yes we are celebrating our first Christmas - and I am looking forward to gaining a few pounds! LOL! You are always in my thought! I am trying to persuade my little woman here to read your these here hubs! I hope you & Cabin Girl have a Great Christmas and a Great New year too! Best wishes and lots of Hugs and Kisses from me! XOX

    PS, yes, call me Cassy or Cassandra, whichever ya like, Capn! Should have introduced myself sooner!

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    black romeo 7 years ago from Nigeria

    nice hub cheeky girl! have a lovely time together and marry Xmas.

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    Mary Krenz 7 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

    I thoroughly enjoyed your love story. May you and Cathy have a blessed Christmas. ( I am actually a tiny bit envious, but in a good way)

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    Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    Love wins :) I enjoyed your story and the happy ending! :) I love happy endings! Merry Christmas to you and Cathy. Take good care...

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    sandy 7 years ago

    Now I am happy. Its a happy ending, you are not afraid to say things here. I respect this in you. Be all that you can be.

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    @ black romeo: Aw, thankyou for that sweet comment! We appreciate it! Happy New year!

    @ janiek13: I am glad you enjoyed reading, janiek13. We have had a wonderful Christmas together. I feel very blessed! I understand the envy thing. I have been there too.

    @ ripplemaker: Aaah, ripplemaker, its always good to get a comment from you. I hope you are having a wonderful FFilipino Christmas! Best wishes, my friend! I love happy eendings too! We are so happy together! Happy New Year to yyou! You take good care too! : )

    @sandy: Thanks for comments here, sandy. I appreciate it.

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    Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

    Really good, I did read before the other one I'm going back now though. Thanks.

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    @ Truth from Truth: Thanks for reading my hubs here! Happy to welcome everyone here!

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    Gino M. 7 years ago

    This is truly unusual, even for you. You are a very special lady, you always were, and always will be to us. Now I believe. Tell Cathy I love her, ok? Expect more traffic from us. On a more peprsonal note, didn't you leave out some juicy bits there or are you editing here for Cert "U"?

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    @ Gino; Nice to get your comments Gino, a familiar from outside the Hubsphere. Wow! Never mind the juicy bits, you scamp. Run home to your mother! LOL!

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    skye2day 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Happy New Year Cheeky Girl. I read 1, 2 and 3. I had no idea but what do I know? I am old enough to be your mom. I am happy you are happy. You are a fantastic writer. Inspire with the love you have in your heart for others. I love that about you. I pray that you have an awesome New Year. It sounds as though it started out to be very happy. In Love Joy and Peace. Your friend + + + Blessings.

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    @ Skye2day: Its wonderful to receive really nice comments like this. I appreciate your warmth and understanding here. It means a lot to me. I value your wisdom and your friendship! Thankyou! Well, the year has just started but - hey! I try to make a difference somehow, and yes, I do try to inspire, in my own way. Blessings to you too! Happy New Year for 2010 and beyond! : )

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    Astra Nomik 7 years ago

    I never get tired of looking at this. The end part makes me want to cry.

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    HeatherS 7 years ago

    This was more than I expected. I even liked the funny and warm ending. There is always warmth there. You answered one of my questions somewhere in that page. I appreciate what it is to be a woman who is loving another woman. I will take a long time to fully understand it. But thankyou for some very enjoyable reading.

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    @ Astra Nomik: Aw, that is so you!

    @ HeatherS: Yes, the ending had that unexpected tingly moment alright. I read your other comments and answered them. You are so kind - my english teacher would have been thrilled reading that, I think! I could say more but don't want to overdo it here. I am glad it has helped in any way. I appreciate your honesty in mentioning the "understanding" thing. Take care. You are always welcome to drop by and say hello! : )

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    Fehl Dungo 7 years ago from close to you...

    holy triple mother of everything! that was so cheekygirl :) you perfectly wrote every beautiful scene from your life. oh please, tell me you'll have season2 lol..THANKS for sharing, it was a good read

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hy blaise25: I am grinning like anything here! Hey, that's my line! Holy triple mother of...oh never mind. Season 2? Um, I have to admit - I had not planned any more seasons. I had reckoned Hubbers and people who read here have read enough and perhaps want to read other things instead. But I think that if there was enough requests for more, then perhaps I could write more. I am very glad of the comments I have received here. And from you too blaise. It's nice of you to tell me that. Thanks. I have a real fan here! You get a hug for that! : )

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    st0rm3 7 years ago from Durban, South Africa

    just amazing

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hy st0rm3: I read your bio and have been checking your hubs too! Thanks for the comments. It's a real pleasure to have you visit my hubs!

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    Fehl Dungo 7 years ago from close to you...

    yeah, that's your line exactly :p I was just joking bout the season2. I know the feeling of having written something enough..coz I had a series that I felt to end so soon LOL Ya, I'm a real fan :)

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    @ blaise25: Gosh, blaise, you may as well almost move in you visit me that often! LOL! It took a few months to buck up the courage to write parts 2 and 3 for Hub Pages. I keep a journal, so things tend to stay in my head. I will read more of your hubs. Well I just have to now! Thanks for being a fan, I appreciate that! And you get a hug for that too! : )

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    Allie Mendoza 7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

    Hi Cassy! This is soooo well-written. You're definitely a gifted writer! I just loooove the way you wrote First, Second and Third Encounters. You have drama, lust, romance, fighting, suspense and a love story. Wow!

    It takes a lot of courage to be who you really are -- you and Cathy definitely demonstrated that. I'm sooo glad everything worked out. Both of you deserve to be happy.

    BTW, since you are such a great writer... have you thought about creating something for TV or movie? No, I don't work in the business. I don't have that much knowledge about the process; so, I don't have any tips. For more info, you can check out this book on amazon.com: "Pitching Hollywood: How to Sell Your TV and Movie Ideas." Maybe there's something similar that you can do in the UK.

    Good luck!

    :)Allie

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    @ allie8020: Gosh, what an interesting comment here. I am almost blushing here reading this. The way you describe it, the drama, the romance, the suspense and our love story...even though it happened that way (I compressed events somewhat - had to shorten to fit in a hub or three) - you are right. Living in the Uk, I find this is a liberal place to live. And I am blessed in many ways. My friends, my grandparents, Teachers, lecturers, my boss,people I work with and know. It all adds up. And then there's Cathy...

    Hub Pages proved that also. Letting me write these and publish them. Ok, they (the hubs themselves) have to be decent enough. And I don't like alienating people. I wrote them in a way that won't turn people off. As for the TV or Film idea. I am very intrigued by this idea. You are the first person to ever suggest that. I would need to get more input from people and see where thay might lead. And I'd hate to give up my coo day job! LOL! I will check out the book on Amazon as you suggest!

    You have given me many things to think about today, allie. For that - I thank you. I am glad to have a fan like you here! Cheers! : )

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    Allie Mendoza 7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

    You're welcome and thank you, Cassy!

    Astra Nomik left me a comment in my hub about "Creative Writing Jobs Online" and she mentioned you. I thought technical writing can be lucrative -- for example, working for tech or pharmaceutical companies can start at six-figures -- but, the work might be a little bit dull.

    The way you wrote First, Second and Third Encounters made me think that you might have a bright future in screenwriting. I have not read a script, but I think you can get one from your library or you can buy one from amazon.com.

    If you're interested in learning how to write for TV, I read that a half-hour show can pay about 5-figures. Of course, a movie would be a whole lot more. So, it might be worth your while. Be careful sharing your ideas because many people will try to rip you off. The book I mentioned above can give you some tips on how to protect your ideas.

    If you decide to do that, I think you'd be great. You shouldn't have to give up your cool day job -- it would be too risky to do so. I read that Sly Stallone wrote Rocky in his spare time while he was working for a movie theater.

    Good luck!

    :)Allie

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    @ Allie8020: Aaah! Cathy wrote that comment. The penny drops. She is the girl in the encounters hubs, I guess you know that. I never knew screen writers got paid that much. I tend to read all about traditional book writers a lot. You're right, tech and pharma can be s little dull.

    I like where you're thinking is going however. This is something I am going to think about. I have a friend who works for a London radio station and is going to help me with this. I am after a veyr good book on screenwriting written by two American scriptwriting experts, and I will get that book you suggested. TV & Film writing sounds kind of nice! :) The money also sounds extra nice!!! Heh! Me and my cool day job! I said that above - but that was before I learned what writers get paid. Holy crap!

    And as for Rocky, it's a cool film. One of his best, and a class film. Allie, I really appreciate these comments here. It means a lot to me that you took the time and effort to reply further. You are very kind. You get a big hug for this! Thank you so much!Blessings to you, always!

    Cassy : )

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    Allie Mendoza 7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

    You're welcome, Cassy!

    About Cathy... I found Astra Nomik's hub a few days before I read your First, Second and Third Encounters. So, I was confused about a lot of things at first. You mentioned that you had a crush on Astra Nomik; so, I thought this must have been *before* you met Cathy. When Astra Nomik left a comment on my hub and mentioned her friend, Cheeky Girl... I thought, isn't that interesting that Cheeky Girl and Astra Nomik keep in touch. How nice that they're all getting along. Cathy must be so secure about their relationship -- that girl seems so understanding.

    Anyway... now that I realized my mistake, I think the two of you are my favorite couple. I just love your love story. Cathy is great and with a good sense of humor -- just like you! I'm really happy for both of you.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do. Technical writing can be dull, but it can finance other writing projects. I'm glad you have a friend who works for a London radio station and can help you break into tv or screenwriting.

    Thank you for your kind words, big hug and your blessings. I sense that you, too, are kind with a great heart. Blessings to both you and Cathy... as well as a big hug!

    :) Allie

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hy allie. NIce to get your kind words here! Aw, its ok. Cathy is doing her own thing here in Hubs, she will post another Hub soon, she's working on one at the moment. She says hello and sends her best wishes to ya!

    Yes, she is the one and the same lady from the "encounters" Hubs. Us, your favourite couple? Really? Omigosh! That is so sweet of you to say that, allie!

    I have been taking your advice and I am reading through a book on screenwriting for TV and Cinema. I se your point you made. About the way I was writing my hubs, I mean. Yes, some of my pals have unusual jobs. You are becoming a welcome regular here, allie. If you lived locally, I'd bring you out for a starbucks coffee! : )

    Thanks for these kind words! They mnean a lot to me! And to us both. You are a decent person! Take care! I will check out your hubs often! *Hugs ya*

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    Simon Cook 7 years ago from NJ, USA

    Wow - I am so happy there is a happy ending and that there are some father's who DO understand and know that the important thing is that someone is loved - doesn't matter who by.

    I am proud to say I have brought up my children not to see color or sexual preference, but to see the person for what they are worth....this father seems to be the same!

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Wow, Simey - you have now read all the encounters hubs! I am impressed! Aaaw, thanks for this, Simey. Cathy would really love reading that right there. Cathy is actually very close to her Mom and Dad. He is a nice guy, and I understand his position. He is a concerned and loving father who worries about his daughter. I am glad that you raise your kids this way. Wow, you're a great Dad for that!

    I do my best not to get in anyone's face about things. I don't wear it out on my sleeve, so to speak. This is as much for my sanity as other reasons, Simey. : )

    Thanks for your kind comments. You have gone up here in my estimation, if its ok to say that. Cheers!

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    TattoGuy 7 years ago

    Cathy is a babe, as are you, jeeez I wish I was female now xox

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hya TattoGuy! Wwoooooohoooooo! 200 fans! *stands on my head* Great! I am thrilled here! Aw, ya like the picture! I will tell her highness in a tick! She will be most impressed by your comments! You are a big blouse, Art! Hehehehehehehh! Love ya! XOX

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    Cathy Nerujen 7 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

    I heard that. (Trying now to picture TattoGuy as a woman...) - wait, I will get my eyeliner....

    Um, the 2 pictures are slightly different. Is that on purpose? I have to figure how to put it on my pages too.

    Art has many hubs already.

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    TattoGuy 7 years ago

    I will send ya a pic of me crossdressing at the weekends. hmmm shall I wear my black or red stockings lol , loves you two girls loads xox

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    To Astra Nomik: I am smiling now. Are you going to dress him up, Cathy? A nice pink would be really lovely over the eyes, with lots of blusher on his cheeks, to cover up his blushes already! Heh! The pictures are diff cos I did something by accident so don't go nuts. I will fix! You are kind of tilting in one direction in one hub, in the picture.

    Hy TattoGuy: Aaah, the mere thought of you in stockings...go for the red ones. That would be awesome. And also quite butch, Art. I will bring my camera! Heh! You are a funny guy, Capn! You'd love us to see that - wouldn't ya? Love you too! XOXOX

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    ThatGirlFrankie 7 years ago

    Lively and lovely. I admire your nerve. Great hub!!! I'll be here often!

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hello ThatGirlFrankie: Gosh, I am so impressed you read all the "encounters" hubs and survived! Heh! Lively and lovely are 2 words I would use to describe Cathy or these hubs, even! I am glad you liked them. I think the nerve thing is just me being me. Cheers for these kind comments, moi friend! I am always happy to see you here. : )

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    I am glad so many people are enjoying the happy ending hub. Cheers, everyone! : )

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    Cathy Nerujen 6 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

    I snuck back for another read, Cassy. We are good to go, baby. Part 1 and 3 are my favorites. These encounters are part of me now...

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Aw, I want to hug you for that. I am glad you feel that way too. XXXXX

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    Lifeallstar1 6 years ago

    Wow Cheeky, I'm so impressed! Besides your writing which is wonderful, you really knew how to handle someone that needs to be in control. Not sure if it's in control but I'm talking about how Cathy's Dad was hurt and didn't want to accept change. You let him feel in control of his family and that you respected him and would walk away (as you were praying he would do exactly what he did). I'm so happy he did do that. It shows that love for his daughter was what really matters when you look at the big picture. He respected you for doing that and it made Cathy's life so much easier. You did a great thing by handling it like that. You could have easily said she's a grown woman and deal with it but you knew that showing respect goes a long way. I'm so thankful that you wrote this and we all got to read it. Truly one of a kind! :-) Jess

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hey Jess, this is just great. You read all these encounters hubs? That so impresses me! Thank you for these comments. Cathy's Dad was a challenge, I admit, but though he is very proud, and Indian, he is also fiercely protective towards his kids. I deep down really like him, I have "figured him out". He is a good father. And yes, it had to be done that way. There is a way of making other people feel like they are in control, it's a confidence building thing, and boy, does it work! I admit, I was worried about things then, and it was risky. But as you can see, it is love and more than just a couple's love that won out in the end. Yes, Cathy is approximately a year younger than me, and she is an adult, but as you said, I did it the other way, and it worked.

    I am incorporating the three encounters stories into a book, and will publish it before Christmas. Well, heck - I am glad to share these stories with you. Thank you for the very kind words here, it means a lot to me, and to us!

    You get a gold star for that, my friend. And you have a friend here too. Take care. Will be checking your hubs out too! Cheers, Jess! :)

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    @MagicBoy 6 years ago from Qatar

    "Cassy and Cathy lived happily ever after"..lovely story and explicated in the most vibrant manner..I am so very happy for you both..I realize how difficult it would be to convince an Indian dad..does Cathy write too on HB, under what name?..it is great that you are publishing these hubs in a book..I am sure it would be a bestseller..all the best for that..I am feeling so happy and relieved after reading your story Cheeky, somehow I am getting the feeling of triumph..Hey, I strongly suggest you should publish the 2nd season and should take it forward from there, plz plz..Thanks a million for sharing..sending lots of love your way..

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hey @MagicBoy, you really are doing the rounds here, you have read all the three "Encounters" hubs. Well, yes, that is how we met, and still together too. Cathy writes under the name "Astra Nomik", there's a link on my profile page to hers if you want to check her hubs.

    Her Dad is kind of traditional and conservative, but he is very supportive of her now. Well, it is a happy ending, and they tend not to happen that often, so it is a celebration perhaps more than a triumph. Yes, I am combining them all into a book of short stories.

    The second season idea is interesting, as I do intend to release some from the book as an appetiser as it gets closer to Christmas. So since you are a fan, you'll be able to check it out. Thanks for the warm comments here, my friend. You made me smile today! :D

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    Lifeallstar1 6 years ago

    Cassy, Magic Boy is on the right track, we want season two! :-) Your writing just draws people into your life so I know this book will be a huge success. My grandfather is not Indian but Italian and similar in a lot of ways to Cathy's Dad. That's why I loved the way you approached the situation since that is exactly how people who want to change the mind of my grandfather would have to do it. I understand the type of man he is and that he comes from a good place although they are definitely a tough nut to crack! My grandmother is from Ireland and Scotland so their home is always interesting to say the least! Totally different personalities but they make it work somehow..LOL. I look forward to seeing your book, and wish you well with the hard task of screen writing! Thank you again for sharing a piece of your life with all of us! Jess

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hey Jess! A big warm "Hy" to ya!! LOL! You are a big fan here! Wow, I get ditto comments for weeks on these "encounters" then I get swamped by a wave of people! Hehehehe! That is so hubbish! [Wow, did I just invent a new word? LOL]

    Okay, yes I am working on the book and it's more than half written, though not edited by me yet. Astra will be letting me put some of her poetry in the book too. It's compliments things so well, how could I not include her poetry. And she just did it again today, another poem.

    Your family sounds interesting, Jess. By an amazing coincidence my grandparents are Swiss- Italian. (No parents here alas.) Hey, the Irish are very friendly and Ireland is cool, Cathy and moi, we went there some months ago. I understand about your grandparents being conservative, mine are the same, just my Gran now.

    Well Jess, cheers for these really awesome comments! I answered yours first, you are a priority customer! Heh! Oh, I am happy to share my experiences from my life (or our lives as this concerns 2 people). Who knows - it may inspire others in some way.

    I look forward to getting it published, publishing takes just 2 weeks with Lulu.com. (It takes nearly a year with an ordinary publisher, I'd be an old woman by the time that would work! Hehehe!)

    I am glad to share, especially with you, Jess. Take care, moi good friend. Cheers!

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    maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain

    I loved reading this trilogy and like a good book it has left me wanting more. I am now off to read one of your other Hubs to see how you handle a different subject.

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hy maggs: thank you for the comments on my hubs and I am glad you are comparing them to a book, as they are destined for that very thing. I am working to finish the book as soon as possible. Enjoy my hubs! :)

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    dracaslair 6 years ago

    thanks for these three hubs i need to come out about myself to my family.i only told friends about me.lost a few but'my family will deal somehow right.

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hy dracaslair, well I am glad you enjoyed my hubs. Why not just tell a few small numbers of family at a time, it takes people time to get used to something like this. But it's up to you how to tell your family. I am sorry you lost a few friends, I lost a few too, but I gained a lot more also. Life is curious that way. I wish you the best with this endeavor. And if I can ever be of help, let me know, okay? Take care!

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    Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    hi, Cassie. May I call you Cassie? I did read the trilogy and feel glad I did it. The idea of gay thing is alien concept for me. I never have problem with gay people but I am not really understand how that happen. But reading your trilogy teach me something. It make me understand, despite all gender problem, inside we only look for the same thing, love and companionship from someone our heart calling. Thank you for let me look inside your relationship and learned from it. I kind of impressed by how at very young age you can understand who you are and become so mature and independent, not just in financial but also in your mind. You know what you want and live by it. Very strong girl.

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hello Freya: it's good to see you here. Thanks for checking out the Encounters hubs. Um, well lots of people can be bisexual or gay, and they don't have a choice. How it happens - I am not sure. Some try ignore it, but it's tortuous for them. You are right, it is about love and companionship, but also understanding too. And about being accepted too.

    I am fairly independent, as women go. I have had to work hard to achieve my dreams. I set targets and go after them. But I'm not all about business, I'm not a slave to my work, thank goodness - it's nice to chill out and relax with friends too. :)

    I have two amazing people, my grandparents who raised me. They get most of the credit for that. Having no siblings or parents has made me independent and self-reliant. My partner and my friends all say that, so yes, I am strong-minded. But I am a softy too. And I have received encouragement to write about it all in a book, which I will announce in the future. Thanks for the very interesting comments, Freya. Have a great day! :D

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    Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    I supporting the idea of you writing a book. I would love to read it.

    When I said I don't know how gay can happen I don't mean in how one can feel attracted on similar gender, which many book already explained, but more on how situation around the life of one. Which is about how you can reach and find the other companion or how you will describing the way and the act inside the relationship. So far, movies and books only described it in the way which in my sense really uncomfortable. But your story gave further look on the feeling and the idea in your mind, which is calm and really self understanding, and somehow in it's way, sweet.

    I really enjoy it and widening my understanding about it. Therefore, I should said thank you for writing it. Have a nice day for you too. :)

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Thank you Freya. You helped clarify things here with me. I appreciate this. I am always happy to explain things. Even if it might not make sense at times. The book goes into a lot of detail about my being an only child, since my parents died while I was young. The book is also written as entertainment, and is quite funny. So a sense of humor is useful, to get through it.

    The life of being one, well, books can explain some of this, but the only true way to understand people is to talk to them and engage in conversation personally. It applies to all people, in all walks of life everywhere. Movies don't always make for good teaching or information. I am glad you found that insight into how a person deals with their own situation. Your description is interesting. "Sweet", wow. That's cool! LOL!

    Well, if it widened your mind or view in any way, then I am grateful for you telling me. And thanks for the honesty too. Cheers, Freya. :)

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    Cheri Taylor 6 years ago from New York, NY

    the top part is so intense I love it I am holding on to my set..so is she gonna say it lol..Great this is way cool..It's a movie in my head love the entertainment and detailed. I also have ran into a few situations like that and help others deal lol...so realistic Nice...still reading ........

    not for nothing.. But don't you love that when you can smell he missing awww..lovely...

    I love how you describe the parents!!!

    I swear man this is art..I am smiling and crying at the same time..lol...I am in love with the conversation peace you shared with the dad..Very tight with the wording and man with the description of the parents you gave that picture all together is a Grammy..still reading....

    Fantastic ending...Thanks for the amazing read...I understand much more the connection to my poem you and Astra had for ?she my Girl friend...This story touches my heart and so many other friends I know I will share the greatness..If the picture are your lady's you look lovely and bless sooooooo much love and luck to you and your glow....Passionate thanks!!!

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hey Cheri, you are enjoying the roller-coaster ride in this hub! LOL! Don't fall off! It is surprising how many people tell me it feels kind of cinematic. That is so weird. I can only put that down to the way I write. The events are real, the people are very real, and the emotions are all too real. Ya tend not to forget that, Cheri.

    The "Talk" (Cathy says "Showdown") with the Dad was most um...interesting. But he is a good man, and he wants the best for Cathy. He has nothing to fear, truly. And he knows that now. Heh! Grammy? Hoo boy!...

    Well, now you see the connections there. I understand where you are coming from, Cheri. I have to totally understand things too, otherwise it's just a mess of information for me. Things have to make sense. And it is good to "clear the air" so to speak. I will be publishing the "Megumi" part 3 this week, before the weekend. I have newer pics of Cathy and myself which I will be putting up very soon too! And yes, I am a passionate gal. I can't help it! Heh!

    Thanks for being a great fan, Cheri! You are a very cool person! Cheers! And Hugs! *Hugs ya*

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    Cheri Taylor 6 years ago from New York, NY

    Awwww your more then welcome your energy feeds my life...I love the fact that it is real...All my poetry is real most of them are written during the moment... That how I ventilate lol..I am A fan yes yes...You and Astra are amazing...Continue moving forward...Much love and Respect and Hugs to you too,,Cheeky Girl!!!!

    Look forward to your New Art...

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Cheri, your words mean a lot, and the sentiments go far here with me. I love the spontaneity thing myself. My secret is that I always kept a journal and diary as a kid, and have always written. So I have always been um..."exercising that muscle" so-to-speak! The writing one, Cheri! LOL! Cheers! Have a great Thanksgiving and a great weekend! :)

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    Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

    Cassy - you write from the soul with wisdom and clarity. I love this story! It is obvious you have become comfortable in your own skin, and that is something I admire greatly in people. Thanks for being you!

    Love - Light - Laughter

    Neil

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hello Neil, aw thank you for the nice comments. I am glad you enjoyed the story. My Third Encounters is a true story, as everyone knows now. I am comfortable with things in my life and love the way things have ...um..."evolved". Well I am glad you know how things have happened for me. And yes, I am writing and finishing a novel about all this and I will announce when it's ready! (I had to stick that plug in there! LOL!)

    Cheers, Neil! Love your comments as always! :) xx

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    heartfeltbook..cheri 6 years ago

    hello there just want to say happy new years to you and Astra!!! bless

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hello Cheri! Thanks for the New Year Greet! Happy New Year to you too, my friend. Have a great 2011! Cheers!

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    bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

    I have what I call a "weak force" in my life. Amazingly, everything that happens to me turns out having a reason. And here, in this moment, I now have you.

    And I'm dumbfounded.

    Beautiful, wise, independent, clever, ambitious, strong, and now, loved by so many, not to mention your beautiful Cathy (I so love your love of her). What next Cassy? I've known you only minutes, but I'm exhausted keeping up.

    That said, we are quite alike, you and I - raised by very special grandparents, passionately married to our writing (and, for me, also my art), caring for others, impassioned with life ... and independent to a fault.

    Again, what next? Perhaps a screenplay is in your future. You certainly have both the skill and the passion. Perhaps a Broadway play. Perhaps you'll find solace in inspiring us others who can't help but care about you. All I can say is good luck and believe in that we believe in (and love) you.

    Oh, and just so you know, 2011 is going to be one of the greatest years yet - best wishes to everyone!!

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    kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

    Girl

    humongous )))))))))))))))HUGS(((((((((((((((((

    love kimberly

    awesome work, thank you

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hello bbnix, wow, big comment here! Cheers for this! You are becoming quite the fan here, I see. LOL! Well, Cathy is special, and read her poetry if you ever needed proof. My grandparents raised me as my folks passed away when I was little. Uh, screenplay...well I am editing and doing a wee bit of re-writing of a book about some of my life and of some friends. Cathy is in it too. I will let you all know when it is finished. Thanks for the encouragement! Yes, 2011 will be good. Write more hubs and tweet the links all over the shop, get Adsense money from them. LOL! Cheers! :D

    Hey Kimberley! OMG I love the stockings in the new photo! They are so totally cool! And I love the humungous hugs! :D You are great! Thanks for the comments on the hub. Love you back, girl! Cheers & Hugs from me! :)

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    gguy 6 years ago from new jersey usa

    Cassy, great writing here, sounds like you found a keeper. Sometimes the things in life that are wortwhile are worth fighting for! And she is pretty also! :)

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hy Gary, yes Cathy is very special. I'm glad you read the encounters hubs here. Now you know! Over two years together now. :D We are very happy together. She is an amazing woman. And yes she is a beauty. :D Thanks for the comments Gary!

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    gguy 6 years ago from new jersey usa

    Cassy, if you mean now I know as far as your relationship status, I have known that since I read your profile, so no suprise here, I am glad you are happy!! :)

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Okay, Gary. That's quite alright. Thanks for saying that. Glad you enjoyed my Encounters hubs anyway! :)

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    gguy 6 years ago from new jersey usa

    Cassy, the only problem I have with your lifestyle is you Ladies are keeping all the best Women to yourselves!!! LOL you should be used to my warped sense of humor by now!!

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Awww, you knocking my lifestyle now? *pout* Sos I take it from this you don't have a girlfriend or are not attached. Hehehe!

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    gguy 6 years ago from new jersey usa

    Don't worry just teasing!!! I would never knock your lifestyle!!! I am not in the market anyway!! been married a long time!!

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Good to know Gary! You cheeky man! LOL!

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    Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

    I found this to be endearing, exciting, fulfilling to read. I've just begun reading Cathy's work, but had gotten an impression of her. After reading this, I was right on in her expression and reactions to issues. For you and her to reveal to her parents your love for each other was amazing. The fact that her dad was Indian and didn't create a ruckus was astounding. True love is amazing. Thank you for sharing your story.

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hello Augustine: what a great comment! Yes, Cathy is a very special lady, and we all love her to bits! Well I am glad that you had god impressions of her as I don't know of anyone ever having a negative or bad vibe about her. I think everyone knows where she is coming from in her writing, not to mention her hubs. :) She is a Romantic at heart. The thing about her and me, well it is an interesting "How we met" story. It is also part of the forth coming book I have written. So hopefully some day you may read the full story. There's more of the book in my "Negumi" series of 6 hubs. It's quite saucy and funny too.

    Cathy's parents are okay with us. We did have an altogether different hiccup recently but things are getting back to normal again. Her Dad being Indian is one thing, but Cathy being part-Thai and part-Indian is a very *wonderful* thing. And we are able to work around any cultural issues whenever they crop up. As long as we are honest and non-judgmentally broadminded towards each other, we can hack it. :)

    Yes True Love is amazing and we are glad to share our story, and please enjoy the hubs of Cheeky Girl and Astra Nomik! You are a pretty awesome writer yourself! Have a great day, Augustine. Cheers!

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    rachelsholiday 6 years ago

    Man, I love happy endings! I'm definitely looking forward to your books :)

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    Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hello again Rachel, thanks for these wonderful comments and I sure am feeling the pressure now! LOL! Yes it is a Happy ending and a Happy Beginning! Cathy is here on Hub Pages and writes romantic poetry under the name Astra Nomik. Feel free to check out her poems, she has a higher hub score than me now! LOL! And I am going to tease her for it now! Heh!

    Books!? Wow, well it's just one book and we are working hard on getting to as perfect as possible before publishing. Cheers! I will be checking your hubs! Many thanks, Rachel. :)

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    Felina Margetty 5 years ago from New York, New York

    Stormy weather, cloudy days, afternoons together turn into a haze. No one knows love like those who really feel the pain. On the surface this is kind, but underneath it all lies the game.

    I like it, I have taken down my hubs about women in love because the god bothering mob got to me. Now I just post recipes. You have guts and you have charm. Thanks for being on the hub pages and restoring my need to be here. Cheers F.

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    Cassandra Mantis 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hi Felina. Yes that is true. That pain has to be experienced to just see how the truth can truly feel. Maybe love is a game, but it is more than that too. This is a true accoount of how I met Cathy, my partner. This is the third instalment.

    The "God Mob" got to you? H'mmm, in my experience no one can intimidate you without your permission. I have had some work on Hub Pages moderated a wee bit but later unmoderated too. I'm sorry you felt the need to remove those Hubs. I would love to read them. I read your Hubs recently for the first time and they are great!

    Don't give up on beliefs just because of pressure from others, Felina. Your own voice is important too! Hey I am glad if I restored your need to be here! Cheers! :)

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    BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    Wow, breathtaking story and I love the happy ending indeed! =) Well, I was tearing up by the end of it to be exact. When I came to the part with dad noticing the cake (connecting it with the bath tab scene) I actually thought for a moment that the cake made it in your face (ups, sorry!) LOL but I was happy it was not that dramatic, though fathers (the good caring ones) can be really intense at times =) Now I have to go and check out Cathy too, I read a lot of yours and Cathy's insightful comments at Fehl's place but it takes time to get around hubs especially for a newly born hubber like me LOL Sorry for being so slow, will be catching up soon! =) Happy for you both, I am glad your love story blossomed so greatly over the years! Wish you all the best for many years to come! =) And, of course, astonishing writing! And I forgot to say it before and nearly forgot now - what an impressive art work you put up with the stories, is it your drawings or Cathy's by any chance? So talented and shows the character just right! Awesome all the way. =)

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    Anna 5 years ago from Orange County, California

    This was a very sweet story. After reading all three of your stories, it reminded me of my relationships with the whole "coming out" deal. I'm glad there was a happy ending :)

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    Cassandra Mantis 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hey BeyondMax, So glad you loved the story! It is a long trio of hubs, but remember that these are taken from what is a larger book. No the cake was something else! LOL!

    Cathy is a fine poet! And she just recently published another hub poem. She is a very special lady! Do check her poetry out. It really is good! The good news is - this is part of the novel I am publishing this year! So it is all going to be there, and the bits that come after too!

    Thanks for the kind wishes! The art was done for me by a friend artist. Lots of my friends are good artists or painters! Cathy is not an artist, alas. I can scribble a bit! Cheers! Enjoy the rest of moi hubs!

    Hey Anna! It is a curious story that weaves a bit but gets there eventually. Yeah, the coming out thing is a big thing. I came out when I was 15 and made war with the world, then made peace with it by about 16. LOL!

    Cathy's story is different from mine. There is the "Megumi by the Firelight" hubs that you might like - if you liked these 3 hubs, Anna! the "Megumi" excerpts are also from my book. So the chapters are sort of tasters of what is in the book! You don't hafta read 'em! LOL! But you'll enjoy them if you do!

    I am a woman who believes in happy endings! I am ever the born optimist! Cheers, Anna!

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    Cassandra Mantis 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Just tweeted one of your hubs a few minutes ago! Hoping to see more fine hubs from "atlovesbm" soon". I hope things are good in your life!.Have a nice weekend! :)

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    Cathy Nerujen 3 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

    This hub ... I really love reading it. :)

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    Cassandra Mantis 3 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Cheers, Cathy! That means a lot! Mwuah! XO

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