This week, our heroine Marie-Claire says goodbye to her ex-husband, friends and her homeland in search of a fresh start in the United States. Lady Luck smiles upon her while she is waiting to exhale.
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#6: Waiting to Exhale
Like most divorced women inevitably found out; Marie-Claire soon realized that calls and contact with her friends, most of whom were friends of both she and Antoine became fewer and farther in between as the weeks passed.
She knew she hadn’t done anything wrong, and thought it unfair to be paying the price for standing up to her ex-husband and holding him accountable for his treachery rather than remaining quiet like the “good wife”.
Unwilling to be judged by people she now considered hypocrites, she reached a decision that would give her a fresh new start in life. Marie-Claire decided it was time to bid farewell to her beloved homeland. She had always wanted to live abroad.
To smoothen her transition to a new life in America, Marie-Claire booked a cruise which would terminate in New York. It was all a part of her plan as the law firm recommended by her French attorney was based in the Big Apple.
On the one hand, the cruise afforded her the opportunity to reflect on her life thus far. On the other hand, the vivacious atmosphere and the uplifting social activities on the cruise ship enabled her to take frequent breaks from her introspection and let some sunshine into her life. It was the perfect balance that held her back from sliding into depression.
On a beautiful Saturday morning, Marie-Claire had gone to enjoy a swim and a sun bath on the sun deck of the cruise ship. Stretched out on her chaise lounge in a very brief two piece bikini and pair of sunglasses, the French divorcee soon lost track of time as she soaked up the early morning sun. She had found temporary refuge in the world so beautifully described in the Interracial Romance novel she was reading.
She was particularly fascinated by the heroine of the story, a very pretty African American attorney who found herself at the receiving end of the caustic tongue of her very wealthy and condescending female client who found her distractingly attractive.
“Uh... you might want to use some of that sun block before that beautiful skin turns to toast...”
Lifting up her head, she found the owner of the voice; it was a tall black woman with a very pretty face and an attractive shapely body to boot.
‘Oh my god!’ the voice in Marie-Claire’s head screamed as she realized she had been ogling the stranger. Her cheeks burned from the embarrassment of her rather girlish reaction to what appeared to be a friendly advice.
“Ah, um... Mercy... Thank you.” She fumbled for the right expression of her gratitude. But the stranger only laughed softly as she stepped even closer and picked up the bottle of sunscreen lotion Marie-Claire had right next to her.
“May I?” The stranger offered.
Marie-Claire merely nodded, she was way too stunned to speak.
“By the way, I am Cynthia...”
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