Chapter 4, Part 2

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It’s break time at Friday Night speed dating in Alfredton.  The restroom fills quickly as girls file in en masse.

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They proceed to discuss all their eligible and not so eligible choices, but all too soon the short break is over and the painful small talk resumes with Bachelor Number 7, the guy they have all been drooling over.

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Ding!

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Ding!

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Ding!

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Ding!

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Ding!

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Rini reeled, but then quickly composed herself.  She hadn’t looked at it from his perspective.  He’d probably thought that this sexting thing was the way early dating was done these days.  It had been an easy enough mistake to make.

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Ding!  Ding!  Ding!  Ding!!!!

All the guys got up and returned to their original seats, all except Stephen, who managed to quickly slip in opposite Rini, much to the chagrin of the guy who’d been looking forward to sitting across from her again.  He got Lotti instead.

Nina wrapped up the evening.

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Timothy scampered off in search of a waiter and alcohol, and Lily turned to the girls.

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Meanwhile Rini was gripped by feelings she hadn’t experienced in a long, long time.  As she looked into Stephen’s eyes a frisson of excitement shot straight through her, shaking her to her core.  There it was.  That sensation of utter excitement mixed with terror at the thought of it not being requited.  Sheer, pure, unadulterated lust had gripped her in its clutches.  She cleared her throat but couldn’t speak.  Stephen raised his glass.

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Meanwhile, at another table …

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And right next to Rini, Lily is getting to know Timothy.

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Sadly, the night is coming to an end, and Stephen asks the question he’s been dying to ask for hours.

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He reached across the table for her hand.  She shrunk back as if stung by a bee, but not before a huge bolt of electricity had charged through from his hand to hers.  She sat back startled, wide eyed, and stammered a response.

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He looked utterly devastated for a moment.

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There was a slight tremor in his deep baritone.

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A big, wide smile adorned his face again.

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TO BE CONTINUED …

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Chapter 4, Part 1

 

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It’s Friday night and everyone has assembled at Purple Bar in Alfredton for the speed dating session that is held there once per month by David and Nina Fisher.

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(Editor’s note:  David and Nina actually got divorced six months after they married, but let’s not let that get in the way of a good business story)

 

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There’s some nervous laughter.  Trust Lucas to be the smartarse.

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A murmurmed  “No”  echoes through the room.

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Immediately the din of many voices speaking at once erupts.

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Mimi feels slightly claustrophobic as she greets the guy sitting opposite her with what she hopes is a warm smile.  After all, it’s not his fault.  Plenty of time to kill Lily later.

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Ding!

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Ding!

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Ding!

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Lily was right in her element, which was good, given she was the one who’d dragged them all here.

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Ding!

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Ding!

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Ding!  Ding!  Ding!  Ding!!!

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Everyone seems to get up at once to start moving around and go to refill their drinks, but our girls – apart from Lily – are still sitting there, shell-shocked.

 

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 TO BE CONTINUED …

Chapter 3

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After a very long day, Rini is tossing and turning in her bed.

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She’s trying her darndest to relax and empty her mind but nothing seems to work.

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Back and forth her brain jumps, mulling over the events of the day.

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She takes some sleeping tablets and climbs back into bed.

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She tries to go back to sleep, but the tablets aren’t working.  She is as awake as awake gets.  She gets up again.

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Now she’s chasing sleeping tablets with aspirin.

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She decides to get up properly and move around until the tablets kick in.  After wandering around for a while, she settles in the living room, pulling out the computer to check her internet dating profile –  again.

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Two days later Rini is preparing for her first date with Yusuru.  They are meeting at Alfred’s Bistro, just down the road from her place, and her father is coming along to keep an eye on proceedings.

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A few minutes later, down town in Alfredton, a very tall, very handsome and very nervous Japanese man slides onto an empty chair opposite Rini at Alfred’s Bistro.

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Simultaneous awkward laughter ensues.  Thankfully, their lunch arrives, at least giving them something to do with their nervous hands.

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And so they started talking.  They had a lot in common and were quite similar in personality.  Soon it felt as if they had known each other for a long time, rather than just a few minutes.  Yusuru constantly had to hold himself in check so as not to stare at her – she really was an extraordinarily beautiful woman.

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She was a little embarrassed, but it sure was nice to be complimented so flatteringly.

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They organize a time to meet, exchange phone numbers and with a quick parting hug he is gone, leaving Rini to ponder what her Dad would have to say about him.

TO BE CONTINUED …

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Chapter 2

After an interesting start to her day, Rini is on her way to the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne to view a new commission.

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It is lovely driving in the warm sunshine.  Rini loves summer, almost as much as she loves the other seasons.  Each season has its own special charms for her.  The abundance of flowers and harvest make it easier to bear the unrelenting heat of an Australian summer.  And Rini loves to grab every opportunity to get out of the city.

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After about an hour Rini reaches the new client’s suburb on the outskirts of Melbourne.  It is a beautiful area, full of farm land with livestock and many vineyards and gentle rolling hills.

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The client is waiting outside his house and watches Rini drive onto the property.

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Rini gets out of the car and meets the cliet.  He is incredibly attractive, an added bonus to the job.

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Rini whips out her measuring tape and sets to measuring the available space.

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Christian tries to give her the information she requires, but he is clearly struggling …

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Christian walks her to her car and sees her off.

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She’s sad to leave the countryside as she turns onto the freeway to head back to the city …

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And all too soon she is back at home.

Charlotte joins her after work for a quick Japanese take-out dinner before they head off to attend the gallery opening.  Rini is having a mixed Bento box and Charlotte is enjoying some sushi and sashimi.  They also have a tray of Gyozas.

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The girls clear the table and refresh their glasses of wine.

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The girls get ready and take the short walk to the gallery.  It is packed and there are many local celebrities in attendance.  It promises to be a bit of a booze-fest with an open bar and light refreshments.

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Seemingly out of nowhere Lily appears behind them.

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Christian leaves the group he was in and comes over to talk to Rini.

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The girls leave Christian and Rini to talk and go in search of some liquid refreshments.  The gallery is well prepared, with an assortment of drinks and nibbles including oysters.

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Once back at home, Rini prepares to go straight to bed.  She is totally spent.

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TO BE CONTINUED …

Introductions

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Rini Janssen

Rini is a 36-year-old garden designer.  She has been best friends with Mimi and Martha since primary school.  The other girls joined their group during their time at university.  She has a degree in communications (journalism) but discovered quite quickly into her first assignment that she was in the wrong profession.  So she took hold of all of her courage and retrained as a garden designer, which in hindsight, she realized, she should have done from the start.  Her parents divorced when she was a small child.  She is very close to her father, a retired service man turned police officer.  Her mother owns a fashion boutique on the Gold Coast and the two women aren’t very close.  Rini has no siblings.  She lives in a dilapidated old attic flat on Oak Lane in Alfredton, a fictional suburb of Melbourne where our story is set.

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Mimi Mason

Mimi is a 37-year-old print journalist who works for a prominent satirical Melbournian newspaper and magazine respectively called  “The Daily Dross” and “The Weekly Dross”.  There she works as both lead journalist on the daily and deputy editor on the magazine.  Mimi got divorced 3 years ago and has recently moved into her first own home – a lovely, spacious flat in a converted warehouse in Linden Avenue, Alfredton.

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Martha Kohn

Martha is a 36-year-old print journalist who is the only non-medical professional in a family of doctors, and they never let her forget it.  She did journalism mostly because it was all her friends’ passion, but Martha really loves to cook.  She would like nothing better than to get on one of the top- reality TV cooking shows, try her luck and see where in the food industry that could take her.  That or open a bookshop.  Martha has a younger sister and an older brother.  She got divorced 5 years ago and it really broke her spirit, because she had had her heart set on having a large family of her own.

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Lotti Mason

Lotti is Mimi’s younger sister.  She is a 29-year-old vet who loves her work with a passion.  She wouldn’t ever want to do anything other than work with animals.  She works in a large inner city vet clinic, close to her flat in Elm Parade, Alfredton.  She has always tagged along with Mimi, so Mimi’s friends quickly became her friends.  She has had a succession of short romances but is now looking for a steady boyfriend.

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Lily von Tetsch

At 42 Lily is the oldest of the group of friends, but she hides it well, evidenced in her often astonishing lack of maturity.  Lily is a TV journalist and anchor woman with NTV 5 in Melbourne.  She has an apartment in Mimi’s block on Linden Avenue.

Chapter 1

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The girls have gotten together at Rini’s attic flat to celebrate.
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With Martha’s expert help Rini has put on a lovely spread of nibbles for them.  Soon the talk turns to boys – or rather, the lack thereof.

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As Peter and Rini sit down, it’s soon obvious that Lily is taking a shine to the new arrival.  Shame she can’t come out and openly ask Peter if he is single (she knows Rini’s parents got divorced when she was little).
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Happy Australia Day 2016!

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Rini was mortified, but knew her Dad well enough to realize that he wasn’t judging them. A few hours later Peter got up to leave.
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Rini walked her Dad downstairs and onto the pavement outside her building.

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They each take turns registering and writing their profiles.  It’s a lot of fun doing it in a group, and there’s a lot of laughter and hilarity.  Afterwards they get ready to leave.

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