Rachel:How are they? Did you give Grace milk with her dinner? She's not allowed to drink soda yet so you better not have spoiled her, she's not good at keeping secrets and she'll tell me. Did Jack finally settle down? If he keeps crying, put his blanket in the dryer for a few minutes to warm it up before you swaddle him in it.
Rachel:If they're too much I can come home. Just let me know.
Yearn for a gulp of relief –
the way water quenches burning thirst;
a buttery balm soothes an angry singe;
the cool of the sheets against hot skin;
a parting that falls just right;
the tug of the ear and a quick grin;
flash of affirmation, nod for confirmation;
bitter ails wash away under steaming jets;
ease with which the pipe drains;
wind-chimes welcoming long lost zephyrs;
and her hand clasping mine under the blanket
Taylor’s breathing quickened, a warmth curled inside
her. Her tongue flicked over the lips. Then she glanced away, seeing the party
crowd surounding her and Calvin like a flash of bright birds in tropical
setting. And she drew her hand away from his.
much alive, wouldn’t you say?”Green eyes twinkled
He chuckled, “well
then , Now we have established I’m a living, breathing human , we’ll discus
something more objective. How was the tour?” Feeling as if Calvin had turned her brain to
mush , Taylor tried to think straight. “How
did you know I’d been on tour?”.”Ed told me that was the reason for this party
,The tour is over, grand finale. The big bash.” Taylor danced her fingers ,
the ones that had briefly touched Calvin Harris , around the rim of hr glass. “Yes, that’s the reason” These parties
after a tour or the finish any big show were held to unwind. She set herself on
‘high’ at the start of each long performance and stayed that way until the end.
If she burned out in the middle she pushed herself mercilessly. This party ,
for her , she was the ladder down to solid ground. She realized Calvin was
waiting for her answer. “I was in Europe.
It’s was great . but exhausting. Luckily it’s the last tour for some time. We’re
beginning our rehearsal for Wedding bells in two weeks’ time”
know the wedding balls?” Taylor hadn’t expected a lawyer to
have heard of the show.
Calvin pushed his hand into his pockets and stood
back surveying her. “Not intimately. I’ve
never seen a performance, but it’s one of those shows like ‘Phantom Of the
Opera or Cats, that you can’t help hearing about. I also have to admit that I happen
to know Ed has a production coming up. Are you in the dance chorus?”
Taylor could barely believe he could be so informed.
“It’s great that you’ve heard about the
show. I’m performing solo as Selena”
like a starring role. You must be one of the best dancers in the company”
wouldn’t say that, but I try hard”
he shook his head ruefully. “oh ? I bet that’s an understatement”
it was. Taylor had put her entire life into dancing.
She had also spent a great deal of her life explaining her passion and not
being understood , so she deliberately changed the subject. “What’s Ed done that he needs a lawyer at
Calvin took the switch with ease. “There were some modification to his will
since the divorce. While he was away , and I wanted to deliver them”
handled his divorce for Patty?” Patty Sheeran had been
one of the artistic directors in the Sheeran Dance Company until the divorce.
Taylor missed her brilliant presence.
“Yes , I handled
Taylor saw Calvin mouth thin the way it had when
fidgety, but she noticed he didn’t seems
so quiet so eager to leave now “ Is that
what you do? The divorces?”
Each question he asked seemed designed to detain
“Yes however ,
lately I’ve handled a number of messy ones. Ed’s was one of the messiest , With
the two kids involved.” His tone matched the thin set of his mouth.
creep. But Lucinda is very nice”
Taylor didn’t add but she is not Patty.
“She must be.
Ed told me that he wants to get married
again. I can’t understand that. Out of the frying pan , into the fire.”
Calvin grimaced as if he thought the entire situation was distasteful. “You wouldn’t want to be married then?”
He spoke with no hesitation. “No way, what about you?”
Taylor wasn’t sure what to say. She viewed
marriage as a union that would restrict her career. But if she was in love , really
in love , then… she was much less adamant than Calvin. His attitude towards marriage
seemed so definite. So black and white.
continued “All that aside, Ed suggested I
drop the papers off tonight. I came straight from the office , which is why I’m
dressed like one of the walking dead. If I may return to our original topic of conversation” he grinned.
Taylor turned her grin. “Then work is over for the day and it’s time to party. Relax , let go
,chill out,kick back get out of your lawyer strait jacket”
He waved in the direction of the gate he’d been trying
to leave from earlier “I did it already. I
left my jacket in the car”
Taylor let her eyes wander to the smooth , hard
flesh moulding the material of his shirt-sleeves. Remembering the hot , pulsing
feel him , she had to stop herself from reaching out to touch his arm. Instead
she flicked her glass high in the air. Champagne spilled on to pathway in a
glistening spray . She felt it might have been her emotions spilling there
He chuckled. “
I think you’ve had enough of that bubbly stuff, Taylor”
right it’s gone to my head because I never ate dinner”
Even as she spoke , Taylor knew it was more that champagne make her giddy. It was
Calvin Harris. She’d felt his attraction from afar and come running. Now she
actually felt a little bit silly about the way she’d run after him. “Um- the buffet table is on the other other
side of the pool”
go have something to eat, Taylor” Calvin withdrew his
car keys from his pocket. Seeing the keys once more plunged her stomach into
despair. “aren’t you coming with me?”
she heard the anxiousness in her voice and hoped he didn’t. She was making a
real mess of this meeting. He’d think she was too forward. He might even tell
Ed about this and they would have a laugh at her expense. So let him go Taylor… let him go…. She stepped back from him