Rapunzel Solaris expected there to be a lurch, like when a train started to move. There wasn’t. The massive ship glided so effortlessly away from the dock that the only thing that alerted her to the motion was the distant, muffled sound of cheering. She so wished she could be out on the deck, watching the launch and waving goodbye to the people still on shore.
The RMS Titanic’s official launch had been eight days prior, in Belfast, but she hadn’t been aboard, then. There was no way her mother was going to have her on this ship a full week longer than was necessary. As it was, she was expected to stay in their stateroom for the entire trip. Meals would be brought to her. So would things to pass the time over the following week as they made their way to New York.
A new life. That was what Mother called it. But Rapunzel suspected it would just be more of the same, in a different place.
For the next week, she was to be confined to an admittedly gorgeous room, decorated in the style of the Renaissance, which greatly interested Rapunzel. She was keen on the art of the time, and loved to study the works of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. If nothing else, examining and sketching the art pieces in her room would pass hours of time for her.
Still, what was the point of being on a luxury cruise liner if she wasn’t going to be allowed to explore? Not that she was ever allowed to explore anywhere she went, which was why she felt so indifferent about moving to New York. It had little to no impact on her actual life.
With a sigh, she flopped on her bed, holding a book that she intended to read, but being unable to summon the gumption it took to even open the thing. She was tired of living like this, always inside, never seeing any of the world that sounded so interesting to her. From her window back at her old house, she’d been able to see the distant lights of the city, and had always wished to see them up close.
They’d arrived in Southampton early in the morning, and Mother had insisted she keep the brim of her hat low over her face, blocking her view of the bustling port town with a parasol as well.
What was the point?!
Life, it seemed, was always just at her fingertips, but there was always something in the way. Well, if this was the start of a new life, then Rapunzel was going to seize it, even if she had to use trickery and deceit to do so. Determined, she began to plot a way she could sneak out of the stateroom, even if just at night, to see more of the ship.
I love celebrity biographies, and I often read one while I’m reading other books that may or may not improve my mind. Celebrity bios are quick and easy to breeze through. And they have pictures!
Unsinkable, Debbie Reynolds’ memoir, is packed full of behind the scenes Hollywood shenanigans. If you’re even remotely interested in the big studio days of Hollywood in the 50s and 60s, well then pop yourself some corn and settle in with this juicy read. She’s a riot. Even when she gets taken to the cleaners by more than one husband.
Titanic makes her first stop at Cherbourg, France. The docks are too small for Titanic, so her passengers are ferried onto the ship from S.S. Nomadic and S.S. Traffic. This is the port where the famous “Unsinkable” Molly Brown boards Titanic.
Unsinkable Sam was the nickname of a german cat who saw service in both the Kriegsmarine and Royal Navy during the Second World War, serving on board the Bismarck, the HMS Cossack, the HMS Ark Royal and surviving the sinking of all three.
His eyes are fixed to hers. He can see her mind racing and it wrings pleasure out deep in his abdomen. Her frantic, buzzing thoughts. The closer he leans in, the tighter her hand closes on his—as if she is begging him to be her lifeline against his own stormy waters.
i don’t write about harry potter characters making out in the Titanic’s cargo holds that is definitely somebody else.