A Fortnight is not Enough by Rosemary Goodacre - The Writer's Newsletter
When 18 year old Imogen from London meets Jules in the south of France she is painting a view of the river and finds he is an artist too. As a student he earns a little by restoring paintings at the nearby gallery. She extends her three day stay to a fortnight. She loves the warm sunshine and the old town with its Roman remains. As she becomes increasingly attracted to Jules she is unwilling to return home, where her older boyfriend Luke employs her in his photography gallery, obsessed with furthering his own ambitions. She travels to the airport but then impulsively misses her flight. Now she needs somewhere cheap to live, and a job. She finds a flat, works as a waitress and helps in the gallery. Jules encourages her to take lessons to develop her artistic talent. As they become close she does not regret her decision to stay even when the rain sets in at the beginning of autumn. Luke arrives and tries to persuade her to return to London. She recognizes now that he is selfish, and she is falling in love with Jules. Luke returns without her. As the tourist season ends there is a shortage of work and her position becomes less secure. Jules family have made Imogen welcome. He lives with them in a cramped flat over his mother’s supermarket. He loves Imogen but cannot afford to support her. He proposes they frame their best paintings and try to sell them. Imogen is thrilled when the dealer buys one of her paintings, but the extra money will not last long.
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