Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Further Adventures of Alex and Lily

The paradise in the poster called to her. The pristine sand, cerulean water, and whitewashed buildings drew her into the travel agency. She could taste the salt water in the air as she plunked down her credit card.  

She should have known it was too good to be true. The poster left out the ‘No swimming, strong undertow’ sign. The sand was gravel; it hurt to walk barefoot. And the whitewashed walls were graffiti-ed. But the worst was the stench. The open-air market next to the ‘resort’ cured fish.

The sour-rotten smell permeated everything like a gaseous fog. The thought of breakfast was nauseating, so she ended up at the un-swimmable beach. She should have brought her laptop so she’d have something to do.

“Got ta-cise shum extracise.” Alex’s baritone voice sent tingles of awareness shooting through her. That he was awake at this hour surprised her. More likely, he hadn't been to bed yet. She sat up, pulling her bikini straps into place. Who was she kidding? There wasn't enough sun to burn an albino.

She chuckled at Alex’s appearance; two days’ worth of stubble, swim trunks and a tattered T-shirt. Nothing was going to disguise his hotness, but no one would believe he was CEO of computing giant Synbatec.

He flopped down on her chaise lounge, handing her three crushed drink umbrellas, puckering his lips for a kiss. She pulled away, half-heartedly slapping at his wandering hands.

"Wastopaneer," he grumbled, then nipped at her earlobe teasingly.

“Beaut-ageous,” he sighed, wrapping his arms around her from behind. She sank into his warmth, listening to his drunk mutterings and the crash of the waves on the shore.

She realized then she had it all wrong. She was in paradise. Here next to Alex. She smiled as he started to snore.

31 comments:

  1. Oh how sweet!! Wonderful imagery and great ending! Voting and following :)

    (I'm entry #5)

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  2. *hearty chuckle* I loved your use of the 3 nonsense words! Priceless!

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  3. That's lovely! A happy ending after all, however terrible the "resort". Never believe the brochure!

    Mine is #25.

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  4. Great take! Might be the first happy one I've read.

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  5. Very nicely done! Love the couple & the not-so-perfect, perfect vacation! ; )

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  6. I love it. Sometimes it's hard to see when you've had exactly what you want all along. :)

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  7. Thanks for your kind words!

    Yes, the cabo beach I went to was pretty but they don't let you swim, and if you've ever been to TJ, you know the smell I'm talking about...

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  8. Aw, that's a lovely ending. Perfect paradise. Sometimes we miss what's right in front of us.

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  9. That's a very nice, sweet scene. Once again, great job! :)

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  10. I love how this starts and ends :) Such a great piece.

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  11. Great job! Something different and fun. Great use of the words too! Glad I found your blog!

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  12. I've spent most of my life in travel, and have dealt with a lot of issues like this. You captured it all very well with your amusing descriptions and light humour, not least of which encapsulating the MC's character beautifully. I enjoyed it very much, and thanks for finding mine.

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  13. Love the romance and the humor! Great entry!

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  14. Everyone all ready pretty much said what I want to say. Great ending, funny, cute story. Good Job!

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  15. Ahh nice she's found her paradise. Mine is #56

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  16. Nice job, and very creative! :)

    I'm entry #69 :)

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  17. It's very sweet that she loves him. Him being a millionaire probably helps.

    mood
    (now following)
    Moody Writing
    @mooderino

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  18. I really like your take on the challenge! Thanks for supporting my take on it. :)

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  19. I love your take on the prompt, and Alex sounds dreamy. Great work! :D

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  20. I really enjoyed the use of these words and the imagery you put into the story. Great job!

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  21. Great job with your entry! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :))

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  22. Love this entry. I liked the beginning and the ending. Nice job.

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  23. So sweet... loved it! Great job!

    I'm entry #118.

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  24. Hi, Fairview! I'm here to let you know you've advanced to the second round. Good luck, and congratulations! :)

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  25. oh, no way! i only have 7 likes. seriously?

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  26. Yes, seriously. I was judging this round. *grins*

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  27. well I'll be darned : ). Thank you very much, Carrie!

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  28. You're welcome! It was a great entry. :)

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  29. Congrats, your moving on to the Semi Finals in the 3nd Challenge.

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