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LAST WEEK, CARLY’S LAST WORDS WERE “JUST WHO ARE YOU, MARTIN AMBROSE, ARCHITECT?” AN APPROVING SMILE CROSSED HIS HANDSOME FACE AS HE REACHED FOR ANOTHER CARD AND THIS ONE HAD THE CITY OF CHICAGO SEAL, MAYOR’S OFFICE SIGNED BY THE CURRENT MAYOR,JOHN MC FARLAND. I’M INVOLVED WITH THE MAYORS OFFICE WITH MY EXPERTISE IN ARCHITECTURE. HE SEEMED HONEST BUT WORKING WITH POLITICIANS? WELL, HOW HONEST ARE THEY? ANY MAN WHO LOOKED LIKE MARTIN MUST HAVE A HAREM WAITING FOR HIS CALL AND I WAS ONLY A SMALL TOWN WOMAN IN MY FIFTIES, NOT A BIG BREASTED GLAMOUR GIRL.THE ONLY POSSIBLE INTEREST HE’D HAVE IN ME WAS FOR A QUICK, EASY LAY AND AN AMUSING STORY TO TELL AT DINNER TONIGHT. THERE WERE LOTS OF QUESTIONS IN MY SCRAMBLED BRAIN AND THE ANSWER KEPT COMING UP A SCREAMING NO SO OF COURSE I SAID,”OKAY.” WE RODE INTO THE WIND TO THE PEACEFUL TOWN I’VE LIVED IN ALL MY LIFE. HE TURNED TO ME, REMOVED THE HELMET I WORE AND RAN GENTLE FINGERS THROUGH MY HAIR. “WHATS YOUR NAME, SWEET LADY? A CHUCKLE GREW INTO A MAJOR LAUGH FROM THE TWO OF US. ALL THIS HAD HAPPENED AND HE DIDN’T KNOW MY NAME. “CARLY JOY EVANS.” HE KISSED ME EACH TIME HE SPOKE MY NAME. BY NOW I COULD BARELY THINK BUT I MANAGED TO SAY, “PLEASE STOP AND TAKE A SEAT.” HTTP://WEWRIWA://COM//

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In the rule book for first date, it’s mandatory to have coffee,” she said in an attempt to maintain her sanity. “Okay,” he said. “Hop on. Coffee coming up.”

He pulled a helmet from a case , adjusted under her chin and away they went. Five minutes later , he stopped in front of HIDEAWAY. “Bikers Welcome.” He scooped her off the bike, locked up and strode in, with her in tow. Carly as Biker babe. “How do you like coffee, hot or sweet? Does this qualify for a first date? “Not sure,” Carly said. “Are you finished?” he said. “Not quite,” she said. “Do you live alone?” he said. “Not ready to tell you.” she said. “Speak to me,” he said. “Outside.””What happened?You became frightened?” he said. “Yes and more than that. I don’t fall into strange strangers arms and behave like a”…Carly felt cheap and slutty, embarrassed for her behavior. Lucky for him he kept his hands to himself or she would have hauled off with the solid right hook her brothers taught her years before.”Where do we go from here,” he said. “May I drive you home where we can get to know each other.” “What about my car,” she said. “We can pick it up later.” Carly said, ” Just who are you, Martin Ambrose, architect?” http://wewriwa.com://

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The light turned green, he waved a leather glove, beckoned me to follow. Wait a minute, cycle man is what Patty Rea said and here he is. I must have been out of my mind because I followed him; dumber than dirt, that’s me. He gestured for me to open my window but I shook my head in an emphatic no.”Get out of the car” I played the dumb blond although my hair is brown with a few highlights, and then I managed to cry a little. He said,” Sorry, I just was angry to see a woman so careless following a stranger. He pulled out a card; handed it to me. Martin Ambrose Architect. His address was what singles call geographically desirable. I wasn’t about to tell him my eighteen month granddaughter told me a cycle man was coming soon. “Now will you come out,” he said. I unlocked my car and fell into his arms; my knees grew weak, every cliche’ I’d ever read about in love stories were still true. Kissing a man I didn’t know and I loved it and that was only the first. A male voice called out. “Everything okay, Ma’am?” Mall security Pushing Martin away, I caught my breath. Yes, I’m fine. I was just uh giving him directions.” Erections, I thought. Martin said,” Where do you live? Just leave your car here and straddle my Harley.” “Leave my car and straddle his what?”

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Patti Rea held my face in two little hands right after she woke up and said, “Granny, Granny, nice man is here. I said, “How do you know he’s a nice man?” Dimpling, she said, “Smells like Granny’s blankie.” She wrinkled her upturned nose and sniffed. I thought she must mean my quilt and she must be saying my husband, her grandfather, was in her room. I calmed down and asked Patti,” Did he talk to you, honey?” “Loves you, Granny.” She clapped her hands. I fought back the tears and said,”If he comes back, say Granny loves him.” She turned a few pages and said, as if this is the most natural thing in the world between eighteen month old and Granny, “Granny loves Kirk.” I had told her that when she was about four months old. “Granny, Cycle man coming.” I figured she must mean a man on a motor cycle. Hmm.”I sent up a prayer for the next child not to have these special gifts. Daughter Julie came in, ready to pick up Patti Rea and when I filled her in Patti Rea’s conversation. “Not to worry, Mom. It will all work out.
The next day, I decided to take an early ride so I dressed and headed toward Lake Shore Drive downtown. Stopped at a red light while listening to a hot chapter from a recorded novel on CD I suddenly couldn’t hear because a motorcycle pulled up next to me so I turned up the volume. At the same time, , the bikes loud growl became a purr and every word passion from my speaker poured out the open window of my Mercedes. He lifted the visor, grinned displaying whiter than white teeth and dimples you could die for. Http://wewriwa://.com

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A month went by as Carly honed public speaking skills with Kirk, her fingers itched to pull him close because her declaration of love caused him to lose the easy camaraderie they had fallen into. One day she was summoned to the Anderson’s domain. Silently, Brent handed her an envelope and the Anderson’s moved back to watch. She ripped open the envelope: Dear Carly, I’ve been called back due an emergency and your presence in my life means more to me than I can disclose. I hope to return before long, dear friend; please don’t forget me. Kirk Richards.

Grace shook her head and said “Kirk responds to their needs before his own. Carly, take a week off. Kirk told us how much you mean to him. Carly packed up, arrange for the dogs, call Julie and Mike and before long she was on the way to Madison with her quilt made of her husbands shirt. Carly’s chubby Patti Rea jumped right into her arms and a new life began. Carly cried; she told the baby about Kirk. He’s gone away and I have a hole in my heart and Patti Rea said “Ga.” http://wewewe://wewriwa://com

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One more spoonful of creme brulee and Carly was Kirk’s forever. She said,” Kirk, I’m overwelmed, are you saying you want to leave the Church and still you have to come to grips with your decision? Signaling the waiter, he ordered. Everything he did had a touch of elegance about it, even the way he licked a spoon. Carly wished she were a spoon. She wished he would confess and get it over with.

Light snow fell as they headed back to her home. She snuggled close and laid her head on Kirks cashmere shoulder. At her door, Kirk gazed into her eyes and said, “Now What?” Those were the same words Carly and her husband used in all the years of marriage. Carly wanted to say Begin a new life with me but instead she sat silent and prayed that somewhere in the world, they would be together. http://wewriwa://.com

Step 12-Moving On

If practice made perfect, Carly had a feeling she was perfect! The Andersons pressed Carly to accept and Kirk said he’d play chauffeur: everyone was having their way with Carly_not in the Biblical sense_ as she continued with her vow of Chastity as Granny. Kirk rang the bell on this special day. Sarge and Jesse-girl bounded over to check him out so Kirk extended his palms for the dogs to sniff. Warmth and kindness and something else Carly couldn’t define because he had something special and Carly wanted it uh, actually HIM. “Your home is filled with love, Carly. “Yes, Kirk, you just filled it, she thought; was she out of her mind? Yes, indeedy. We raised four children here and then my husband died a couple of years ago. Kirk’s gaze shifted far away for a moment. “I never married, never found the write. . .woman” he said. Where did he disappear to? Carly wondered. As he drove, he filled Carly in on how it worked. “You know what to do, start with a nice deep breath and smile, then smile, find someone in the audience midwoman sang Billy-point you can speak to, like Mrs. Smith and remember they are people, just like you One woman wanted to know how it felt to get nakeed with a man and Carly said her column never covered naked encounters and the group roared with laughter. Later, as they drove away, Kirk suggest they have a bite at a dining room where the singer loves “Piano Man.” Later Carly said she took a vow of chastity in honor of Granny-hood and Kirk held her hand. “I did too. I ‘m on leave from the Church but I don’t want to lose you, Carly Evans and I don’t want to lose myself so may I work with you to hone the skills you need and continue to be your friend?” Compared to Kirk, Carly felt like a nitwit.

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