SSC exercise, shortlisted December 2013 – 1930’s type story based on a Katherine Mansfield story….

SSC exercise, shortlisted December 2013 – 1930’s type story based on a Katherine Mansfield story….

Standing in a pool of moonlight, Beryl Fairfield undressed herself. After all, Charles was not about to do it, was he! Look at him lolling about on the deck chair completely oblivious to her while she had felt utterly carnal.  Stepping out of her last, exquisite under garment, she suddenly wondered if their engagement had been a mite hasty….surely it should be HER who leaned back crossing her legs artfully, playfully, inhaling delicious smoke into her lungs? It still bothered her that Daddy had been polite and uncharacteristically civil in his congratulations on their announcement.

“Silly me, must try harder,” thought Beryl as she glided up to Charles, her famously straight back accentuating her magnificent Venusian qualities.

“Hello, darling, fancy a gin and it?”

He reached for the silver thermos and the other glass without even looking at her.

“Actually, Charles, you can leave out the gin….” she said in a coquettish voice, laying her hand on his inner thigh.

Charles leapt to his feet
.

“Fancy a moonlight swim, darling?”

He pulled his bathing trunks up past his navel, creating a dynamic effect and moved swiftly towards the dark waves. Beryl followed, with a 2.00 a.m. piano playing “Alice Is At It Again” from the patio. Some fellow at the hotel named Coward, who tickled the ivories, had made amusing lyrics about a floozy who Beryl now felt a powerful affinity with.

”Charles…”

As the cold water bit, it dumped realisation upon her.

“Make love to me.”

“Beryl, darling, one is exhausted, having golfed all day.”

He squeezed her hand, as if congratulating his char on a salary increase, and dog paddled away from her.

Beryl strode out of the waves, unfulfilled,and while slipping into the comfort of her hand made champagne silk dressing gown decided to ditch Charles and start her own escort agency.

 

 

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