A short story based on summer excursions , of a couple struggling to have time for a romantic gateway. Read this summer fiction how it got magical , full of adventures and turned into beautiful summer love story at the end.
THE LAST NIGHT OF SUMMER
It was one of the best summer nights in France. Paris was full of romantic stars and above the purple gleaming night, the moon was shining brighter than ever. Jasper Marvel was on holiday. He is Mariner and serves in US Navy Seal. No wonder he is a decorated officer and as a Captain of his ship; he is simply outstanding; tall, handsome and a perfect man in every way.
I work as a Senior News Reporter in Arizona Media House. With a span of three months, I got promoted as Managing Editor. My Boss was pretty much happy with the technique of handling the news story. And one fine day, he asked me to do an interview with US Mariner who was in one of the operations in the Gulf region. I boarded on the flight, with my Cameraman and that was how I met Jasper. We came to know about each other, gradually. He had a hectic schedule and so do I .
Ever since that we hardly get a chance to talk to each other except over social media. It’s been two years meeting him in person and I was still waiting for his arrival in Arizona.
June is the perfect time for spending the best summer ride. One could not resist themselves from having an adventurous summer excursion. Jasper and I planned for a romantic gateway long ago almost two years back.
Someone has rightly said to gauge your love-bonding it’s better to travel with your love as long as you are enjoying the joy of ride with your darling. I always have a fascination for French wine though I don’t drink, nevertheless, vineyards of France evoke all of my senses.
The alarm clock snooze near my ears, early morning sharp at 4.am and usually I do the same, dismiss the alarm ring and sleep again inside my cosy bed with all of love and warmth; the pleasure of being sleeping beauty ever since childhood.
I enjoy my sleep especially when there is a rain shower at the onset of the morning. It was full of chillness and cold shiver.
But……this clock is my close enemy. Almost my heart strikes after a few minutes when my cell phone vibrates beside the table.
Jasper ringing me at 4:30 am. What’s the matter, I somehow managed to open my eyes.
Jasper: Good Morning Sweetheart! Get ready, I am coming to pick you up, pack your bag, we have a flight to catch.
I exclaimed …Flight!
Where to? Are we going somewhere? Is there any emergency?
Jasper: Hold on dear, It’s a surprise. I will tell you everything but all you need to do is now, get ready we have a plane to catch at 6: am.
Today, Arizona morning had a beautiful sunrise, and I could feel the sensation cool breeze in the long arms of my beloved. I can view the enthralling landscapes from the plane’s window. It was the most beautiful moment of my life. Never had such a fantasy feeling. I guess the emotions were pouring out of my heart into his heart of gold. I was literally over the seventh clouds.
Jasper: looking at me, gave a sweet smile and hold me close to his heart. Ahh! He was listening to Bryan Adams one of the lovely musical track “When you love someone”….
For a moment, I felt was I dreaming. Jasper and I never got time to have more adventures and entertainment. Possibly, Venus had a plan for us this time. We reached France and checked in a countryside paying guest for a light tour.
Day 1: SAILING HOLIDAYS IN SOUTHERN FRENCH ALPS
As I have heard…France southern Alps, it is the just like William Wordsworth Lyrical Ballads. What a scenic view! We have started taking a snap of places, capturing the beauty of France lavender Fields…trekking with a camera and sipping umbrella juice at the beach and to the most wonderful Lac de Serre-Poncon; an artificial lake.
The fragrance of flowers is true enchanters. He plucked a beautiful bloomed rose and pin to my hair.
You look gorgeous, sweetheart, said Jasper.
I just look into his eyes for an introspect to his silent love, never expressed so finely in these years.
Though we have been living in Arizona for eight years, we had never got such a feeling of the open breeze, the boughs full of lilacs and dahlias…
DAY 2: PARA -SAILING AT BORA BORA ISLE IN FRENCH POLYNESIA
Jasper and I woke up the next day early morning to explore the exotic Bora Bora island in the heart of French Polynesia.
It is the most spectacular isle on this planet. Absolute Paradise!
In the morning, the wind was low, we decided for a sail over the crystal-clear blue water amidst beautiful palm trees Along with mini cruise with our instructors, we board over a Yacht. And I stubbornly steer the boat. It was most, most, and most enthralling experience with my love. Just like “we can shake the world, together”; the best summer adventures loaded with lots of cheers and fun.
Are you loving this? asked Jasper.
I feel like I am the captain of the boat, Jasper.
Jasper: Oh! sweetheart, you are certainly.
He is a true hero of my life, always a supportive soul.
As soon the mid-day approach, stronger winds gave us sensational adventure fun to our voyage, and I was steering the boat with all my powers. The Yacht was 9-metre-long and the turquoise water with a stunning mountain backdrop.
Jasper decided to have parasailing. I was terribly afraid but he assured me.
I will be there with you, close enough.
And we got to hold and loose…and flew to blue isle across 300 km wide.
Over the gusty winds, and ripple creating waves sound, we are literally flying over the Pacific oceans, with speed and sound of adventures. The heart was beating fast and my hair blew all my worries of my life just like super magic fantasy movies. There are many creeks and coves to explore on the shore. And the stimulating katabatic winds recalled me of John Masefield’s poem “Sea Fever”.
We checked in to a most beautiful overwater bungalow at Bora Bora over three feet deep. You can imagine yourself like Mermaids.
The sunset from Bora Bora island, glow our faces with golden love and leave us in heaven. Orange busting horizon with the cool breeze across the shores w makes us alive to fall for summer holidays every year. Spending evening at the isle was like living in a Paradise of Romance. It was, indeed, blissful!
I am over this, this is so much of love and romance, Darling.
As soon we were approaching the sea bungalow, someone at the sea was screaming.
Jasper saw a woman who loses her control at the boat steering and the boat capsized. The weather was harsh and she was crying for help!
Help! help! please help me, someone.
Jasper jumped into the ocean and swim to help the growing crew. He managed to reach them within five mins, as he is a fine swimmer.
I called the instructor at the base and he managed to reach with the boat and the four lives were saved.
She was French.
Lady: je vous remercie! to as un brave mari.
And I gave her a sweet smile for thanking Jasper for his bravery and kindness.
Day 3: TOUR FROM FLORENCE TO CHIANTI CLASSICO
The other day we took a flight from Florence. Chianti Wines is nestled between two beautiful cities of Florence and Siena. It is the most historical place in entire France.
Chianti wines are well-known for the most celebrated vineyards for producing red velvety wines ever since the 13th century. No wonder, Chianti is known for her natural beauty offered with culinary treasures. The rolling hills are carpeted with olive green grooves, vineyards and lush green fields.
We never had so much exciting sightseeing as we are having in Chianti Wines, trekking to local vineyards was full of life and love. Capturing every moment, in my camera for a time capsule. What more is a need in a relationship other than love, care, beauty, loyalty, trust and an ideally romantic trip; and life with nature with your most idealistic man.
In the afternoon, Jasper and I make a round walk to the north of the attractive main square of Greve in Chianti. Through this picture-perfect landscape, it takes us to the Chianti Classico area, passing by the Villa Calcinaia and numerous vineyards with “Azienda Agricole”. I can’t keep my eyes off while passing through these heritages.
Jasper knew my taste, so he deliberately planned; blend of nature, aesthetics, oceans, wine and culture.
Amidst stunning hamlets of Renaissance cities of Tuscany, Jasper and I descend through a forested valley of the century-old chestnut tree to Radda.
Sometimes walking around the mountains could be more challenging. Discovering ancient Roman farmsteads, the beautiful villa was a soothing feeling and a sensory vision. And over there, we came to learn about a summer Wine festival held in Chianti.
Some local farmer communities organise every year this wine tasting festival; a celebrated vineyard festival and the best wine win the prize money. Basically, they are practising a tradition culture agritourism or agriturismo.
Summer is never so much amusing as I am having here, Jasper.
Indeed, I do agree!
Are we going to taste these collections of wines, I asked?
Yes, love! But you know I don’t drink. Oh ! Darling, we have to taste the wine, don’t have to consume, Jasper delightedly spoked. In his humour, he is winning my heart every time.
It was filled with musical ambivalence and people were dancing with their partners. The song was my favourite one “Take me to Your Heart”. Absolutely complimenting with the moment, we are enjoying at the Chianti Wine Summer Festival. What so suddenly called his strength.
Jasper hold my hands, Will you be mine dance partner, Bella?
And I cheered, I do.
It was the most beautiful evening, sunset in crimson was waving us and Moon was shining in her silver lustre in mid of violent starry sky.
And we were having a rocking time at this loveliest countryside.
DAY 4: THAT SPECIAL SUMMER NIGHT IN SIENA
I never knew this summer is going to be so special for me; it was like a fairy-tale fantasy moment. We catch a flight to the last destination of our romantic tip, Siena. Each day after excursions, we talk for hours at our hotel window, viewing the light of the world. At the campfire, with the soft romantic music listening and recalling the moment of every day, every inch of our trip set on cool summer beaches, that refreshing sail to French river, para-sailing fun vibrant vineyards natural mountains treks and hiking. Dreams which have dreamt together, sometimes it turns into the most emotional moment, sometimes into most romantic. But never had a feeling one summer night, it could be one of the sensational moments for me.
There is something inexpressibly touching in Chianti, Jasper.
Yes, of course, Honey! Inexplicably lovely and exquisite, and impressing views and intoxicated admiration, I cannot help myself getting away from you and here.
Jasper was wearing my most favourite white suit, dressed almost like a French man, with more of elegant collection from Paris we did a shopping earlier. And at the heart of the hotel, he had somehow arranged a celebration for us. On a projector, he was showcasing our pictures taken by him, selfies at high altitudes snap from wine tasting festivals and chasing a French lop in the vineyard.
I was overjoyed while watching these pictures.
In the mid of hotel courtyard, there was a castle-like structure created with lights and silky ribbon curtains. And he holds my hands, I was wearing a red-wine coloured gown with a pearl necklace stud with ruby. I was looking much like a queen.
Jasper : “I want you forever in my life, I want to spend every summer holidays with you, I want to be your apple of eye, I want you to be in your Love poems , I want to grow old in your lap of love and I want to walk on beaches barefoot, splashing water and sailing together. Will you be the enchanting waves of my life?”
I just wanna live and die in your arms, just give me a chance to fulfil all of your bucket wishes. Baby, you are my angel and I wanna be your star-hero in your little cosy heart.
Regina Park Will be you mine forever?
Jasper with his passion of love in his eyes, holding my hands, glided with a gorgeous diamond ring. I could feel all of his love in his eyes and inside his most dazzling heart.
Regina: Jasper, you leave me breathless. I still can’t believe you are mine. You complete me in every way. I have been loving you for a thousand years and will love you for more thousand years, creating more fairy tale chapters for us until we build our Paradise of Romance. You just walked out in my every dream.
Jasper: But before that let’s create in souvenir in Siena.
How about a Vineyard wedding, Darling? asked Jasper
I am on it, Jasper Marvel.
And he almost got wings and hugged me with his warm heart, hold me up as high as much I could touch the stars. Magnetic energy which Venus almost cast on us; a spell which I will treasure forever in my life.
Perhaps I never had such a poetic proposal ever like this. The night was a solemn and at the peak of love; it was full of mystical. And my whole body was penetrating into starry light with the charm of the moon.
I was full of tears in my eyes and swirling waves in my heart. All of this which I want for my life, a joy of our bonding; a rejuvenating love ballad. What a beautiful surprise which finally got fulfilled in stunning Siena. France shall be cherished for her most of successful love tales and for classic romantic touch in summer nights for thousand years. I felt like my mother was watching me from heaven and felt like finally got my happily ever after; a country girl got her handsome Prince.
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