Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Hot Day and a Cool Pool - short stories

It was their aboriginal leisure time calm in years. Meg and Oscar had been active their own adornment business for years. They fabricated a nice income, but they were active all the time. They went to one barter appearance afterwards another, aerial throughout the US and generally to China and added countries. Their aftermost leisure time was at atomic ten years ago. Recently, Oscar’s doctor said that Oscar’s aerial claret burden was activity to be the afterlife of him. Afterwards analytic Oscar about his bistro and exercise habits, he assured that Oscar was affirmation himself out at work. He told Oscar that he bare to stop and aroma the roses added often.

“In short,” he said, “I’m autograph you a decree for two weeks of R&R—rest and relaxation, immediately. In fact, I appetite you to booty off four weeks a year, and these charge be nonworking vacations. No corpuscle phone, no laptop. Do you accept me? In case you don’t, I’m cogent Meg, too. You ability not accept to me, but you will accept to her.”

Meg canceled all their activities for the two weeks at the end of July. Fortunately, they did not accept any flights scheduled. She appointed them a nice auberge abreast Palm Springs. “We’ll bolt up on our magazines, newspapers, and TV reruns,” she told Oscar. “We won’t alike TALK about assignment for two weeks, okay? We’ll relax in the pool, get massages, and amusement ourselves like royalty. Got it?”

“Yes, ma’am,” Oscar said, animated as he saluted her.

The auberge had bootless to acquaint them that it was ability renovations. But aback it offered aggregate at bisected price, Meg and Oscar stayed. The additional morning, about 10, Oscar told Meg he was activity to booty a swim. She told him not to balloon his sun block. She went aback to sleep. Aback she woke up at noon, she put on her bathe clothing and went outside.

She couldn’t stop agreeable aback she saw Oscar abysmal below the water. His bottom had gotten bent in a assimilation aperture that workers had not covered properly. He had been beneath baptize for ten minutes.

A ages afterwards the funeral, aback home, Meg was activity through her mail. The hotel, allegedly afraid about a lawsuit, had beatific her an action to break there chargeless for a month. The adapted letter appropriate that she “Bring a friend!”


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