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Friday, March 2, 2012

Memories shared strengthen best friends & lovers relationship by Cecilia Robert


In my line of work – I am an assistant nurse – I’ve met a lot of people, each person as interesting as the other. Last week, I visited a couple at their home. The man was 93 years and his wife 89 years. I have to admit in my life, I have never seen a couple so much in love, and at that age? Doesn’t happen very often, I think.

We got to talking. I learned that the couple had been married for 66 years. The husband fought the second world war, and was almost killed in the line of fire.  And as the woman was talking about it, she dabbed her eyes at the memory. And the man – he pulled her to him and hugged her so fiercely, murmuring how he had pulled through the whole ordeal.

Now, years later, after going through all that – loss of friends and family, and the food shortage that followed thereafter as a result of the war, they have children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

So, with a need to quickly dispel the dreary mood that the war story had brought about, I asked them about their younger years. Abruptly, they beamed, and began regaling me with stories. Soon we were laughing, and their eyes twinkled at the memories. They were best friends before they got married. It wasn’t an easy thing back then, but they managed. They were best friends for five years before they got married. They knew each other’s faults and good side like no one else did. And before I left, the woman, her arm wrapped around her husband’s waist  told me – and I’ll translate from German to English. It might sound funny, but utterly romantic: He is the lid and I am the cooking pot. One cannot function without the other. I smiled all the way to the bus station, and even when I got home, I still had this warm fuzzy feeling after basking in such display of love.

Probably you are wondering how this story relates to mine. Or maybe you have guessed. :)

Friends to lovers play a big part in my contemporary novella Truly madly, Deeply, You, Liese and Frey are like this couple. They’ve gone through a lot, they tease and banter with each other, and know when to back off.  Such a relationship, when properly handled, does work in the end.

Thank you for having me on your blog, Holly.




Truly, Madly, Deeply, You by Cecilia Robert
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
Publication Date: March 21st 2012
Format: eBook, Kindle


"Four days before Valentine’s Day, Liese Hansfeld is determined to shut the door to her house, as well as her heart, for her annual four days of mourning her one true love. Little does she know her best friend Freytag Meier is just as determined to keep her from her ritual. He’s ready to pick the lock to her apartment door and camp in her living room if that’s what it takes.

What Freytag isn’t prepared for is the surge of deep-rooted emotions he feels for Liese, but two things stand in his way: the grief and guilt she still clutches close to her heart, and a man who threatens to snatch Liese from under Frey’s watchful eye. Frey is determined to distract her into forgetting her pain. But is that enough to ease her grief, or help her see he can be more than her best friend?"



“You all right, Li?”
She nodded as her eyes swept the room, then back at him. “Really, Frey, you didn’t have to do all that. I was going to clean after the four days.”
He  shrugged. “No worries, sweetheart. What are friends for?” He smiled and beckoned her to him with his free hand. She followed the delicious smell of food more than she obeyed him, and stood beside him. He smiled at her, and pulled her into one arm hug and placed a kiss on her forehead. “Feeling better?”
She nodded, peeking inside the pot. “Yes, I am,” she said, hoping her voice came out cheerful. She didn’t want to have him worried. “Smells good. What’s this?”
“Healthy food.” He turned his attention to the pot of whatever delicious concoction he was cooking and continued stirring.
Liese glanced around for something to do while he went about preparing the meal.  She frowned, as her gaze zeroed in on the sofa.
“Er, Frey, what’s that?”
He glanced up from the pot, and followed her pointing finger. “Oh, that. My overnight bag,” he said nonchalantly. “Didn’t I tell you I’m staying here for those four days? No? Well, I am.” He turned, unconcerned, and continued stirring, dipped two fingers inside the array of bottles of spices in front of him, pinched small amounts and sprinkled dashes into the pot. He repeated the action a few more times before he grunted in satisfaction.
She glared at his back, watching the rise and fall of the muscles there. “No, you’re not.” She glanced up, then poked his arm with her finger to make her point. “You can’t do this to me, Frey. Another time, but not these four precious days. I need to be alone.”
Frey tilted his head slightly, his midnight blue eyes gentle and kind as they’d always been. “Sorry, I’m not leaving. Get used to the idea, Li. Besides, I have five votes from your mom and dad. We voted who should come over and stay with you. I won.” He grinned, and turned away to stir what she now saw was red sauce. The scent of mint filled the air, and her stomach grumbled.
She ignored it and twisted out from under his arm. He snatched her back and held her snug and tight against the length of his body. She leaned into his soothing touch, savouring the comfort of his fingers as they caressed up and down her arm. Her body began to relax. “If I needed you, I’d have called you and asked—”
“Eat, and then if you want to talk later, we’ll talk.” Frey pecked her on the forehead once again, then brought his hand to her face and tucked a few strands of her wayward curls behind her ear. He let her go. “Now sit over there like a good girl.”
She grunted in frustration and stalked away, well, as much as her weakened body would allow her to stalk without losing her pride. She plopped down on the sofa. “You’re no better than my parents.”
He chuckled. “You bet I’m not. I’m worse.”



Cecilia Robert enjoys the play and weave of words that make up a good story. She enjoys creating fantastical worlds and getting lost in them. She often meets a prince, a princess, a pirate, ordinary and badass boy or girl who take her through the wonderful world of dreaming and fantasy.

She doesn't have particular leanings to any kind of story as long as it captures her attention She reads and enjoys urban/dark fantasy romance, paranormal, contemporary, sci-fi, mystery or horror as much as her children's school books.

Some nights, you can find her reading Puss in Boots for her daughter, or trying to understand how to read Manga comics from her son.


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1 comment:

  1. Hi Holly, thank you so much for hosting me on your blog. Love your blog btw. really awesome. :)

    Best
    Cecilia

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