The present is touched by the dark shadows of the past. Follow these characters
as they try to straighten out their lives and, hopefully, their future.
WILL marries ROSIE only to find she has a traumatic secret.
He sat on the bed and she stood in front of him
and held his head against her body.
“You are all I have, ever had. I loved you from
the moment we met”, she whispered.
“Then why, Rosie. We could have a lovely life
together. Why hang onto this old place. Why?”.
Rosie sighed. “Because of what happened”.
“You can’t guess?”.
“No, what must I guess?”.
HELEN the sociopath is obsessed with Jack and willing to go
to any length to get what she wants.
She had eased her away from the old wooden piles,
telling herself that she was not helping Emy to
drown but rather not helping her to survive.
She welcomed his kisses, hot, desperate, kisses
known by those who received too little passion,
who needed to be loved and to return love.
“Oh Helen”, he whispered. “Sine amor, nihil est vita”.
“What’s that?”, she asked, softly.
“Without love, life is pointless”, he answered.
MICHAEL LEE who seems to be a nice guy. But is he?
He decided to follow up his plan, a romantic dinner,
followed by a nightcap at his apartment and the ensuing
night of love. Then he would drop her.
He thought that would probably be the best for him,
for her and her child.
“The Changlings”, he muttered, to himself. No, he
definitely did not fall into that category. If anyone
had to change it would be the woman, she the weaker
sex, subservient, would have to please him.
He didn’t think he needed to change the status quo
by adapting to some woman’s idea of Mr. Perfect.
Yes, he thought, he might string Helen along
for a while. He thought they might find some
common ground, even if it was only their intense
dislike of each other.
SOPHIE AND PETER, divorced but still in love.
He took her in his arms and she remembered
how they used to love, his tenderness, his warmth.
She felt a tear roll down her cheek. She had lost
him to some cheap pickup who had drawled down
the back of his neck until he gave way. She could
understand how it had happened, she had wanted to
say it did not matter, but it did. Her pride had been
irreparably damaged, so she had thought. He stepped
back a little and saw the tear.
A MULTIPLE OF LOVE
She met Mike as planned. He ordered oysters and she
reminded him of how they were an aphrodisiac and
purposely let the juice roll slightly down the side of her
mouth. He had taken his napkin and gently dabbed the
careless dribble and she had smiled, the kind of smile
which spoke the unsaid word.
“Me, what about me?”, she screamed. “He married me
in the hope he could learn to screw”.
She could feel the air leaving her lungs, feel and hear
herself gasping for breath and for a second she saw Emy
on the bed doing the same. Gasping for air, for life.
JIMMY LEE, a grandfather who has good reason to be angry.
He picked up the ‘phone. “Chia, I want you to do
something for me. I want to know everything you
can find out about Michael Lee. You met him once,
he was with my granddaughter. I want to know every
‘phone call he made and every ‘phone call he received.
I want to know who he saw and when he saw them.
I want to know where he is now and every move he
makes. I don’t care how long it takes or how much
it costs. Do you understand?”.
“He won’t get away with this. I will make sure he regrets
the day he set foot in my house. I will revenge her”, he
TWO OF A KIND
He looked across the still lake and imagined
Emy sitting on the mooring, dabbling her feet
in the green water. He had not revenged her as
he had intended. In fact, he was sharing the
She kissed him and for the first time, it was
a kiss of affection, as a mother kisses her child.
A kiss for her baby who had not lived long enough
to know love, a kiss for her baby who had escaped
the pain of life. A kiss which broke her heart.
JACK unexpectedly meets an old love.
He invited her into the house for a beer and talked
briefly of the past. Then she kissed him. He could
feel the warmth of her body against him, recall
the feel of her when she was young, their secret
lovemaking. He remembered how she had sat
behind him on his motorbike, hanging on to his
jacket while he showed off as he took the corners
too narrowly or swerved between the traffic.
JILLIE who is unhappy with her father, Jack, and the part he played
in her mother’s death.
“She had been chasing me since kingdom come.
I had a weak moment and I succumbed
to kingdom come”, he smiled at his rhyming.
“Did that cost mum her life?”.
“Why do you say that?”, he gasped.
“Because if Helen had not been around, mum
would be alive today”.
“We can’t control everything”, he muttered.
“You could have seen the consequences,
if you had chosen to”, she shouted, hysterically.
LOVE IN THE MIST, Jack meets Alison.
“I thinned out these flowers”.
“Oh, you shouldn’t have done that
They’re ‘Love in the Mist’. They always look
a bit straggly”.
“Appropriate name”, he chuckled. “That just
about sums it up. Love, I mean”.