An Unforgettable Love
by Mallory Quinn
What if Candy and Terry, didnít meet as teens, but as adults on a boat that was bringing them back to America? Will they be able to resist the passion that will wrap them up?
My story starts in the beginnings of the thirtiesÖ
"Two ships lost in the fog"
The sun was shining in London, but was not heating up the air. It was the end of December, the last in fact, the 31st, the holiday season, and Candice White Andrew tighten the scarf around her neck. She was in Europe on vacations, in a way at least. She had to go to medical conferences. Since she was a nurse, she was asking herself if she should take the next step and become a doctor. Albert sent her to Europe at these conferences, so she would have an idea and make the right decision. She took advantage of her trip to do some tourism and visit historical sites.
Albert, she though about him with a lot of affection. After all he was her benefactor, he adopted her, sent her to college, he supported her decision when she went to nursing school, to live alone and now her desire to become a doctor. He became more than a friend through the years, they became very close. And when Albert asked her to marry her, she refused at first, but after years of perseverance, elle finally accepted. He wanted to come with her, but he had important business meetings, a merger which was suppose to make the Andrews one of the richest family in America. Candy was doing her last minutes shopping before getting on the boat to America. She was impatient to see her friends: Archie, Annie, Patty, her two moms Miss Pony and Sister Maria, the children at the Pony House and especially Albert. She was also impatient to get back to work, working as a nurse and helping others was one of the reason she woke up every morning. She went back to her hotel to pack her luggage. Annie, her childhood friend who was married to Archibald, had insisted for her to buy a wardrobe worty of a lady. So she had a complete new wardrobe for this trip. Candy was never interested by money. Albert was very rich but for Candy, the most important thing was to have a family, someone who loved and took care of her. She didnít know why she refused to marry him all those other times; she had the impression something was missing. She thought of Anthony, her childhood love, how she missed him. The years have passed, but he pain was still there, she got used to living with the loss of Anthony. The loss of Alistair at the war, was also painful.
Annie and Patty have tried to set her up with all eligible bachelor of Chicago without success. Even Neil Reagan try to win her by been nice, after the fiasco that almost got her hooked to her worst enemy, he decided to try to become a better man and hoped that Candy would fall in love with him in time. Candy was very touched by his gesture and impressed by his change, but she couldnít fall in love with him. Neil never forgave her. So much for been a better man! Maybe he would have become a better man if Candy had love him butÖ One of the mysteries of the universe: the heart the involuntary muscle in the physical sense and the figurative sense. It stops beating when it wants, and it falls in love when it wants. Mother Nature does things well!
She finally finished packing her luggage and was ready to go. The hotel bellboys came to get her luggage to put it in the taxi, which will bring her to Southampton.
Not to far from there in another hotel, a young actor of theatre was getting ready to go back to America. After a tour of a few months in Europe, he was finally going home. The success of his European tour made him happy. He could now take a few weeks off and finally rest with heís fiancť. There was a knock at the door.
Two young bellboys came in to take his luggage.
The door closed behind him. Terrence G. Grandchester, talented actor and engaged to Susanna Marlowe. Life was perfect, a good career, a beautiful fiancť, a nice life, but why did he had the impression that something was missing? He was traveling alone, the rest of his troupe left three days earlier. He will be alone without anybody to bother him. He will take this time to do some thinking; he has to choose a wedding date with Susanna. He finally asked her to marry her, after all the pressure from the people around him, but he couldnít get around choosing a wedding date. The universe seemed to be telling him that something was missing in his life. A good career, a nice life. Marriage? Why not? It was the next logical step. After his big break as an actor, when he was just a teen, he built up his career and now heís going to get married and have a family. But the feeling that something was missing in his life was too strong. During his trip, he hoped to find the answer. He didnít know how, but he was sure the universe will make him understand.
The regular motion of the boat, which was bringing her back home, was almost rocking. Candy closed her eyes. She was out side leaning against the edge of the boat and imagined she was a mermaid in front of those old boats, which seemed to lead and got rid of those mythical mermaid who where known for destroying ships. Her long blond and curly hair was moving in the wind direction. She was wearing a white dress under her beige coat and she looked like an angel. She didnít know that a pair of deep bleu eyes was looking at her and thought she was a vision.
Terrence G. Grandchester was in his cabin and was watching through the porthole, she was the most beautiful woman heís ever seen. There was a knock on the door; he didnít hear it the fist time, because he was mesmerized by the vision of the young woman. There was another knock on the door, louder this time and he had to come out of his trance with regret trance . He opened the door, it was the cruise director inviting him to the Captainsí table for diner. He thanked him and went back to porthole, but the young woman was gone. Was it an illusion, a vision ? All he knew is that there was an angel with blond hair, a moment ago and that she was the most beautiful thing heís ever seen. He decided to look for the young woman to make sure she was real.
Candy went back to her cabin and decided to rest by taking a little nap. Those last minute shopping earlier that morning, made her tired, and she had to dine a the Captainís table. The cruise director gave her the invitation as she was going out of her cabin. She wanted to be in shape.
Time passed and Candy woke up in a hurry. What time was it? She missed the diner with the Captain! She wanted to order something to eat in her cabin, but changed her mind. She will still go to the restaurant, if diner time has passed, she will find something to eat. She got ready so she put on a green dress, which matched the color of her eyes; she also put on her beige coat. She got out of her cabin and went to the dining room.
In the mean time, at the Captainís table, the diner was almost over and the young actor was a little disappointed to not have seen "his angel with blond hair". The people around him was talking, he was barely listening to what the were saying. His eyes were looking for the young woman with blond hair without success. Finally convinced that she was only the fruit of his imagination, caused by stress and tiredness, he went for a walk outside.
Candy arrived in the dining room and sat at the Captainís table. In spite of her late arrival, the servers brought her some food. The table was almost empty, so ate her diner alone in silence. When she finished, she stood up to leave and she saw a gold cigarette case near her purse. She took it hoping to find the owner. She looked around and the serves seemed to have disappeared or were busy with other passengers. She left the dining room and was walking calmly outside with the case in the hand.
Terrence G. Grandchester was outside, having some fresh air. He wanted to smoke a cigarette. He looked for his cigarette case in his pockets and realized that he probably forgot it at the Captainís diner table. At the same time he raised his eyes and saw Candy passing right in front of him. He couldnít believe his eyes! She was real! She was even more beautiful than in his memory; her long blond and curly hair layered and her beautiful green dress under her beige coat, he almost pinched himself to make sure he wasnít dreaming. He had to talk to her, to approach her, before she disappears again. Then, he saw something shinning in her left hand, and he recognized his cigarette case.
Thereís your doorway, buddy! He said to himself.
Candy turned over and saw a young man, with long brown hair and deep blue eyes. He was very attractive and she had the impression sheís seen him somewhere before. But where? She came back on her steps.
Their eyes met, and for the both of them, there was a thunderbolt. They had the impression the universe suddenly made sense. After a little silence, that seemed to last for ever, the young actor finally said:
He couldnít take his eyes off hers. Candy had to look down to open the case and read the inscription.
Candy was surprised by his audacity. How dare he give me a nickname? But she wasnít offended. On the contrary she felt a joy submerging her, not knowing where it came from.
"Mr. Grandchester, Miss Andrew" they were still continuing with the formalities with a mocking tone.
Candy never felt so comfortable with someone she just met. She had the impression, she known him forever. Terry had the same feeling of knowing her forever.
Terrence Grandchester, why do the name seem so familiar to me? She asked herself. Well never mind, Iíll find out later. For now letís just enjoy the company. I was starting to get bored.
Disappointed why? Wasnít he engaged himself? What was happening to him?
Candy blushed at the compliment. But she got a hold of herself.
Terry melted at Candyís smile.
In normal time, this conversation would have chocked her, but strangely, flirting with this young man was like the most natural thing in the world. It disturbed her a little. What was happening to her? She decided to leave.
She felt a kind of hot flash invading her.
He accompanied her to her cabin. She opened the door, got in and thanked him for his kindness.
She was holding the handle from the inside, to close the door.
He was leaning a little, so their faces were very close. They looked at each other for a little while which seemed to last longer, it was like they wanted to say something butÖCandy closed the door unable to bear with the attraction that was obvious between them. What was happening to her? Why was she feeling like that? Half an hour ago, she didnít know Terry, but now it was like she knew him all her life. It was like being thrown in an endless pit without knowing when sheís going to reach the bottom. Everything she felt, only created confusion in her mind. Every time she thought about it, her heart jumped. Terrence GrandchesterÖTerry. She continued hearing the name in her head for the rest of the evening, the rest of her night and in her dreams.
Terry went back to his cabin the heart happy. His blond hair angel existed. It wasnít a figment of his imagination. Those emerald green eyes like the dress she was wearing and her enchanting smileÖ.He couldnít stop thinking about her. Candice White AndrewÖ.Candy Ö it was the most beautiful name in the world. His life made sense now, the universe finally gave him the missing piece in his life, the master piece. He realized that in just a few hours, ever since her saw her through the porthole, his life made sense had a meaning. He never believe in love at first sight, but now he can tell whoever wants to hear it, that there is such thing as, love at first sight. He wanted to smoke a cigarette, but he remembered Candyís word. He didnít smoke that night.