Travel Vignettes are fictional and non-fictional works with a romantic twist. Some are so erotic, they’re not meant to offend the prudish at heart.
Frozen in Time
Greece – Summer 1986
Wading in the crystal-clear water of the Mediterranean, the sun drenched my head. Aphrodite’s presence was everywhere, as one could see lovers affectionately frolicking on the beach. Watching them splashing, caressing, and sensually kissing made me wish for my heart’s desire. I had only hoped he could have been here, so he and I could be like those lovers frolicking on the beach. But like the calmness of the sea, I had to wait patiently for his embrace.
As the sun beamed down on me, I knew it was time to get out of the water and head back to the white-washed stone house. He brought me there to keep me safe and close to him. He and I fell in love back at university in Buffalo, New York.
It was our plan for me to come to Greece and for him to show me its beauty. It was also more than that. It was for him to announce our engagement to his parents, who were hell-bent on him marrying a Greek girl from his village.
Looking back, I remember feeling that we might miss each other at the Port of Piraeus. It was our rendezvous point for us to sail to Heraklion from Athens. The port was terribly crowded on that particular day. And with the hustle and bustle of the people, I couldn’t make sight of him, which caused me to feel frighten.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t be on the same ferry as I because he had to be with his platoon. He had to fulfill his conscripted duty like all men in Greece. So, he asked a friend, who was in the same company, to answer his name at role call when docking in Heraklion. He did all that, so he and I could be together on the same ferry. He took a risk, but he was smooth like that.
Patting myself dry and readying to head back to the white-washed stone house, I could still see us, in my mind’s eye, that is, on the top deck and him hugging me from behind, as the bold red sun descended into the sea. His gentle kiss on my neck took all my worries away. It all seemed so insouciant, but little did I know, what was yet to come once landing in Heraklion.
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