I dedicate this to Liz1967 and BenedictedCumberbabe221 ( the latter I am so sorry it has taken me so long to do another one like I promised) as well as this one Liz1967 has given me an idea for a TBEMH/James Bond Crossover so keep your eyes peeled lovelies xxx
You Make Me Want To Live Again
They'd only been in India a week and he couldn't believe how mesmerised he had become by her beauty. Evelyn was just the complete opposite from Jean, she was kind, caring, never a bad word to say about anyone. All Jean had done since she'd arrived was complain about the Hotel, the heat, the people and the food. He was sitting having a drink up on the balcony with Jean, Madge, Evelyn and Norman.
"Douglas, did you hear what I said." Jean moaned, at him.
"Sorry love, I was miles away. What were you saying."
"I was just saying to the others that as soon as our Daughter's money comes through, we should hopefully be going home."
"Oh come on Jean, in all honesty what are the chances of the money coming through."
"But Lisa said…"
"I know what she said love but she's only trying to sooth your worries. The chances are that it could take months, years even for her to reform the business."
"Well thank you Douglas, you know just how to cheer me up."
She got up from the table and marched away to her room, the sound of the door slamming, echoing throughout. Douglas looked up to see the others sating at him, Evelyn was watching him with sympathy in her eyes.
"I'm sorry about Jean's outburst." He smiled.
"Oh don't worry about it, we barely noticed. Did we Norman." Madge smiled.
"Barely batted an eye."
"She's always been a bit of a fuss pot."
"I think I might go for a walk. Why don't I go and see if I can persuade Jean to come with me." Madge said.
"I wouldn't hold my breath Madge."
"Well there's no harm in trying. Come on Norman, between the two of us I'm sure we can convince her."
Madge got up, dragging Norman along with her. Douglas couldn't surpress a laugh but at least they were trying. He looked to his side to see Evelyn watching him.
"What is it." He asked.
"I'm trying to understand why on earth you both came here. If she can't stand the heat, hates the food and the people then why come."
"It was all we could afford and I thought we could be happy here. A fresh start."
"But it's anything but, is it."
"The older she's become, the more miserable she is. We don't talk anymore, just argue."
"It's not your fault. I'm sorry for unloading on you."
"DOUGLAS, I'M JUST GOING FOR A WALK WITH MADGE AND NORMAN." Jean yelled up from below.
Douglas got of his seat and looked out over the edge.
"Okay have fun, I may go for a walk myself."
"Well come with us."
"It's okay love, I'm not quite ready yet. You go and enjoy yourself."
He smiled and waved her off before taking a seat beside Evelyn again.
"Sorry about that." He smiled.
"It's fine, where are you going to go."
"You said you were going for a walk."
"Oh I'm not really sure. There's a lake not far from here, it's peaceful and secluded."
"Well have a good time." She said, getting up.
"Would you like to come with me. We could take some sandwiches with us."
"You wouldn't mind."
"I wouldn't have asked if I did would I, besides after all Jean's complaining, you're a much welcomed relief."
"Give me 10 minutes and I'll meet you out front."
He watched her walk away and took in every inch of her. He loved his Wife but Evelyn was the most beautiful woman he's ever laid eyes on.
He stood out the front of the Hotel and smiled when he saw her approaching. She had changed into a pair of cream trousers and a white shirt and a lilac pashmina over her shoulders.
"You look lovely Evelyn."
"Thank you, shall we go."
They walked along in silence, taking in the lovely scenery around them. They made their way down to the lake and Douglas took off his jacket and allowed Evelyn to use it as a blanket.
"Sorry I never thought about a blanket."
"Doesn't matter." She smiled.
They sat down and Douglas passed Evelyn a sandwich and a bottle of water.
"Douglas, I hope you don't mind my asking but why stay married to Jean if you're not happy."
"I don't know, I guess we stayed together for Lisa but then after she left…we just don't talk anymore about anything. The only time we talk is when she tells me what a fool I've been with money and why I forced her to move here."
"All you've done is say sorry when we talk."
"Sorry I…okay look if you're not happy then you need to tell her. You deserve better, you both do."
"I wish I'd met you years ago." He smiled at her.
"I was thinking the same."
"Did your Husband leave you with a lot of debt."
"More than enough, we were not so unlike you and Jean. We argued a lot, normally money. He never told me just how bad it all was."
He watched as he saw tears forming in her eyes. He slid over beside her and put his arm around her to comfort her.
"Sorry Douglas, you shouldn't have to see me like this." Her tears flowing freely.
"Evelyn don't apologise, just let it all out.
"I feel so alone out here, my family so far away."
"Then why come."
"I wanted to prove to my Son that I could deal with things on my own. Hugh did everything for me and everyone was convinced I couldn't cope. They were already to move me in to my Son's house and I didn't want that. I wanted my life back, you understand that don't you."
She looked up at him, looking so broken and he couldn't resist the urge to kiss her. He smiled softly at her before leaning in and placing a gentle but loving kiss to her lips.
To Be Continued…