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From This Day Forward – Chapter One, Part Twelve

Welcome to From This Day Forward, book ten in the Operation Quickline series. It’s Sid and Lisa’s big day – their wedding. But in the weeks leading up to the event, something strange is going on. The only thing scarier will be their honeymoon. You can read the first episode here and see all the episodes that have run here.

I enjoyed the necking in kind of a dreamy stupor. At the same time, my thoughts wandered. Again, to early January.

(Monday, January 6)

I was entering a new query letter into the computer when Sid wandered into our office. He’d been to lunch with Henry James. That was not unusual. The two went to lunch regularly, and usually just for the fun of it. Sid did not usually come back from those outings looking bewildered, though.

“Are you okay?” I asked.

Sid slid onto his desk chair. “I think so. We need to talk about our honeymoon.”

I looked at him. “Weren’t we talking about Hawaii?”

“Yeah. But you said you’d rather go to England.”

“I said I didn’t think we could.”

I have my Master of Arts in English Literature. I wanted to go to England and then some. The problem was, because of our side business, Sid and I had to get any trips outside the U.S. cleared upline. Hawaii may not have been the preferred option, but it was an acceptable alternative.

“Henry actually suggested going to England.” Sid shrugged. “Which makes sense. He knows what a Shakespeare freak you are.”

“But what about you? Don’t you want to bask indolently in the sun?”

“I don’t care.” Sid shrugged.

“Really?” I looked at him. “That used to be your favorite way to go on vacation.”

He winced. “It was a favorite way to get laid.” He sighed and mused. “I had a lot of fun with Sy this past holiday. It’s entirely possible that tourism could be a new passion.” He looked at me. “Do you still want to go to England?”

“Are you kidding? I’d love it! Do you want to?”

“Yeah. It sounds like fun.” He sat up a little. “I’ll have to research some flights, but I’m guessing with the time change and everything, we’ll have to spend the wedding night in L.A. Is that okay?”

“Sure.” I thought. “Any reason we can’t spend it here at the house?”

Sid grinned. “Besides our families?”

“That’s why the bedroom was soundproofed and we have locks on the doors.”

“True.” He looked at me. “You know, given how the timing on my last AIDS test works out, we might have to wait until the wedding night for me to deflower you. I suppose if we find a way for that to happen before the wedding night, then spending it here is less of an issue.”

“And if we have to wait until the wedding night, then it’s even better if we do it here.” I smiled as he looked at me in wonder. “When we finally get to have full sexual intercourse for the first time, I’d rather do it in our own bed than anywhere else.”

Sid leaned back in his chair and sighed. He was feeling the urge. I shifted. I couldn’t help but feel it, too.

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