“The Things We Do For Love”
There are moments in our lives when events happen that stick with us forever.
This story is based on personal experience, with a few twists in the tale. Like the main character, I spent a year as a purser on a cargo ship, a situation I managed to fall into by accident rather than pursue as a career.
Like the main character in the weeks, I had off the ship I used to find out-of-the-way, almost forgotten places to stay, in essence, hiding from the world, and home. I was painfully shy and had always avoided contact with girls for fear of making a fool of myself.
Love seemed eons away, and that hiding process just took it to the nth level.
And, as mentioned before, having read Mills and Boon, the stories my wife devoured, as did her mother, I thought I could write a story that fitted into the confines of the standard 187 pages or so.
All it needed was the key three elements, the boy finds the girl, the boy loses the girl, boy and the girl find each other in the end.
Thus we find the main character, Henry, finds himself on a train, heading to what is metaphorically, the end of the world, in reality, a small seaside town with a hotel that takes the odd guest. It’s winter, it’s cold, wet and miserable.
It suits his mood.
I’ve stayed in small hotels, where the owner is larger than life, the receptionist, barmaid, cook, cleaner and basically does everything, including, at times, the resident psychologist.
At one, I met a girl, a painfully shy female equivalent to me, hiding away because she could no longer take the stifling nature of her parents, and their expectations she is married, with children. Happiness had nothing to do with what the believed was her lot in life.
That week, in a place that was as magnificent as it was forgettable, is a memory that I will treasure for the rest of my life.
The story that came from it, is not what happened, but it just shows what the imagination can do with bare bones.
Did I meet her again? No. I don’t think that was the purpose of it.
What it did do was take that painfully shy boy and give him the necessary courage to go out into a world he had always been afraid of, and find what was eventually his true love.
At the start, we learn about Henry, and why he doesn’t want to be at home. A father that is overbearing, a man who wants his son to be more than what he is. It’s that old story, the parent who cannot accept a son for who he is.
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