This delightful and enchanting
story was chosen to appear in Bright Light Multimedia's latest anthology,
“Speaking of Love”.
For your pleasure and perusal, we present an extract from ...
"Can you meet me at
lunchtime, Emma? It's important."
"Love to. See you at the usual place."
Emma sat on the park bench waiting for Brad, enjoying the fragrant pink and
white carnation display, the dappled patterns of swaying gums on the path. Why
did Brad want to see her? The phone call came as a surprise but, after being
together for three years, perhaps he wanted to pop the question.
Brad strode over, grim-faced, his eyes evading hers, and flung himself down
"I’m sorry, Emma, but it’s over."
She flinched, "What’s over?"
"I’ve met someone I want to marry."
Emma’s heart sank. It couldn’t be true. She watched Brad’s lips move but
couldn’t make sense of his words. How could their relationship be over? He loved
her. There’d been no arguments, nothing to suggest anything was wrong. But one
look at the determined set of his jaw told her nothing would change his mind.
Dazed, she stumbled back to the office.
Brad’s heartlessness occupied her mind all afternoon as she sat at her desk,
contemplating the stack of files to be processed. She lifted a file off the top,
opened it and read the correspondence, but could not absorb it.
Over the dinner table, she broke the news to her parents.
Her father rested his cutlery on his plate. "Who’s the girl?"
"I don’t know. I didn’t ask."
Her mother shook her head. "I thought Brad was ready to commit."
"So did I."
Emma tossed about in bed, thinking of Brad and his stony-faced refusal to meet
her eyes. Tears flowed down her cheeks and spread onto her pillow. No matter how
she tried, she couldn’t accept he loved someone else.
At work the next day, she told Philly.
"That’s awful, Emma," Philly pursed her lips, "But these things happen. You’ll
get over it."
Emma's lip trembled, "I don’t know if I will." She lifted a file from the stack,
"And I can’t concentrate on my work."
Philly touched her arm, "I’m going home to Arcadia this weekend. Like to come?"
complete story can now be found in Bright Light
Multimedia’s latest publication
positive and uplifting short stories and poems about
romance, marriage and true love -
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Editor: "Arcadia" is a wonderful story – in fact, we like it so
much, we chose it to go into our book about the joys and
wonder of love – “Speaking of Love”. If you know someone
who enjoys feeling good all over, then this is the
perfect present for them. Remember you deserve to feel
happy too. Why not give yourself the gift that keeps on
giving – “Speaking of Love”.
by B.A. Llewellyn
"An inspirational and happy love
story with playful description of Arcadia and its atmosphere.
What a talented author and friend!"
"A great story! Nicely
paced and beautifully written. I'm glad Emma found her true
"Congratulations on a feel
good, beautifully & simply written short story."
"A lovely way to start the day."
"Wonderful story , well done."
John & Judith
"An excellent story, well-developed,kept
us reading, beautifully written."
"A lovely story with a happy
ending! I really enjoyed reading it, I felt all warm and fuzzy
"Really enjoyed a feel good
Paul Harvard Australia
"I felt happy and uplifted. It also made me
Judy Hamm Australia
"Brilliant short story. Great characterism"
"Enjoyed Arcadia very much. I have such a
Leone Barnes Australia
"A delight to read."
"Nice read- well written."
Wendy Lown Australia
"I liked this story. It avoided being
"gushy", the prose was compact and the message uplifting."
"This was a sweet read and a sweet story.
Had me hooked and hoping for a happy ending so I was well rewarded. I loved the
descriptions of Arcadia, felt I was there. Thanks for brightening my day!"
"I love escapism"
"Easy read. Tender,clean,love story set in
a peaceful place, Goodness overcomes."
"Interesting, bubbly 'young person's'
romantic short story."
Fran Smith Australia
"Delightful romance. The graphic
descriptions throughout the story were wonderfully visual, painting each setting
"Love a good romance. It's a great little
story and just goes to show that, ultimately, true love reigns supreme. To all
the girls out there, bide your time and hang out for the right one!"
Marilyn Gay Australia
"What a lovely read. Well written, happy
story not overdone. Very enjoyable."
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