“We’re close to an arrest,” Rob confides.
“Of course,  Detective. You always get your man.”
“Or woman,” he muses.  I laugh.

During our magical afternoon together, he never mentions the jewel robbery.

“Pick me up at eight.”

I wear my favorite pale green silk, trying on the magnificent emeralds just for fun.
He arrives early, surprising me, views the bracelet with alarm.

I can’t bear the expression in his blue eyes.
“It’s paste, silly,” I lie.
He’s the love of my life. I’d do anything for him, except abandon my life’s work.

Someday I’ll explain.
But not today.

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    1 year ago

    Although we loved all of the Sylvie series, we choose this as the best because it was not dependent on anything that came before. Each was a lovely stand alone, but altogether they would have made a great story, albeit too long for this contest! We were reminded of magazine sequels. Oh, for those days!

    Carrie OLeary
    Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
    1 year ago

    Great story, Fuji, will the romance last when her secret is revealed? Let me get to part 2

    Linda Rock
    Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
    1 year ago

    Torn between two loves, the love of her life and her addiction (or devotion?) to her work, what an unenviable situation. An intriguing story, Fuji, really well written, as always. Now on to Part 2!

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    1 year ago

    A great love story that fascinates me. Now turning to part 2. Well done.

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
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    1 year ago

    You are welcome, Fuji.

    Sandra James
    Sandra James(@sandra-james)
    1 year ago

    Thank goodness you’ve posted part 2 already! I’m intrigued and so many possibilities running through my mind. Well done.

    Margarida Brei
    Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
    1 year ago

    I am swinging between admiring and disliking the protagonist. She is too sure of herself in her crimes.

    Christer Norrlof
    Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
    1 year ago

    I love the lighthearted style in this story, Fuji. Sylvie seems to be a very smart and mischievous girl, although unreliable with her secret life. I wonder what will happen if the detective again surprises her. Will she outsmart him once again?

    Heather Chrzanowski
    Heather Chrzanowski(@heather-chrzanowski)
    1 year ago

    Fuji, I think you are one of my favorite writers on this site! You always have the most creative stories. I really enjoy reading your work.

    Marianna Pieterse
    Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
    1 year ago

    This is very captivating, Fuji. I am eager to see what happens next!

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