One Lost Summer (Part 7, page 1 of 31)


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Part 7

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The first leg of the journey, taking them to the westernmost edge of the African continent, took a full five weeks. There they stopped in port for a day, to rest and to reprovision the boat for the Atlantic crossing. As Manon had said, the time for Kirstie would be marked by little intimacies shared with Thomas, the man she had come to think of as her husband-to-be. And by the time she had gotten used to the idea that this was all they could share of each other, she discovered too that an inner resolve and confidence was forming itself, albeit with melancholic overtones. There was no guarantee that their voyage would end in resolution and consummation; no guarantee that disaster wouldn’t strike along the way; and there was certainly no guarantee that the circumstances and conditions that presently governed their lives wouldn’t change, for better or for worse.

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