Thankful Thursday!  Guylty’s 2022 RA bday fundraiser teaser, August 11, 2022 Gratiana Lovelace  (Post #1473)

@GuyltyPleasure recently shared an update about her upcoming annual Richard Armitage  birthday fundraiser for 2022!   Her “teaser” has a quick gif showing several of the 200+ gifts to buy.

https://guylty.net/2022/08/10/tee-tee-tease-2022rabirthdayfundraiser/

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And this fundraiser is even bigger and better than past years! So be sure to check it out!

And on Twitter, @GuyltyPleasure is using the hashtag:  #2022RABirthdayFUndRAiser

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, & peaceful day! Hugs & Love! Grati ;->

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True gentlemen, Richard Armitage and his N&S John Thornton character portrayal, August 08, 2022 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1472)

A true gentleman–or lady–thinks of other people’s welfare, treats them kindly, and speaks well of others.

I think both the multi-talented British actor Richard Armitage the man, and his John Thornton character portrayal in “North & South” (2004) [below viaTHR] each fit that definition of a gentleman.

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Thanks to @TheHelstoneRose for sharing the image and the inspiRAtion! ❤

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, & peaceful day! Hugs & Love! ❤ Grati  ;->
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Love us some  Richard Armitage as Harry Kennedy quotes & memes in HJK_Daily collage,  July 28, 2022  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1471)

  

Sighhhh!  Thanks for sharing, to the @hjk_daily!

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, & peaceful day! Hugs & Love! Grati ;->

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The movie poster for “The Man from Rome” starring Richard Armitage, July 23, 2022  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1470)

  

Love this new movie poster for “The Man from Rome” film–starring Richard Armitage portraying Fr. Quart– as tweeted by the book’s author–Arturo Perez-Reverte!

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With the talented British actor Richard Armitage blending his dramatic, action hero, and spy character acting chops with mysticism and investigative sleuthing skills, one should not underestimate the lengths to which Fr. Quart will go in his search for the truth.

This looks to be a most spell binding film of intrigue, mystery, and suspense.  And I can’t wait to see it in Fall 2022.

And thanks to LynneO of the Richard Armitage Admiration Society for sharing the tweet link!

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and peaceful day! Hugs & Love! Grati ;->

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Congratulations to British Actor Richard Armitage for his recently awarded Honorary Degree! July 22, 2022 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1469)

Wow!  Congratulations to the multi-talented British actor Richard Armitage for recently being awarded an Honorary Degree as a Doctor of Letters from the University of Leicester, in his hometown of Leicester, England!  For more on the big day, visit this hometown feature article here.

 

Below is a screenshot of the award ceremony’s program bio for Richard Armitage (via Pattison College):
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And thanks to RCA and his various fans who also shared the event and article links, pointing me to RA’s tweet above!

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, & peaceful day!  Hugs & Love!  Grati  ;->

P.S. And Louise King at Armitage Army shared the FB link for the University of Leicester graduation video with Richard Armitage’s 7 min speech about his honorary degree at 41 minutes in.

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“Workout Wednesday”:  A powerful gif of Richard Armitage exercising his arms for wielding Orcrist, via Louise King, July 20, 2022 Gratiana Lovelace (Post#1468)

  

Thanks to Louise King for sharing the multi-talented British actor Richard Armitage exercising his Orcrist wielding arms gif (below) on Facebook!

And Richard Armitage’s workout proved successful in him wielding Orcrist, as shown in a gif from Midnightxsun below (and in my side bar for a while now):

And when I shared the Orcrist swinging gif with Louise King over on FB, she had asked my opinion of whether a Richard Armitage KRA3 project might yet come about.  So I replied to her with my thoughts, and now share them  with my SAL blog readers below:

As to Richard Armitage participating in a Richard III film or tv miniseries project, that would be lovely.  As a writer, producer, and even as actor, Richard Armitage would make a mark on this project due to his special interest in the topic.

Richard Armitage’s  affinity for this project has been attributed to him being born on August 22nd—the date of King Richard III’s death–him being named Richard by his Father for this historical coincidence, and his growing up in Leicester, England.

And though King Richard III died at the age of 33 years, maybe the almost 51 year old Richard Armitage could portray Richard Neville, the Earl of Warwick, known as The King Maker?  That’s a meaty role, if ever there was one.

For more about RA’s fandom’s interest in a King Richard III project involving Richard Armitage, visit Christine Doart‘s excellent KRA3 blog with curated information and events at:

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Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, & peaceful day! Hugs & Love! Grati ;->

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Slightly reworked “The Man from Rome” trailer with Fr. Quart doing pushups, July 13, 2022 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1467)

The video below seems like a slightly reworked movie trailer for “The Man from Rome” film–cue the talented British actor Richard Armitage as Fr. Quart doing pushups bare chested–as shared by Penguin Bolsillo on Twitter. Thanks!  Enjoy!

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, & peaceful day! Hugs & Love! Grati ;->

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Moves-tastic Monday! RA’s Dr. Astrov dancing hips gif via KatieC, July 11, 2022 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1466)

Wow! No wonder the talented British actor Richard Armitage (image right via Mat Khal, thanks!) is in such great shape–since he can move his hips like that!  This gif of RA gyrating his hips as Dr. Astrov in “Uncle Vanya” definitely shows is commitment to his art! Sighhh!

Were I to attempt those moves, I would either dislocate something or end up on the floor. Ha!

Thanks to KatieC for sharing this gif!

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, & peaceful day!  Hugs & Love!  Grati

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Richard Armitage publishing & narrating his first book “Geneva” via Audible October 20,2022, June 29, 2022 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1465)

The multi-talented British actor, writer, producer Richard Armitage has written 2022--RichardArmitage-in-Public-phone-booth_Feb14-2022viaRCATweet his first book “Geneva” that is soon to be published (October 20, 2022) and narrated by him via Audible!

Wow! Thanks to RCA for tweeting the information!

“Publisher’s Summary

Nobel prize winning scientist Sarah Collier heads to an important conference in Geneva with her husband Daniel. But while there being lobbied by corporations for their support she begins to experience confusing contradictions and lapses of memory…

A dark psychological thriller for fans of Before I Go to Sleep and The Woman in the Window, written and performed by Richard Armitage.

©2022 Richard Armitage (P)2022 Audible, Ltd”

It’s definitely a Wonderful Wednesday!  I can’t wait to listen to Richard Armitage’s 1st book “Geneva”!  I’m sure “Geneva” will be Richard Armitage’s storytelling at its finest!

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, & peaceful day! Hugs & Love! Grati ;->

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Compassionate Monday—Richard Armitage kindly shares his condolences upon a Fan’s passing, June 27, 2022 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1464) 

Richard Armitage kindly shares his condolences upon a Fan’s passing.

And Richard Armitage kindly replied with his condolences about his fan Mariana Tomozei who recently passed. Such a compassionate man!

     I’m so sorry to hear this, and also offer my condolences to her family and friends. 

Thanks to JaneeB  for also sharing Mariana T’s lovely Fr. Quart drawing of Richard Armitage (pasted below in case  you could not see it in her tweet above).

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, & peaceful day! Hugs & Love!  Grati ;->

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Woofing Wednesday!  Love this Cyn Dainty Richard Armitage with Dogs collage!,  June 22, 2022 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1463)

 

Love this RA with dogs collage shared by CynDainty (@dainty_c)! Thanks for the good feels!  It’s purrrfect!

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, & peaceful day! Hugs & Love! Grati ;->

P.S.  And here is that image if you can’t see it above:

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Richard Armitage young at heart & mind wallpaper quote, June 20, 2022 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1462)

Love this wonderful Richard Armitage wallpaper quote!  He is so young at heart and in mind!

Thanks to ArmitageKat for sharing!   Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, & peaceful day!  Hugs & Love!  Grati  ;->

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Richard Armitage Selfie from France is SAL blog’s June 2022 wallpaper, June 12, 2022 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1461)

Stun Day Sunday!
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When I first saw this Richard Armitage selfie from last May (above)  with him farewelling France after he finished filming his latest tv miniseries “Damage”, I knew that it had to be my June 2022 wallpaper and sidebar image!

The oh so talented British actor Richard Armitage’s  gentle smile coupled with the gorgeous sunny Marseille, France  background is full of soothing calm.

So below is my June 2022 wallpaper, with its sidebar image sized  version at top right on my SAL blog sidebar:

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Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, & peaceful month!  Hugs & Love!  Grati  ;->

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Britain’s 2022 TV Choice Awards voting by fans begins, June 09, 2022 Gratiana Lovelace (Post#1460)

Thanks to the wonderfully talented British actor Richard Armitage for sharing the link for Britain’s 2022TV Choice Awards voting by fans!

And here is that direct voting link:
https://www.tvchoicemagazine.co.uk/homepage/tv-choice-awards/vote-now-in-the-tv-choice-awards-2022/

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, & peaceful day!  Hugs & Love, Grati  ;->

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Richard Armitage’s “The Man From Rome” film premieres in September 2022, May 28, 2022 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1459) 


The Man from Rome” film will premiere in September 2022! Thanks to the talented British actor Richard Armitage and then RAFan CynDainty retweeting the author Arturo Perez-Reverte‘s tweet about it!

So that shortens our wait for the next big Richard Armitage film storytelling.  Yay!

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, & peaceful day! Hugs   & Cheers! Grati ;->

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Tenderly Sexy Saturday!  Love Richard Armitage’s kind words about his “Damage” love interest and costar Charlie Murphy!  May 21, 2022 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1458)

The talented and handsome British actor Richard Armitage is such a gentleman!

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Though his recently finished filming tv miniseries “Damage” is touted to be an “erotic thriller” about the damaging effects of adultery upon a family, Richard Armitage softens that advertising headline grabbing description in his Instagram remarks to highlight the romance of his and Charlie Murphy’s characters!

I will definitely watch this dramatically romantic tv mini-series!

Thanks for sharing this RA Instagram screenshot and link, TeresaA!

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, & peaceful day! Hugs & Cheers! Grati ;->

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Two recent Richard Armitage film characters embody shades of lust and temptation,  May 18, 2022 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1457) 

The talented British actor Richard Armitage looks oh so temptingliy handsome bts in filming his last day of the miniseries “Damage” yesterday (image belowof Richard Armitage).  In it, he portrays a future father-in-law who has an affair with his future daughter-in-law.  Hence the miniseries is named after the fallout of that affair causing “damage” to their family.

Thanks for sharing the image to RABulgaria  & RobinT!

And since “Damage” is about lust and adultery, my mind went to another recent character of Richard Armitage’s where avoiding lust and temptation are  occupational hazards/requirements—as Fr. Lorenzo Quart (right) in  the film “The Man from Rome” that is due to be released sometime in late 2022.

I started reading  “The Seville Communion” aka “The Man from Rome” last weekend.  And I’m about 55 pages in on my Kindle for PC.  The story is very interesting in how the author Arturo Perez-Reverte deftly creates almost cabals of characters—in two sets of three people so far as almost symbolic  Trinities.

The Machiavellian Cardinal Iwaszkiewicz, Monsignor Spada/Archbishop/The Mastif  who might have nefarious intentions regarding a certain Our Lady of Tears Church, and Fr. Quart as an investigator for the Vatican is one such Trinity symbolism.  And “The Three Villains” as the title for Chapter2 proclaims, are Don Ibrahim as a down on his luck fake lawyer, his evil henchman El Potro del Mantelet, and a mature female singer long past her prime who is in denial about that.

That notion of the Trinity symbolism just hit me as I write this.  Yet given the religious setting of this film, the incorporation of such religious  symbolism as the Trinity would be likely.  So I’ll be on the look out for other such nods  to religious symbols and imagery as I continue to read the book that the “The Man from Rome” film is based on.

I will say that one particular early passage that I read at around p. 28 (location 444), seems to begin to set up one of Fr.  Quart’s challenges with his current investigation into the deaths/murders at the Our Lady of Tears church—after someone hacked into the Pope’s computer.

When Richard Armitage’s character Fr. Quart responds to his ecclesiastical superior as to how he keeps “temptation [of women] at bay”, Fr. Quart provides a rather amusingly enigmatic reply:

“Quart laughed. “Prayer and cold showers, Your Grace.””

My response to Fr. Quart  is, never mock the gods or the God—or your virtue and piety might/will be tempted.  With image (at right) thanks to TeresaA.

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, & peaceful day!  Hugs!  Grati ;->

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The new “The Man from Rome” film trailer starring Richard Armitage is riveting! May 03, 2022 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1456)

https://vimeo.com/694177996/ae61ba0306

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Wow!  Riveting movie trailer! I can’t wait to see the talented British actor Richard Armitage starring as Fr. Quart in “The Man from Rome”!  My cap above.

And many thanks to TeresaA for sharing the trailer video link!

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, & peaceful day!  Hugs & Cheers!  Grati  ;->

P.S.  Unfortunately, WordPress says that I have to upgrade my “plan” in order to show videos now.  So disappointing.

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Happy May Day 2022 with a Richard Armitage as Sir Guy, May 01, 2022  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1455)

Happy May Day!  When I would celebrate May Day as a child, we would pick flowers from our Dad’s garden and put them in little homemade baskets on our nearby neighbors doors.  It was a sweet little tradition.

So this year, I give you a Spring May Day 2022 with some sunflowers—with one of the talented British actor Richard Armitage’s transformative character portrayals, of Sir Guy of Gisborne.

And yes, the sunflowers (thanks to istock clip art)  are  a nod to Ukraine—with my hope and prayers for their peaceful resolution of the war soon.

Thanks also to Lauri Michaud for previously sharing the original Nightshadow (Thanks!) edit of Richard Armitage as Sir Guy–which I edited here for my May Day 2022 sidebar wallpaper.

Wishing you and yours a safe, healthy, and peaceful day!   Hugs & Cheers!  Grati  ;->

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“Winter Rental”, Ch. 10 (End):  Slipping away for some privacy,  by Gratiana Lovelace,  March 27, 2022 (Post #1454)    

[“Winter Rental” is an original contemporary romance story copyrighted by Gratiana Lovelace, 2022; All rights reserved.];    [(1) the “Winter Rental” story cover (left)]  

0-2022--ab-Winter-Rental-story-cover-180x283sidebar_Jan09-2022byGratianaLovelace[Author’s notes:  I cast my characters as I write my stories—to help myself and my readers visualize the main characters.  So my main characters for “Winter Rental” are:  Richard Armitage as Greg Halliday; Cameron Diaz as his younger sister Connie Halliday;  Anne Hathaway as Diana Langley; Liam Hemsworth as Eddie Hughes; Rege-Jean Page as Mike Porter, Octavia Spencer as Octavia Porter, Perry King as Phillip Townes, and others as noted. 

This is also a gentle romance (with chapters being rated as PG-13 or so, unless otherwise noted), with some heartfelt romantic moments—and some mature romantic discussions put to humorous effect.  So if you cannot or will not attend a movie with my maturity ratings, then don’t read that chapter.  And though I set my story in the lovely city and area of Galena, IL—which I have enjoyed visiting many times—for the purposes of my storytelling here, I use dramatic license of the facts, individuals, locations, etc.  These are my disclaimers. And I will post new story chapters weekly on both my SAL blog, as also on my Wattpad site.]

 

“Winter Rental”, Ch. 10 (End):  Slipping away for some privacy

With Greg and Diana declining Greg’s boss Phillip Townes kind invitation/command to join he and his family for lunch at the Pineridge Mountain Ski Resort Hotel restaurant this day—and then realizing that if they stay at the Ski Resort Hotel’s restaurant for lunch today they will be very likely to run into Greg’s boss Phillip Townes and his family again–they elect to lunch in the town of Galena itself at Logan’s Inn. 

Galena’s Logan’s Inn is a charmingly renovated local bed and breakfast inn on the second floor of an old brick building from the early 1900’s and with a restaurant bar on the first floor that Diana suggests to Greg for their alternative lunch venue.  However, the Logan’s Inn restaurant’s actual bar area is off to the side of the dining room and tucked away with a lattice privacy screen wall—with no big screen tvs blasting sports events.  So the restaurant’s dark wood décor, comfortable booth and chair seating, and the  window views of the bustling Galena shoppes in the pristine snow covered downtown area give the restaurant an intimate upscale hometown feel. 

As Greg and Diana peruse the food and wine menus, an attentive waiter stands discreetly nearby—to give the obviously sweetly romancing couple their privacy, their gently intertwined fingers giving them away.

Greg:  “Diana, this restaurant bar is an excellent choice—if only due to their wine list.” Greg notes as he gazes at their impressive wine list.  “Too bad, that I don’t drink alcohol before evening.”  He grins sheepishly.

Diana: “Well Greg, we’ll just have to come back again for dinner here, sometime  before you leave Galena.”  She suggests somewhat sadly.  Diana knows that Greg will be leaving soon.  It just  seems to her that they haven’t had enough time together to get to know each other better, as Diana had hoped after their lovely romantic cuddling interludes.

Greg: “Definitely!” 

Greg smiles, puts down the wine list, squeezes Diana’s hand, then picks up his food menu.  But in turning his attention to his stomach, Greg misses seeing Diana’s face fall at him confirming that he will be leaving her at some point. But she puts on a brave face.

Diana:  “Yes, their evening menu is divine.  I especially like their chicken and mushroom crepes.”  Then Diana tilts  her head ever so slightly toward their waiter, who walks over to she and Greg.  “I think I’ll have  half and half of a cup of the New England Clam Chowder soup, and a half grilled cheese sandwich—using swiss or provolone and not American cheese slices, and with a tomato—with a small order of French fries on the side please,  Nancy.” Diana smiles at the former student of hers waiter, who is also the daughter of the Logan’s Inn Restaurant owner.  Nancy is apprentice learning hospitality management after earning her business degree last year. She hopes one day to take over the business—and maybe expand its  concept to other regional cities.

Nancy waiter:  “Yes, Ms. Langley.”  She smiles cordially at her former teacher/mentor.  That is a yummy choice. “Would you like apple juice with that, and perhaps a small salad on the side?”  Diana nods at Nancy remembering her preferences.

Greg: Greg looks up at Diana.   “Oh?  Diana, I thought you said that you like their chicken crepes?  Why didn’t you order that?”

Diana: “The Chicken crepes are an evening menu option, Greg.”  She emphasizes.

Going into explainer mode to support her former teacher/mentor’s statement, for Nancy is accustomed to accommodating customers requesting non-standard menu items, up to a point—she explains.

Nancy waiter: “You see Mr. Halliday, we have different chefs, their menus, wait staff, and dress codes for daytime versus nighttime dining at Logan’s Inn Restaurant.  7am – 2pm Monday through Sunday is casual drop in family and friends dining for breakfast and lunch.  Whereas our 6pm – 11pm Monday through Saturday evening dinners are by reservation only, and with suits and ties required by the gentleman and dressy dresses or trouser suits for ladies.”

Greg:  “Hmmm.”  Greg considers that this restaurant being able to set their own dining rules for their respective hours of operation means that they must be a popular dining site. Then he proceeds to order.  “Well, for lunch today, I think that I’ll have the Galena Burger with the works on it and fries on the side, with a ginger ale to drink.”

Nancy waiter:  “Certainly, Mr. Halliday Sir.  Though I wish to apprise you that we make our own ginger ale when requested, rather than using store bought brands.”

Greg looks questioningly to Diana, about the homemade ginger ale.

Diana: “You’ll like the ginger ale here, Greg.”  She smilingly waves to him to accept this slight alteration of his order.

Greg: “That will be fine.  Thank you.” Greg smiles cordially at the waiter.  Then his forehead wrinkles quizzically.  “How did you know my name?”

Nancy waiter: Nancy smiles conspiratorially at Diana.  “Well Sir, Ms. Langley texted us 10 minutes before you arrived to make sure that we had lunch seating available—and with a view.  Since as you can see, our lunch guests quite fill up our open dining space.  And today, our banquet room is in use by a local family’s child’s birthday party. So it cannot serve as overflow lunch seating today.” 

Greg: “Ah!”  And their waiter Nancy leaves to place their lunch orders.

***

Greg and Diana chat amiably with much hand holding while awaiting their lunch meal orders—and even during them eating their lunches.  And Diana comically enjoys watching Greg attempt to man handle his Galena burger sandwich with the works with only one hand, with his other hand clasping Diana’s hand—and with the sandwich’s size nearly takes up the whole of his plate.  So Greg needs to use both hands on his burger.

But it is when they are later enjoying their coffees and cheesecakes after their lunch meal—and back to holding hands again—that they have a little 6 year old girl visitor.

Suzie, 6 years old: “Auntie Diana!”  The little girl waves excitedly, then tumbles into her Aunt’s waiting arms, and Diana lovingly kisses her niece’s forehead.

Diana: “Suzie, Dear! It’s so good to see you.  What brings you here?”

Suzie: “I was at my school friend’s birthday party lunch.  See my gift bag that I got.”  She proudly holds out her birthday party favors attendee gift bag for inspection. “And look!  They gave  me a purse sized box of crayons, pocket Kleenexes, playing cards, chocolate mints, and  a pen!” 

Suzie quickly pops the pen end out and in several times. Suzie’s parents have not allowed her to have a pen at home yet–owing to an incident when her older brother was her age and drew all over the bedroom hallway walls.  So Suzie’s pen contraband will end up being quickly confiscated and saved for her by her parents when she gets home.  But still, Suzie has a thrill of receiving a pen, all the same.  So she will just have to be a little patient, until such time that her parents deem her able to judiciously use her pen on paper—and not on their walls, nor the books in their small family library.

Diana: “It looks like you have a very nice gift bag, Suzie Dear.”  And Diana notices from the corner of her eye, Greg taking in her interactions with her niece with some amusement.”

Suzie: “I do!”  Then she notices the man with her Aunt Diana.  “Who is he, Aunt Diana?”  Suzie points at Greg Halliday.  Well, she is only six, afterall.

Diana: “Well, Suzie.” Diana licks her lips—to stall for time. 

Suzie: “Oh!  Is he the man you’ve been keeping company with?” Suzie intones in a childishly deeper voice, trying to emulate her Daddy’s voice.

Diana: “Ahhh!  And who told you I was keeping company with someone, Suzie.”  Diana smiles, but she hopes that not too many people know yet, since she and Greg are still developing their  relationship.

Suzie: “No one.  I just heard Daddy telling Mommy that, when they thought I had fallen asleep after they kissed me goodnight.”

Diana: “Well, Suzie, this is my new man friend, Greg Halliday.”  Unfortunately thinks Diana, the corresponding label for one’s male companion isn’t as pleasing as the phrase Lady Friend for a man’s female companion.  “And Greg, this is my brother Gary’s younger daughter Suzie.”

Greg:  Ever the charmer, Greg stands—then crouches down so as not to tower over her—and he gently shakes the little girl’s hand and greets her.  “I am delighted to meet you, Miss Langley!”  He smiles warmly at the little girl.

Suzie:  “Oooh!  You’re pretty!”  Suzie sighs in admiration of Greg Halliday’s charming smile and his overall handsomeness. Suzie knows pretty when she sees it.  And indeed all ladies—young and old—are powerless under the searingly smouldering gaze of Greg Halliday. 

Diana:  “Ha ha ha! Suzie Dear, men are referred to as being handsome.” She gently explains to her niece.

Suzie:  “Okay.”  Suzie nods to her Aunt, then she smiles at her Aunt’s man friend.   “You can be handsome, too.  Are you going to marry my Aunt Diana, then you’ll be my Uncle?  I don’t have an uncle yet.”  Kids are so straight forward.

Greg notices the bemused smile on Diana’s lips. She is letting him reply to her niece.

Greg: “Well Suzie, your Aunt Diana and I are hoping to get there in our relationship, to marriage, I mean.”

Suzie: “That will be nice.  Then you can give me cousins when you have babies.  My Aunt Diana is the best Aunt—kind, loving, and tells me good job  when I’m trying to learn skiing on the bunny hump.  She gives me kisses and hugs when I have a boo boo, and just because.”  Then Suzie snuggles  back into her Aunt Diana’s loving arms.

Greg: “Praise, indeed.”  He smiles warmly at Diana.  “But don’t you mean the bunny hill?”  Greg asks mirthfully.

Suzie: “No.  I have to work up to standing and not falling down on my skis, before Aunt Diana and Mommy and Daddy will let me try a hill.”  She pouts in that cute little girl way of puffing out her lips, drooping her shoulders and sighing dramatically.  “Hhhhh!”.

Greg: “Well that sounds most sensible.”  He smiles first at Suzie, then at Diana as he returns to sitting in their booth.

Suzie:  “Mommy is picking me up soon. Will you come home and play with me, today, Aunt Diana?”  She asks pleadingly.

Diana: “I can’t today, Suzie Dear.  Mr. Halliday and I are having our outing today.”  Diana smiles blushingly, since she also hopes they will return to Halliday House and cuddle some more. “But maybe you’ll be free later in the week for a playdate with me?”

Suzie: “Okay.  Will you help me with my skiing more then, Aunt Diana?” 

The little girl’s question hangs in the air.  Greg gazes at Diana quizzically—since she had disavowed to him earlier of any hint of skiing activity or skills on her part.

Greg: “So you do ski, Diana?”  He wonders.  And before Diana can reply, her niece Suzie replies for her.

Suzie: “No, my Aunt Diana doesn’t ski.  She has a leg ouchee from when she was a teenager.”  Suzie gives the standard reply.  “But my Daddy always talks about how good Aunt Diana skied before her ouchee.  And that she even has awards for skiing!”  Suzie states proudly.

Diana pauses while she thinks about what to say to Greg to explain it to him—since Greg loves skiing so much, but Diana can’t join him at it.  Then she is saved from replying by her sister-in-law coming to pick up Suzie.  And after introductions and Diana’s promise for a playdate with Suzie later in the week, Greg and Diana continue their spending time with each other.

***

After some brief window shopping after lunch in Galena—with Greg and Diana each buying something small and easily portable—they decide to head back to Greg’s Halliday House rental on the Pineridge Mountain Ski Resort properties.  After they each shower and change into comfy lounging clothes, it is about 3pm in the afternoon. So they sit on the spacious and comfy couch in front of the fireplace and chat.

Diana:  “Well, we have had a busy day.” Diana’s eyes go wide in mirthful astonishment as she gazes at Greg.

Greg: “Indeed! And due to that Galena Burger that I ate at Logan’s Inn for lunch—which could feed a small family—I am nowhere near hungry, for dinnertime  food yet.” 

Greg’s vocal emphasis indicates to Diana what he is hungry for, now that they are in their private oasis of Halliday House.  And Greg gently embraces Diana as he pulls her into his arms and they lie down on the couch and cuddle.

Diana: Feeling shy, Diana blushes and nods.  “Yes, lunch was filling for me, too.”

Greg:  “But you hardly ate anything at all.”  He looks at her incredulously.  Greg, himself, is a tall broadly muscled man with hearty appetites.

Diana:  “I assure you, Greg, I ate heartily.”    Diana forces a smile upon her lips.  For with her brother Gary’s continuing being overbearing  toward her, she does not wish Greg to start commanding her either.

Greg: Sensing Diana’s unease, Greg backs off, figuratively—since they continue cuddling sweetly together.  “Of course, Diana.  Each of us knows best about what we want and need.” And he nods in acquiescing to her. But, she does not let him off the hook so easily.

Diana:  “But?”  She raises a questioning eyebrow.

Greg: “Look Diana, it is  my issue.”  Diana does not speak, her silence encouraging him to continue.  “It’s just that years ago, someone close to me had an eating disorder that quite damaged their health for a time.  And I blame myself for not seeing the signs earlier, so I could help her before she became so ill.”

Diana:  Softening her demeanor, Diana gently clasps Greg’s hand in hers. “Greg, I’m glad that you were there for Connie. And she looks quite healthy now and recovered from what I’ve observed.”

Greg: “How did you know?  And please do not tell anyone.  I would not want Connie to think that I have breached her privacy.”  He asks her in earnest.

Diana:  “Your secret is safe with me. It is just that, though Connie is a few years older than I am, we were often thought to be the same age since Connie hadn’t gotten her growth spurt yet, but I had gotten a little growth spurt.   I remember when your family visited during the Summer the year that I was 12 and she was 14, Connie and I would pal around together—playing tennis, swimming, going shopping, and in general hanging out at the kid’s activities at the Pineridge Mountain Ski Resort and Hotel Kids Day Camp. And since we were a little older than the 5 to 10 year olds at the Kids Day Camp, Connie and I were drafted to be Kids Day Camp counselors along with Eddie Hughes—by his late Grandpa, old Mr. Hughes.”

Greg: “Yes, I remember that Summer.  I had just earned my graduate degree in business, so I didn’t turn up until July late Summer due to a post graduation internship I had to finish.  And I had been away at my undergraduate and then graduate school for so long that I had missed seeing much of Connie during her later elementary and junior high school years—when she started modeling and her eating problems started.”  He shakes his head sorrowfully, blaming himself for something that wasn’t his fault.

Diana:  “Yes, well. Initially, I thought Connie was seemingly shy the first part of the Summer—when she was always, and is now, a bubbly personality.    And though she did not confide in me about her eating issues then, in hind sight now, I surmise that her stopping modeling around then–that she mentioned last week–might have had other reasons than simply enjoying the fashion aspect more than modeling it?”

Greg: “Yes, because she didn’t like starving herself to be skinny for the photoshoots.  And she was not quite well yet, when our family came here to our vacation home Halliday House that Summer.”

Diana: “But as I recall, Connie seemed to greatly improve her health and her overall outlook on life that Summer. She could just be a kid again—with no expectations of meeting some nebulous level of perfection.  And  I think that our all eating healthy lunches and snacks together with the Day Camp kids may have also somehow helped her healthy improve—as well as her feelings about herself.  Because kids are so sweet and welcoming.  They do not judge others.  And of course, it was clear that Eddie was smitten with Connie even then.”

Greg: “And Connie being on the verge of heading to high school, was a bit unsettled about going to a new school with people that she didn’t know.  But Eddie calmed her—as she did for him.”

Diana:  “Yes.  Eddie hadn’t gotten his growth spurt yet that Summer either.  So Connie and Eddie must have bonded over feeling a bit like misfits.  Then as they grew older, they became girlfriend and boyfriend during Connie’s high school years.  And though they parted when Connie when to a different college than Eddie, they both turned out alright.  And now, they have found each other again.” Diana smiles warmly for fate seemingly bringing Connie and Eddie together again.

For the last several minutes of their deeply personal conversation, Diana and Greg have almost finished each others’ sentences—their being so in tune with each other.

Greg:  Yes, it must be fate—for  them, and for us, Diana.”

Diana: “For us?”  Diana asks hopefully.

Greg: “For us, Diana.  I feel such a connection with you Diana—heart and mind and body and soul.  You are my first thought upon waking and my last thought upon falling asleep.  And even then, you inhabit my dreams.  I love you, Diana.  I am in love with you.”

Diana: “Ohhh!”  Diana sighingly shyly smiles for Greg’s heartfelt words.

Greg lightly kisses Diana upon her lips, and she responds to him—for several lovely 
and loving moments [(2) below].  Then coming up for air, Greg impishly asks her.
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Greg:  “Shall I take it that is a  good Ohhh?”  His voice deepens as he smiles smoulderingly at her, as he cups his one hand behind her silken haired head and glides his other hand down the soft skin of her back, under her soft sweater over her camisole.

Diana: “A very good ohhh!”  Diana moves to cuddle closer with Greg—if that is even possible, since not even a whisper could pass between them embracing now.  Then she surprises him. “Greg, I do not want you to hold back in loving me any longer.  I want to be with you, always.  Make love with me.”

Greg: Hallelujah, thinks Greg!   Then he remembers what Mike had said about Diana’s health.  “But are you sure, Diana? What about your infirmity, as Mike indicated?  I don’t want you to feel any pain when we make love—well, except the pain you might feel if this is your first time.” Now Greg  blushes for speaking so  forthrightly, yet his concern for Diana is true.

Diana: “Yes, I am sure, Greg.  And my infirmity is in my right lower leg–that did not heal well after it broke in two places with my fall on the slopes 12 years ago.  It took me a year to heal from the reconstruction surgery, then another year to be able walk again without crutches. But I was never able to be truly healed and back to my pre-injury abilities–which is why I had to stop skiing at all, let alone competitively.”  Greg embraces Diana in love and understanding for her necessary and brave choice to forge ahead in new directions after her tragic accident.  And Diana  hesitates, then whispers blushingly, and without regret.  “And this will be my first time making love.”

Greg: “Then we will be careful and go slowly, My Darling. You need not fear me, Diana.  I can be gentle—as I have shown you before.  But, I cannot make love with you without asking you again if you will be my wife. I want to marry you as soon as possible—of course accepting whatever timeframe you wish for planning our wedding. I love you, marry me My Darling Diana.”  He gazes at her hopefully and with all the love in his heart.

Diana: “Yes, Greg.  I love you, too.  And I will marry you”  Diana gazes back at him, with all of the love in her heart.

Then they kiss–their lips, their embracing, and their caressing being their only conversation they need as the newly engaged Diana Langley and Greg Halliday make love with each other for the first time [(3) below].
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Greg’s and Diana’s being together is not a temporary love arrangement, like their Winter rental of her home Lakeside Cottage.  Theirs, is and will be a love of a lifetime—with love in abundance for themselves, their hoped for future children and grandchildren.

To be continued with Chapter 11 Epilogue

References for Ch. 10   of “Winter Rental”, by Gratiana Lovelace, (March 27, 2022  Post#1454)

1) The story cover for my original contemporary romance “Winter Rental” is a composite of three images:
a) a Wintery image of ski chalets previously shared by Sueli; Grati edit for color and size; with AR Berkley text;
b) Greg Halliday–2022—is represented by Richard Armitage-in cream-sweater-pensive-photographed byKaitlynMikayla_Jan04-2022viaNobleman-Magazine;
c) Diana Langley—is represented by Anne-Hathaway-2021—in butterscotch-sweater-flyaway-hair-no-makeup_Jan09-2022viaVariety—Grati-crop-szd; image found at https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/anne-hathaway-jared-leto-wework-series-apple-1234895727

2) Greg-kissing-Diana-isRichardArmitage-&DanielaDenbyAshe-inN&Spi4-340-Jan0114ranet_Grati-sized-brt-crop2-maskchin

3) New lovers-feet-under-covers representing Diana and Greg making love for the first time_Oct1012instforenergyresearchorg_ May1614-GratiEdit–Jan14-2022Grati-crp-szdsml-clr2-drk; the original image was found at https://ak7.picdn.net/shutterstock/videos/4728737/thumb/2.jpg?i10c=img.resize(height:160)

Gratiana
Lovelace Wattpad site link for Ch. 10 “Winter Rental” (Post #1454):
https://www.wattpad.com/1208320201-winter-rental-by-gratiana-lovelace-copyrighted/comment/1208320201__1648422299_83112fe083

Previous
Something About Love  blog Post #1450  link for Ch. 8  of “Winter Rental”:
https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2022/02/27/winter-rental-ch-9-a-slight-misunderstanding-by-gratiana-lovelace-february-27-2022-post-1450/

 

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Richard Armitage attended the WOS Awards with his White Boar Films producing partner Emily Marr, March 15, 2022 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1453)

Thanks to Young_Ox_Libra for tweeting the scoop on White Boar Films producing partners talented British actor Richard Armitage and Emily Marr raising their company’s profile in attending the What’s on Stage Awards February 22, 2022–where Mr. Armitage was a Best Performer in a Male Identifying Role in a Play nominee for his role of Dr. Astrov in the 2020 production of “Uncle Vanya”!

Though Richard Armitage didn’t win that night at the WOS Awards 2022–his performance as Dr. Astrov (below in a still from the filmed stage version of Uncle Vanya, via @paulajo83, Thanks!) in “Uncle Vanya” was riveting!

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Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and peaceful day!  Hugs & Cheers!  Grati  ;->

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Esther and Daniel Farewell gif is poignantly romantic, March 07, 2022 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1452) 

 

Love this Esther and Daniel in Berlin Station gif (2nd one) shared by CatiaB, Thanks!  Sighhh!

My reply to Catia’s gif tweet was, with a slight edit:

“With every leave taking of their loves–clasping each other in tenderness, memorizing their faces for what could be the last time–they did not know that this time would truly be their forever farewell.”

Mina Tander as Esther Krug and Richard Armitage as Daniel Miller had such great romantic chemistry!

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, & peaceful day! Hugs  & Cheers! Grati ;->

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Sexy Sir Guy Day SatuRdAy: Richard Armitage smouldering as Sir Guy of Gisborne in Romana55 video, March 05, 2022 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1451)

Richard Armitage smouldering as Sexy Sir Guy of Gisborne is a real treat!

Thanks to Romana55 for sharing her video with us!

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and peaceful day!  Hugs  & Cheers!  Grati ;->

P.S.  I’m not likely to have a new chapter of my currently being serialized story “Winter Rental” yet this weekend.  I still have to write it.  And with my husband being hospitalized since last Wednesday, my time and thoughts have been focused elsewhere.  I’m sure that you will understand.  It’s not COVID, but still quite serious.

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“Winter Rental”, Ch. 9:  A slight misunderstanding,  by Gratiana Lovelace,  February 27, 2022 (Post #1450)

 

[“Winter Rental” is an original contemporary romance story copyrighted by Gratiana Lovelace, 2022; All rights reserved.];   [(1) the “Winter Rental” story cover (left)]

[Author’s notes:  I cast my characters as I write my stories—to help myself and my readers visualize the main characters.  So my main characters for “Winter Rental” are:  Richard Armitage as Greg Halliday; Cameron Diaz as his younger sister Connie Halliday;  Anne Hathaway as Diana Langley; Liam Hemsworth as Eddie Hughes; Rege-Jean Page as Mike Porter, Octavia Spencer as Octavia Porter, Perry King as Phillip Townes, and others as noted.

This is also a gentle romance (with chapters being rated as PG-13 or so, unless otherwise noted), with some heartfelt romantic moments—and some mature romantic discussions put to humorous effect.  So if you cannot or will not attend a movie with my maturity ratings, then don’t read that chapter.  And though I set my story in the lovely city and area of Galena, IL—which I have enjoyed visiting many times—for the purposes of my storytelling here, I use dramatic license of the facts, individuals, locations, etc.  These are my disclaimers. And I will post new story chapters weekly on both my SAL blog, as also on my Wattpad site.]

“Winter Rental”, Ch. 9:  A slight misunderstanding

Since Greg Halliday’s boss and CEO of Ski Resorts International Phillip Townes and his family plan to arrive at the Pineridge Mountain Ski Resort and Hotel around midday on Saturday, January, 15th, Greg surmises that they’ll need time to settle into their Ski Resort Hotel’s luxury suite.  So after greeting them and making sure that they find their accommodations comfortable and luxurious, Greg feels that he will be off the hook and back on vacation.   So he invites Diana Langley to join him up at the ski resort for lunch.  Their newly romantic relationship means that the smitten Greg wants to woo her with roses and candlelit dinners, spending time together, and such—learning everything about her.  She fascinates him.

Naturally, Greg and Diana are traveling in the same car together today, his not so mini-van rental—since they’re living at his family’s former vacation home Halliday House, that he rented from the ski resort for the next week or two.  So Diana surmises that she might have to wait 15 to 30 minutes  for Greg to finish with greeting his CEO and his family, before she and Greg may have a semi-private daytime romantic lunch together.

Greg had earlier shared with Diana a bit about his boss Phillip Townes—the 55 year old CEO of Ski Resorts International is still handsome and athletically fit [(2) right], happily married with young children–a son and a daughter.  Greg just left out telling Diana that Townes’ wife is the younger sister of one of his former college girlfriends.  Ouch!  And Mrs. Vanessa Townes is a fashionable beauty who is in her mid thirties.

And due to Greg knowing Vanessa as a much younger woman before she married Phillip Townes fourteen years ago—who seemingly had an embarrassing crush on her older sister’s college boy friend, Greg—Greg is rather reserved whenever he has to be around Mrs. Townes at company and charity functions.  So Greg is nervous about how Mrs. Townes will act toward him at the Pineridge Mountain Ski Resort and Hotel—based on her past behavior of some teasingly cloying flirtations that make him most uncomfortable.  Phillip Townes just laughs when his wife playfully flirts with Greg or other men—because their loving marriage is rock solid, and she signed an iron clad pre-nup that gets her nothing if she fools around on him or divorces him before they reach their thirtieth  wedding anniversary.  The pre-nup also included a fidelity clause for Phillip as well.

And truth be told, Diana is also a bit nervous to be in public so soon after she and Greg reached a tacit understanding about their growing romantic relationship—after being together most lovingly just last night.  There are no longterm promises  between them yet. But Greg has quite swept Diana off her feet—as she has done for him.

So around 11:30am, Greg and Diana arrive at the Pineridge Mountain Ski Resort Hotel’s large open lobby to await the Townes family arrival.  Greg has already confirmed with Mike Porter that the Townes three bedroom luxury suite awaits them. Actually, it also has a kitchen, dining room, and private maid and concierge services.  So Greg and Diana sit on a comfortably cushioned love seat and chat in a quiet corner of the large lobby–that gives them an excellent view of new arrivals.  They sweetly hold hands as they chat quietly with each other.

Greg:  “Diana, you look exceptionally beautiful today.”  Greg sighs and smiles at Diana with her having applied some light makeup, with her hair softly falling in waves about her face and shoulders, and her soft corduroy shirt dress with yellow roses on a black background [(3) right].

Greg is a completely besotted  man for the sweet and lovely Diana.  For Greg, Diana is the woman of his dreams, someone to build a life with, to make a family with.  Though he might be getting ahead of himself since he has already had several girlfriends during his forty years on this earth.  Whereas Diana has never really dated before Greg. So Diana is nascently exploring being in a first romantic relationship with Greg.

Diana: “Thank you, Greg.  That’s kind of you to say. You look quite handsome, yourself.”  She smiles shyly at him in his pale silver gray soft corduroy trousers, and a creamy white sweater over his torso [(4) right].   Diana is quite enamored of her strong, handsome, kind, and tender man Greg.  She believes that she is falling in love with him.  How could she not after last night?

And Diana self-consciously wonders if anyone can tell that she and Greg are a romantic couple by the way that they interact with each other.  And she feels like she has a perpetual blushing face that she can’t control—and Diana feels warm and tingly all over with Greg’s nearness to her on the loveseat.  Of course, with Greg and Diana sitting side by side on a small love seat sofa and holding hands, those are definite clues in regard to their level of closeness.  Yet Greg respects Diana and does not want her to be subjected to gossip, so he still takes every care of showing her respect when they are in public as they are now.  So Greg does not try to kiss her—though he desperately wishes that the large pot planted Norfolk pine tree next to them had denser fir needles.

Diana smiles at Greg, then she looks over at the ski resort’s hotel check-in-desk where Resort Managing Director Mike Porter is standing by–also awaiting their VIP guests, the Philip Townes family.   Mike notices Diana sitting with Greg and smiles warmly at her–then he nods less warmly to Greg, who nods curtly back to him.  Greg and Mike are focusing on their imminent important guests arriving, and less on the pleasantries of greeting each other as respective male acquaintances.  And with Greg wanting to buy back his former vacation home Halliday House and property, that issue adds another layer of complication upon the interactions between Greg and Mike.  Though they do maintain a cordial demeanor toward each other as business professionals.

And frankly, Mike is uncertain about the nature of Diana Langley’s continuing association with Greg Halliday.  Mike doesn’t want to see Diana hurt by what he presumes to be Greg’s man of the world ways of charming and seducing women for short term gratification. Mike Porter’s perhaps harsh and jaded assessment of Greg’s motives and intentions with regard to his relationship with Diana is not wholly without foundation—based on Mike’s observations of Greg’s past flirtations and conquests when he happened to be visiting the ski resort over the years.  But Greg’s past relationship behaviors do not necessarily reflect the present, nor the future.

Diana noticing the barely civil acknowledgement between Greg and Mike, asks Greg outright.

Diana: “Greg?  Is everything alright between you and Mike?”  Diana senses that there is an underlying tension between the two men, but she cannot fathom what that might be.  She has gotten to know Mike and his family over the last few years, and counts them as friends.

Greg: “What?  Oh!  It’s nothing.  I presume he is still uncertain about my wish to reclaim our Halliday house and grounds property from the ski resort.”  And Greg also wonders if Mike suspects the true nature of the Ski Resorts International CEO Phillip Townes family visit.  Because the world of winter sports recreation resorts on the large scale of Pineridge Mountain Ski Resort and Hotel is a relatively small one.

Diana:  “Hmmm.”  Diana nods, her seemingly agreeing with Greg’s statement.  Then seeing a very large not so minivan stretch limo arrive at the ski resort hotel, Diana plans to make herself scarce for Greg.  “Greg?  That must be your boss and his family.   I’ll just get seated in the hotel’s restaurant to wait for you while you’re attending them.”

Greg: “Don’t go, Diana.  I would like the Townes to meet you—and you to meet them.  Afterall, if I hope to relocate to Galena or nearby so we can be together–and  with my remaining with the company by working remotely and with some business trips–they will need to meet the person who has claimed my heart.”  He smiles tenderly at her.

Diana: “Oh!  I had not thought that we were announcing ourselves as a couple yet.”  Diana smiles in being privately thrilled that Greg is contemplating moving to Galena so that they can be together.  But she still wishes to be private and circumspect about the deepening level of their relationship.  She will not be rushed into anything.

Greg:  “Well, now is as good a time as any.”  He smiles a bit cheekily.  Greg seems to smile more now that he is with Diana.

Diana:  “But Greg, though our relationship is developing, you and I have not discussed any concrete plans. And we should have that discussion privately—especially if others will likely ask us about our plans.”

Greg: “Of course, you’re right. But may I at least introduce you?  I am hopeful that our relationship will continue to grow, eventually leading to marriage, kids, the whole package.”  Of course, Greg is not exactly couching his phrasing in romantic tones, thinks Diana.  But then, perhaps, Greg is also inexperienced in the ways of love and relationships—as she is also inexperienced.

Diana: “Well …”  Once again, Diana acquiesces to another person’s request, even though she stated a very good reason for her wishing to keep their relationship private

Greg: “Oh, and you should know that I had known Mrs. Townes when she was the younger sister of one of my college girlfriends.  So she sometimes like to bring that up—along with her embarrassingly supposed former crush on me.” Greg rolls his eyes and shakes his head.

Diana: “Oh? What does her husband say about that?”  Diana blanches at Greg’s revelation of

Greg:  “Not much, in my presence.  What goes on behind closed doors between a husband and wife is their own private concern. And Mr. Townes is a very successful billionaire CEO of a multi-national company.  So Mrs. Townes would be quite the fool to take her husband for a fool and dally with other men.”  Greg states frankly.

Diana: “I see.  Hhhh!”  Her eyes widen, as she nervously gasps.

***

So Greg and Diana stand up from the loveseat, then Greg keeps her small hand within his larger hand–and his other hand placed gently at the small of her back–as they walk over to the foyer and stand near but apart from Mike.  They will let the Pineridge Mountain Ski Resort and Hotel’s Managing Director Mike Porter greet the Townes family as their latest VIP guests.  And then Greg will greet his boss and introduce Diana to him.

The Townes family walks into the airy lobby—father, mother, and two kids wearing warm cable knit sweaters in shades of light blue for the kids, and with dark navy and black suit jackets over them for their parents–as if they were planning a color coordinated family portrait—and they see the well dressed in business suit Mike Porter walking toward them to greet them.

Mike: “Mr. and Mrs. Townes, and children.”  Mike smiles warmly welcoming at them [(5) right].  “I am the Pineridge Mountain Ski Resort and Hotel’s Managing Director Mike Porter.   Let me welcome you to our resort.  We hope that you enjoy your weeklong stay with us.”  He and Phillip Townes cordially shake hands.

Phillip Townes: “Ah yes!  We spoke on the phone when I arranged my family’s reservations.”  Then he turns to his wife.  “This is my lovely wife Vanessa, and our wonderful children 10 year old Brad and 6 year old Lori.  Mike, I hope that you also have some age  appropriate fun activities for our kids at the ski resort.”  He looks questioningly at Mike.

Of course, Phillip Townes has thoroughly  investigated  the resort’s amenities.  He is merely testing Mike Porter.  And Greg smiles knowing that Mike is more than able to meet that test.

Mike:  “Indeed we do!  And my own young son and daughter as well as our staff’s children help us in developing varied offerings for children’s diverse interests year round.”

Mrs. Vanessa Townes: “That sounds lovely.”  She smiles.  Then she whispers to her husband.  “Phillip, Dear, might we dispense with further pleasantries and get to our suite to freshen up and then feed the kids before they have a melt down?”

Vanessa Townes is a seasoned mother, and they are traveling without their au pair this week.  So her children’s tending and supervising will mostly fall to her.  Though Phillip Townes is also a doting father, him being older also means that he tends to include business with pleasure—as he is doing with their vacation visit coinciding with his possible interest in acquiring the property.

Phillip Townes: “Of course, My Dear.  Mike, my wife and I would like to get our children settled in our suite, then grab some lunch as a family in the Ski Resort Hotel’s restaurant before we check out fun afternoon activities with our kids.”

Mike: “Of course, I perfectly understand as a parent myself.  Let my staff and I escort you and your family to your suite.  Your luggage and belongings have already been placed in there.”

Phillip Townes: “Excellent!”  Of course, Townes is accustomed to VIP service around the world.  And as of yet, Mrs. Vanessa Townes does not immediately notice Greg Halliday and the lady with him who are standing just out of her line of sight.  But her husband takes care of that.  “Oh!  Greg!  Good to see you!”

Greg: “Mr. Townes.” Greg nods and shakes his hand.  “And this is my … Lady friend, Diana Langley.” Greg only hesitates for a mere moment, before he finds a respectful way to describe Diana’s relationship to him.  Afterall, labeling someone a girlfriend seems too teenager-ish—and he and Diana are not affianced, yet.

Phillip Townes: “Oh, I didn’t realize that you were dating again.  Good for you!”  Townes smiles mischievously. He feels that when his employees are happy, they are more productive workers.  “Ms. Langley, I’m delighted  to make your acquaintance..”  He extends his hand to Diana Langley, who politely holds out her hand to him—yet she smiles at him with a shy reserve.”

Diana: “Mr. Townes, and family.  It is my pleasure to meet you.”  She smiles warmly at them.

Phillip Townes: “Charming.”  Townes says of Diana’s shy ladylike demeanor.  “Greg, this lady is a keeper.  If I weren’t already married  to the love of my life Vanessa here, I might propose to her myself.”  His boss’ remark  noticeably startles Greg–and Diana.

Greg: “Uh, yes Sir. But Diana and my relationship is developing slowly—though we have known each other since my family’s  childhood Winters and Summers here.  Her family owns Galena’s largest Sporting Goods Store, Langley’s.  But Diana is actually a teacher in town here.  And Diana and I only just reconnected.”  For Greg, this is the bare bones explanation of how he and Diana came to be a couple.  But for Diana, even that is too much information to share with others.

Phillip Townes: “Well you had best snap her up while you can, Greg.  As I know as with my dear wife Vanessa, Ladies of quality are wonderful and rare.  Say!  Why don’t you two join my family and I for lunch, if you have no other plans?”

When Phillip  Townes requests something, it is usually agreed to.  So what Greg does next will give Diana a hint of what their married life might be like—either with Greg being beholden to his boss’s whims and wishes, and ignoring her wishes, or not.

Greg: “Well… Sir, yours is a very kind invitation.  But I hope that you will excuse us.  I have already promised Diana a quiet lunch today for just the two of us—my thinking that you and your family would also have a private lunch.”  Greg’s polite decline hangs in the air.

Phillip Townes: “Of course.” Townes smiles knowingly at the consideration that Greg is showing to his Ladyfriend.  “Perhaps we’ll see you sometime again while we’re here this coming week.”  And Townes knows that he will see Greg, because he will set up a meeting toward the end of the week to compare notes with Greg about the ski resort’s suitability for becoming a Ski Resorts International property.

Vanessa Townes: “Oh Hello Greg.  Still the handsome charmer, I see.”  The beautiful long brunette haired Vanessa smiles sultrily [(6) right]  at Greg, then she drapes herself upon her handsome billionaire husband Phillip’s shoulder.

And unconsciously, Greg steps back closer to Diana again, and puts his arm lightly around her waist—conveying to Vanessa and to her husband Phillip Townes that Greg is both in a relationship with Diana and respectful of her.  Then Greg decides to diminish and prevent Vanessa’s usual catlike taunts.

Greg: “Ah, yes Mrs. Townes.  I was just telling my Ladyfriend Diana Langley here about the coincidence of your being married to my employer when I had dated your sister when she and I were in college together 18 years ago.  How is Marianne, by the way?”

Vanessa Townes: “She and her husband just had their third child together, a son this time.  They are very pleased.”  Then she kisses her husband’s cheek.  “And if I could only convince Phillip to expand our little family, we might also be welcoming a new sibling for Brad and Lori in the coming year.”  She pouts cutely at her husband.

Phillip Townes: “Hhhh!  We’ll see.”  He smiles bemusedly at his wife. Though he mentally calculates that if another child of theirs is born in the next year, then he will roughly be 74 years old when the kid graduates high school.  And he slightly winces at possibly being mistaken for his child’s grandfather, rather than its father.

Brad and Lori Townes: And though they have been good up until now, kids can only be patient for so long.  So the Townes kids whine.  “Daaaaddy!   We’re hungry!”  The kids meltdown that Mrs. Townes had warned her husband about is very imminent if they don’t get some food into them.

Phillip Townes: “Right!  Okay kids!  Let’s get you upstairs to change into your play clothes, then we’ll have lunch at the Ski Resort Hotel’s restaurant.  See you later Greg, and nice to meet you, again, Ms. Langley.”

Greg: “Have a great time!”  Greg smiles and waves, and Diana smiles and nods to the departing Townes family.

And though Greg clearly hopes that he and Diana develop into a long lasting relationship, he also hopes that Phillip Townes assumption that their relationship has progressed to the point that Greg might propose to Diana soon, doesn’t break his stride with Diana.  Greg realizes that Diana’s feelings for him should not and cannot be rushed—by anyone.

For you see, Greg is one of the last remaining bachelor hold outs amongst the Executives at Ski Resorts International.  But until he returned to Galena and met Diana again, he was in no rush to give up his bachelor status. He hadn’t found the one lady to tempt him into love and marriage.  And yet, Greg developing a loving relationship with Diana seems so right–like fate to him.

To be continued with Chapter 10

References for Ch. 9   of “Winter Rental”, by Gratiana Lovelace, February 27, 2022 (Post#1450)  

1) The story cover for my original contemporary romance “Winter Rental” is a composite of three images:
a) a Wintery image of ski chalets previously shared by Sueli; Grati edit for color and size; with AR Berkley text;
b) Greg Halliday—2022–is represented by Richard Armitage in a cream looking pensive, photographed byKaitlynMikayla_Jan04-2022viaNobleman-Magazine;
c) Diana Langley—is represented by Anne-Hathaway-2021—in butterscotch-sweater-flyaway-hair-no-makeup_Jan09-2022viaVariety—Grati-crop-szd; image found at https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/anne-hathaway-jared-leto-wework-series-apple-1234895727

2) Perry King portrait looking dapper and upscale successful in a blue suit represents Ski Resorts International corporate CEO Phillip Townes; the original image was found at https://cdn10.bigcommerce.com/s-o6vy9cv/products/144245/images/140155/246485__08554.1519863705.500.500.jpg?c=2

3) Diana Langley—2021 is represented by Anne Hathaway  in a yellow roses on  black  corduroy shirt dress_Jan09-2022viaNoCamels–Grati-crop-szd

4) Greg Halliday is represented by Richard Armitage 2022 portraits  in cream sweaters by Kaitlyn Mikayla found in the Nobleman Mag interview at https://noblemanmagazine.com/richard-armitage-a-nobleman-to-watch/?fbclid=IwAR1kYnjjbbab03_pgQ2aDdLK02xTUarLq9DS4S8JDyvH0IHhvTqd78jua1Q&doing_wp_cron=1642221318.9211430549621582031250

5) Mike Porter smiling in bl business suit is represented by actor Rege-Jean Page;  The original image was found at Papsugare at https://media1.popsugar-assets.com/files/thumbor/6VshMPBvrYH98kU60xyZcVyae2E/fit-in/728xorig/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-/2020/12/21/940/n/1922398/4f9ccfed9e07d343_GettyImages-1068929818/i/rege-jean-page-hot-pictures.jpg

6) Vanessa Townes is represented by the actress Gal Gadot, shown in a sultry pose here;  the original image was found at IMDB  https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BYThjM2NlOTItYTUzMC00ODE3LTk1MTItM2I3MDViY2U3MThlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTg4NDI0NDM@._V1_UY1200_CR165,0,630,1200_AL_.jpg

Gratiana Lovelace Wattpad site link for Ch. 9 “Winter Rental” (Post #1450):
https://www.wattpad.com/1197550275-winter-rental-by-gratiana-lovelace-copyrighted

Previous Something About Love  blog Post #1448  link for Ch. 8  of “Winter Rental”:

https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2022/02/20/winter-rental-ch-8-snuggling-and-then-some-by-gratiana-lovelace-february-20-2022-post-1448

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Richard Armitage speaking with a credible American accent in tongue twister challenge video, February 24, 2022 Gratiana Lovelace (Post#1449)

  

Listen to Richard Armitage doing a credible type of New England-ish American accent with tongue twisters in this 2020 video shared by Richard Armitage Army Mexico!  And he scored 152 points!

Here’s the Audible version on You Tube:

Thanks to RA Army Mexico for sharing this video on Facebook, where I initially saw it!  My cap below:

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https://fb.watch/bmIONYkfd-/

And I had cousins out in New York state when I was growing up.  And we would meet every so often for family weddings and such. So I recognize a good deal of Richard’s NY accent here. Ha!  But I must say that my cousins accents varied/assimilated quite a bit when they were older and moved further West or further North with their own families.

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, & peaceful day! Hugs & Cheers! Grati ;->

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