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Happy Sunday. I’ve moved on from my Tassie story and would like to introduce you to yet another Alinta Bay couple. Jonah and Rachel.
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Jonah Davies rushed down the hallway and just made it into the lift before it shut behind him. He pressed the button to get to the ground floor, turned, and stood in the corner. The young woman next to the door glanced at him, but quickly moved to stare at the closed doors again.
“Sorry about that,” he offered as an apology, but didn’t get anything in return except an almost imperceptible nod.
His gaze fell to the ground, trying to figure out the strange pattern of the carpet but mostly to ignore the awkward silence. Her sudden sneeze echoed through the little cabin like thunder.
“Bless you.”
Again, she gave him a quick glance and muffled a, “Thank you.”
Obviously, nothing had changed over the last ten years since he’d moved away from Alinta Bay. He’d disliked the place so much in his teenage years that he’d left and started his adult life in New Zealand.
Why had he come back?
Before he was able to find an answer to his own reservations of being here, an abrupt jolt threw him off balance and he plastered his hands to the walls to steady himself. Startled by the darkness, followed by flickering dim lights, he inhaled a couple of deep breaths to calm his racing heart.
He knelt in front of the woman, who crouched on the floor, arms wrapped around her legs. “Are you okay?”


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This is still the story set in Tasmania, Leonie’s attempt to travel around the beautiful Australian state. Today’s snippet is in Alex’s POV.
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Ten minutes later, he enjoyed the fresh breeze of the Tamar River as he walked along the foreshore with Kaiser. He took a few deep breaths and his mind started to calm, he started to relax. A sudden jolt from the leash hauled him back to the present. Looking around he figured he was on poop pick up duty. Although a soft laugh escaped his lips, he gave Kaiser a stern look. “You honestly could’ve waited for doing your business until your next walk with dad.”
Throwing the little bag in the next bin, his thoughts drifted into the past again. For a brief moment he cursed Patty. He cursed her for her dishonesty and being more interested in his public profile than him. And, yes, he blamed her for him now doubting anything any woman said. Was he reading too much into Jenny’s words? Had he in fact done the right thing to let Leonie stay at his house?
He shook his head unsure though why Jenny hadn’t mentioned anything about her husband moving out soon.
The phone buzzed, and he retrieved it out of his pants pockets. “Hello.”
There was silence for a beat before she finally spoke. “Hi this is Leonie. I’m truly sorry for bothering you.”
Slightly raising a brow, he asked, “Is everything okay?”
“Yes,” she replied with a bit more confidence in her voice. “It’s a beautiful house. I can actually see you sitting on the porch writing your stories.” And with a little laugh she added, “Although not necessarily crime stories.”


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“I’ll be heading to Binalong tomorrow,” he explained as he stood.
Yet, instead of going to his childhood room, he (Alex) reached for the dog leash in the hall for a walk with his parents’ German shepherd.
“Come on Kaiser. Still light enough to enjoy a nice walk.”
The dog wagged his tail in excitement, making in hard for Alex to hook up the leash. He chuckled.
“I’m taking Kaiser to the foreshore.”
Hans came into the hall. “Are you okay, son?”
Still kneeling next to Kaiser and padding the dog, Alex shook his head. “I’m okay. You know I come here for peace and quiet. If Mum is right, I might head into a storm in Binalong.” He stood. “Was I wrong to offer the house to Leonie?”
A slow smile spread across his father’s smile. “Aren’t you a little overdramatic? It was the right thing to offer Leonie the house. Of course it was. She needed a little help and you’ve been able to give it to her.” He scratched the back of his neck. “As for Jenny, she’s always had a crush on you. But that doesn’t mean there’ll be a storm.” A chuckle escaped his lips. “As I said, that’s an exaggeration.”
“Dad—”
“Have a think about it and sit on it a day or two. I’m sure Jenny will enjoy Leonie’s company. It’s most likely what Jenny needs at the moment.”
Alex blew out a breath before he gave a slow nod in agreement.
“Now go and get the boy some exercise before he passes out with over excitement.”


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He cocked a brow, speechless at her comment.
“What did she say?” Hans wanted to know.
Pinching the bridge of his nose with his finger and thumb Alex tried his best to recall the conversation as best as possible. “Well, there was a comment of hopefully sooner rather than later when I told her I’d come to Binalong Bay as soon as Leonie moved on.”
His mother shrugged. “You’re asking her to clean your house for a stranger. A woman no less.”
Alex chewed on the piece of roast before he replied, “I’m not sure where you’re going with this.”
Hans let out a deep chuckle. “Your mum’s been listening too much to gossip. Apparently Jenny and her husband are having marital problems.”
“Say what?”
“I do not listen to gossip,” his mother protested. “But Jenny’s mother did tell me that Larry’s going to move out at the end of next month. And Jenny’s always been fond of you.”
Suddenly the very tasty roast left a sour taste in his mouth. Whether or not she’d been fond of him, how would that explain Jenny’s comments?
“I’ll be heading to Binalong tomorrow,” he explained as he stood.


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Had it been a mistake to let Leonie stay in his house?
The rattling of cooking pots downstairs reminded him that it was close to dinner time. Following the smell of a wonderful home cooked meal, he joined his parents in the dining room only a few minutes later.
“Perfect timing, darling.” His mother placed a dinner plate in front of him when his father held up a bottle of red wine.
He gave his dad a quick nod as he picked up the cutlery. “Thanks, Mum. Nothing like a nice roast and vegetables.”
As Hans poured the wine, he asked, “Have you heard from your lovely guest resident?”
Alex coughed, the last piece of carrot stuck in his throat. “What do you mean, resident?” he croaked in between more coughs. “She’s a visitor that’s all.” He blew out a breath as he leaned back into the chair.
“What’s wrong, son?”
With a quick move, he gave a shrug. “Nothing really. I talked to Jenny. Can’t put my finger on it. It’s just a few comments she made.”
His mother took a quick sip of her wine when she waved off his worries. “She’s always been jealous of the women in your life.”
He cocked a brow, unable to reply to her comment.


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Alex headed upstairs in his parents’ house to his old childhood room. A chuckle escaped his lips as he took in the freshly made bed with the old racing cars sheets. The walls were still covered with the posters he’d hung up as a child. Of course, his mother asked him during every visit whether it was time to change the room, but he declined. He liked the memories it brought back to him. Writing crime books, he enjoyed the simple innocence the room represented.
He threw his bag on the two seater sofa in the corner before he reached for his phone.
“Jenny. How are you,” he asked when she’d answered the call.
“Hello Alex. How are you? I heard you’re in Tassie. Coming this way, too?”
He sat on his bed and crossed his legs as he leaned against the headrest. “I’m okay, probably coming over depending on how long Leonie is staying.”
“So who the hell is she?”
Surprised by the tone in her voice, he blinked a couple of times before finally explaining, “Met her today on the way home from the airport. Long story. I take it she’s arrived safely.”
The brief pause in the conversation made him curious and he was about to ask, when she replied, “Yes, she’s here. All safe and sound, enjoying the view on the porch. I’m thinking about heading over with a bottle of read later on.”
“Where’s hubby?”
“On the road. I’m desperate for some company.”
He chuckled. “Enjoy the red. I might head over once Leonie moves on.”
“Well I hope that’s going to happen soon.”
Again, taken aback by her comment, he said his goodbye and hung up. Staring out the window, he recalled his conversation with Jenny.
Had it been a mistake to let Leonie stay in his house?


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Her phone buzzed and while still distracted by the towels, she answered without checking the ID.
Once she heard the voice on the other end of the line, she wished she had, though.
“What do you want?” she asked, without really wanting to know. She should just hang up right now, because the last thing she wanted to deal with was Tim. He’d cheated on her, as far as she was concerned there was nothing to discuss.
“Your mum told me you’ve left for some holidays.”
Anger seeped through her as she stepped over to the window taking in the amazing view across the ocean. How could her mother tell him about her travels? She hoped that her mother had been quiet on the location. Tim rocking up at her doorstep was the last the she wanted, or in fact needed.
“I’m having some alone time to think things through.”
There was a brief pause, and she was about to hang up when Tim suggested just above a whisper, “I’m sorry, darling. I truly am. How about I join you and we can talk about it?”
The first tears trickled down her cheeks. It hurt so much, but she knew there was no going back. How would she ever trust him again? How would she ever feel like the one and only in his life? It’d taken a couple of beers and an opportunity for him to land in her best friend’s bed while she’d been away for the weekend with her parents.
“There’s nothing to talk about,” she finally replied. “You made your choice, you have to live with it. It’s time to move on.” And to emphasise it, she added, “Move on with separate lives.”
Without giving him a chance to respond, she disconnected the call and returned to the kitchen. It was time for a nice cup of tea and sit on the porch to let the sound of the sea calm her. Heal her. Inspire her.


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What the house lacked outside, it most certainly made up inside. Leonie ambled along the hall way closer to the lounge room. It was furnished cosy, yet very modern. The big screen TV at the wall next to the big bay window caught her attention.
She let out a soft chuckle. “Boys and their toys.”
Everything was kept in a cream, light brown colour. The couch matching the same tone, the carpet was slightly darker coloured. She stepped a little further and peeked into the kitchen. And no surprise here either, everything was modern, same colour scheme as the lounge room, with the electrical equipment in a shiny silver. Over the next ten minutes she discovered the whole house was designed the same way.
She found the spare bedroom upstairs. Mrs Hamill had done her best to make her feel welcome indeed. The bed smelled of fresh sheets, a vase with fresh garden flowers decorated the small table near the window, and she’d left some towels and face washers on the bed. Leonie rose her eyebrows. The towels were bright red, the facewashers an odd green, and although cleaned and nicely folded, in the scheme of things, looking old and well used.
Her phone buzzed and while still distracted by the towels, she answered without checking the ID.
Once she heard the voice on the other end of the line, she wished she had, though.


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Then again, what had she expected?
And why was she surprised? After all, she’d had one curveball after the other thrown at her. She followed Jenny’s gaze towards the horizon. It was a picture perfect view and although the house didn’t look like much, she couldn’t wait to spend a couple of days here. Even if it was just to sit on the verandah all day.
She turned and met Jenny’s gaze. “At the moment, I’d give anything for a nice shower.”
“Right,” she replied. “Of course.” She reached into her pockets and pulled out a couple of keys. “Here you go. This one is for the front door, the garage, and the third one is for the gate at the back.” Then she retrieved a little piece of paper. “My number is on here. Call me any time. My husband is on the road at the moment, so if you feel like company, I’m happy to share a cup of tea … or a glass of red,” she added with a grin.
“Thank you so much. I appreciate your help and your offer. And I have a feeling I might take you up on the offer.”
Jenny left, and Leonie ambled towards the front door. It was the lucky last key that finally opened the door and when she stepped into the house, she held her breath for a couple of beats. Again, not what she expected.


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“You must be Leonie.”
She shot around and almost bumped into a young, possibly mid-twenty year old woman. Leonie’s initial thought was that it must’ve been Mrs. Hamill’s granddaughter.
“Yes, I am,” she finally replied, holding out her hand.
The young woman reached out and gently shook it. “Nice meeting you, Leonie. I’m Jenny Hamill.”
“Nice to meet you, too. I assume Hans Mattys has contacted you.”
Jenny let out a soft giggle. “Yes, he has and so has Alex. Apparently your holiday so far has been a nightmare and I’ve been instructed to make your stay as comfortable as possible.”
With slightly raised eyebrows, Leonie asked, “Are you Mrs. Hamill’s granddaughter?”
The woman’s soft giggle turned into a bark of laughter. “I’m sorry. I know that was rude. Just to clarify, I’m Mrs. Hamill. Alex and I’ve known each other since high school. When times got a bit tough, he helped us out financially and in return I look after his house over here.” She paused and looked out across the ocean. “However, I have to say, letting someone else stay here’s a first, so please let me know what you need and consider it done.”
Leonie’s shoulders rose and fell with a deep breath. It wasn’t what she’d expected. Then again, what had she expected?


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