I’m circling the last wagon in Lord Valentine’s blog caravan and reading the previous posts has brought back some memories and a few parallels between the dear husband and Cass McKay, hero in my novella, “Fire In My Blood.”
When I met my DH, I was doing a regular singing gig at a local restaurant and he had a fondness for certain songs in my repertoire, one of them Anne Murray’s “Could I Have this Dance.” On our first date he took me to a bar, dropped some quarters in the jukebox, pushed the numbers for that song, and led me onto the dance floor.
If you’re not familiar with the song, the lyrics go, “Could I have this dance, for the rest of my life. Would you be my partner, every night? When we’re together, it feels so right… as we moved together, I knew forever, you’re all I’ll ever need.”
And playing after that, “Lion in the Winter” by Hoyt Axton – “and when I first saw you I first loved you”…
We’d danced for thirty minutes or so, then he stopped in the middle of the dance floor, looked down at me with an expression of what I remember now as shock and awe, and said, “Woman, I just about love you!”
Yeah… but wait! What does any guy do when he’s gotten caught up in the moment? He crawfished. When I reminded him of it – dumb – he said, “I take it back.” I told him he couldn’t take it back.
So, he hedged. “What is love?” he said, obviously a rhetorical question. I guess he eventually figured it out, since we’ve been together over 35 years. I have to admit, the intimate dance, and playing those songs was a charming touch. But don’t think for a moment he didn’t know what he was doing.
Cass McKay know what he’s doing, too. The Aussie gem hunter wants Elektra back, and he believes he has the perfect bait – the “Blood” opal which was stolen from them – wow, what a coincidence! – exactly one year ago today! Isn’t it just like a man to think a big rock will make things right? And a little rumba – did I mention Cass is an expert Latin dancer? He’ll use whatever tools he finds at his disposal to get a second chance.
Elektra’s got a secret and her strategy for keeping Cass out of danger is to keep him very, very close. But her plans backfire when Cass realizes that Elektra fell into his bed a little too quickly, and unless they have love and trust nothing else matters. So he sets off to get the opal for her, whatever it takes, for love alone, no matter the outcome. He’s figured out what love is, and Elektra is playing catch up.
So I’m curious: What is love? How does one prove one’s love? And how do you know you’ve found it?
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