Sunday, 21 April 2013

The Lighthouse; Part Two, Chapter 6: Beautiful Stranger

"Okay Kace, out of the pool now, its getting late" Claire called. Kaci groaned, "5 more minutes mom, please?" "5 more and not a second longer Claire called back. After work she'd picked Kaci up, from her first advanced ballet class and she'd done so well that Claire had taken her swimming. She thought it might tire her out a little but Kaci showed no signs of slowing down. She was on a high, but it made Claire happy, it was a drastic change from the little girl she'd been a month ago, quiet and withdrawn after her run in with her father. Claire was so busy watching Kaci she barely noticed the man climbing out of the pool right in front of her.

"Hi" he smiled, Claire wondered who he was talking to and then realized there was no one there but them. "... hi" she said back shyly. He didn't make a move to walk around her, Claire wondered what he wanted.
She looked at her feet and shuffled, she really wanted to go home and soak in a nice hot bath but she knew she couldn't drag Kaci out of the pool now, Kaci would know if she made her get out a second before five minutes. "Nice night" the stranger said, "You live around here?" Claire eyed him cautiously, he spoke again, "I'm sorry, where are my manners" he apologized,  "My name is Cyran, but everyone calls me Cyclone" he continued. "My names Claire" she answered, "and everyone calls me Claire". A beautiful sound echoed from his mouth and it took Claire a second to realize he was laughing. She smiled, blushing as she looked at the ground.

"You never answered my question..." Claire looked at him puzzled. He smiled, clearly amused by her. "Do you live around here?" he asked again, "Oh, yes" she replied, just down the street, I'm just taking my daughter swimming, actually, we should probably really get go-" "Who's this?" Kaci interrupted, looking Cyran up and down.

Kaci! Where are your manners?!" Claire scolded, "Hey, its alright, I'm Cyran, and you are..." "Kaci." she said, still eyeing him up suspiciously, "Why are you talking to my mom?" she questioned him, her eyes never leaving his.

"KACI!" Claire exclaimed, and there it was again, that beautiful sound, he was laughing. "No, no, its fine, she's just looking out for you. If you must know," he whispered to Kaci as though Claire couldn't hear him, "I was talking to your mom because she's very beautiful and she grabbed my attention" he winked at Kaci. Claire's face began to turn a deep shade of crimson. "We should probably go its way past her bedtime" she said to Cyran, bustling Kaci into the changing rooms to get her changed. "Nice meeting you" she called over her shoulder. "Mom! whats the rush?!" Kaci squealed. "Bye!" Cyran called, chuckling. Claire waited as long as she could before they exited the changing room, she didn't want to bump into this mystery man again. He scared her, but only because he made her heart flutter, and that could only lead to one thing. Trouble. "Okay lets go" she said to Kaci, "I don't know what the big deal is, its only a guy mom!" "Shh!" Claire quieted her. They got to her car and Claire found a note on it,

"I'm assuming this is your car because its the only other one here. Anyway, here's my number, call me if you want to meet up, maybe go for some food? no pressure, Cy x"

Claire quickly slid it into her pocket so Kaci wouldn't see. Kaci strapped herself in and began to hum along to the song on the radio. She suddenly stopped and said "I like him". "Who?" Claire asked, indicating to turn left onto their street. "Cyran. I like him, he's nice". "Mm" Claire mumbled in agreement, absentmindedly switch off the engine while Kaci ran ahead to the house. She stared at the note in her hand "Me too Kace, me too".


  1. Oooh Claire has met someone and I wonder if this will blossom into a lovely romance? Kaci approves so I guess that's a plus! ;)

    It's good that Claire is moving on, especially after the way Jared treated Kaci when she went to visit him previously. Glad that Claire slapped him! lol He needs to be pulled into line.

    Will try to catch up on more of your updates, but I'm enjoying the story so far! Your writing is easy to read and your updates are a perfect length! :)

  2. Thanks again! Means alot coming from you :D

  3. I love how you gave Cycl0n3 Sw0rd a name! And a lovely makeover. Yum!