Mr. Blue Eyes:Wild Night Dreaming 1

By: Camiel Rollins

Chapter One

Carla stared at the airport’s electronic board of arrivals for the second time in the last ten minutes, and of course nothing had changed. The flight from Australia had a half hour delay, so, logically, Thera would be here in about twenty minutes.

She hadn’t seen her friend for years, ever since she went to Australia. Thera had left Greece for Australia ten years ago with her mother and step-father and had never come back since then. Of course they talked on Skype all the time, but it wasn’t the same. And now, she was almost here…

She just couldn’t wait. The mere thought of having her friend for a whole month made her green almond-shaped eyes glow from inside her sunglasses. Even though Thera was two years younger than Carla, who now was 25, they had been best friends since they were kids. Their parents were good friends, too, and they lived close to each other’s houses. After Carla’s parents died five years ago in a car crash, the absence of the only friend she had ever connected with despite having more friends around her since Thera left became much more painful.

She tossed her head decisively and chased the bad memories away. Then a playful smile appeared on her soft, full lips.

Thera was coming with company – her new boyfriend of just two weeks ago. The notorious Jake Winters, thirty, owned a bunch of companies that sold various applications for smart phones through the internet. He was supposed to be Mister Perfect, according to Thera – good-looking, charming, kind, thoughtful… her friend made him sound like a living commercial ad model. Carla planned to tease Thera about him nonstop. Of course, when he couldn’t hear it.

The airport speakers announced that the 1427 flight from Melbourne had just arrived. Carla got up from the chair she had been sitting on and stretched the hem of the short blue dress down her thighs. She started for the exit her friend would eventually come out of. Her fingers tried to brush her long, raven black hair in an automatic manner. She hardly noticed the admiring looks of men around her. Her tall, lean figure, with the endless shapely legs always had attracted men’s attention and she was used to it by now. She walked fast in her athletic shoes heading to exit number 7 with her typical grace, which she acquired through many years of dance lessons.

As she waited for the flight passengers to emerge, she fanned her face with her hand. Even though it was only 9 am, the heat was already intolerable, even when the airport was air-conditioned. It was only natural for August, but was still annoying. She imagined being at home and diving in the sea right below. Her house had a swimming pool but she had always preferred the beauty and vastness of the sea.

A small hurricane of blond hair rushed on to her to embrace her laughing. “Carla!”

She laughed back and at last hugged her friend tightly. “Thera!” Then she pushed her a little further so she could look at her. “Let me see you, you little gecko!” she said tenderly, using the nickname she had given Thera when they were children.

Thera was the absolute opposite of Carla. She was short, and standing near her in her tall frame made her look like a little child. But she was a joy to the eye! Thera was so lovely in her cuteness. Her long blond hair with their soft curls, her baby-blue eyes and her light skin gave her the beauty of a wispy window-doll. She wore tight dress pants and a strapless red blouse that flattered her curvilinear body.

“Oh, Thera! You are so beautiful!” she said as she smiled widely.

“You don’t look bad yourself! Oh god, you have turned into goddess, love! You are like the models you shoot for the magazine!” Thera gushed.

“Okay… now you’re being silly,” she said. It had always made her feel awkward whenever people told her that. Although she did succumb for a while and modeled when she was in college to help with her school finances, she had quit as soon as she could. She never liked it when the lights were turned towards her and she had to posture for the camera. She had loved beauty, though, and had a tendency to capture it as authentically as she could by using her cameras. She loved playing with lights to get more of the drama from her subjects as much as she could. She just really didn’t like when those lights were turned towards her.

In truth, Carla had been a very shy child. In fact, Thera was the first to approach her before she had the courage to do it. Although she had overcome this intrinsic behavior of hers when she had finally mastered the art of smiling at people, that seemed to always worked, there was still that part of her that would doubt that if she had not been good to look at, would people like her?

“So, where’s your significant other?” asked Carla to deflect the attention from her.

Thera threw her a knowing look but did not pursue it. Thera knew all about her hang ups, and that they had their roots from the fact that her friend had been adopted. “Oh… he’s coming. He lingered to collect our baggage from the conveyor belt. I left him because I just couldn’t wait to see you!”

They both laughed and hugged again because of that. Then Thera exclaimed.

“But… oh there he is! He’s coming.”

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