Georgina kept looking at the message that Max had given her on their last date, she thought to herself, ‘Why does he have to be so cryptic’, she sighed, as she finished packing for the mini cruise he had booked as a surprise for both of them.
He had a habit of surprising her. She never used to like being surprised even as a young girl, but it was different with Max; the only thing she didn’t like was that it was always at the last minute, which meant she went into panic mode.
She sat on the edge of the bed smiling as she remembered their first meeting.
It had been a lovely summers evening when Georgina and her old school friend Sarah, met up with her partner at the time, and his friend Max. Sarah always said that Georgina & Max were a forever together couple.
Georgina had laughed at that as she had said to Sarah at the time; you do say some funny things. They all had a lovely evening as far as she could remember She glanced down to her left hand and looked at the beautiful ring that Max had given to her a couple of years ago. It was a stunning single diamond on a band of white gold.
She started to gently take the ring off to have a good look at it as she went down memory lane again.
Her thoughts turned back to that lovely winters evening that they had spent the weekend in a log cabin in the French Alps. That was another surprise from Max. He knew how much she loved snow and had tried to make sure that there would be snow before he had booked it.
They were sat in front of a beautiful open log fire enjoying a glass of Chardonnay, when Max got down on one knee and proposed. She remembered it so well, because she was shocked as they had only been together for two years at the time.
Truth be told; she just wasn’t ready for that kind of commitment. She was still getting used to being a lady of leisure now she had Max and was getting used to the different lifestyle and if she had to be honest, she was enjoying it.
She sat him down and told him, that she wasn’t ready to settle down to a big commitment as she had been on her own since like forever, Max had been devastated. She handed him the box back, but he was adamant that she kept it and said it could be an eternity ring, at which she had nodded and agreed. She remembered saying that we never know what their future would bring, at least that gave him hope at the time as she never liked upsetting people. She was just about to fasten the case, when she remembered the card, and put it in the little pocket that was on the inside lid of the suitcase.
The phone rang which shook her back into reality. It was her dad on the phone, asking her to let him know when she was on the liner safely. She hurried of to get into the taxi that Max had booked for her. The taxi set off to meet Max at the Port of Dover where they were to join the cruise liner later that afternoon. She arrived albeit a little late.
Max was already there and was waving frantically at her to hurry up as they would be leaving any minute.
As always when Georgina had time to spare and think she would go into her memories, her dad had always tried to snap her out of it, as she always got into trouble at school because of it. So in the taxi she went into her memories once more.
Back to the time of their first official event that had been hosted by one of Max’s friends but he always called him his mentor as it was him that got Max interested in the computer world. They only got to see the host for five minutes that evening and she remembered why, she didn’t like him he was big obnoxious and had reminded her of someone from a film, but couldn’t put her finger on it.
This was one of the reasons behind the cruise as Max wanted to introduce Georgina to his mentor properly and spend time with him. This would turn out to be one meeting that they will wish for the rest of their lives that they had cancelled.
Max was a very wealthy entrepreneur who had made his fortune at an early age in computer software and had managed to build a little empire consisting of five companies.
Georgina hadn’t been too sure about him when they were first introduced by a mutual friend, who was her best friend at school.
She had been out with Max just over four months on and off and was thinking of ending the relationship. She felt he wasn’t right for her, as she didn’t feel the connection was as strong as what he said he did.
She had said to her friend in a whisper while they were on a double date, “He is well up himself”. Her friend whose name was Sarah, said “Give him another try George, I feel a good connection between the two of you, and Max’s eyes always light up when he sees you” So that’s what she decided to do and left things the way they were.
Georgina was a very attractive lady, she had beautiful auburn hair that was just below her shoulder blades and was naturally wavy, and had beautiful green eyes. Georgina would be forty five next birthday which was in July. She was of medium build but not fat, she was around five foot seven inches tall.
She never wanted to be a stick insect as she would call some models, and was happy with the way she looked. She had worked in the past as a librarian as she loved researching history and maps and thought that she was very lucky when she got the job of her dreams.
Max was also quite good looking for his age of fifty three. He had wavy black hair which sat neatly into his neckline, with a few natural highlights coming through; and the deepest blue eyes she had ever seen, he was quite the distinguished gentleman.
He was around five foot nine inches in height and of slim build. Georgina always called him her own Mr. Clooney. Neither of them had any children, which meant they could go anywhere at the drop of a hat.