After The Wedding (3) Preview

She took Eddy's hand and they walked away from the palace, the sounds of the ceremony-the drumbeats, singing and general revelry - following them as they left the town centre.

They walked down a winding, narrow path and soon emerged on a beach. Birds flitted among the tall coconut trees that bordered the beach, their birdsong in tune with the roar of the ocean waves as they flowed onshore.

Tare bent down to remove her high heeled shoes, sighing as her tired feet sank into the soft sand. Eddy did likewise and they walked barefoot on the white sand.

"This is the ocean side of the Island?" he asked, gazing over the vast expanse of water into the horizon.

"Yeah." She pointed to their right. "You see that tall structure over there? That was the lighthouse used by ships from Europe and other parts of the world to the Island centuries ago."

They were silent for a moment then turning to him, she said:

"My mother likes you."

He turned to gaze at her.

"She has been asking all kinds of questions about you- 'Where is he from? Who are his parents? What does he do? Is he the one you want to marry? - until I'm sick of the grilling! She only does that when she likes a guy."

"And what did you tell her?"

"What else?" she said, shrugging. "That we are just friends."

He turned to face her and holding her by the shoulder, his thick eyebrows raised, said: "Is that all there is between us? Just Friendship?"

The rest of the story will be published tomorrow. Don't miss it!
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