.The Eyes Of A Fetch 21-40

The Eyes Of A Fetch (Excerpt 40) Perfectly In Tune

“If I’m not mistaken, I believe you’re infatuated!” Lyla says almost in a whisper to Marcus as Destry returns to the table and sits down. “Did I miss anything?” Destry asks as she looks at Marcus and Lyla, then back to Marcus. “No, not really.” Lyla smiles and says, “I was just picking on Marcus, trying to make him a little more nervous than he already is.” She says playfully.

“No need to be nervous, Marcus. I’ll take good care of you.” Destry smiles and then reaches out and touches his hand. “You two are so fun to watch.” She continues as she waves for the waiter to bring the check. “It seems like you both are always smiling.”

“Well thank you.” Lyla says with a grin. “We’ve been friends for so long and through so many things together, it’s as if we can read each other’s minds. You can’t help but love this guy!” She lightheartedly grabs Marcus by the arm.

Lyla notices the expression on Destry’s face changes slightly so she immediately clears up her statement with, “Like a brother. We’re just really close friends and that’s it.” She waves her hands across each other as if cancelling her first statement.

Marcus looks at Lyla and they both grin then nod yes. At this very moment, Marcus knows his best friend has made sure everyone is on the same page. He knows Lyla is perfectly in tune with his newfound feelings for Destry Boucher.

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The Eyes Of A Fetch (Excerpt 39) Blocking His View

“And just how did you become such a know-it-all when it comes to Destry and her family?” Lyla questions sarcastically.

“Well I. . .” Marcus stammers. “You two hooked up after I went to my room last night, didn’t you?” Lyla says with a shocked yet playful look on her face. “It wasn’t a planned thing.” States Marcus as if he were a little boy in trouble. Lyla starts laughing as he tries to explain. “I went down to the hotel bar for a quick drink and she was sitting alone, going over messages on her phone.”

Lyla cannot help but giggle. She nudges his arm and says, “I think it’s great. You two definitely have many things in common. You should know by now that you never have to explain yourself to me, ya crazy man.” She kisses him on the cheek. “I’ll be sure to slip away every chance I get.”

“No no, you don’t have to do that,” Marcus says in a serious tone. “Don’t worry, I’m a big girl and can take care of myself quite nicely in a large city.” Lyla pops a chunk of pineapple into her mouth. “I’ll catch the early part of your show and then meander my way back to my room. I saw a few shops I’d like to explore while I’m here and I doubt you’re interested in any of that.”

Marcus is not paying attention to the conversation as he watches Destry who is across the room. She is still talking on the phone as she leisurely heads back to their table. Lyla slowly slides in front of Marcus’ face blocking his view of Destry, she then smiles with a wide grin.

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The Eyes Of A Fetch (Excerpt 38) Busy Day Ahead

“Good morning sunshine!” Marcus says in a boisterous voice. “Yikes! Tone it down there a bit.” Lyla says with a laugh. “You’re bouncing off the walls aren’t you?” She continues as she grabs her purse and shuts the door behind her.

“Yeah, I have to admit I’m about to bust. This is so cool!” He says as he hits the elevator button. “I’ve already been talking with Destry, she’s incredible.” Again, he taps the elevator button. “I can’t help but agree with you on that, she’s truly interested in your work and has things organized perfectly.” Lyla says as she and Marcus step into the elevator and ride it down to the main floor. Once they step out, Destry meets them with a smile and gives them both a hug.  

“I hope you two rested well, we have a busy day ahead of us.” She says as she rushes them out to the limousine parked at the curb. They are enjoying a lovely breakfast and coffee at a café located in an art center when Destry receives an urgent phone call. She excuses herself and steps away from the table.

“I hope everything is okay.” Marcus says. “She said her Grandmother is acting really strange, almost as if she has a split personality or something. The whole family is worried about her.” He takes a bite out of his toast. Lyla looks at him in an odd way. “What?” He questions as he glances at her. He mimics her quizzical expression and then looks in Destry’s direction before focusing down again at his plate.

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The Eyes Of A Fetch (Excerpt 37) Breakfast

“Ah, this is really nice but I better get cleaned up and dressed.” Lyla says to herself as she drinks down the last drop of coffee and steps back inside her room. She leaves the doors to the balcony open allowing a slight breeze to blow in causing the curtains to gently flow in and out.

After washing up and getting dressed she sits at the desk and opens her laptop. Pulling out the paper Destry gave her yesterday; she downloads the schedule of events onto Marcus’ website and reads the local news from home. To waste a little more time she begins to flip through the travel guide that the hotel has placed in her room. When she gets halfway through it, she looks up at the clock.

“Marcus should be calling soon, hope he slept well.” She says to herself as she tosses the guide onto the table. A text message comes through on her phone and she smiles. “Speak of the devil.” She answers, “Yes” to his question of, “Are you ready for breakfast?”

Shortly after she sends her answer, there is a knock at the door. Looking through the peephole, she sees Marcus standing there with a goofy smile on his face as he rocks back and forth from his heels to his toes. Grinning, she unlatches the lock.

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The Eyes Of A Fetch (Excerpt 36) Creamy Yellow Hues

The next morning, Lyla awakens to the noise of horns honking and the hustle and bustle of city life. She slept heavy and deep and feels refreshed as she lies in bed for several minutes listening to the sounds around her.

As comfortable as she is, she knows she must force herself to get up and moving. Slipping out of bed, she pulls her robe on over her pale pink night slip then walks over to the small coffee maker and turns it on. Once complete she fills a coffee cup and sweetens it with creamer.

With cup in hand, she brushes aside the many layers of sheer curtains to find the handle to the glass doors and with a click, opens the latch. As she steps out onto the balcony, she is surprised by the creamy yellow hues of the new morning.

The sun brightens the thick aged walls of the buildings across the street, which brings about a lazy feeling in her. She sits down on a little chair that is near a small round table and slowly sips her coffee while watching people as they go about their morning routines.

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The Eyes Of A Fetch (Excerpt 35) Inspiration

Lyla smiles as she remembers Marcus explaining the reason for painting this image. It is what came to him when she decided to return to her hometown. With it hanging high up on the wall in his art shop for months, she never had the chance to see it up close.

“Hey, what are you smiling about?” Marcus asks as he joins her. “Ah, that looks really nice.” He says as he looks at his favorite painting. He walks over to her and wraps his arms around her. “You were the inspiration for that you know.”

“Yes, you told me and it’s absolutely breathtaking.” She says as she wipes a tear from her eye. Embarrassed that she is overcome with emotion, she tries to make a joke of it and smacks Marcus on the arm. “We are two peas in a pod aren’t we?” She laughs as she attempts to distract herself from her feelings.”

“Yes Ma’am, we certainly are.” He replies happily. They spend the rest of the afternoon with Destry as they view all details of the display. They also discuss the schedule for this showing as well as the upcoming exhibits while in Spain. Once all the fine points are agreed upon, Lyla and Marcus head back to the hotel restaurant for an early dinner. It has been a long day and they both decide to part ways as they retire to their rooms for some much needed rest and relaxation.

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The Eyes Of A Fetch (Excerpt 34) Intertwined

While Marcus and Lyla take in the display, Destry walks over to one of the staff members. Each step that she takes echoes loudly in the open space. After a short exchange of words, she brings the man over to introduce him to Marcus. The little round fellow is very pleasant and calm as he shakes Marcus’ hand.

“It is an honor to meet you Mr. Olwen. I hope you find the exhibit to your liking.” States the man respectfully. “Yes, yes. You did a fantastic job.” Marcus says. “Thank you so very much for all of your hard work, it’s much appreciated.”

The man smiles at Marcus and nods his head in agreement as he steps away to continue with his project. Lyla excuses herself as she meanders off alone to slowly weave in and out of the staggered displays. She takes a moment at every piece and is amazed at how vibrant each item is.

Some of the paintings are highlighted, with down lighting, and several are lit from behind creating a halo effect. Each one looks as if the colors and textures are dancing off the canvas in midair. As she rounds a corner, she comes to a large painting of two flowers, intertwined as if delicately holding on to each other.

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The Eyes Of A Fetch (Excerpt 33) Exhibit Hall

After a quick limousine ride, they find themselves at the gallery where the first showing is to take place. It is in a large impressive building that has housed many talented artists throughout its years. As soon as they enter the exhibit hall, Marcus takes in a deep breath.

“Oh wow,” Lyla says in amazement as she glances around. “Marcus, look at this!” He is standing still, slowly moving his head as he looks at how his art is strategically placed throughout the large open gallery. The various types of lighting have added an incredible amount of charm to the grouping and it causes Lyla to tear up.

“Destry, this is absolutely beautiful.” Says Lyla as she puts her arm around Marcus. “I’ve just become so emotional I think I need to step away for a minute.” Marcus looks at Lyla then grins because he too is having a difficult time controlling his emotions.

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The Eyes Of A Fetch (Excerpt 32) Look After Her

“Are you sure everything is okay? Do you need to go meet with your Grandmother?” Asks Marcus truly concerned. “Oh no, not at all, she is surrounded by her staff and they are a wonderful group of people. I am sure they will look after her. I just do not want to miss too many of her calls. The situation is just very odd.” Destry states in a worried tone.

“How so?” Marcus questions. “Suddenly, she has been thinking of selling her vineyard and all the land that has been in our family for years. She has become very forgetful and does not remember many important conversations. Her assistant has observed her doing odd things and when he asks about it, she has no idea of what he is talking about.” Destry looks down at the table as she continues speaking.

“It’s like she has an evil twin running around or something.” She motions for Marcus and Lyla to follow her. “She has all the classic symptoms of dementia or the early signs of Alzheimer’s. I want to get her to a doctor as soon as possible.” Destry holds the door open as they step out onto the street.

“Oh, I shouldn’t be bothering you two with this, enough about me. Let’s get focused on those beautiful works by Marcus!” She says with a wide smile as they get back in the car.

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The Eyes Of A Fetch (Excerpt 31) Worried Look

Destry’s Grandmother is Arrosa Valente who owns and resides at the family vineyard in the Ribero Del Duero region of Spain. She is a hearty woman with a great sense of business and is actively involved in the day-to-day processes at her winery.

Much like her granddaughter, she has a pile of thick hair on her head but instead of the dark locks of youth, she has a lovely blend of pure white strands of maturity. Arrosa is known for her strong sense of independent thinking and she most definitely has a mind of her own.

Arrosa’s beautiful granddaughter idolizes her. To Marcus and Lyla it is obvious in the way Destry speaks about her elder. Laughing nervously, Destry places her phone in her pocket as a worried look flashes across her face.  

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