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She always considered Stan intelligent enough. Actually, a more accurate term would be book smart. He could quote obscure essays and enlighten the listener with an interesting tidbit from the authorís biography. But, she doubted that Stan ever produced an independent thought or conclusion on his own. Still, there was something about him. Not just those soft brown eyes, which were constantly twinkling with mischief. Nor was it his luxuriant dark mane, which always seemed to be in dire need of haircut.
The truth was that he brought out something radiant within her. She never felt as though he was threatened by her success as renowned mystery writer.
She had gone out on a couple of dates with self-proclaimed intelligentsia men. But, she found them tiresomely overbearing. These men were always urging her to give up the vulgarity of commercial writing in favor of more literary pursuits. Two expensive bottles of wine later they invariably stood up stretched and walked over to the front door of the establishment. Unabashedly sticking her with a bill.
Sometimes these characters sheepishly mumbled something about waiting on a grant check from the government or a commission check which was perpetually always in the mail.
At least Stan paid his own way and sometimes hers too. When asked Stan proposed to her, she accepted right away. In her heart she knew that he was not the love of her life. Leaning against his chest
she heard not a heartbeat, but the sound of pages turning.


The following comments are for "Booksmart"
by Divatosity

very nice begining to a story i would probly enjoy reading. id like to see this work come to fuition(spelling?).

( Posted by: Thinker69 [Member] On: February 19, 2004 )

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