Being out here in the middle of nowhere, I’m starting to realize who I am. Okay, I’m not in the middle of nowhere, but I am on huge plot of undeveloped land on an island off the coast of Windenburg. Being where I am gives me a lot of time to myself that I’d never had before.
There are no more private fitness trainers and one-on-one classes with renowned yoga gurus. Now I’m on my own, realizing I never really knew how to do boat pose properly.
There are no more gardeners and landscapers, making sure every bit of the estate is manicure. All I have now are five plants I’m quite fond of. I’m thinking of expanding the garden soon, I just have to figure out how to get my hands on more seeds. Having that small garden has been a lifesaver. Just when I think I can’t stand one more bowl of yogurt or granola or cereal, I can eat a couple of pears and strawberries, and I’m in a much better mood.
I’ve still been exploring my area, just in case something new grows.
So far, nothing has. But harvesting what’s there is still useful because it’s brings in good money.
There are rocks around that have fossils, gemstones, and other fun surprises. Those get me so dirty and seem more trouble than they’re worth, so I don’t know if I’ll be digging those stones up too many more times.
I can just see my etiquette teacher now, fussing over my mud-caked nails and dust-covered brow. Nothing in my past life prepared me for having to forage to get extra money to pay the bills.
Another thing my past life didn’t prepare me for? A man who isn’t trying super hard to get into my pants all day every day. Those trust fund brats I grew up with really only had one thing in mind when dating. No wonder I was able to walk away from Winston and never look back.
But now, I have something different. Things with Khaled are so different. He is truly my best friend. If anything, he moves a bit too slow. I wonder sometimes if he’s as interested in me as I am in him. I asked him about it one day when he was hanging out with me by my tent, and he told me that he only wanted to be married once in his life, so he wanted to make sure when he embraced love, it was real and lasting.
He told me he was also was feeling protective of my heart because of everything I had gone through before moving to Windenburg. That’s when I knew I really cared about this man. That day, we shared our first kiss.
After we shared that kiss, he didn’t spend the night anymore. I hope it’s because he didn’t want to rush the rest of a physical relationship, and not because I’m being friend-zoned. Either way, having space to myself at night helped me with being focused on work. I got another promotion!
I have to say, I am not a fan of these stuffy work clothes. But you have to dress for success, right?
As I watched my bank account grow, it was like I could finally breathe a sigh of relief. I had nowhere near the amount of money I was used to having, but it was a start. I had enough to start planning to put a roof over my head. I decided to move my hedge area to the front of my property. I only ever had it in the back to be near my neighbors, but they literally never come by anyway, so what’s the point?
All this new clarity included something else! I could use the campfire for more food options!
I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me before, but that first bite of hot dog was like eating prime rib at my favorite steakhouse to celebrate the end of finishing school.
With a stomach full of something-like-umami goodness, I awoke the next morning with an ambitious plan.
My land was on a cliff overlooking the edge of the island. I ran all the way down to the shore beneath my cliff, said a quick prayer to the Creator, and cast my line.
I had no fishing skills, but I had luck. I caught a small minnow, which I was able to sell for a bit of money. But then I caught a very large fish. A tuna!
I thought that hot dog was something, but it had nothing on that first bite of fatty, juicy, flavorful tuna!
I’m in such a good mood from all this food variety, that I’m thinking of going out on a limb with Khaled. I’m going to ask him to the Romance Festival the next time it comes around. As friends of course. I’ve changed a lot since I moved to Windenburg, but I haven’t changed that much. Even though we kissed, we’re not doing more than that until he pushes things forward.