The rush back

The rush back

Status: Finished

Genre: Action and Adventure

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Status: Finished

Genre: Action and Adventure

Summary

At about midnight the protagonist rushes back to the farm to meet his love; to his disappointment she does not wait for him in his room. While in his bed trying to understand the circumstances that led her and her husband's discord with the rest of the delegation's members, she enters stealthily his room.

Summary

At about midnight the protagonist rushes back to the farm to meet his love; to his disappointment she does not wait for him in his room. While in his bed trying to understand the circumstances that led her and her husband's discord with the rest of the delegation's members, she enters stealthily his room.

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Submitted: February 07, 2014

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The rush back

"An African sunset"

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At about midnight Shatz arrived at the farm and parked his car near the Priels’ Deux-Cent-Quat. The cottage was in complete darkness, as the farm’s generator was switched off regularly one hour earlier – and that certain hour was one of the rare hours’ during which something was accurately performed on the farm. After some short hesitation before the front door, Shatz did find the right key and inserted it in the door’s lock. Opening it he nearly banged his head in the net door, whose existence he had simply forgotten. He did brush his nose against it in astonishment, cursing it under his breath, and then opened it up, took off his shoes and crossed in a slow and cautious step the living room, adapting his eyes to the darkness.

His own room door was open. He entered it quickly with a throbbing heart and closed the door behind him, before doing anything at all he groped his way to his bed and extending his hand, passed his fingers all over its length and width. Disappointed he undressed collected a towel and in his underwear, went to the bathroom downstairs – taking care not to disturb the Priels’ and their offsprings sleep.

Why did I’ve to rush back for? He wondered frustrated. I could have saved that night trip and pass the night at Everon’s villa instead. This woman can rouse passion in a statue… He thought furious almost. Just listening to her sweet voice makes me dizzy. No, I don’t think that Everon is right, claiming that her frustration is the outcome of lack of sexual satisfaction… ‘For God's sake what am I thinking about?’ He muttered aloud opening the shower’s tap to cool his heated up body.

I don’t think that this is her exact problem. He went on thinking while he was drying his body. Moshe Priel surely doesn’t suffer from any inferiority in this certain area. The equal treatment we both shared from her last Saturday, the same sympathy she endowed us with; and the same reproof and scolding, as if we were her property and nothing else – proves it.

On his way back climbing the staircase, he did it with much caution. He didn’t wish to hear the slightest rustle from their room, but against his own will he pricked his ears and slowed his pace. Having entered his room for the second time, he closed his door, threw his wet towel towards the one and only chair, carelessly in the room obscurity and sprawled on his bed, supporting the back of his head with his clasped hands, absorbed in his thoughts.

Essentially the cause to her ‘problem’ must be rather simple; the loneliness that was forced on these two is enough to fill their relationship with tension – although their life together was harmonious, before they had to adapt themselves to the unique conditions of life in the Coast of Hope. Thus every daily banal question, every trivial conversation on any subject, could turn into a case for a quarrel without any early warning; and sometime even into an ugly brawl that leaves deep scars, which in themselves are fertile ground to future conflicts. There’re some more reasons of course, like characteristics that up to the encounter with these certain conditions, both of them tended to ignore, the circumstances were entirely different and much more easier back home – while during the new reality those characteristics which they managed to curb and hide were exposed in their utmost strength. The most conspicuous negative characteristics that she finds in her husband, Shatz went on probing the depths of his brain, are his squeamish behavior, his exaggerated dependence on Everon and Da-Silva, his good heart; characteristics that were very convenient and which she exploited for her own ends alone, in more peaceful circumstances back home – and due to theses virtues she married him no doubt… Shatz smiled in the darkness, having reached a possible solution to that riddle. However, after they have settled in the farm, these virtues turned into quite an obstacle in their relations with Da-Silva in particular. She must have been used to rule him alone, and she wasn’t ready to let strangers enjoy his free services. Da-Silva might have arranged for her husband some blind dates, with local women in some remote villages, which they visited together. Although he doesn’t seem to be the appropriate type for such affairs, he’s just flesh and blood like anyone else. That might be the reasons to the incredible ease with which Da-Silva manipulates her husband.

To Hilla’s credit one should attribute the fact that she was left behind alone, helpless and frightened with two small children that at that time were still in their nappies, in a foreign and hostile environment. At the hotel’s suite she had to wait for her husband’s return among strangers just as well. Strangers that certainly didn’t ignore her physical assets, and who kept bothering her – so, no wonder she’s frustrated. As for Da-Silva’s invasion to her privacy, Shatz didn’t think that the farm’s manager could attract her sexually, but the mental siege that he was harassing her with, the messages that he radiates in his looks; did no doubt arouse in her subconscious the fact that she could have him whenever she wants to. Although she’s not interested at all in such a relationship, which would endanger her position and her husband’s as well in this country. But the pressure that Da-Silva creates is tormenting her – and that’s the reason to that kind of hostility, which she bears towards him.

So, that’s more or less is the situation. Shatz summed the matter up yawning; the thoughts brought him some relief, although the happenings in the Priels’ bedroom still bothered him. Although he envied Priel who right now was embracing his wife in his arms no doubt, he didn’t hate him – but he kept lying awake with shut eyes yearning to fall asleep.

A slight squeaking noise hardly audible reached Shatz’s ears, penetrating his brain in a repeated echo. Rising on his elbows excitedly, he could see his door opening slowly and Hilla’s silhouette on the threshold; she was covered with a gown down to her ankles, just the pallor of her face glowed in the darkness – like a film’s negative. She closed the door slowly and moved towards him, dropping her gown to the ground. Groping her way she was getting closer to him with just the glowing contour of her body clear to him, as if she was crossing a foggy field while covering the short distance to his bed.

Shatz was swallowing the saliva that gathered in his mouth with a heaving chest, waiting for her to get nearer, like a predator lurking to its prey.

She bent over him putting her hands on both sides of his head, and clambered with her knee upon the bed’s edge. The warmth of her body tickled his nostrils, and sending both his arms forth he pulled her towards him, clutching her to his chest.

‘You’re mine, mine alone,’ he growled while adhering to her lips like a predator that sticks its fangs in its prey’s flesh.

When darkness started to pale a short while before dawn, she detached herself from Shatz’s arms; and raised up leaving his bed while Shatz was rising after her, his fingers were still fluttering near her body that sneaked away from him – watching her lovely and slender figure with awe.

© Haim Kadman 1987 – all rights reserved.

 

An African Sunset”

Synopsis

 

 Reuven Shatz, a young agronomist, joins a small Israeli diplomatic delegation in a West African country. He is sent there to replace an agricultural instructor whose term there reached its end. Hardly a week passes and he is already acquainted with the trivial disputes between the delegation’s members.

Major Everon the agricultural delegation’s head takes him under his guidance, keeps him away from the foreign office delegates, and does his best to adjust Shatz not just to the harsh local climate, but to the way of life that he himself leads there.

As Shatz is supposed to replace Priel his predecessor as smoothly as possible, he is requested to work in correlation with him at the farm near the town of Dialo; thus he spends the few days up to the Priels’ departure at their cottage as their guest. The delicate matter to accept him as their guest is mediated quite rudely by Everon.

During his stay with the Priels Shatz learns much about the rupture between his hosts and the rest of the delegation members; the strange way in which his predecessor is being exploited by Da-Silva, the local farm manager; and of Hilla, Priel’s wife obsessive fear of that powerful man. He falls in love with Hilla, and conducts a very strange and short love affair with her, which ends up to his bitter disappointment when the Priels leave. His evenings Shatz spends with Everon the delegation’s head at the club, not far from Mouaka the capital; there he meets Janine, the young daughter of one of Everon’s closest French associates. His flirt with Janine gets on Everon’s nerves. Everon is terribly jealous and makes up a scene during the ride back at 100 miles per hour, overturns almost the car endangering their lives in a heated dispute. That dramatic scene brings Shatz’s salvation in its wake. He frees himself completely from Everon’s patronage and gets the support of the embassy staff, but has to face the consequences – a hearing at the embassy, before the ambassador who tries to solve in vain the dispute between Shatz and Everon. On the verge of being sent back home Shatz tightens his relationships with the rest of embassy members, and with Janine and her father against the ambassador’s strict orders.

20 chapters

171pages

101,249 words

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