ADVISORY: There may be a slight glimpse of a bare bottom and a side view of a booby. The warning is probably unnecessary, but I added it just in case.
“No, you’re right. I’d better not try the boat. I’d probably get sick again. Oh no, you don’t need to come back. I’ll be fine. You two have fun! Please don’t worry about me. Yes, I’ll call if I need you. I’m just going to sit out on the deck and look at the ocean and read. It’s so nice here!”
When the seminar resumed, Noah made sure to take plenty of notes. Terry had told him that if he accepted their offer, he wouldn’t have to attend the orientation seminar again unless he wanted to come back for another session. Noah didn’t want to retake it and decided to get as much from it now as he could.
The next presenter entered the room and started her part of the orientation program. She was an attractive brunette, and she was discussing the projective growth in Harley’s different markets across the country. She took her jacket off and exposed a tight bustier.
Noah thought that it was a little more revealing than expected for someone in her position, but what did he know about women’s clothing! He knew though that Sharlee wouldn’t wear something like that for this type of event. Maybe she was dressed that way because they were on an island. However, no one else had been dressed as she was.
She headed for the door. Of course being a normal, red-blooded, young guy, Noah found her to be very sexy and attractive, but he was completely committed to his wife. Sharlee was even more attractive and sexy to him. He didn’t want anyone else. Nor did he want any misunderstandings. So he rushed to catch up to her before she left the room.
“Here’s your card back. I don’t need it.”
Her mouth dropped open. “Well, that’s very refreshing. Most of the guys who come here are married and some even have children. That doesn’t stop them from hooking up with us while they’re here on the island.”
He showed her Sharlee’s picture.
Noah smiled. “Thanks.”
She left the room. Afterwards, she stopped and spoke with Gene.
Gene laughed. “Yeah, I bet. Thanks Gina. Tell the other girls who’ll be working tomorrow to leave him alone.”
“Sure thing. Any dates for me tonight?”
They both laughed. Terry was angry when he found out that Gene hadn’t already warned the girls including Gina to stay away from Noah. They wanted Noah and Sharlee as a couple. The last thing they needed was for Gina to cause a rift in Noah’s marriage!
He debated whether or not to tell her about the stripper but decided that there wasn’t any point in telling her.
“Fine. I learned more about the company.”
“That sounds good. First I’d like to send off copies of Harley’s offer and the contracts to our agent and the lawyer. That way they can get a head start on looking at them. I have copies for you too, Dale.”
Noah was surprised to see the stripper from the seminar and one of the new franchise owners.
They came over to Noah, “Well, imagine seeing you here! It is a small island!”
The Maitre’d approached them and spoke to Thornton. “Your table is ready, Sir.”
Then she followed Thornton to their table.
Dale saw Alissa start to say something and shook his head. For a change he was the one who recognized that this wasn’t their business.
“I guess so. You know that nothing happened, don’t you. I mean I wouldn’t…”
Sharlee cut him off. “I know you’re not like those other guys Noah. If you were, we wouldn’t be together, but um…” She broke off.
“Do you like watching strippers?”
Noah saw that Dale and Alissa were listening. They moved away to give Noah and Sharlee more privacy.
“I’ve seen strippers. Like any guy I thought they were sexy, but that’s never been one of my favorite forms of entertainment. Now that I have you, I don’t even want to look at anyone else naked except for you.”
Noah laughed. Soon their table was ready. Dale and Alissa were glad to see that things still appeared to be okay between Sharlee and Noah.
After dinner, they returned to the resort. Dale asked Noah to come back to their suite with him so that they could look over the revised contracts. That way Noah would be prepared to meet with his agent, Dale’s financial manager and his lawyer when they returned home. Dale’s eyes widened when he saw the money that Noah and Sharlee would make just for the spokesperson part of Harley’s offer. When the franchise opened it’d be even more lucrative for them.
“Wow Noah! You two would really be set if this works out.”
“Dale, I know that you’ve never felt that Sharlee and I should be together. No, she hasn’t had the perfect life with me. I should have done better for her, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t love her. I love her more than anyone or anything. I will do everything I have to do to take care of her and our baby. I want my family to have the best that I can provide. So yes, I’m very ready for the hard work and the responsibility. It feels like I’m finally doing what I should be doing. I’m with the person I should be with for the rest of my life. It’s not going to be easy for me, and I hope I don’t blow it again. However, I intend to make this work not just for myself but also for my family.”
Dale hoped that what he said was true. “Well, I hope it works out well for you. You’re about to become a father yourself. The first time when you look into that tiny baby’s face, you will pledge to make sure that he or she has the happiest, most secure life possible. They will always be your little girl and your little boy no matter how old they get. At least that’s how I felt when I saw Sharlee and her brothers and sisters for the first time.”
They discussed the offer from Harley for a little while longer and then Noah returned to his suite.
“Sit right there.”
Noah sat on the bench wondering what she was up to. Sharlee turned on some music from her Ipod.
Noah’s mouth dropped open. “Yeah!”
He was always amazed at the way she spiced things up with their love making. He was getting really turned on, but this time he was afraid that she might be overdoing it. He didn’t want her to hurt herself. So he stood up and helped her up off the floor. He wrapped his arms around her.
Soon, it was the final day of the seminar. Sharlee and Alissa decided to go shopping, and Dale stayed at the resort. He wanted to use the gym. Noah hesitantly spoke with Sharlee before he left.
Alissa had rented a car to use rather than taking Harley’s limo. She and Sharlee took their time going from shop to shop and taking plenty of rest breaks for Sharlee. They found a chic lady’s boutique, and Alissa bought outfits for herself, Cara and even a cute swimsuit for Joy. They found one that she thought would look wonderful on Sharlee. Sharlee looked at the price tag and thought it was way too much.
“Besides, I couldn’t wear it for much longer anyway.”
She moved on to other racks of clothing. After she was out of sight, Alissa grabbed the outfit and took it to the register. Not long after, they left the store and decided to go pick Dale up from the resort for lunch.
Sharlee asked her, “What’s this?”
“Mom, you didn’t have to do this. Noah and I discussed it, and you’re doing too much for us!”
“When you have your own baby, you’ll understand. There’s never too much for a parent. You’ll always be our baby girl, and I want you to have that! You’ll hurt my feelings if you don’t accept it. You know that Noah will love that on you too!”
“Sharlee I’m very proud of the wife that you’ve become, and I know you’re going to be an excellent mother.”
Just a little note to Readers:
Sorry that I forgot to change Dale and Alissa’s outfits for the next day pictures. Also there were a few pictures that didn’t turn out like I wanted. I didn’t have time to retake them. I hope you enjoyed it anyway!
I also wanted to let you know that I’m going out of town later this week, and I won’t have time to start the pictures for the next chapter until after I return next Sunday night. So that means the next chapter will probably not be posted until Wednesday or Thursday of next week. I’m sorry guys! 😦 The next chapter is the end of the trip to Isla Paradiso, and we’ll also see part of the other children’s visit with Dale’s father. Thanks for continuing to stick with the story and for your patience! 🙂