Paso Doble with a Passionate Python:
A Dance with Danger Mystery
By Sara M. Barton
Published by Sara M. Barton, at Smashwords
Copyright Sara M. Barton 2012
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Chapter One --
As I stood on the edge of forever, the railing of the Beauty of the Seas was the only thing keeping me from plunging into the deep, dark ocean. There was nothing now to stop me from letting go of the ache, the anger, the agony of what my heart had gone through. I was on a ship bound for Bermuda, filled with people, and yet I had never felt lonelier than I did at this moment. I felt myself teeter on the edge of despair, and I wasn’t sure I could climb back to safety. The dark night seemed to swallow me up, making me feel even smaller than before. Soon I would cease to exist as Mariem Dufours.
I had been a widow for exactly two years, four months, three days, and nine hours. On that January day in 2010, my whole life had gone belly up. When I got the call from the Miami-Dade Police, telling me my husband had been lost in a boating accident, I thought I would never be able to take another breath on my own without remembering all that came before that one moment in time. The past remained in every cell of my being, indelibly written on the invisible skin of my spirit. Henri was the center of my universe and everything, good or bad, revolved around him. When he died, the woman I was died with him.