Deserted island decadence

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chapter 1: come sail away

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“All Aboard!” Donna roared for the umpteenth time since they had set out. Natalie sighed and rolled her eyes. There was no one else aboard. Just the two of them on this overpriced and under furbished “luxury sailboat” that Donna had spontaneously bought on a mid-life crisis whim. And here Nat was, sacrificing her first two weeks as a free woman indulging her mother’s crazy fantasies.

Yes, Natalie was fresh out of prison. Or her English graduate program. Same thing as far as she was concerned. Grueling hours spent pouring over everything from Shakespeare to Poe, Machiavelli to Suess, day in and day out had left her absolutely sick of of the written word. Although she had only graduated all of five days ago, Natalie was already certain that she never wanted to pick up a book without pictures again as long as she lived.

Worse, still, was the family situation that she was coming home to. Natalie had left university with her graduate degree in tow, expecting to feel wholesome and complete after finally having accomplished her life’s dream, but instead found herself empty and aimless as she realized she had no idea what to do next. She had come to her parents at a loss for direction only to find that her home life was far from wholesome and complete as well: Mom and Dad were getting a divorce.

Present day Natalie sighed as she leaned over the railing on the port bow of the medium-sized boat. She brushed her pale, flaxen blonde hair out of her face and tried to take in what exactly had transpired to end up with her being there on that day.

Her mother had the same long blonde hair that she did. In fact, the two were strikingly similar in appearance; it was clear that they were mother and daughter. If there was any one thing that Natalie should have been grateful to Donna for, it was Donna’s genes.

Natalie was the spitting image of her mother when Donna was twenty-five. Her soft, luscious blonde hair fell down to her slender shoulders and framed a round, rosy face with deep blue eyes, eyes that sparkled with the same tranquil serenity as the ocean waves she gazed into absentmindedly. Not to mention her killer body. Natalie might have had a slim waist but she was still curvy in all the right places, she thought, with a perky enough chest to turn male heads in her bikini top and broader hips that sloped gently into her trim torso. Yes, Natalie was a stunner in the looks department and one look at her mother made it more than clear that the bombshell looks clearly ran in the family.

Which was why it was so frustrating for Natalie that she was still single… and so confusing for her when she had found out that Dad had cheated.

That was the reason for the divorce. Donna had caught her husband having not one but multiple affairs and, just like that, twenty-eight years of marriage ground to a halt. She had, of course, gotten quite the hefty settlement out of the divorce hearing. Donna had married young but she had also married into considerable wealth, wealth that she was more than happy to take with her when she parted ways from her cheating husband.

Natalie had been devastated to hear the news and immediately took her mom’s side, not caring for her father’s explanation for his misdeeds. Donna had been devastated. Nat was there for her, doing the best she could to be supportive and understanding in her mother’s hour of devastation.

But the woman was really beginning to go overboard. The past few days had been wrought with lavish spending and “spontaneous” decisions that ranged from inconsequential things like getting a streak of pink died into her hair or booking reservations at expensive restaurants and spas to things that were downright dangerous, like buying a motorcycle or going skydiving. But Natalie had been with her mother every step of the way, being the best friend she could while trying to steer Donna away from her more outlandish impulses. Of course, Natalie was having no such luck. She had gone with her mother to all of the fancy restaurants, had accompanied her when Donna went to the Harley-Davidson dealership against her daughter’s wishes, had even jumped out of a freaking plane.

And when Donna had said that she wanted to sail the Ardives, just mother and daughter, Natalie had no choice but to say yes to that also. As a twenty-five year old single graduate with an English degree, she had no future job prospects, no relationships to prioritize, no excuse to get her out of getting wrapped up in her mother’s mid-life shenanigans. Natalie was Donna’s partner through and through, whether she liked it or not. And, to be honest, Natalie didn’t particularly like it.
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Scott12 2 years
As you do, very well written. The plot was inciting. When reading had an idea of direction, but wasn’t sure. Ya you did it. Brought up questions of what might one do,great short story. Still question
Brope 2 years
Such a fun ending, thank you for finishing this!
Ruud272001 2 years
Hi. Chickenshack, hope you are doing well? Not to be a pest but I was wondering if there will be updates to complete this soon. It’s one of my favourites and would love to see it completed. Thank you
Brope 3 years
this one is so much fun, can't wait to see how it finishes
Chickenshack 3 years
Yes, now that I've gotten some of my commissions out of the way, I want to come back here and continue a lot of the stories I haven't gotten to finish yet.
Ruud272001 3 years
Excellent work. Sorry to be a pain Chickenshack, just wondering when the next chapter of this story will be released. Really loving it so far and was just hoping the next installment would be coming soon.
Chickenshack 3 years
smiley Sorry. It's supposed to be a lot of exposition leading up to a really big finish. If its any consolation, its almost done and I think you'll really like the ending.
Trey91 3 years
I love the story so much but its like week after week of nothing happening. Really want to read the ending 😂
Ulvrik 3 years
It's excellent! I really hope Natalie will fall sooner or later, too XD
Chickenshack 3 years
Thanks for the support! Its good to know that people appreciate my work. The next chapter will be up in a week at most. Stay tuned smiley
Brope 3 years
love this story so much, can't wait for it to continue! you're on a roll with all these gems
Chickenshack 3 years
I'm glad you're enjoying it smiley I'm working on more as we speak.
Plumply45 3 years
Is this as far as the story goes??
Chickenshack 3 years
I hope it is too smiley
Karenjenk 3 years
This is a very strong set up. lots of details. I hope the rest of your story is as good as the first 6 chapters