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Art Trip

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  No Houses


Maggie Harris and Richard Maple are two thirtysomething antique dealers who have been forced by financial problems, to join their two businesses. That was over a year ago and things are on the up.



Unbeknown by them, they both get a separate email from each of their clients asking to attend an art exhibition and a book festival in Florence, Italy. > The trouble is Maggie loves Richard,
Richard loves Maggie and the two of them for very different reasons are having trouble saying those three little words to each other. Will this trip finally bring them together?

Table of Contents

A Message from Richard

Submitted: February 02, 2018

People, take my advice. If you love someone. Don't think twice. Songwriters: Tony Waddington / Wayne Bickerton Sugar Baby Love ly... Read Chapter

Chapter 1

Submitted: January 19, 2018

Maggie Harris lazily placed her index finger down on the snooze button of her radio alarm clock just as the voice of Tim Lihoreau of Cl... Read Chapter

Chapter 2

Submitted: January 19, 2018

The time was 07.05 Monday morning and the sounds of Sibelius were coming from the radio alarm clock. Richard Maple walked back into his... Read Chapter

Chapter 3

Submitted: January 20, 2018

Maggie finished dressing and put on her trainers. The only thing missing today was her make-up. Just a bit of lippy was all she could m... Read Chapter

Chapter 4

Submitted: January 20, 2018

Maggie looked back towards the bus as it pulled away from the bus stop, she gave a half-embarrassed smile as the elderly gentleman blew h... Read Chapter

Chapter 5

Submitted: January 22, 2018

Janet and Steve went back downstairs to go and fetch the car leaving Richard alone in the flat with Maggie. Richard stood rather awkwar... Read Chapter

Chapter 6

Submitted: January 23, 2018

It was nearing five o’clock when Steve left Maggie’s flat loaded with her cases. The journey to Richard’s flat was slow sitting i... Read Chapter

Chapter 7

Submitted: January 24, 2018

The sun shone through Maggie’s bedroom window, dust particles danced in its rays. The voice activated radio alarm gradually increased... Read Chapter

Chapter 8

Submitted: January 25, 2018

Maggie stood outside Richards flat greeting anyone that passed by with a cheery good morning, as he locked the door. Less than twenty-f... Read Chapter

Chapter 9

Submitted: January 26, 2018

Maggie looked at her phone on the shop counter to see an email had arrived. Seconds later the same message flashed on her computer scre... Read Chapter

Chapter 10

Submitted: January 26, 2018

The next morning Maggie woke from her dream where she and Richard were married with three kids two dogs and living in rural Norfolk, to... Read Chapter

Chapter 11

Submitted: January 27, 2018

“Can you believe this shit!” Maggie threw her phone across the desk to Richard. He looked up from his computer bemused at her outburs... Read Chapter

Chapter 12

Submitted: January 27, 2018

Maggie zipped up her black leather jacket all the way to her neck, she unfolded her umbrella and sprinted up the Kings Road as fast as tw... Read Chapter

Chapter 13

Submitted: January 27, 2018

Maggie was right Richard thought, the weather was keeping people out of their shop. It was the sort of day that people went shopping for ... Read Chapter

Chapter 14

Submitted: January 28, 2018

With a week to go before their flight, Richard and Maggie took the day off, being this was their last Saturday before Florence. Richard... Read Chapter

Chapter 15

Submitted: January 29, 2018

Janet bantered with the taxi driver leaving Maggie alone with her thoughts. She sat with her head against the back of the seat staring ... Read Chapter

Chapter 16

Submitted: January 31, 2018

The day for there trip to Florence had arrived. It was half-past four in the morning and Maggie stood looking out of the living room wi... Read Chapter

Chapter 17

Submitted: February 01, 2018

As soon as the BA flight from London appeared on the arrival board, the chauffeur looked at Richard and Maggie’s profile picture he d... Read Chapter

Chapter 18

Submitted: February 02, 2018

Maggie came out of the shower and stood in front of the bathroom mirror, brushing her hair this way and that. She took the brave decisi... Read Chapter

Chapter 19

Submitted: February 03, 2018

After dinner had finished Roberto left to go back to his apartment in Florence and Giovanni suggested they all went inside for coffee and... Read Chapter

Chapter 20

Submitted: February 03, 2018

Maggie drifted in out of sleep to the sound of the bells from The Duomo calling the faithful to Sunday Mass. She opened one eye and cou... Read Chapter

Chapter 21

Submitted: February 05, 2018

Both Richard and Maggie were up early and their rooms were a hive of activity as they darted through the dividing door to each other. R... Read Chapter

Chapter 22

Submitted: February 06, 2018

Maggie stood in the wings of the auditorium with her eyes closed. Richard was behind her massaging her shoulders. “You OK?” he whis... Read Chapter

Chapter 23

Submitted: February 06, 2018

It was Wednesday morning, and Richard wanted them to make the most of the last two days left to them. He opened up the tiny velvet box ... Read Chapter

Chapter 24

Submitted: February 08, 2018


THIS CHAPTER CONTAINS EXPLICT MATERIAL
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Chapter 25

Submitted: February 10, 2018

It was Thursday morning and their last full day in Florence. Maggie asked Richard to spend the night with her; there was no point in be... Read Chapter

Chapter 26

Submitted: February 10, 2018

Maggie and Richard were having their last breakfast in Florence sitting across the road from the hotel at what had become their favouri... Read Chapter

Letter from Nick Skerrett, Solicitor

Submitted: February 10, 2018

Dear Margaret Harris I am pleased to inform you that Mr Thomas Reeve the landlord of 87B Grafton Road, Fulham, SW6. Has decided to s... Read Chapter