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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

Featured Review on this writing by Vance Currie

Beaumont arrived at the Fitness Centre a broken man, mourning the death of his young wife.

Beaumont arrived at the Fitness Centre a broken man, mourning the death of his young wife. He scanned his membership card and went straight into the gym, dressed for cardio in black track suit bottoms, thin, cool t-shirt, running shoes. At least, he wouldn’t have to change in the locker room. He found the sight of fitter, young men, half his age, towelling their well-endowed bodies dry, embarrassing. The gym was heaving with sweaty bodies at that time of the morning. Fanatics, dripping, dropping in, to oxygenate their beefed-up muscles on their way to work. One treadmill, fitted with a tv screen, was free. Beaumont swooped, hung his turquoise hand towel round his neck and selected manual. The belt started to run. He pressed quick start, selected a speed of 4.0, incline of 6.0, and jogged. The tv was tuned in to a lively breakfast debate on healthy eating. Finding it distracting, he switched it off and got into his stride. The shadowy carbon screen matched his sombre mood.

After 32.17 minutes, Beaumont had run 2.1km and burnt off 329.3 calories. At that exact moment Elspeth’s ghostly apparition appeared on the screen and mouthed:

‘Come to me, my love!’

The gym disappeared. The screen grew larger, larger and larger until it swallowed him up.

Time elapsed: 32.18 minutes.

Distance: 2.11km.

Calories burned: 1329.3.

Heart rate: 123, 129, 134, 137, 142, 146, 155, 158, 164, 167, 176, 178, 185, 197, 208, 211.

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Submitted: October 22, 2021

© Copyright 2021 HJ FURL. All rights reserved.

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AdamCarlton

I generally find gym screens are fixated on MTV-style electronica with lithe young folk writhing to technobeat. It seems popular: any attempt to turn to another channel would probably result in mass assault by dumb bell. Your guy's cadence was insane, BTW. No wonder he so quickly got to rejoin his beloved wife: (but Elspeth!?).

Fri, October 22nd, 2021 6:29pm

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I like the name Elspeth... as much as Beaumont!

Fri, October 22nd, 2021 11:27pm

Rob73

219, gyms, and exercise.
A great romance story, HJ.
The writing is excellent.

Fri, October 22nd, 2021 8:56pm

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Thank you very much Rob73!

Fri, October 22nd, 2021 11:27pm

Vance Currie

I have never been to a fitness centre. After reading that wonderfully descriptive first paragraph, HJ, I'm not sure that I would have wanted to. This is such a clever little story. My wife has yet to invite me to join her in the hereafter, which could mean that there isn't one. Or she's having too much of a good time with all those handsome angels.

Fri, October 22nd, 2021 10:09pm

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Thank you so very much for sharing your wonderful happy thoughts, Vance.
(off to the gym! - HJx)

Fri, October 22nd, 2021 11:31pm

tom mcmullen

That's a funny clever story HJ. Gyms are a waste of time. I walk in the park and get attacked by birds...

Sat, October 23rd, 2021 1:07am

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Each to their own, Tom! Don't tell me, you bite back!

Fri, October 22nd, 2021 11:32pm

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