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Last words to you my grandpa french and englishMon papy,Gene sait combien je t'aime, je le lui dis tout le temps...Je vais tremper ma plume dans l'encre bleue de ma peine, et la diluer avec tout l'amour que je te porte, pour pouvoir te serrer fort dans mes bras encore une fois, comme en octobre, en t'accrochant avec la force de mes mots, pour que tu restes toujours auprès de moi. Mon papy, nous avons avancé main dans la main ces deux dernières années, sur nos chemins respectifs teintés de gris, mais à chaque pas coloré, mais à chaque fou-rire arc-en-ciel, nous avons mis cette malchance entre parenthèses. Grâce à cette complicité, cette symbiose lumineuse, j'en oublie à chaque fois mon chagrin, pourtant indélébile, en allègeant ma peine... Cette cruauté de la vie, qui me sépare de toi de toi désormais, n'aura pas le dernier mot, car celui de l'amour est plus fort. Toi, mon deuxième papa, tu as une place de choix, bien au chaud dans mon cœur.Mon papy tu es solaire, ton charisme, ton intelligence, cet esprit vif et subtil, m'ont toujours impressionnée...Des fois, j'avais un peu honte de ne pas être cultivée comme toi, et de ne pas toujours satisfaire tes attentes intellectuelles, mais c'est ce que je croyait seulement, car tu étais juste heureux de rire et d'échanger, dans une tendresse et un respect mutuels. Tes joutes verbales étaient à la hauteur des saveurs gastronomiques de Bocuse, ton péché migon, ton petit coin de Paradis...Mon papy, tes yeux rieurs imbibés de joie à chaque fois que l'on se revoit, est un bonheur immense lorsque je t'entoure de mes bras, et embrasse ta peau rebondie fraichement aprétée, douce et accueillante, si chaleureuse que je ne peux m'arrêter de te couvrir de bisous !!Papy je t'aime, je regrette de ne pas te l'avoir dit au téléphone la dernière fois et cela me pince le cœur, mais je pensais que nous allions nous revoir, papy. Merci de m'avoir réconcilié avec mon papa que j'aime tant, merci pour cette fête magnifique en octobre, nous ne l'oublieront jamais, quel beau souvenir tu nous a offert ce jour là, toi, le pilier de notre famille, si courageux et raffiné, tu vas nous manquer...Merci d'avoir trouvé les mots, pour guérir mes maux.Je t'aime papy chéri, reposes en paix, tu l'as bien mérité.Ta petite fille qui t'adoreEstelle English translation :My grandpa, Gene knows how much I love you, I tell it to him all the time...I will soak my quill into the blue ink of my pain, and dilute it with all the love I have for you, just to be able to hug you strongly one more time, like in october, hooking you with the strength of my words, in order you remain always with me.We have moved forward hand in hand these two last years, on our respective ways tinted of grey, but at each colorful step, at each rainbow laughter, we have put this fate into brackets. Thanks to this complicity, this luminous symbiosis, I forget each time my sorrow, nevertheless indelible, lightening my pain... This life crualty, that separates me from you now, won't have the last word, because the one of love, is stronger. You, my second dad, you have a place of choice, warm, into the bottom of my heart.My grandpa, you are solar, ur charism, your intelligence, this vivid and subtil spirit, has always impressed me much...Sometimes, I was a little ashamed not to be as cultured as u, not to satisfy your intellectual expectations, but it was only what I believed, because you were just happy to laugh and exchange, in a mutuel tenderness and respect. Your verbal jousting kept up with the gastronomy tastes of Bocuse, your favorite vice, you little corner of Paradise...My grandpa, your laughing eyes soaked with joy each time we see each other again, is an incommensurable happyness when I hug you, and kiss your plumpness skin freshly prepared, soft and welcoming, such warm, that I can't stop covering you with kisses !!Papy, I love you, I regret not to have telling it to u at phone the last time, it pinches my heart, but I thought we would see each other again, papy.Thank u to have reconciled myself with my dad I love him much, thank you for this magnificient celebtration in october, we will never forget it, what a beautiful memory you offered us this day, you, the pillar of our familly, so valorous and refined, we will miss you... Thank you to have find the words to heal my wounds. (I ve played with words there : mots : words, maux : wounds, same sound in french, grandpa loves that much, when i play with words)I love u dear grandpa, rest in peace, you have deserved it much.Your granddaughter, who adores youEstelle
Under a Night SkyAtmospheric nightFull-blown moon rides inky skyLone star shoots and diesRuined castle eerie sightDead resonant voices heard.D-A-Skelly01-06-2020
In Vino Veritas - 50. A Ball cut short
New YorkWhile the Russian manoeuvred the captured Athena down the hallway, two other grunts began advancing toward them, but the first man told them sharply to get out of there, spicing the language with a line of profanities. The next instance one of the others spun and barked in alarm and annoyance. In the cramped hallway, Athena couldn't completely see what was happening until one of the thugs moved, and she saw a bulbous, Hispanic woman in a housekeeping uniform push a cart around the corner."Gentlemen, what is the meaning of..." the old woman said demurely, while dipping her head in subservience. The thugs shouted at her and pointed to the elevators. Athena tensed, ready to take advantage of the distraction. If only her captor would let go.It happened so quickly that she barely understood what she was seeing. The cart shot forward, slamming into one of the thug's midriff, pinning him to the wall. The cleaning lady spun, lashing out a blow of an iron shovel, that landed with a heavy crunch on the chin of the second thug. He spun, his nose spraying blood and then he fell like a stone. Athena's gunman shouted in alarm. The Glock came up to point at the new threat but Athena grabbed his gun hand's wrist and spun. In surprise, the Russian loosened his grip and his body turned far enough for her to jab her right hand savagely into his throat. She felt the man's windpipe crack and his mean, piggish eyes went wide with surprise and then panic when he couldn't draw a breath. In a swift move, she broke free and kicked hard into the man's knee, sending him sprawling on the floor.There was a loud thump behind her. Athena turned and saw the Hispanic woman take out the legs of one of the thugs with short, nasty ASP tactical baton. The attack left her vulnerable to the broken-nosed one, who took her from behind in a savage chokehold designed to break her neck. Athena lunged, covered the distance, and grabbed him by the collar and hair and forced his head back. The Russian jerked and threw an elbow back into her stomach, but she'd tensed her stomach muscled, anticipating the blow so it didn't drive the wind out of her. Meanwhile, he'd lost his grip on the Hispanic woman, who swiftly wriggled free of his grasp and slammed the heel of her squary hand into his already-broken nose. The man howled in pain and Athena felt the his body frisson as if hit by an electrical current. She spun the man around, gained momentum and sent him headfirst into the wall. His head smashed through the drywall up to his neck and he slumped, arms and legs going limp. Athena yanked him out in a cloud of plaster dust and dumped him on the floor.The cleaning lady was leaning against the wall, glancing at Athena. The glow from the lamps cast a dark and foreboding shadow across her face. "Are you all right?" Athena asked, getting a good look at her for the first time, as she felt herself starting to smirk, her brother had done a good job with his disguise. "Yes, I'm just a little winded. Hold on..." then he tore the latex away from his face and nodded his way out of the faux-blond wig. "That's better," Denis said as he shook out his dark hair. "Awesome work," she said. "How's Gabriella?" "She wasn't in her room, so she missed a bottle of wine and a little chat. I scanned trough the room though and no sign of the Talisman there. Then I just talked to Kostas. He's been in contact with your Eric and I'm afraid there's been a change of plans."Again?" "Yes again. The FBI has opted to raid the hotel, to seize a drug cartel they believe is here and will most probably round up as many people as possible. Ahmed and Tate don't know it yet. I guess, they're on the ballroom floor where they're supposed to meet up with those other Illuminati who have brought in Baldur Aesir. One of them has the Talisman with him or her, of that I'm pretty sure at the moment. Yet we can still intercept then if we're quick. Once the fibbies make their move though, there will be a mother of a chaos.""So we're running short of time," Athena said as she wiped dust from her jacket and churned her hands through her hair. "Ready to go to a ball?""Sure thing," Denis replied as he wormed out of his cleaning woman's coveralls and rapidly brushed the wrinkles out of the same Tom Ford tux he'd worn in Miami two nights ago. "Especially with such a stunning company."***"Baldur!" Athena hissed in hardly concealed anger as she laid her hand upon Denis' chest to stop him and they turned around, trying to look as innocuous as possible, as they eyed the quartet which just stepped out of one of the elevators. First came an enhanced woman, who in spite of her length of nearly 6 feet was walking on sky-high Louboutin heels, her knee-long, petrol-blue Gucci dress looking as if painted upon her slender form. Next to her was a man in a tuxedo, his face covered in bandages as if he was a mummy, blonde hair and beard poking through here and there. But in spite of his mask, Athena recognised him well as she sensed his vibes. This was Baldur Aesir, the man whom the Illuminati had planned to use The Shield of Anagar on, to cure the damage he had inflicted upon himself when he had let lose the bomb in Egypt last year. Flanking them were two oxen men of the regular kind who could only be bodyguards and were of no interest to Athena and Denis right now.Everyone had thought Baldur dead, but he had apparently survived, to be rescued by the Illuminati later on. And they planned to turn him into the new European leader, their marionette. As Athena and Denis watched, the trio stopped in the middle of the upper floor foyer, and the tall woman looked down at Baldur."The man with the item that can heal you is here at the hotel now, Aesir," she said. "This means that it's only a matter of time before our plan starts to roll. But remember one thing, the new, healthy face you'll soon acquire you have us to thank for. And you will keep doing as I command, as your persuasive powers do not work on people like me." She lashed out with her index finger and hit the shorter man hard in his chest, a large diamond glittering from a ring, before she went on. "You work for us, you follow the plan and no own ideas. Because if you do, you will be better off than you'd ever imagined. You hear that now?""Yes," Baldur nodded his head fiercely. "Yes, yes, I do." With that the group recommenced their walk across the foyer and down the short flight of stairs to the ballroom. Athena tried to not glare as she followed their path with her eyes. Then she turned to her brother."We'll have to find Ahmed before these people do!" she hissed. "I'm quite sure now that he has he talisman with him.""How about Gabrielle?" Denis asked."Knowing Ahmed, he's not the kind who gives away the Talisman until it has ended up in its presumed final hands. And that, I'm convinced, is this lady in blue." "Then let's go down there," came a rapid whisper in return. ***Security at the ballroom entrance was light, only a pair of rookie-looking guards checking invitations. Athena suspected that this wasn't a group that would be amenable to their bodyguards surrendering weapons. Taking that in mind, it was probably the most secure function in New York city that night. The guards waved Athena and Denis past, and into a large, sumptuous two-storey hall lit by two giant chandeliers. The ballroom's antechamber was a sea of black tuxedoes and expensive gowns, where people networked and held forth in a dozen languages. Athena thought about FBI storming this place, convinced that there would probably be a gun fight but in the end they'd rid the planet of its fair share of organized crime. Then again, that would only pave the way for a newer generation. Remove one gangster, Athena knew, and there was always two new to take their place. "There!" Denis whispered and nodded his head. Jamal Ahmed was standing in a small cluster of fancy-dressed people, all laughing heartily. He looked no more pleasant in tuxedo than in military garbs, just older and more hardened. His suit was ill-fitting, and from a few dozen meters away Athena could make out the bulge of his gun. "How should we take him?""Back of the house," she said, gesturing to the doors behind the stage, remembering the layout of the Hotel from the maps Eric had mailed her. "Employ your thespian wiles to distract him and get him away from the group! I'll walk by and stick my gun in his back. Then we'll walk him into the kitchen and the service elevator there.""My thespian wiles," Denis repeated with a smile."Your considerable thespian wiles.""How about yours?""They're a bit disabled. At least considering what I'm wearing."Denis laughed, was about to say something, when the intercom boomed."Get out! Get out! Get out! We're being raided! Federal agents are in the lobby!" Athena cursed as she heard the announcement repeated in Russian and then in German. The hall was thrown into pandemonium as the crowd surged like a technicolour wave toward the exits. "He's making a run for it!" Denis exclaimed, seeing how the Arab was joined by a dozen or so black-suited men holding Glocks."He's got the same idea as we, heading for the service elevator," Athena replied.Quickly the sister and brother pushed through the crowd with Denis serving as a blocker, shoulder-checking people out their way and making a hole that Athena darted through with superhuman agility. With the crowd flowing in the opposite direction, they were free of the crush relatively quickly and erupted through the door to the kitchen. They ran down a brightly-lit service hallway, pushing aside surprised kitchen staff until they got to the foyer with the elevator. One of Ahmed's men twirled around and fired from a crouching position behind a metal counter top. The blast of the gunshot sent sashimi slices flying in a pink spray.Athena hurriedly fired twice, saw the shooter spin and fall. Another thug emerged from the elevator though, but taking a second to process what was happening. It became a fatal second, by the time he realized where his target was, Athena was already firing. More gunshots exploded in the echo-chamber of the kitchen, and a pan exploded next to her, showering her left hand with shrapnel, a stinging pain as blood briefly burst through before the small cuts healed themselves again. She spun, but there were more gunshots, and by the time she had a bead on the doorway, there were bodies slumped by the doorway to the ballroom. Beside her, Denis lowered his Beretta."Nice shooting," Athena commented wryly."That's part of my thespian qualities," Denis smirked. "He's got an armoured car in the garage, level B2," Athena said. "We can get him there.""Lead on!" Denis requested.The parking garage was already thundering with automatic weapons fire when the sister and brother duo scrambled out of the elevator and darted to the safety of a parked Chrysler Grand Voyager. "Who's firing?" Athena wondered aloud, tentatively peering over the silver grey hood of the Chrysler."FBI units at the other service elevator," Denis pointed with his gun to the far side of the garage to their three-o'clock. Three agents in dark clothes were clumsily trying to return fire without leaving the cover of the edge of the elevator by sticking their rifles around it and firing blindly. Every unaimed burst was met with a reply of quick, accurate suppressing fire that sent them scuttling back behind cover."Damn amateurs!" Denis swore and continued his invective in a foul language which Athena could barely hear over the sound of the gunshots."Shooters at one o'clock," Athena shouted in his ear. "By the silver Lamborghini." He craned his neck around the bumper of the Chrysler then withdrew and nodded affirmingly to her.There were four shooters taking cover behind the expensive car and the concrete pillar it was parked beside. Beyond them, Athena spotted Ahmed and an Asian woman hiding behind a Mercedes Viano with a destroyed windshield, and she wondered vaguely where her old foe Baldur was. The gunmen by the pillar were concentrating on the feds."A fleeting advantage," Denis murmured."What," Athena frowned."Cover me. I'll rush them." he explicated.Abruptly the shooting stopped, leaving only waves of echoes, rolling like phantoms amid the concrete beams. The federal agents had retreated, closing the elevator doors. Athena made a thumbs-up and then Denis ran. The first badass took a hit in the chest from his sister's gun before he even made a meter. The red blossom on his white shirt told Athena that he wasn't wearing bodyarmor. That was the good news. Instantly, the rest of the foes instantly looked in Denis' direction. That was the bad news.Slowing her gait, Athena braced the PPS in a two handed grip and fired once at the man closest to her, watching him fall backwards, a hole in his forehead. Denis's Beretta cracked twice more. Athena fired once more at a stocky woman, swung the gun back to the first, saw that Denis had missed, fired again. Denis's gun fired quickly, four rounds. Athena fired at the furthest man, saw him jerk and fall, drew a bead on a woman closing in, but she was gone from Athena's sight picture. She swung to target the final man to her 11 o'clock, but he collapsed amid the snap of Denis's final rounds. Then Denis was home free, all five foes at his feet injured or dead. He flattened against the pillar and reloaded quickly. Quickly he glanced over at the Grand Voyager. His hand popped up from behind it, two fingers raised in V, before he reloaded. After returning the V signal, she pivoted, scanned for Ahmed, and saw him disappearing behind the smoked-glass off a black Chevrolet Camaro's door. It slammed shut with a muted thud, signalling good new car. She fired twice, seeing her rounds pulping in the three-inch glass. Brake lights flared and the Chevy bolted like a racehorse. With a frown, Athena tracked it as it rounded the parking lot, looking for a clean shot, but by the time it cleared the other parked cars, it was disappearing up the exit ramp. She lowered the gun and swore."Are you all right?" Denis shouted from behind the Chrysler."We lost Ahmed," she spat disgustedly. After everything, a near-impossible HALO drop, being discovered in his suite, outrunning the FBI, she had lost the man and the talisman by a matter of seconds. It was Iraq all over again."We can still catch him.""You have a car?" Hope flickered in her chest like a faint ember at the end of a drenched cigar."There," Denis pointed to a row of cars nestled behind a bank of scooters."Behind the scooters?" Athena asked."No."Athena looked at him, finding that he seemed dead serious. "We can't catch up to a Chevy in that.""My dear sister," Denis smiled impishly again, shaking his head. "It's obvious that you don't understand New York.""I admit it's been quite some time since I last sat foot on the Manhattan island, but...""Come on!"Within moments, Athena came to be zipping out of the Adamita Hotel on a hot-wired yellow scooter clinging to her brother's hard form and wearing a white Hello Kitty helmet. The scooter drove up the garage ramp and out on Broadway - which was now a scarlet-lit parking lot, choked with immobile vehicles....
Morning coffeeCheerful sun rays wake me up and I feel
that I need a cup of morning coffee
So flavorful, hot, sweet and creamy,
This taste makes me happy and very dreamy
I wanna drink coffee over and over
While I hear the rhythms of bossa nova
Has wonderful taste, smells so yummy,
makes the world happy, morning coffee
Maleficent and Ursula's Biggest Secret It was a dark, spooky night on a dreary seashore. A fog slowly rolled over the water, and dead trees were everywhere on the land.
Suddenly, a strange sea creature emerged from beneath the waves; it was half woman and half octopus. It was none other than the sea witch Ursula! She glanced around at this setting she just discovered. “Say, this looks like a perfect place to relax and unwind!” Ursula said to herself. The sea witch then moved in closer to shore, and leaned her back against a large rock. Then she rubbed some seaweed on her tentacles. Ursula took a deep sigh and closed her eyes. She was already enjoying this new hang-out spot.
A few minutes passed by. Just then, there was a bright flash of green light further down the shore. It was so bright, Ursula opened her eyes and glanced toward the direction the light came from. There stood a mysterious figure. It
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