Nonnie Jules is the founder and President of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, as well as interviewer of RRBC authors in the famed, “Who’s On The Shelf With Nonnie?” interviews. Her interviewing skills are legendary and she decided to accompany Author, John Fioravanti, through space and time to another galaxy 700 years into the future. Nonnie’s goal is to meet the key personalities on planet Genesis featured in Fioravanti’s series, The Genesis Saga, and utilize her formidable skills to find out something more about these characters. This scene is the fourteenth and final episode interviewing the characters from Passion & Struggle.
In the last episode, Nonnie and John disappeared from Marco Rossini’s home where, invisible to Rossini and Brooklynn, they witnessed part of the couple’s first date. They have reappeared on Earth, in Nonnie’s office.
Nonnie: “John, I’m glad I got to meet those people on Genesis. I hope Marco and Marie can make a go of it. Tell me, do they get married…”
John: (Interrupting) “And live happily ever after? (Nonnie grins at him.) Good try! Tell you what; I’ll give you a sneak peek at the Prologue of Book Two, Treachery & Triumph…”
A spring storm had pounded the Newfoundland coast, just the day before, and left debris strewn across the stony shoreline. A lonely figure made its way gingerly along the beach, carefully planting each foot, in turn, between the stones and bits of branches. His progress was slow, and the strong, relentless wind slowed his unsteady gait even more. Stopping to catch his breath and steady himself, Marco Rossini looked upwards to the overcast grey sky and took in a deep breath of fresh, salty air. The rhythmic sound of Atlantic waves slapping the rocky shore quieted his anxious spirit.
Redirecting his gaze away from the ocean, the young Vice President from Genesis spotted a downed tree trunk near the edge of the beach. He carefully made his way to the resting spot and sat down slowly to maintain his balance. A grimace momentarily transformed his features revealing his spine’s protest at the change in posture. The discomfort passed quickly and he leaned forward, his elbows resting on his knees, his open hands cupping his face. Heaving a sigh, Marco wrestled with his loneliness.
It had been just one week since the Earther Sloop ENS Flame had departed for Genesis carrying his companions: ArcGeneral Pat Conroy, his oldest and closest friend: Marie Brooklynn, ace investigative reporter for the Genesis Free Press and his new-found love, as well as Annie Pinto, Marie’s media partner and wife of his friend Gian Pinto. He knew it had been the right decision to send Marie home, but his heart said otherwise. He sorely missed the warm embrace of the only woman had touched his heart in many years.
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“Enough moping, Mr. Vice President,” Marco chided himself aloud. He chuckled in response to his own order. “Gods! Things are bad when you start ordering yourself around!” Gingerly, he brought himself to a standing position and turned toward the well-worn path that began at the tree line a dozen meters away. Taking him back to the Caine estate, its well-packed ground would afford him less treacherous footing.
Marco enjoyed these moments, walking alone among the fragrant pines. He was reminded of his childhood in Darymanis City, on Genesis, where he’d often explored the nearby rainforest with Pat Conroy’s older brothers. He noticed a family of wolves who frequented the property, and recognized them as the Caines’ distant relatives. Identifying the human figure as friend, not foe, the wolves formed an escort for Marco as he made his way through the pines.
Rossini made eye contact and smiled at each wolf, in turn, while remembering the fear he’d experienced at their first meeting, a few days earlier. Seeing another fallen log, he decided to rest once more and enjoyed the pungent pine aroma carried on the gentler breeze among the trees. The wolves stopped too and arranged themselves on the ground nearby – like his own personal guard. Smiling, he thought about his personal security detail – his three Alpha Corps agents. His Lead Agent, Ted Gallo, had remained with him on Earth, while James Drury and Ben Grafton had accompanied Marie, Annie, and Pat back to Genesis. Ted had gone to London, for a few days, to confer with leaders of the Guards – the elite Earther marines who were the equivalent of the Genesis Alpha Corps. The smallest cub leapt onto his lap, bringing a smile to his face. Today, these Alpha Wolves guarded him.
Thank you all for joining Nonnie and I on this wonderful trip to a troubled world… Please join us for episode #15 when we return to Genesis to meet characters from Treachery & Triumph!