Jake and Linda left on a honeymoon that most only dream about. Their adventures will take them to the far ports of call of the world. Through Jake's crafty business sense they amassed a small fortune to spend on their lavish life style.
From London to Bali they enjoyed the spoils of Jake's shenanigans. Linda would give Jake the moniker "Adorable Outlaw", although others might consider his actions just "outlaw".
Jake would show Linda a world far different then the world she grew up in. This May to December; Sunrise to Sunset marriage will taste, feel, smell, and experience the life only the crème de la crème people of the world could afford or have a possibility of coming into contact with such living.
Enjoying epicurean cuisines, shopping at the most lavish, up-scale stores, staying in the exquisite suites of the finniest hotels, in the most alluring cities of the world, they would celebrate each day of their honeymoon as though it was their first day. Eighteen months of bathing in luxury, sampling different cultures, experiencing each others souls, blending their Union Yacht into a spirited voyage of wonderment.
Join this dynamic duo in a love story, on their honeymoon; roaming the world that transcends any honeymoon that has ever existed. A love story that would make Romeo and Juliet, Boggy and Bacall, Anthony and Cleopatra's love stories pale in comparison.
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Voyages of the Union Yacht
By Johnny Wright
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2010 Johnny Wright
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Chapter OneThe Beginning
"Do you Jake Edward Wells take Linda Marie Anderson to be your wife - to live together after God's ordinance - in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, for better, for worse, in sadness and in joy, to cherish and continually bestow upon her your heart's deepest devotion, forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto her as long as you both shall live?" Pastor Weston Birnside asked Jake.
"I do". Jake answered in a voice that crackled with emotion as he looked into Linda's eyes.
"Do you Linda Marie Anderson take Jake Edward Wells to be your husband - to live together after God's ordinance - in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, for better, for worse, in sadness and in joy, to cherish and continually bestow upon him your heart's deepest devotion, forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto him as long as you both shall live?" Pastor Birnside asked Linda.
"I do", Linda stated, tears forming in her emerald eyes as she squeezed Jake's hands ever so tightly.
The ceremony continued as the people attending this event watched on. They were all gathered around the conversation pit, looking down on the three of them as they stood in front of the fireplace. Weston, Jake and Linda continued, exchanging rings, then the pronouncement ...
"May you always share with each other the gifts of love - be one in heart and in mind - may you always create a home together that puts in your hearts - love - generosity and kindness.
In as much as Jake Edward Wells and Linda Marie Anderson have consented together in marriage before this company of friends and family and have pledged their faith - and declared their unity by giving and receiving a ring - are now joined.
You have pronounced yourselves husband and wife but remember to always be each other's best friend.
What - therefore - God has joined together - let no man put asunder.
And so, by the power vested in me by the State of California and Almighty God, I now pronounce you man and wife - and may your days be good and long upon the earth.
You may now kiss the bride". Pastor Birnside concluded
Jake kissed Linda ever so passionately as the throng yelled and clapped. Then Pastor Weston Birnside declared to the multitude, "Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce to you Mr. and Mrs. Jake Edward Wells."
More claps, yells, cat calls, whistles, and tears as Jake and Linda climbed the three steps out of the conversation pit to be greeted by the well wishers; Linda was engulfed by the men wanting to kiss this most beautiful bride. Her emerald eyes were like sparkling bonfires on a dark beach, her smile, infectious to all that see it, her voluptuous body, the envy of all women, the desire of all men, her vivacious personality, so effervescent, it could make a blind man see, a paraplegic walk. Her five foot five inch frame, hundred and eighteen pounds, blond hair was housed in a body of proportions that turned heads as she sauntered by. Linda was beyond beauty, she was magnificent. Jake often wondered how he deserved such a woman, as did, most men.
Linda was fifteen years younger than Jake and this was not missed on Linda's father, Mel. Mel was amiable to Jake, but that was about as far as it went. Mel was a retired military man and only eight years older than Jake. Mel, as most fathers do, wanted the best for his only daughter and he did not think Jake was the best, not even close to being best. Try as he may, he could not convince Linda to reconsider her choice in a husband. Linda was not only gorgeous, but quite intelligent and had a mind of her own as well.
Mel ran his family like a military unit. During her childhood Linda respected her father and obeyed any and all of his commands; as would any other solider under his authority. Actually, Mel lost his influence over Linda's decision making many years ago. This began changing when Linda started her teenage years. She started to think for herself and did not respond to Mel's commands as she did when she was younger. This insubordination, as Mel saw it, was too much for their relationship and caused many arguments.
Linda grew up fast, knowing that she wanted to be out on her own and away from the strict regimentation of her father; although she loved him, she wanted to make her own choices in life. She had insignificant jobs during her teen years, but at the age of eighteen, after exploring many different occupations, she found a niche she was good at, beyond good, she excelled at it. She became a manufactured home sales agent (mobile home sales); Linda flourished in this venue, surpassing many of the sales agents that had been in this industry for many years. This did cause friction in many of the mobile home sales offices as many saw her as a kid; not a professional. These conflicts with other agents did not deter her, it only flamed her innate passion and she outshined many of her colleagues. Linda had now been in this industry for some six years and was well respected in the manufactured housing industry.
Jake had met Linda some eight years before in 1977. He met her through two friends, Bobby and Carol Forster. Their daughter, Pam, went to school with Linda. Jake was married at that time and Bobby and Carol were very good friends. Although Jake had met Linda and even though he thought her to be a bright and beautiful kid, she was sixteen, he was thirty one, married and the thought of them ever being together never entered his mind. It was only after Jake had divorced his wife and ran into Linda when she was visiting Carol at Wholesale Experts, a retail car lot that Bobby and Carol owned and Jake was the financial officer in 1982, would this re-connection become a reality?
Jake was amazed at how Linda had matured and was now a woman. Not only a striking woman, but a young lady with intelligence, self assured, and a sexuality that exuded with every smile or an arch in her brow as she teased the opposite sex with a knowing twinkle in her eye. Their meeting that day was a rehashing of when they first met. They caught up on how their lives had progressed since 1977. Jake informed Linda of his divorce and his travels around the world. Linda told Jake of her accomplishments. Jake made Linda laugh with his stories and jokes and at the end, when she was leaving she gave Jake her number, asking him for his, and suggested that they get together for a drink or dinner, Jake agreed and Linda left.
Not hearing from Jake in a few days, Linda called him and asked why he hadn't called. Jake gave some lame excuse; Linda didn't buy it and continued her inquiry. Jake finally told her he thought it not wise to pursue her considering the age difference. Linda asked, "What's the matter, don't you think you can keep up?" Jake laughed; they started seeing one another finally deciding on marriage and a date; January 1, 1985.
Linda was kissed by each and every man at the wedding. Jake shook the hands of each man who had just kissed his wife, hugged and kissed all of the women. The party began.
Jakes son and daughter were at the wedding. Johnny, his son, now eighteen, was a six foot lad, handsome and a personality that everyone adored, his blue eyes and short blond hair gave him the look of a jock. His daughter, Jody, would be sixteen in just five days, was petite, beautiful and very emotional as her dad remarried. Jody's deep brown eyes were like dark pools of mystery, if she was a wee bit taller than her five foot five frame she would make a stunning model. Linda and Jody loved one another and got along famously. Linda had pant suits designed for both of them. They were a silky turquoise blue. Jody was wearing hers and Linda put her pant suit on after all photos of the wedding were taken. They looked like sisters, more so than daughter and step mother.
The house on Rockridge Drive was filled with family and friends in celebration of Jake and Linda's wedding. This was amazing considering this was New Year's Day and everyone had spent New Year's Eve celebrating the New Year. The house was three stories, with a pool, water fall, heating pit, a raised porch outside, it was in Orange Hills overlooking Orange County. You could see Disneyland and beyond that Catalina Island from the porch. At night the lights twinkled below. It was almost like looking into a night sky and seeing stars. Music was playing from the stereo system as everyone mingled.
Mel, in his white tux was with his wife, Kay; dressed in a knee length blue dress and they were speaking with Laurie, dressed in a dark blue, full length dress and her husband Bill, in a white suit. Mel and Laurie were Linda's parents, but had divorced years ago and each had remarried. Their divorce proved to be amicable and they moved on with their lives. Linda was speaking to all of them. Linda in her white, backless wedding gown, with matching veil, Laurie and Kay in their dark blue dresses, Mel and Bill in their white attire made for a photo that by all outward appearances seemed as though each had confided in one another on what each was going to wear.
Scott, Linda's brother was speaking with Johnny and Johnny's girlfriend Marilyn Mejia. Scott was sixteen and although Johnny towered over Scott, Johnny six feet, Scott five foot five; they didn't have that much in common; however, they traded stories of their lives. Scott was more of an outdoors person than was Johnny. Living in Wilderville, Oregon Scott spent many hours outdoors hunting, fishing, and camping all the things that one would expect from that Northern part of the United States. Scott, although short in stature, had a well defined physique, he was a survivalist, he loved the rustic, rural, bucolic life, while Johnny, living in Orange County, and in an urban area, spent most of his time on the football field or basketball court, going to movies and hanging out at parties, all the things that one does living in a metropolitan area. It was their differences that drew them together and that allowed them to compare their lives, each gleaning from one another, wanting to experience each other's life.
Bobby and Carol were talking with Leroy and Jodi, Jake's brother and sister-in-law, while Bobbie and Joe, Leroy's daughter and son-in-law, were speaking with Terry, Pam, and Sue, three of Linda's best friends. There were groups of people throughout the house, extending into the back yard, talking and laughing as the music played all through the house, continuing outside near the pool as Jake had speakers installed all through this magnificent property. In the pool was a Styrofoam ship named the "SS Union Yacht" floating on the water in the pool, the ship was surrounded by floating flowers that had been scattered on the surface of the water, the ship, "SS Union Yacht", was the theme of Linda and Jake's wedding. Jake had this five foot ship built and named it "Union Yacht". "Union Yacht" was a phrase that Jake had coined many years ago, which, when translated, meant that Jake and Linda didn't have a relationship, they had a "Union Yacht"; "Union" = Relation", "Yacht" = "Ship".
Jake's mom and step-father, Lois and Leonard Koch, could not make it to the wedding; they were on the east coast. Jake's Dad had passed away in 1965 and his Mother had remarried. Leonard, her new husband, was a great guy and fulfilled his Mom in every way possible Jake was elated over her marriage to Leonard as he saw his Mother blossom once again; after losing her husband of twenty-five years. Leonard made her happy once more and Jake was grateful for his presence in her life.
Linda had her grandparents, on both sides of her family, at the wedding and they brought joy to her. After all, this was their granddaughter and to celebrate in her wedding was something they all relished.
All was going well when Jake finally caught up to his new bride. Each of them had been mingling with all the guest and had not been close to one another since they were pronounced man and wife, kissed and was introduced to the horde of people. Now they were able to once again be close to one another.
"How are you doing?" Jake asked.
"Great! Isn't this a beautiful day?" Linda responded.
"You're the one that makes it beautiful." Jake stated as he hugged Linda, kissing her tenderly on the lips.
"Oh Jake, I'm so thankful we married. This is the happiest day of my life. I can't think of a thing that could ever top this day." Linda replied.
"Come to think of it, I can't think of anything either. I was so young in my first marriage I didn't appreciate it half as much as this wedding. You are such a delight and fulfill all of my fantasies." Jake said, patting Linda's firm ass.
"Jake, you are such a naughty boy and I love it, all of it. I love you." Linda gushed.
"I truly love you, with all my being". Jake answered.
"Listen," Jake started, "do you think we should let the crowd eat, have a toast, cut the cake, pull the garter, throw the bouquet, start the dance, do ..."
"Whoa!" Linda cut Jake off, "wait a minute, not so fast. We have more photos to take, before we start the eating and drinking. I'm not going to mess myself up before I get all the photos I want. Understand?"
"Okay. Where's the photographer?" Jake asked.
"I'm not sure. We took a bunch of photos in the sitting room of the bedroom and then I saw him taking flicks during the ceremony, but I'm not sure where he is at now. Maybe he's in the back taking photos of the all the guest. Why don't you look for him and then round up all the relatives for some family photos, while I re-touch my makeup." Linda answered with suggestions.
"You got it sweetheart." Jake said, kissing her as he started towards the backyard, while she made her way to the stairways and up to their huge bedroom.
Jake headed for the outside when he heard Johnny calling him.
"Dad, dad!" Johnny yelled.
"What is it son?"
"There's a phone call for you, it's collect, do you want me to tell them to call back?" Johnny asked.
"That's okay, son, I'll take it in my office, thank you."
Jake made his way to his desk, picked up one of the extensions, yelled at Johnny to hang up the other extension and said, "Hello." pause ...
"Yes, this is Jake Wells." pause ...
"What now, what does he want" Jake thought and then answered, "Yes, I will accept the collect call." pause ...
Chapter TwoThe Visiting Room
"Jake Wells," a piercing voice boomed over the loud speaker.
Jake got up from the plastic chair he was sitting in and walked up to the thick, dark glass, took his identification out of his pocket and slid it through a tray that had been cut out in this glass fortress.
A hand slid into the tray and picked up Jakes ID. A moment later the hand slid back Jakes ID and the piercing voice boomed again, "Go to visiting window number 27, you have one half hour visiting time."
Jake picked up his ID, looked at this watch, it was now 2:23 pm, he then walked past several hallways finally coming to one that read, "Numbers 25 through 35". Jake turned into the hallway, took a few steps and sat down in another plastic chair with the number "27" written over the clear, thick glass. Jake saw the telephone to his right, looked through the substantial glass and saw a phone and a plastic chair on the other side. Jake thought, "This is like looking in a mirror, save a person sitting on the other side."
Jake was at the Orange County Jail waiting to see Richard (Ricky) Reid who was arrested for a DUI Sunday night, it was now Monday. Ricky had called Jake early Monday morning, about 5:00am, and asked him to visit. Jake agreed and now found himself in the middle of rows of glass windows with hollering kids, a few men, the majority women, waiting, as he was, to visit a friend or a loved one who was a guest of this Gray Bar Hotel. Jake watched as one by one the many cubicles begin to fill with prisoners and the chatter began.
Jake looked at his watch, 2:34pm, and then looked at the vacant seat on the other side of the glass, still no Ricky. Finally at 2:39pm Ricky appeared, sat down on his plastic chair and picked up the phone, Jake already had his phone to his ear.
"Jake, mate am I glad to see you." Ricky said desperation in his voice, concern on his countenance.
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