Based on the character of Renza from the novel Only One Woman by Christina Jones Jane Risdon
Renza’s Dream Eighteenth Birthday
I reach my majority next week; I can vote, and better than that I can obtain a Passport in my own right. If only I had enough money to buy a ticket back to England, to Scott and a new life. That would be the best birthday present ever. Fat chance. I need so much more money and it’s going to take me another six months to save up for the fare, besides, there’s no point heading back to England without knowing if I’ve got the job at the Foreign and Commonwealth office yet.
My imagination’s been working over-time all day. I keep seeing myself in England with him and the band on my birthday. There’s a huge party with lots of famous people the band know, all invited to meet me and celebrate my eighteenth
The party is taking place at his manager’s new pad in London, and there’s champagne and lots of lovely food for my guests to enjoy. Narnia’s Children are going to play for about half an hour and then Rod Stewart is going to sing Happy birthday to me – the cake is from The Ritz – and Geno Washington is going to do a couple of numbers with the Ram Jam Band. The Balloons and Doc Holliday and the Aces are going to perform as well. Just for me. But best of all Scott will play the latest songs he’s written for me and as Narnia’s Children perform them, he has eyes only for me.
David Bailey is there with Twiggy and The Shrimp, but he keeps asking to take my photo and everyone is excited telling me that I could be his next muse – whatever that is. Stuart Henry and Tony Blackburn from Radio One arrive with lots of their friends from radio and television and they’ve got gifts for me. It’s all so ace. Scott introduces me to The Who and Led Zeppelin who call in to have their photos taken with me and, after a few drinks, they decide to jam with everyone else and it is unbelievable. Scott’s as excited as I am.
We’ve come clean about our engagement and everyone is excited for us and happy, as we are. I’ve left everyone in Germany behind for good, I’ll never have to live with any of them ever again. Scott and I can get married. His band is going places, everyone says so and that means it can happen.
There’s a drum roll and the lights go out, except for a spotlight which follows Scott as he walks towards me, the room falls silent as he reaches for my left hand and slips a ring upon my finger – a beautiful Sapphire with lots of diamonds surrounding it. Scott holds my face between his hands, gazes into my eyes and asks for the second time, ‘will you marry me?’ I say, ‘yes.’
My best birthday ever. Soon, in six months, it can become a reality if I get that job.
Bio Jane Risdon
Jane Risdon is the co-author of ‘Only One Woman,’ with Christina Jones (Headline Accent) and ‘Undercover: Crime Shorts,’ (Plaisted Publishing), as well as having many short stories published in numerous anthologies and writing for several online and print magazines such as Writing Magazine and The Writers’ and Readers’ Magazine.
Undercover: Crime Shorts is the February 2020 Free Book of the Month on the virtual library and festival site, MYVLF.com and her live video interview features in their theatre. She is a regular guest on international internet radio shows such as theauthorsshow.com, chatandspinradion.com and The Brian Hammer Jackson Radio Show.
Before turning her hand to writing Jane worked in the International Music Business alongside her musician husband, working with musicians, singer/songwriters, and record producers. They also facilitated the placement of music in movies and television series.
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