The following text is an excerpt from my National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo) effort. Excerpts appear in no particular order.
The Dutch Uncle tells the story of Crijn, his sister Mariëlle, her former landlord Jasper and his daughter Harriet (Harry). It is the story of lost loves, forgotten chances and the problems people create for themselves and others.
“We were lovers for a short time, but then she discovered I was married. Well, I admitted it to be honest. The marriage had been over a long time, but…..well you know. I went home and after a time I decided to try and make things work. They didn’t and so we just kept our distance. My wife died last year but Marielle wouldn’t take me back….at least not until she felt I’d had some ‘good thinking time’. Frank made the sign of inverted commas above his head. ‘I really loved her. I met the wrong woman at the wrong time and then I ran out of time.”
Crijn recognised the comment “good thinking time”.
Crijn laughed and put his hand affectionately across the bar and onto Frank’s forearm.
“When I was a boy, a teenager…that is what she would say to me when I was being impatient and wanted something that was probably bad for me.”
“Would she ever let you have what you wanted?” asked Frank.
“All the time” said Crijn.