Ch. 1: Meeting Again

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"Fire & Ice" (Revised for Wattpad), Ch. 1: Meeting Again, August 02, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace

(An original story copyrighted by Gratiana Lovelace, 2015; all rights reserved)

[From time to time, I will illustrate my story with images of actors representing my dream cast--including Richard Armitage as Thomas Kane and Anne Hathaway as Caroline Walters, and others as noted in the image credits.] [(1) "Fire & Ice" story logo left]

Author's Mature Content Note: "Fire & Ice" is romantic thriller story with mature themes (D for drama, S for sensuality, and V for violence) of love and relationships. Most chapters will be PG or PG-13. However, if you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide, then please do not read that chapter. This is my disclaimer.

"Fire & Ice" (Revised), Prologue and Wattpad Description

Their love torn apart four years ago by lies and deceit, will former lovers Thomas and Caroline be able to forgive each other and rekindle their relationship? Will fate let them? Thomas and Caroline will become unwitting pawns swept away in an intrigue so secret, that they will not know whom to believe, nor whom to trust. And they will have to fight for the right to love again.

"Fire & Ice" (Revised), Ch. 1: Meeting Again

Romantic love is undeniably about passion and trust. And the former cannot exist without the latter. For when you have love without trust, love soon withers and dies by its own doubts. The fires of deeply felt love betrayed dwindle and its embers turn cold as ice, hard, and brittle. Yet just as fire can melt ice into its life giving liquid form, so too can a spark reignite cold embers of love in the hope of rekindling the fire of passion within them again.

Their love torn apart four years ago by lies and deceit, will former lovers Thomas and Caroline be able to forgive each other and rekindle their relationship? Will fate let them? Thomas and Caroline will become unwitting pawns swept away in an intrigue so secret, that they will not know whom to believe, nor whom to trust. And they will have to fight for the right to love again.

Thomas Kane has the intense commanding presence of a purpose driven seasoned intelligence community professional with his eighteen years of experience in the field and the last three years at the regional office near Chicago in increasingly more responsible leadership positions—and for the last year and a half as a Division Chief [(2) right]. Thomas' hair is only slightly gray at his temples—but it is barely noticeable. His handsomeness is undeniable to all but himself. Thomas does not care that some think him handsome—he is not vain and does not think about himself much particularly, though his six foot two inch toned and muscular body is always well groomed and attired.

Thomas recently learned that his old flame—the love of his life really--Caroline Walters [(3) right], will be joining his Division as a Senior Analyst after the search committee he formed selected her to be hired. He had last seen her almost four years ago when their long and loving relationship ended after a brief tumultuous period of interference from others. Thomas and Caroline had an acrimonious split—due to vicious lies about her being unfaithful, that he believed.

However, Thomas now knows that Caroline was not unfaithful to him, even though his supposed best friend and colleague at the time Paul Foster had sworn to him that she was. Thomas believed that she had betrayed him with another--partially due to his own insecurities, because he could not believe that someone as lovely and wonderful as she could love him.

And in their sphere of work, trust is everything. And even though Caroline had tried to contact Thomas several times in the months after their break-up to tell her side to squash the vicious rumors, Thomas had rebuffed her at the time because he felt hurt—not knowing the truth then. After a while, Caroline stopped trying to reach Thomas, because she also felt hurt—by his mistrust in her and by Thomas' betrayal of their love.

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