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Ali squinted into the unaccustomed light. It had rained for days and the clean air made the sun’s glare seem even brighter and more brilliant. She had hoped it would stop raining. She had worried about her shoes getting ruined in the wet. She loved her new shoes, couldn’t wait to wear them, had looked for weeks to find the perfect pair for this day. Deep purple silk Mary Janes with a sky high heel and diamond set buckles. They were the wrong colour and probably completely inappropriate for the occasion. But they were shoes that would carry her into her new life, and she felt justified having them custom made. She hadn’t told Jerry how much they cost, probably best that he never knew.
Sipping on a glass of wine while enjoying a moment of solitude before the main event Ali smiled as she remembered the day they met. She knew from the very moment she laid eyes on him that he was the one.
It was at the airport. Jerry had been in Melbourne on a business trip and he was waiting for his flight back to Sydney. Ali was on the same flight. She was heading to Sydney to start a new life. A messy break up with a highly unsuitable man had been a great disappointment and she was determined to move on to bigger and better things. Jerry looked like a breath of fresh air. He was a handsome man. He was not tall or well-built but he carried himself with a confidence that appealed. The designer labels classed his dress sense as eccentric rather than odd and his easy smile indicated a charismatic air that Ali felt drawn to. She sat down beside him and introduced herself. Ali not usually forward with men fleetingly wondered if she was mad to be attempting anything with someone so soon after the all the drama with her ex. But there was something about this man and when she looked into his kind, beautiful brown eyes she knew without a doubt he was the one for her.
In the weeks that followed Jerry wined and dined Ali. He took her to the theatre, to nightclubs and fancy restaurants. Ali was being swept off her feet. She never dreamed that life could be so wonderful. Approaching Jerry at the airport had been the best decision she had ever made, he was perfect!
Their whirlwind relationship moved quickly and Ali was thrilled. Jerry was a man of action. He knew what he wanted and he wasn’t afraid to go for it. Ali had enchanted him.
The day that Jerry proposed was etched in Ali’s memory. It was the day he had asked her to move in with him and he had taken her to see his amazing house.
Jerry had built a magnificent mansion perched on a cliff top overlooking the ocean. The drive-way to the house was a sharp ascent with tight corners and a narrow edge that dropped abruptly into the sea far below. Jerry roared along the steep drive just as he had done a thousand times before. Ali remembered being terrified of skidding off the edge and plunging to her death. She begged him to slow down, but he had reassured her saying “Don’t worry babe I could rocket up this drive blindfolded!”
The sight of her new home took her breath away. The lush lawns swept all the way up to the huge glass windows that took advantage of the magnificent ocean views.
Jerry explained that he had worked hard and made a great deal of money. Wealth had given him a life he had only ever dreamed of and he told Ali that the only thing missing in his life was someone to share it with. His parents had died and he was an only child. He craved a family and saw Ali as his future. Ali was amazed when Jerry got down on one knee, professed his love and asked for her hand.
“Yes!” Ali had screamed, she was overjoyed and looked on in awe as he slipped a magnificent diamond onto her finger. Ali couldn’t believe how lucky she was, Jerry truly was perfect.
And now her big day had finally arrived. The timing had been extremely important. Meticulous planning went into every detail. She wanted everything to be perfect. Just like their wedding day had been. In fact everything up until this point had been perfect. Oh yes, Jerry’s funeral was the last hurdle before her new life could truly begin. No one suspected that the grief-stricken newlywed was responsible for the death of her husband. No one knew that she had been the one to cause her darling Jerry to veer off the driveway to their cliff top mansion and that the money was all she really cared about. “He always drove too fast up that drive-way” they said, “Must have swerved to miss a roo, what a tragic accident”. There were no witnesses to see Ali when she stood in the middle of the road as Jerry sped around the corner and no one but Ali saw Jerry swerve and plummet over the cliffs edge, crashing onto the waves far below.
Heartbroken and lost in grief she flawlessly played the role of the devastated wife. Jerry’s lawyer patted her hand in sympathy mumbling his condolences while informing her that Jerry’s entire fortune was now signed over into her name.
She savoured the last of her wine and stood up, straightening her stunning yet sombre black designer dress. It really did look fantastic with her beautiful shoes. Wiping the smile from her lips she assumed the painstakingly practised demeanour of the grieving widow and stepped out to attend the funeral of her beloved meal ticket, Jerry.
By Ebony Millard