Part 4: Never Again – New Love for Jolene.

Please read Part 3 of ‘Never Again’ here.

Part 4: Never Again – New Love for Jolene.

“Sorry do I know you?” A handsome man around her age asked Jolene.” You seem familiar. And well, you’re beautiful, who could forget you.” Jolene indulged the man with a smile. She was anxious to return to Kasia and Aunt Cathy. No doubt Auntie Cathy had spilled all of Jolene’s carefully guarded secrets to Kasia.

“I don’t believe we’ve met before,” Jolene told the man. “I’m only visiting Cathy Lumiere, with my daughter. I’m Cathy’s niece. I used to live with Cathy when I was in highschool.”

” High school that’s it,” the man mused smiling. He had beautiful lips Jolene thought and such long dark lashes covered his chocolate eyes. “You were the head cheerleader and Prom Queen, you dated Scott Jeune. I never liked that guy. He was obnoxious and a narsaccist if you ask me.” Jolene looked at the man thinking he didn’t realize how true his opinion of Scott was.

” What’s your name, Monsieur?” Jolene asked the man.

“I’m Luc Devreaux, Jolene. I own Chateau Blanc.” Jolene’s eyes went huge when she learned Luc owned the Chateau. She studied his face, staring. Jolene tried to remember if she’d ever seen a Luke Devreaux at the Chateau.

Luc cleared his throat and Jolene realized he’d been holding out his hand for her to shake. Instead of shaking her hand though, he went in for a kiss on each of Jolene’s cheeks. Jolene blushed. Luc smelt delicious, spicy, and citrus.

“How French of you,” Jolene said and Luke gave her a charming grin.

“You have been gone so long you have forgotten about your French roots?” Luc asked Jolene and she hesitated at Luc’s question.

“Well, I travel a lot for work. I wasn’t from Nice or even France originally. I was born in Montreal, Canada. And except for business I have lived in Ottawa with my daughter for five years now… I’m trying to picture you Luc as you looked when I was in highschool, but I can’t remember you. I’m sorry, I was a wild girl at sixteen and seventeen -years-old. I went out with many boys until I met Scott. Lucky, the thing with Scott was only temporary.” Jolene felt she was rambling but Luc made her nervous in a wonderful way. He made her feel as if it were fine for her to be herself.

“Well we went out a few weeks,” Luc began, “but I wasn’t living at the Chateau then. I inherited it from my father later. Mon pere and ma mere have been divorced since I was twelve and I lived with my Mother, who had custody until I was eighteen. But I visited my Dad here in the summer. I remember you well from when you went to high school. You were amazingly pretty, full of yourself, but what pretty teenage girl isn’t. I wanted to keep seeing you, but Scott asked you out. Even though, I was a few years older than you, all you cared about was Scott.” Luc said sadly.

Jolene thought hard. Slowly, a few threads of memories came together in her mind. She remembered a  handsome guy, older than herself, who resembled Luc. She had met young Luc on the path to Chateau from the beach where she had been sun tanning. Luc had been good-looking in a classically handsome way, lanky and athletic. He wasn’t charismatic as Scott had been. But Luc as a young man was an unwavering presence. He was thoughtful and concerned about what she had liked and wanted to do. He had manners and everything wasn’t about himself. In addition, as he said, Luc had been older than Jolene. She had been attracted to the fact he was a university guy back when she was seventeen-years-old.

” I remember you Luc,” Jolene said happily. “You were visiting your father and we met on the pathway. It was dark and thundering and the waves were splashing high on the path. They waves were making it hard for me to stay standing on the pathway as I ran to the Chateau. You came and helped me across and we had hot chocolate together. We dated three-weeks, you were caring and concerned. I thought you were a real catch — until Scott. I was obsessed with Scott for far to long. I’m sorry if I hurt you, dumping you for Scott. You were the better guy.” Luc laughed and grasped Jolene’s hand between both of his larger hands.

“I’m glad you remember, finally,” Luc murmured. “I heard from some of the other staff that Cathy’s niece was going to be staying here awhile. I’m glad you are. I seem to remember we had quite a bit of fun in my old apartment when you were in senior year.”

Jolene lifted her eyebrows, “I believe we did.” Luc laughed.

“When you have time between visiting with your Aunt, come see me in my office. We can catch up… I never heard you had a daughter.” Luc added.

Jolene grinned her hands still enclosed in Luc’s warm hands, ” Yeah, she is great, fifteen now. I will come see you in a few days. I’m a bit run down from travelling and I have a lot of explaining to do with Aunt Cathy. . . when I left years ago it was quite sudden and we haven’t seen Aunt Cathy since.” Jolene admitted to Luc, unsure why she felt like being so honest with him.

” I’m not used to this again Luc. I haven’t dated or really done anything since my daughter was born. There’s been a few random dates but nothing concrete. It’s hard to trust someone for me Luc. Especially, after Scott . . .” Luc nodded brushing a stray hair out of Jolene’s face.

“It’s okay Jolene. We’ll just enjoy each other’s company while your here and see where things go. There is no pressure to do anything you are not comfortable doing.” Luc assured Jolene holding both her hands again.

Jolene looked into Luc’s eyes which seemed to pull her in and hold her close, like she wanted his arms to do now. She realized she had an affect on him as he tightened his hands around her hands and Luc’s breathing quickened.

” I work, I model a little and I run a chain of clothing stores for woman. I am with Kasia, my daughter as much as possible. I wasn’t always able to be with her when she was a bit younger as much.” Jolene said feeling herself flushing again under Luc’s stare.

“What a lucky girl to have a mother with such beauty and intelligence. I’m sure she inherited those qualities from you. I would like to take Kasia’s pretty mother to dinner, after she comes to visit me in my office. Oui?” Luc said. His voice sounded sexy to Jolene.

Oui, Luc,” Jolene said quietly. ” Kasia will be surprised. She has gone on more dates than her mother has in many years.” Luc smiled at Jolene squeezing her hands in his still. Luc let Jolene’s hands go slowly, trailing his fingers along hers as he let his own hands drop and hers.

Jolene walked away from Luc back to her Aunt Cathy’s sitting room, willing herself not to catch her black boot heel on a carpet edge. She looked back once to see Luc standing where she left him in a hallway, watching Jolene walk away. She gave him a small smile and Luc waved.

Part 5 is coming soon, today even!


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LUSH Cupcake Fresh Face Mask and H’Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment

For Christmas my mom usually gives my siblings and I 2 kinds of items: money and some type of stocking stuffer. This year for my stocking stuffer I received two wonderful products I love from LUSH. One product is a face mask called Cupcake. It is a chocolate face mask that calms oily skin with chocolate and sandalwood and the other product I received  is a hair mask called H’suan Wen Hua, a hair treatment that intensely moisturizes your hair with fresh eggs, herbs, and conditions hair.

According the the website, LUSH face masks “are handmade with the finest essential oils, fresh fruits and veggies, deep cleansing clays and nutrient rich herbs. [They] use active ingredients to address a host of skin needs, from dryness to breakouts to fine lines, and everything in between! When [they] use the term “active ingredient”, this refers to an ingredient that is biologically active. [They] use freshly squeezed juices, extracts, or whole fruits and vegetables in [their] face masks, so they need to be refrigerated . . . to prevent spoilage.”  But just to note, I have found with the chocolate face mask this is not the case. As long as you use the face mask within a couple of months and your bathroom is a cooler environment, the Cupcake face mask will last without refrigeration. If you want to buy a couple at a time, however, it is best to put the mask in the fridge. This is why you can buy a LUSH face mask only in store and not online.  LUSH  “face masks should be used as a treatment, applied once or twice a week to refresh and deep cleanse the skin.”

What I love about the Cupcake face mask is how it makes my skin look and feel after using it. Usually, I will use it when my skin starts to feel as if it is breaking out a bit and feels somewhat oily. I apply a thin layer of the wonderfully chocolate looking and smelling mask to a cleansed face and leave it on for about 5  minutes or until the mask is dry. After, I take a damp face cloth and remove the dried on mask from my face. But you should remember to use an old face cloth as the mask may stain it. The mask also contains some exfoliating particles which are great when you are rubbing the mask into your skin. Once the mask is removed, my skin is not oily and my blemishes decrease considerably. My face does not look red anymore and my skin looks lovely and smooth. If I do happen to break out, it is because the mask is cleaning out the toxins from my skin and I apply the mask again a few days later, then my skin ends up perfect. For a little pot of 60 g and a cost of $7.99 the chocolate mask is an awesome product for oiler skin and great for getting rid of acne and helping to heal other imperfections. I love it and urge you try it I have used it for about a year.

LUSH hair mask H’Suan Wen Hua  is an ” intensely moisturizing treatment for truly unruly hair . . . [y]ou . . . just massage it into your scalp and mane [on dry hair] and let it go to work for 20-30 minutes before shampooing and conditioning the product out. It’s [Lush’s] version of a fresh face mask for the hair, with softening and moisturizing mashed bananas, avocados and olive oil, shine-enhancing balsamic vinegar and fresh eggs. [You can] treat dull, damaged and dry hair right; feed it H’suan Wen Hua and bring it back to life.”                                                                              



What I love about H’Suan Wen Hua is how amazing it smells and how it makes your hair feel. Since have to leave it in for about 20 minutes or longer it is a long wait but it is well worth the wait because your hair ends up so soft and lovely. Not to mention the clovey spicy smell of the hair mask is amazing and stays in your hair making your hair smell awesome too. You do need a lot of mask for longer hair but because this product works so well I completely recommend it. For $20.95 this mask is a great price and lasts as long as many hair masks out their but for a cheaper price. Plus, it’s all natural.

LUSH has many other great products so I hope you can find some that you will love and will work awesome for your face, hair, skin, or whatever need you might have. Plus, remember you can save 5 LUSH containers and trade them in for a free fresh face mask in store!