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(Autumn’s mood: Peaceful aqua blue)
A week later
Autumn lay dozing peacefully in a comfortable sleigh bed of theguesthouse that she would be residing in for the next few months. As thesun inched higher in the sky, gentle rays streamed in through the sheercurtains of the bedroom window and stirred her awake.Smiling to herself at being awakened this way, Autumn stretched androse from the bed with some extra pep in her step. Eager for her earlymorning swim, she made her way to the nearest sea-facing window to checkthe weather on her first Saturday in Gallant. The bathroom could wait for themoment.Autumn loved swimming. She often engaged in it in the pool of herapartment complex back home. Whenever the weather allowed, of course.Since Gallant was located on the northwest coast of Florida in the areabetween Pensacola and Panama City, Autumn was able to swim in the warmwaters of the Gulf of Mexico every day.Every.S
Day.If there was such a thing as heaven on earth, Gallant was it with itsrelaxed, low-key atmosphere and beautiful landscape. Like its neighborPensacola, Gallant was a great place to unwind and take a much neededbreak from the rat race of life. In this place, one found it easy to forget thatrats existed at all, on any level of life.Even though Autumn’s presence in Gallant was work-related, she trulyfelt like she was on vacation. In compromise she relabeled it a workingvacation in her quest to make the most of both aspects of her visit.
Mmm…it feels like a peaceful aqua-blue day,
Autumn mused, looking outthe window at the calm sea. She couldn’t wait to splash in its depths again.Cracking the window open just a bit, she briefly closed her eyes and tooka deep whiff of the compelling salty air. The smile on her face widened.