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You Are Always Safe With Me by Merrill Joan Gerber {Excerpt}

You Are Always Safe With Me by Merrill Joan Gerber {Excerpt}

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In this powerful love story that takes place on a Turkish sailing vessel, Lily, a professor at a Florida college, finds herself required to be the companion of her newly widowed mother as they take a cruise along the Turkish coastline on a small sailing ketch. Expecting to endure, though not enjoy, this trip among her mother’s friends, Lily instead finds herself falling in love with Izak, the charismatic Turkish captain of the boat, a man whose powers of kindness, strength and tenderness touch Lily in a way that awaken longings in her she had given up long ago.

Lilly’s infatuation with Izak surprises her and at first she resists her feelings, knowing that it would be nearly impossible for an American college professor and a Turkish sailor to find a meeting place to join their lives. However, one day while the others are on a trip away from the boat taking a tour to see the sights, Lily finds herself alone with Izak and their passion reveals itself.
In this powerful love story that takes place on a Turkish sailing vessel, Lily, a professor at a Florida college, finds herself required to be the companion of her newly widowed mother as they take a cruise along the Turkish coastline on a small sailing ketch. Expecting to endure, though not enjoy, this trip among her mother’s friends, Lily instead finds herself falling in love with Izak, the charismatic Turkish captain of the boat, a man whose powers of kindness, strength and tenderness touch Lily in a way that awaken longings in her she had given up long ago.

Lilly’s infatuation with Izak surprises her and at first she resists her feelings, knowing that it would be nearly impossible for an American college professor and a Turkish sailor to find a meeting place to join their lives. However, one day while the others are on a trip away from the boat taking a tour to see the sights, Lily finds herself alone with Izak and their passion reveals itself.

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Merrill Joan Gerber
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IN THE COVE
Each night the boy named Barish took the rope in his mouth anddove into the sea from the railing of the boat. In the darkness he swamtoward the edge of the cliffs where he clambered upon the rocks in hisrubber fins, searching for an outcropping that could accept the loop of hisrope. His shadow, illuminated in the beam of the powerful searchlight held by Izak, the boat’s captain, loomed and quivered on the stones. WhenBarish had found a jagged boulder and tested its strength, when he knewthe knot was secure and would hold the boat steady in the currents tillmorning, he turned and gave the captain the signal that the job was done.The guests on the
Ozymandias
observed this ritual each night before the anchor was dropped in the cove. Some glanced up from their  backgammon games or their post-card writing or their sea-gazing. Lilly’smother put her paintbrush down on the railing for a moment and staredtoward the cliffs. She was three months into widowhood and her eyeswere hollow, although Lilly had not seen her cry once since her father haddied.Lilly watched the scene intently as she did at this time eachevening, when the Turkish sun had dropped far below the horizon, whenthe first night winds blew over the deck, and when Barish, with his goldenskin and beautiful back, swam back to the boat in the flashlight’s beamand climbed, dripping, onto the deck.The boy was beautiful but it was the captain, Izak, whose presenceaffected Lilly. She could not take her eyes from him, this dark-skinnedcaptain with his bare feet planted on the teakwood deck, with the powerfulcontours of his shaven head outlined against the blue-black of thedarkening Mediterranean Sea. This was the moment when the heat of the
 
Merrill Joan Gerber
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day had relented, when soon the delicious and mysterious meal would beserved, and when Lilly began to look forward to her night of sleeping onthe thick foam pad of the deck under the stars.Izak always slept on deck, on one of the narrow padded benches beside the boat’s helm. She could see his form from her pillow, his bodywrapped in a light blanket. Sometimes she felt that only the two of themwere awake under the dome of the dark heavens. Did he ever close hiseyes? Lilly sensed that he never truly slept, but stayed awake to guard the passengers and the boat from harm.*The ship’s cook, Morat, was already below in the galley, slicingand dicing and heating oil on the stove. He was visible from the deck, justa few steps down, standing shirtless in the steam of the boiling potatoes.He sweated till he shone, the drops of condensation running into the curlydark hairs that climbed his breastbone. The men who managed Lilly’s lifeon this cruise, who fed her and cared for her, walked around her andleaned over her and steadied her against the sudden sea swells werealways nearly naked. Barish, the boy, was eighteen. The two older men,Morat and Izak, were perhaps thirty-five and forty.Having just passed her own fortieth birthday, Lilly did notgenerally entertain romantic reveries about men. Her life was orderly andrational; she had made peace with her single state. Large-boned andsturdy, she had never been the kind of girl that men rushed to admire.“You have lovely forearms,” her mother used to tell her and she knew,even in her teens, this was not a good thing.Still, there were always men who sought out less attractive women,thinking they were easier to approach, easier to impress and perhaps easier 

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