Monday, February 1, 2016

Needeen's Love - Lost and Found: Valentine’s Edition Bloghop

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When Lexi was a young girl with blonde ponytails that bounced when she ran and played, she had no idea she’d be famous before the age of thirty. Perhaps not for artist she longed to be but instead for whom she loved, but famous nonetheless. But that fame wouldn’t come for another twenty-five years. 

Right now, all Lexi wondered was if Santa remembered the watercolors she wanted. And Santa gave her that and more. Brushes, paints, canvases, and other supplies for an aspiring young artist were beautifully wrapped and left under the tiny tree. Mommy whispered that Santa had a special place in his heart for talented artists like the two of them.

Lexi would never forget that Christmas. Not because Santa had been so generous, but because cancer took mommy away that year. Lexi used her mother’s death to inspire her. She pursued her love for the arts and attended art school in New York. That passion eventually led Lexi to her second love in life, Adam Needeen. She met him in SoHo while attending an art show for her friend Anna.

Adam and Lexi were inseparable. Their love was instant. The kind people whispered in envy about as they walked by hand-in-hand. Of course, it may have been because they recognized Adam from his newfound fame. He had rave reviews of his restaurant in the New York Post and according to them “It wasn’t just a weekend excursion, it was a culinary adventure.”

The five-star review earned him a short interview on Channel 12 News, the local news station on Long Island. It caught the eye of Kelly Ripa and Adam was booked to appear on Live! with Regis and Kelly the following week.

Regis loved the concept of this restaurant experience and showcased it on the air. “Where else can you spend a weekend in Connecticut lounging by the pool, cows chewing grass in the pasture, and then be in the hustle and bustle of New York City the next day eating the same damn cow that was mooing at you just the day before?” The audience laughed hysterically while Regis mooed at them. Behind him a clip ran of him and Kelly eating rare steaks.

And it was that laughter that took the fuel out of PETA’s protests and into the rockets that propelled Adam’s success to the nation’s most sought after spot. The waiting list was months long. New York may have been riddled with crime, a rising serial killer, hookers on every corner, and loads of cocaine, but Needeen’s was soon a hit and so were Lexi and Adam. Even with all the time they spent away from each other because of work and the gallery.

Everyone expected the wedding to be at Needeen’s. Instead they wed in the rustic setting of the farm. Hundreds of family and friends were in attendance. It was a picture perfect ceremony filled with love and happiness. Even the paparazzi that showed up were invited inside the cozy stable to attend. Cameras snapped and flashed.

Life for Adam and Lexi was magical. Lexi’s artwork graced the walls of Adam’s restaurant and it wasn’t long before she too was noticed for her own talents though not quite like Adam. Finally, she had her own art show.

As they walked out of her show, police surrounded them. One of them handcuffed Adam and read him his rights. He was charged with 17 counts of first-degree and for forcing unknowing acts of cannibalism.

Adam didn’t protest but instead turned to Lexi and said, “I’m sorry, honey, I…I just couldn’t stop. I tried but I couldn’t, not after the first one, I’m sorry…I,” but she didn’t hear anything after that. She’d fainted.

For the next several days Lexi’s love for Adam was tested as the story of his double life unfolded. In the end, she couldn’t stand beside a serial killer who fed his victims to his guests as their entrees.

Lexi’s disgust and disbelief grew as she discovered that the man she loved so deeply had more compassion for the cows in their pastures then the humans walking the city streets. When Adam was shown by PETA how his cows would be brought to slaughter, Adam couldn’t bring himself to do it.

Not wanting to disappoint Lexi and close the restaurant, he became enraged at the activist, losing his temper and accidently killing him. And that’s when the idea struck him. Why not kill those that deserve killing? Drug dealers, thieves, and the like.

A new line cook eager to impress Adam dug into the head chef's supplies not knowing it was off limits to everyone in the restaurant. He also didn't why it wasn't meant for anyone else but Adam. It hadn't been boiled down enough for the restaurant's diners to eat.

And so, the line cook  didn’t see the small bone that was mixed in among the risotto but the diner, also a medical examiner, did and pointed it out to his friend, a coroner, who was dining with him. It wasn’t long before the investigation was launched, Needeen’s was closed, and Adam was spending life in prison. 

Now the cameras snapped and flashed again. Only this time it wasn’t to celebrate the wedding of the decade. It was to capture the downward spiral her life had become. Snap. Flash. Snap. Flash. Snap.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Let's hope ours is way way happier than Lexi's!! 

I usually don’t post such long stories so if you read the whole thing, thank you.  Also, if you’re a long time reader of the blog, you know I love a good twist. I just can’t help myself. I blame Stephen King.

This is part of The Lost and Found: Valentine’s Edition Bloghop so join in today if you’d like, we’d love to have you! And a big shout out to Alex and the crew for hosting it. Thank you!
 

Do you remember that special feeling of love found? And who hasn't experienced the emotional experience of love lost?  Some of you might have even lost a love only to find that person later for another go around. Tell your story about love lost or found in our special Valentine's blogfest. Your post can be a short fiction, an essay, poetry, or even a song--let your imagination run free. Any genre is fair game, be it romance, historical fiction, memoir, or even science fiction.  After all there are no limitations when it comes to love.



54 comments:

  1. They're made of people!
    How twisted. Like it, Elsie.

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    1. Creepy and disgusting, I know. But hey, he did it for love. :)

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  2. Holy crap!!!! I was NOT expecting that twist!!!! Eeegads!!!!!!!! Great story!

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    1. Thanks, JoJo. Not a sappy love story but still, a love story. haha

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  3. Seriously? I won't be able to go out to steak again for a while, you know that, don't you? Ugh.

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    1. I know right, sorry about that, Crystal. hehehe.

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  4. lmao I was waiting for the twist, knew you couldn't resist flipping the lovey dovey around. Blah to cannibals though haha

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    1. I know, I love a good twist. I'm not one for sappy stuff. I looked up what the charges were for feeding people to people...hope the cops don't come knocking on the door. (Oddly enough, there wasn't much info out there. Then again, I didn't spend much time looking. Didn't want to arouse suspicion!)

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    2. lol didn't want to wave to the NSA and declare your cannibal way?

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  5. How can I go from high elation to utter revulsion and hatred back to grudging acceptance in the space of a few lines? Well written

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    1. It means my job here is done. haha. Thanks, Graham, I appreciate it!

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  6. Such an odd turn of affairs. Poor Lexi, I guess in the next act, Lexi, with a taste for it now follows suit to keep the love of her man? :)
    Well done!

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    1. That would be an odd turn for her to take. Maybe she can add a bit to her art too? Yikes!

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  7. Haha, I thought that was going to be a sweet sugary story. Well, I guess I should know you better than that, shouldn't I?

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    1. Yeah, you should! You know I don't like that flowery stuff. haha

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  8. Yowza, what a story! I did not see that one coming. :) Then again, neither did poor Lexi. Great job!

    It's nice to meet you. Count me in as your newest groupie.

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    1. Yay, a groupie! I don't think anyone has called themselves a groupie before, it's kinda cool :)

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  9. Good Lord! That spoiled the mood, lol!

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  10. Super job!! I had to google that to see if the story was true.

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    1. Good lord, I hope not. That'd be awful haha

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  11. Lexi and I are in shock. Revulsion and shock. I'm not sure either of us can go on...

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    1. I know, that's why I love to write by the seat of my pants. I never know what's going to happen. I was in shock too.

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  12. Hi dear how are you doing?? This post is beautiful but always I find you write amazing.
    Here the weather awful soooo hot I know you like but here is awful.
    Maybe next weeks will go some days to beach. Beach is different I love all times.
    Im not happy to go out but hubby need some days.
    My dad is still sick and I try to help my mom when I can go.
    Send you loads of love my dear friend :) :)

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    1. Gloria! My dear friend! How are you? Well, I'm not quite sure it was beautiful. Cannibalism isn't all that great. I can't wait for the warm weather to hit here again so I can get to the beach too. I'm sorry to hear your dad is still ill. Big hugs to you, my friend!!

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  13. That certainly took an unexpected turn for me. Great story telling. I just hope I never eat in a restaurant like that.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I have to admit, I wonder about certain conditions in the kitchen of restaurants, like are the cooks washing their hands but not are they feeding me people.

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  14. Well that was a twist, yeah. I see the King influence. I... kinda wish it'd been longer. More details, hints regarding the twist and stuff. It felt very fast but it still caught me so awesome job.

    Damn.

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    1. I just love Stephen King. He's wordy, but he has one twisted mind for sure. I went back and took a lot of the details out because it was over 1,000 words and since it's a hop, I didn't want to make it too long. Thanks, D!

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  15. I am laughing, my friend. What I love most about this story is that it is so NOT a sappy love story. Thank you. It was fun and twisted and unexpected and more hateful than loving. Nice work!

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    1. And what I love about you and that you are so much like me! Wait, that sounds a bit bizarre...like you and me :) Hope all is well in the corner of your world.

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  16. That was an impressive list of events! Well put together story.

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    1. Thank you, Donna. Yours was good too. A great cliffhanger!

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  17. Oh, the capriciousness of life and love. Great story!

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    1. We never quite know what we're getting into, huh? Thank you!

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  18. Couldn't stop reading even though it kind of grossed me out.

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  19. wow, what a story! Such a twist. I wasn't expecting that at all! Wonderful writing. I was captivated by the story from the first sentence! Well done!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Thank you so very much, Michele. I love to write stories with an odd twist at the end.

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  20. Whoa I didn't see that coming. Reading to the end was a lot like watching a car crash. Good writing.

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    1. Thank you, Misha. What is it about car crashes that makes us look? I guess it's that morbid curiosity?

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  21. Oh MY!!!! He just couldn't stop?? Well that's one heck of a thing to keep on doing. And I love your shout out to LI!!

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    1. You know I have to give a shout out. Yeah, his needs were a bit twisted huh? hehe

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  22. Yikes that is a twist!! I think Stephen King would be proud. What a creepy story!!

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    1. I only wish Stephen King would stumble upon it one day. A gal can dream. haha

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  23. Hi Elise - that's horrible to think about .. I think I'll eat in in future. Brilliantly well told - loved the story line - I could see their success and their love .. very clever indeed. Yughie .. that will 'live' with me for a few days!! I can't even say 'cheers' .. Hilary

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    1. I don't think I could "cheers" to this post either. It's rather gross. I was inspired by a restaurant I eat at while I lived overseas. The owner told us we were eating a cow that grazed in the meadow outside our window the day before. It was kinda sad.

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  24. Did NOT see that one coming! Excellent twist, and excellent story (I'm a King fan, too). Thanks for making it part of the Lost & Found hop!
    Guilie @ Life In Dogs

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  25. Terrific plot! But like the way u conveyed everything. Lexi’s character is so desperate

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