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Is there any chance you are familiar with electronics because I don’t have any service or internet connection back in my cabin?”, I asked him as he seemed to be the first person I saw that spoke fluent English and he laughed. , “I wonder what the Internet has to offer that we do not but if it’s that important I suggest that you eat a croissant and give me a few minutes until my shift is over.”,dating books for women Round Lk Hts, I nodded and sat down at a table in the corner. As I said a while ago if this place was a part of some magical world then this man was definitely the prince. His hair was as dark as the coffee he served me with the croissant and his eyes were as blue as the sky outside. His voice was a symphony and his touch felt as if snowflakes brushed against my cheek. , “Are you okay?”, he asked from behind me and brought me back from my daydream. “I’m ready to go if you are.”,dating local Rancho Haven, We walked back to my cabin and the whole journey was silent. 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Enfin, we are going to open a bottle of real French wine back in your cabin because this thing you brought and served me yesterday is an offense to French culture.” ,match dating Centre, So we took his car and we left for those ski slopes he mentioned. I had never seen a person ski before and I was scared that I’d hurt myself but as I said, something about him just prevented me from saying no. We spent a few hours on the slope where he tried to teach me the basics of this elegant winter sport. I fell in every way possible but he was a great teacher. At the end,, I believe I was able to stand by myself but I knew that if I fell, he'd catch me so I did it over and over again just so that I could feel his hands around me. I couldn’t remember the last time I had had so much fun and it felt as if all my worries had left my mind. 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I have to give it to him - the French wine he had opened tasted as if it was produced by angels and sent to the French from heaven. We sat on the carpet in front of the fireplace. The heat coming from the fire was nothing compared to the one that came from our bodies. This day was too short to be over but it was already dark outside and I knew that this fairy tale was over. I envied the people who got to live here. Most importantly, I knew that there was nothing outside of this world that was able to convince Gabriel to come with me. I was never one to believe in love at first sight but this is what this was. If the French Alps were a fairy tale then Gabriel was my prince and the cabin was my castle and for this weekend I got to be a princess., Years later, I finally understood what Gabriel said when he said that he isn’t a reader because he prefers to live. Books, movies, social media. They all give us knowledge of the world but this knowledge is not our own but somebody else’s. 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