The Good Series: Chapter 01 – Good Time

The Good Series (aka the Charlie Series) Good Time by H.St Vincent Beechey ‘Have a good time,’ said the travel agent without conviction, as he handed us our tickets. It was said in the same bored tone as the ubiquitous ‘Have a nice day’, a contagion from the U.S. of A that has swept the […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 02 – Good Friends

Good Friends by H.St Vincent Beechey   ‘We are just good friends.’ Bonnie had said it again in her endless efforts to justify her position as my companion. ‘Damn it Woman’ I growled, ‘Is there no end to your cliches. And besides, what gives you the idea that I’m friendly towards you? You have dragged […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 03 – Good Gracious 

by H.St Vincent Beechey   It was the champagne, it must have been. Bonnie and I were in Switzerland, or some place with a pointy skyline, (I leave such things to her as my personal assistant/travel organiser). We were in a hotel at this winter sports resort, all very respectable, separate rooms of course as […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 04 – Good Morning!

By H.St Vincent Beechey   ‘Good morning,’ Bonnie’s voice was as bright and chirpy as usual. I grunted something from behind my paper. To tell the truth, if I must, I was sulking. I could hear it in my voice (I hate it when I spot myself behaving childishly) but I couldn’t help it. I […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 05 – Good Intentions 

by H.St Vincent Beechey   I was overjoyed to discover that Bonnie was interested in computers. She listened attentively as I described the new features I had found. ‘Look,’ I said, pointing my mouse arrow at a tool button, ‘This is real plug and play. Watch now while the program searches for my new modem. […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 06 – Good Grief! 

By H.St Vincent Beechey I spent the whole of the next day in my room, having my meals sent up, and instructed the switchboard not to accept any local phone calls at all, including those from inside the hotel itself. I needed to think. I hung a ‘Do not Disturb’ sign on the door knob, […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 07 – Good Idea 

by H.St Vincent Beechey   ‘I have had a good idea.’ I looked across to where Bonnie reclined on my bed-our bed. ‘We’ll go to Denmark.’ ‘Denmark?’ Bonnie seemed puzzled. ‘It is quite a nice place, so I’m told. Copenhagen is a charming city. But Denmark? At this time of year? It would be better […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 08 – Good Question! 

By H.St Vincent Beechey ‘It’s time to move on’ said Bonnie. We had spent a week in the Swiss hotel, but to me, it already seemed like home. That’s the funny thing about travelling. I hate moving, but once I have settled into a place it feels as though I have been there for years […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 09 – Good Thinking

I was happy again in Salzburg. Our short stay in Liechtenstein had been a disaster. Bonnie was extremely angry when I had rebuffed her advances on our first night there and decided to punish me with, what was to her, the most dreadful punishment of all. She pointedly ignored me and made friends with a […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 10 – Good Progress

by H.St Vincent Beechey I think it was in Salzburg that Bonnie finally got my measure. At least she was now showing a lot more skill in baiting the hook. No longer did she fall into the error of expecting me to be lured by normal tourist attractions. She steered me clear of crowds and […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 11 – Good Sense

It takes two to quarrel. That is a truism it has taken me a long time to learn and to learn the hard way. Sometimes a quarrel might be necessary, sometimes it might be fun; but nowadays I decide If, When Where and How. Bonnie still had this to learn. Bonnie was puzzled. After her […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 12 – Good Manners

If I was impressed, it was fair to say that Bonnie was overawed. Schloss Eisenberg surpassed all our expectations. It was indeed a fairytale castle. I will always remember my first view of it. The big Mercedes limo had met us at the nondescript railway station in a nondescript town, historic, I suppose, in a […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 13 – Good Solution

by H.St Vincent Beechey I thought it best to be perfectly honest with Bonnie; after all, I would need her intelligent cooperation if I was to solve my current problem. It was no time for anyone to go off half-cocked, so I told her everything that happened that evening. After dinner, I found myself alone […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 14 – Good Taste

by H.St Vincent Beechey   Rhine rhymes with wine, or as Bonnie insists, Rhein rhymes with Wein, which she pronounces as Vine, which, in my book, is what the grapes grow on. At Schloss Eisenberg, we were in the heart of the wine country, and I was anxious to sample the local product. At dinner, […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 15 – Goodbye

by H.St Vincent Beechey I stared at Bonnie in utter disbelief. ‘You what? ‘I’m not going. I’m staying here, with Fritz. I’ll fax the trust. I’m sure they will fly someone out to take care of you. Don’t worry, I won’t tell them that you took advantage of me.’ She tossed her head, ‘Fritz says […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 16 – Good Riddance

by H.St Vincent Beechey   I left Bonnie in Frankfurt, mainly because it was the nearest international airport. The silent chauffeur had driven us back to the station after a subdued goodbye to Schloss Eisenberg. The Baroness had seen us off, and I will always remember her small, sad figure gazing after us, her hand […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 17 – Good Samaritan

by H.St Vincent Beechey   I awoke from a night of troubled dreams that dissolved unremembered as I opened my eyes. It was early, my body was still on German time, and for a moment I wasn’t sure where I was. The ornate bedroom of the castle had been replaced by the pastel walls and […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 18 – Good Advice

by H.St Vincent Beechey The fact that I actually knew and had met Kevin Riordan, Joe’s youngest brother, in far away Melbourne, was the source of much wonder and discussion in the Riordan Family. It didn’t matter that I had spoken to him only twice and that our paths seldom crossed. I had met him, […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 19 – Good Journey

‘Look on your journey as a dance,’ said Joe. ‘When y’re doin’ the waltz or the foxtrot surely y’re not doin’ it to get from here to there in the quickest time. It’s the same with travelin’. Be doin’ the travelin’ in the same spirit. Wherever you are, you are there. It is all Ireland, […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 20 – Good Memory

After I hung up I gazed idly at the map in front of me. Startled, I did a double take; I had given myself three days to drive sixty-five miles, about a hundred kilometres. Bonnie had not commented, and I realised that she too had fallen into the trap so often encountered by Australians overseas, […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 21 – Good Deed

Memories can be precious… I will never forget my first day with Helena. The euphoria of the previous evening had not diminished-it had grown if anything. Our kiss in the moonlight had remained just that-a kiss. It hardly occurred to me that there could be anything else (but I am notoriously slow in these matters). […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 22 – Good Planning

by H.St Vincent Beechey   ‘Stop it, Charlie, we really must be serious for a moment.’ Helena brought us down to earth. We were in her room where we had retired to consider the problem posed by Bonnie’s imminent arrival in Ireland. I had promised to be at Shannon airport at fourteen hundred hours on […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 23 – Good Arrangement

by H.St Vincent Beechey   I got to Shannon Airport in good time to meet Bonnie’s plane; too early in fact, and after I parked the car I wandered through the overseas terminal pondering on the sameness of airports. I found a bookshop. As a result, I nearly missed her arrival. It is always the […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 24 – Good Weekend

by H.St Vincent Beechey The journey from Shannon to Killarney was not turning out a great success. Bonnie had lapsed into a sulky silence, which was just as well as I was furiously rehearsing how I would raise the subject of Helena. To cap it all, I had become increasingly aware of an odour, a […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 25 – Good Timing

I Fled from Killarney, but where to go? I hadn’t made a note of Helena’s itinerary. Why should I? I hadn’t expected her to shoot through. I had no idea what Bonnie had said to her, but whatever it was, it had prompted Helena to leave, without even talking to me first. There were other […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 26 – Good Vibes

by H.St V. Beechey Kenny’s is a wonderful place. The art on display is mostly that of contemporary Irish artists, and as for the books…. They have everything: Rare books for the collector, with an emphasis on Irish works, but also a really comprehensive selection of hardbacks and paperbacks. There were busts of Irish writers […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 27 – Good Communications

 by H.St Vincent Beechey   I awoke in a strange bed. That, of course, I had been getting used to during my trip; but this was a strange strange bed. None of my usual travelling bits and pieces were visible as the dawn half-light stole quietly into the room. Twilight was still a novelty for […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 28 – Good Work

Our sojourn in “Honeymoon Cottage”, as I like to call it, was all too brief. Helena was adamant in explaining the cold realities of her itinerary. She had a deadline to meet. On Monday, the 20th of May, Helena was contracted to head a new project in Sydney. ‘But…’ I said aghast. “But me no […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 29 – Good Nature

In my blissful reunion with Helena, I had almost completely forgotten about Bonnie. It was several days before I even thought to look for e-mail. My mind was on other things. On the day of our departure for Dublin, before completing our packing, I thought to check. There was a message. I printed it out […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 30 – Good Deal

I’ve been to all sorts of meetings, and I admit that half the time I am unsure of what is going on., but this was a Lulu! Kitty and Helena had arranged everything.. At 11 a.m. Bonnie was coming to sort things out. To sort ME out, I thought. The meeting was at the Riordan’s […]

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The Good Series: Chapter 31 – Good Fortune (Epilogue)

Helena has gone back to Australia. And I have surprised myself; and been surprised. The world has not come to an end, the skies did not fall, (just as well with that heavy plane in the air!); and, as I looked at those blank grey automatic doors that had swallowed Helena alive, I pondered on […]

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