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Marci and Sarah Graduate
A Past Love Tugs on Marci Heart
Sarah and Mark go to Los Angeles
A Picnic and Panic.
Visiting Uncle Clémôn's Vineyard
Marci Arrives at the Humboldt Inn
Sarah's Plans were Changing
An Evening’s Romance
Marci and Rôméo find Love
Marci and Sarah at the Riverside Saloon.
Darôk’s Love Finds Marci
Phillípe Arrives at Arboria Island Pond


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Press Release; 10-12-2018:

Saturday, October 12, 2018

   This is a story about Marceline and Sarah Davidson, two master's degree graduates, who after five years of school decide, rather than heading back east and jumping feet-first into their chosen careers, would like to see some of the beautiful state, in which they studied and cloistered themselves during the past five years.  On-the-road adventures highlight their time in California in addition to romance, adventure and great vacation fun, with some dangerous near death earthquake and avalanche activities in which Marceline proves herself worthy of becoming a Gnostic Cathar adept. She later uses her spiritual capabilities to dissuade her Uncle, Phillípe Pârfait from exploiting a mystical pond for money. He does not take her pieta pleading and gets his just deserts.

   Because Marceline owes money for a past loan to her Uncle Phillípe, she plans to enlist Sarah's help to do some pre-vacation research for him. Phillípe's amorous endeavors, aggressive attitude towardwomen, except his long-suffering wife Monica who he loved dearly and his villanous actions against any person or entity that stands in his way to get what he wants, be they relative, business associates, spiritual beings and and even God , eventually is his undoing. When he was killed, during of his most vile actions; only one person attended his funeral, that person was his brother Henri Parfait..

   The scope of this story centers on the two main character with intertwining plot lines that weave an international two family history. The Summer Bridge is a focus point within the story arc by drawing the story characters to it.  This foot bridge crosses a high canyon over the Eel River in Humboldt County and links the town of Redwoodville to a California State environmental reserve and nature park. The nature reserve is located on Arboria Island, which is composed of a hard volcanic rock up thrust in the middle of the Eel River in Northern California.

   The foot bridge is a local treat in summer as an after dinner walking spot and lover's rendezvous at any time of day. However, each the tremendous winter snowfall in that area results in springtime floods, which rage through the canyon so heavily and high on the river's banks that the Summer Bridge was carried away down stream twice and broken into unusable pieces each time.  Therefore, to not suffer the loss of their beloved bridge ever again, the townsfolk and the city council approved the construction of a removalble bridge, which is taken off its granite rock and concrete support mounts in fall. Then in late spring when the river flow has subsided and no threat of floods exist, the bridge is put back into place and bolted down for the summer…

                                    The main characters as part of this story are:

   Marci cares deeply for her friends, business associates and her extended family.  Her character ties together Marci's extended family history.  Marceline Pârfait, who everyone calls Marci, is from a family of specialty woodcutters, sculpturers, woodcarvers, craftsmen and salespeople. With her Master's Degree in Biology complete, and her patent application in epigenetics sent into the US Patent Office, she is now ready to find love no matter what it takes.

   Darôk is Marci's love interest and dream man through her last year and a half. According to Marci he is the perfect lover. As the last scion of the Camul family, an ancient Mayan clan in Belize, he is a business acquaintance and Marci's romantic dream man to whom she was introduced in Belize on a business trip with her Uncle Phillípe.  The two accidental lovers have kept to themselves for a year as Marci gets her degree and fininishes a patent application for an epigenetic system of tree and soil regeneration.  Now that her schooling is complete, Marci and Darôk are hoping to get together in Humboldt County, California, and attempt to rekindle their love affair.

   Rôméo Pârfait is Marci's brother and leads an adventurous life, as as sales director for Parfait Industries. His romantic amours, amoung the trials and tribulations of transporting his Mercedes Benz sports car around the world ended with a trip to Romania when he met his finacee during the purchase of a pen and ink set for signing a large lumber contract in the city of Constanta.

   Hênri Pârfait is Marci’s father and an archon the Gnostic Cathar sect in New York State. He is the President of Parfait Industries, which he inherited in a long line of owners, stemming back to the founder of Parfait family, Hercequle Parfait, who came to Canada from France in 1109 A.D. The founder of the Pârfait came to the New World, partly for commercial freedom, but mostly to escape the political intrigues of Pope Clement III's Inquisition against the so-called Cathar heresy.  These artisans who started their business during the Middle Ages,furnishing and finishing castles and churches in France, sailed their families and craftsmen to the deep forests of what would be later called Quebec, Canada, and later move their operations to New York State in the 1800's. He loves his troublesome brother, and does what he can for him.

   Phillípe Pârfait is the antagonist of this story and his life and lecherous activities worries his brother Hênri Parfait during his spendthrift activites in Parfait Industries. Phillípe Parfait, as CFO and VP is in charge of manufacturing and engineering, and as a cantankerous middle-aged troublemaker, and user of people, ideas and circumtance, without regard for cost, inconvenience or consequence.  His odd money wasting schemes, which he thought lucrative, were part of his attempts to take over Parfait Industries from Hênri, was a constant challenge to the patience and reserve of his generous and rational brother.  Phillípe's amorous endeavors, aggressive attitude towardwomen, except his long-suffering wife Monica who he loved dearly and  His villanous actions against anyone who stood in his way eventually is his undoing. When he was killed, during of his most vile actions; only one person attended his funeral, that person was his brother Henri Parfait.

   Sarah is Marci's life-long friend ad confidant.  Sarah Davidson is the daughter of a championship horseman, who raises steeplechase winners and teaches equestrian techniques on the family farm in Vermont. Sarah has made her way through several career choices from a country and western singer to off-Broadway actress and stage director to mother of two wonderful children with her loving husband and first romantic thrill Jackson Roberts.  With continuing advise and support from Marci, Sarah has made some difficult choices between staying with Roberts versus seeking fame and fortune on the Broadway stage as she followed the siren call of the great stage empressaria, Gabriella Wentworth. But as the glamour and stardom of Broadway wore thin, Sarah came back to her first love Jackson Roberts and found family life more rewarding in the long run. She enjoys her happy family after the vicissitudes of New York City life and now resides in Tucson, Arizona where she sings at a local country and western themed resort. Both ladies and their children now visit each other at their homes in New York and Arizona on alternate years.


Summer Bridge Tales