Sun over Santorini chapter alert!

We’re taking a break from tension and enjoying the beach. Juliette’s an awesome swimmer, and the water is remarkable, “like swimming in Perrier.” Ian and Dima have fun while Mark and Juliette get serious about love, beauty, and loss.

Author’s Notes:

I had a super hard time finding a photo to illustrate this chapter. I wanted a picture of Juliette, but a couple hours of searching got me nowhere. When I saw this one, my jaw dropped. The woman in the photo could almost be “Juliette,” so close is her resemblance.

The woman I based Juliette on really did say that the water off Mykonos was like Perrier. We really did hang out on half submerged rocks ringing the bay. She even convinced me to sunbathe nude on those rocks. I was never brave enough to do that on the beach proper, even though most everybody else did.

Juliette’s musings about Martha’s Vineyard come from the real woman I modeled her on. Daughter of wealthy Kenyan immigrants, she resented her parents for thrusting her into social situations where she felt constantly rejected because of her race. She also resented them for not seeing it.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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