Born in the late 40’s only a few years after the second world finished with all the hardships of rationing, cold houses windows running with condensation with frost forming on the inside as well as the outside, living in one room for heat. Growing up in the 50’s with little or none of the modern comforts of today’s modern world, my brother and sister were happy well as happy as you could be.
I worked in various organizations including PO as a steward on cruise liners (I must write about that) then on the buildings picking bits of skills here and there and became a jack of all trades certainly master of none.
Then joined the police stayed for 30 years mainly as a detective Sergeant dealing with all manner of criminal cases including child abuse rape cases and murder.
Martyn catches a plane from Birmingham UK to Alicante in Spain; his allocated seat is in row F seat 3 which is a window seat. As he shuffles down the aisle he notices an attractive young woman in one of the rows, he mentally counts down the seat rows and she is in his.
He can’t believe his luck the woman is allocated the middle seat; but he the gentleman offers her the window seat. Her name is Maria he notices her perfume which is high end and lingers in his nose and mind. They both have an affair but then his mind goes into turmoil as her scent follows him wherever he goes, was she there or not?
Martyn is paranoid he comes home the scent is there he gets into his car it’s there as well, he holds is head is he going mad or is she out to kill him…?
What people are saying...
"Roger Rapel has written a story that I could just not put down in his book Seat 3F. Martyn, from the United Kingdom, goes on a business trip to Spain. During his flight, he becomes enamored with his attractive seat-mate. His seat on the plane is 3F and he feels lucky that he got to sit next to Maria. Later, she shows up at his hotel unexpectedly and he has the night of his life. But suddenly, things start happening and men are being run over by the driver of a white car. Martyn fears he is being stalked by Maria. The scent of her perfume seems to be everywhere he goes. After a couple of close encounters, Martyn is afraid that he'll be Maria's next victim. But maybe it's all a dream? You'll have to read the book to find out for yourself.
The story was so good that I found myself turning the pages, wanting to skip ahead to find out whether or not Maria was real or just a figment of Martyn's imagination. Seat 3F by Roger Rapel provides an exciting mystery in a short story. The scene descriptions were very vivid as Rapel expertly writes a story like a spider expertly spins a web. Those of you who fly frequently should be afraid, be very afraid, and definitely make sure that whatever you do, you aren't seated in Seat 3F on a flight."