Blue Haven, Part Five
The next morning I awoke completely refreshed. I had the best night’s sleep I had in years. I yawned and stretched and turned my head to find Jared still asleep. He looked so peaceful. I gently kissed his cheek and got up to start the coffee. I made my way upstairs to brush my teeth, not wanting to ruin the morning after such a magical night with morning breath.
I poured myself a cup of coffee and made my way to the front porch, leaning against the rail and taking in the beautiful, Seattle view. The wind was a little chilly, the autumn air nipped at my skin, and it looked like it was going to rain any minute. I felt Jared’s strong arms wrap around me, and he kissed the back of my neck.
“Good morning, sweetheart.”
“I had such a wonderful time last night, Jared. Thank you for everything,” I said as I turned in his arms.
“I’m so glad sweetheart,” he kissed my forehead. “I fear I have some unpleasant news.”
“Oh, is everything alright?”
“Yes, fine, but I have to leave sooner than I thought. I have a client that needs to leave for Alaska in two days, I’m afraid I’ll be flying out early Tuesday morning, and I’m not sure how soon I’ll be returning to Seattle.” He brushed a strand of hair behind my ear, resting his forehead against mine. “I don’t want to leave you, my dear.”
I stroked the side of his face, “We will just have to make the most of the next two days, and I will be waiting for your return.” I smiled at him reassuringly.
He hugged me tightly. “Thank you for being so understanding.”
I smiled at him, not wanting to let on that inside I was screaming. He had told me what his job was when we first met, but I was worried. I knew the dangers that bush pilots face flying through rough terrain. I tried not to focus on that though, he was experienced, and I kept telling myself he’d be perfectly fine. I also didn’t want to ruin our time together by worrying. I want to make these next two days as enjoyable for him as possible.
“I’ll be fine,” he said as he kissed my cheek.
“I thought I was doing a good job at hiding it.” I said.
“I can feel your energy, my dear, and your eyes, oh your beautiful, breathtakingly blue eyes, I can see the worry in them.”
I leaned my head against his chest, “No one has ever understood me quite like this.”
He pulled me closer. “I feel the same.”
We decided that we would cook dinner together tonight, so we ventured out to the store to get the ingredients we needed. We bought more wine, and learning my love of limes, Jared placed a couple in the cart.
“You’re so perfect,” I sighed.
“They’re just limes, my dear.”
“Yeah, but you know how much I love them, and they’re not on the list, yet, you saw them and thought I would like them, and it’s incredibly thoughtful.”
He kissed my cheek, “You are so easy to please.”
We spent the remainder of the day indoors due to the rain. We watched horror movies, and Jared read me poetry. It wasn’t the most exciting of events, but I was having the time of my life just spending time with him.
We cooked roasted chicken and asparagus, deciding that a healthy option was best since we had so many unhealthy dinners during the week.
As the day turned to evening and evening turned to night, we sat close to one another, kissing as often as possible and talking about our hopes and dreams. The sky had cleared and Jared drove me back to Alki Beach to stargaze.
“I know this isn’t the ideal place to go stargazing, but it’s the best place to stargaze in Seattle.”
He pulled me into his lap as we sat on a blanket on the beach and I leaned my head against his shoulder, looking up at the sky. “It doesn’t matter, as long as I’m with you.”
He gently turned my head and kissed me slowly, and for so long, and it set my skin on fire. I was head over heels in love with this man.
He pulled away just as slowly and I felt as if I would float right off the ground, I had no sense of gravity.
I looked up and saw a shooting star. “Did you see that?” I asked, excitedly.
He chuckled at my enthusiasm, “Yes.”
“Make a wish.” I whispered.
“No need, my dear, you already came true.”
How this man could continue to melt my heart, I’d never know, but I closed my eyes and silently thanked God for sending him to me. I gently cupped his face and pulled him towards me until his lips met mine, and we kissed slowly again. It was the perfect night for slow kisses.
When we got back to the bed and breakfast, he walked me all the way to my room, and I battled with the idea of inviting him in or not.
Once again, he could see my internal struggle, and he kissed me chastely. “I know I’m leaving soon, and we will be a part, but I have finally found someone my soul has longed for, for so long. I want to do this right, my dear. There is no need tor us to rush.” He looked down at his feet, as if he was growing shy, and I stroked his arm, bending my head down to meet his gaze, willing him with my eyes to continue. He sighed, “Sweetheart, I want to get to know you, I want to know everything about you, the darkness that’s within you, what you think your flaws are, where your insecurities lie. I want to know what makes you tick, what drives you absolutely mad. I want to learn all of your favorites and try them with you. I want to know you better than you know yourself. And then, and only then, I want to take you to the bedroom and learn all of those things all over again.”
That was it, I couldn’t hold back my tears, I collapsed into him, and he caught me. I clung to him, the tears streaming down my face. Never in all my life had I ever felt so loved. I wanted this, I wanted us, more than I ever wanted anything.
I lifted my gaze to his, and he also had tears in his eyes, he wiped mine away with his thumbs before asking, “Is that okay?”
“Oh, yes, Jared, yes, where have you been all my life?”
He smiled my favorite smile and I felt like my heart was going to burst, I was so full of love.
“I am so in love with you.”
He kissed me again, and this time I swore I felt fire in my veins. The heat coursing through me. “And I am so in love with you, Angela.”
To be continued…
Kristian L. Weigman