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A Romantic Story Part Four - The next day

Updated on November 11, 2012

This is a continuation of my Romantic Story - a series of scenes involving a couple completely, romantically, and passionately in love.

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She stirs. Enjoys the softness of the sheets, the stillness of the room. It feels like a dream. She stretches and opens hers eyes.

He is sitting in a large chair with a cup of coffee and a newspaper. She wonders how long he has been sitting there watching her, pretending to read that paper. She smiles and pulls the sheet over her head coyly. She knows she looks a total mess, but after last night she’d be a fool to think it really mattered.

He hasn’t read a single word of the paper. For nearly an hour he has been sipping coffee and watching her sleep. She is beautiful lying there. It warms his heart to see her that way. Relaxed. She was snoring ever so softly as she slept. He can’t wait to tease her about this one. It isn’t often that he is the one with the ammo.

He walks up to the woman-sized lump in the bed and kisses her sheet covered forehead. She doesn’t put up much of a fight when he pulls the sheet down revealing her still sleepy eyes and adorable nose.

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“Coffee?” He offers her his cup. She answers with a smile and reaches for the cup. She holds it to her like a greedy orphan guarding a bowl of porridge. Such innocent joy from such a simple thing as a morning cup of coffee. Little things like this are why he loves her. Not her striking beauty. Not her brilliant mind. Not the way she dresses. Not her profession. It’s her spirit. Her kind heart. The way she allows him to love her.

She sits in bed and sips the coffee. He climbs into the bed and puts his arms around her. She feels safe, loved. This is why she loves him. Not for his money or his title. Not because he is handsome. It is his heart. His soul. The way he loves her. The way he makes her feel about herself. And the way he lets her love him.

They stay there simply enjoying the feeling of being close. There is a stillness about them that seems nothing can disturb. They are in their own universe. Just the two of them. Warm, soft, content.

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He stops the car in front of her house. He knows there will be no invitation inside, but he holds his breath anyway. Hoping. She gives him a gentle kiss and with her eyes, thanks him for a wonderful weekend. She turns and opens her car door and steps out. Just as she always does at the end of their dates.

He watches her walk to the front door. Always waiting until she is inside safely, plus a bit longer, before he drives away. He wants to be sure that she is inside and ok. And to be sure that she isn’t coming back out. He wishes one of these times she would. She never does. Yet he is convinced one of these times is going to be different. He is hoping this might be it.

She walks to the front door and opens it. Just like she has done so many times. She looks out to the curb as she slowly shuts the door. He is still there. She knew he would be. He always waits until she is safely inside with door shut, plus a moment more. It makes her feel good knowing that he is watching out for her. She wonders too if perhaps he isn’t ready to leave her just yet.

She stands behind the closed door. She wrestled with the thought of asking him in. She wants to. But just like every other time, she stayed silent. She is holding her breath. Hoping. Listening. Waiting for him to shut off the engine and come to the door. He never does. She is convinced one of these times it will happen. She is hoping this might be it.

He drives away slowly. As he does, he experiences the same mix of emotions he has since the first time. Elation at the beautiful moments they spent together. Heartbreak at leaving her. Excitement at the anticipation of their next meeting. It always leaves him a bit out of sorts. So many feelings for such a stoic gentleman to endure. It’s been a long time since he has felt any of these feelings, let alone a flood of them all at once.

He considers stopping on his way home. For a stiff drink, a strong cup of coffee, some fresh air in the park. Anything to steady himself. But he doesn’t. He needs to get home. She will be expecting him. What would she think if he arrived much later? Sure, she would say it’s fine. She always does. But he made a promise to care for her. He should be there. He keeps driving.

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She steps away from the door and into the house. As she does she feels a rush of emotions. Smiling from head to toe at of the wonderfully romantic moments. Her chest heavy with the ache of parting from him once again. Childlike elation at the thought of their next meeting. She is glowing, pouting, and blushing all at once. It seems like forever since she has felt anything like these feelings, and never all of them at once.

She struggles to shake it off and compose herself. There are things to do before he gets home. Is there something to make for dinner? Lunch the next day? What about clean work clothes? If not for the week, at least for tomorrow. She always feels one step behind where she needs to be. She opens her jewelry box and hesitates for just a moment before slipping the ring back onto her finger.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very good Dana! You well deserved your lamb dinner after creating this romance filled love story :)

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Sunshine625 - Thank you Linda. I have a hint of an idea where the next part will go too. But who knows what will happen... Glad you like it so far.... maybe I should treat myself to a celebratory dessert :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fleece was white as snow...you should have a snow cone for dessert! :)

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Vanilla ice cream? hmm. fresh out. bummer

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Your romantic story is...well...so romantic and I love it! You paint images with your writing making words come to life. Thank you and Up!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      vocalcoach - Thank you for stopping by! I really like this style of writing. This is a really enjoyable way to practice it.... I am a little unsure what readers will think about the direction the story is taking. So far so good I guess. Thanks also for the vote :)

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Sigh...very romantic, but, very, very sad as well..

      i'm a believer in monogamy..so, i'm hoping they have good reason..

      can't wait for more, dear..

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      ImKarn23 - sad yes, but don't despair. you have nothing to worry about.

      more is coming as soon as it starts writing itself. that is how these things tend to go with me.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Unexpected...so well crafted with an anticipatory building of details.

      I am anxious to see where this leads, Dana. Voted UP and Awesome.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      marcoujor - hello maria! always so happy to see you drop by.... yes. a plot seems to be developing. i have an idea of where it is going. now i just have to let them show me how to get them there..... thanks for the votes! :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wonderful story. So romantic so loving. Enjoyed much and passing this on.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Gypsy Rose Lee - I am so happy you enjoyed this. I am enjoying putting a little bit of fantasty out there as it unfolds. Thank you for reading and sharing. :)

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      I am so enjoying this story - very much DanaTeresa. I am such a romantic. I also love the way you write in very short sentences. It seems to work so well for this story. The character kind of reminds me of Christian Grey in '50 Shades'!!! Voting up and pressing your buttons too.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      acaetnna - I see you found the latest installmet. Glad you like it. I do seem to keep to short sentences in this one. Funny because I usually tend to ramble!... I have to admit that I have not read 50 Shades. I have been considering it just to see what all the fuss is about. The sucess of it, among inspiration from a few hubbers, did give me the guts to write the first of my more erotic stories (Their First Time).... Thank you for the vote up and I love when hubbers push my buttons ;)

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      What a marvelous read, Dana. Apart from not having a ring in the jewelry box, this could be my own story. At present looking so forward to an entire week at the coast, leaving on Monday.

      This was a lovely read - one of those precious mood swingers. Thank you!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      MartieCoetser - This series is drawn in part from experience, in part from my dreams - all from my heart. I am truly glad that you enjoy it. I have never written anything like this. I worry sometimes that it will seem contrived, or even worse, boring! I have an idea where it is going, but I don't dare put word to print until I am sure....

      Thank you so much for reading.... I sincerely hope you enjoy your week at the coast! xx

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      freedomspirit 4 years ago

      Hi Dana, I enjoyed every part of this series, so romantic and even better I think than the other erotic series, though that was exciting to read no doubt.

      I'm really loving what you come up with! Loveya,

      fs

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      Rosemary Amrhein 4 years ago from Boston, MA

      Hi Dana,

      I really love your romantic series here, it's so beautiful.

      Thanks for sharing this!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      freedomspirit - I am so pleased that you enjoy this series. The erotic one is fun, but this is one that is close to my heart. I am struggling to continue it without it seeming contrived. I have much more of the story in my head. It seems to be taking it's sweet time getting to the page.... I hope you keep reading and enjoying.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      blondey - thank you! i am taking my time writing this one so that i don't ruin it! the next one is about half written. i am excited to see where it goes.

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      freedomspirit 4 years ago

      Cool! Keep it up, and I'll keep reading :)) ;)great work....

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      freedomspirit - Thanks, that is great to hear! I am half way through the next one.Hope to finish it soon!

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      Rosemary Amrhein 4 years ago from Boston, MA

      Still waiting, for the next installment...:)

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      blondey - it's coming. i am still waiting for a few quiet moments to finish it. i still have to figure out a few details.

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      Rosemary Amrhein 4 years ago from Boston, MA

      It's an amazing series, Dana.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      blondey - Thank You... i thought i knew where i was going with this, and now i am not sure. i ahve the next half written. i just need time and energy to finish. how do folks get so much written?!

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      Rosemary Amrhein 4 years ago from Boston, MA

      I have no idea! These types are very challenging for me to write anyways. Worth a shot though, :)

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      schoolgirlforreal 2 years ago from USA

      A nice re read. I never noticed the non=monogomy part before. My reading comprehension sucks sometimes!!

      Still loved it though. ;)

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      Dana Strang 2 years ago from Ohio

      schoolgirlforreal - thanks hun.... i meant to continue this but never could decide where to talk it.... Maybe it is "non-monogamy" and maybe not. It does not say why she is missing her ring. Hmmmmm

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