Five o' clock he said, and I'd promised I'd be there. Don't be late late he said, and I reassured him I wouldn't, but how was I supposed to know the very route I was to take was going to be blocked by an accident. Actually, the traffic was moving, just not as fast as I would've liked. Alex had asked me to come and meet him at this creek after I was done with work. We like to go there when we want to get away from the world a bit. The last time we came here was two weeks ago. I looked to my right where I was approaching to what seemed like the scene of the incident causing the delay, only to notice there was no real cause for it at all. One: the cars involved had been pulled off to the shoulder out of the way so that the lanes were clear, and two: drivers were slowing down only to gawk at what had happened. From what I could tell there was just a broken tail light while the owners of the vehicles were outside discussing the matter. Not really much to see at all. I can't believe this is why I'm late. People can be so nosy, it's frustrating! My gosh, Alex will be calling my cell soon to ask where I am, I should've been there five minutes ago, I just hoped he wasn't getting too annoyed with me.
Soon enough I did arrive and had parked my car. There didn't seem to be that many people from what I could tell. Good. That means Alex and I will be able to enjoy a quiet time together. I checked my mirror and made sure I at least looked presentable, I didn't want the day's frustrations showing on my face. I ran a hand through my hair trying to restore it to its original style, wondering at the same time whether it was still as bouncy as this morning. Probably not. After fiddling with it a bit more I was finally satisfied. There. Now that that was taken care of I started for the pathway to the bridge that would take me across to our meeting private point. We both love coming here, this place always has that calming effect on us that washes away any stress or worry we might have. I'll never forget the good times we spent here.
Just a little way more down this grassy path and I'd be there. I could hear the stream close by, which meant I didn't have far to go. Today was a work day for him too, so I imagine he's probably still in the suit he left in this morning. He manages a stock company for a highly prestigious firm, so he's doing pretty well. He was never really into education, but he did get as far as graduating from high school. After some time he went to college and did a few Business and Marketing courses, gaining the knowledge and experience he needed to get to where he is today. Thank God he was a fast learner. I didn't think Alex could climb so high in such a short span of time.
I noticed it wasn't much longer as I climbed this small hill, the last stretch of my journey, because there he was. I spotted him as I approached the twin trees, he was looking so handsome that I wanted to just stand and stare...but I couldn't. I had the element of surprise on him, which is hard for me to come by with this sly devil. He always gets the one up on me in that. But this time it would be different. Slowly, I managed to get close enough to him using different things to shield me when I thought he was going to look my way. Just a little closer and I can jump out at him. I looked back at my target one last time only to find.....he wasn't there? Where is he? I cautiously crept out from behind the tree to see where he'd gone, but before I knew it, I was yanked back against the tree and a set of lips were pressed against mine. Soon after that, when I caught some sense of what was going on, I felt hands traveling down my sides, at the same time gripping me firmly. Eventually my captor pulled away from me leaving me breathless.
"I'm glad you finally made it," Alex said with a smirk.
"I'm sorry I was late, there was a...um..." Darn. Turns out my head was still woozy from that amazing kiss, I could hardly think straight, but I did manage to say something. "I didn't mean to keep you waiting."
"That's alright. I guess I was caught up in my own thoughts. It's been a while since we've been here I have to admit, I've been missing this place. After all, this was where I brought you for our first date."
That's right. Our first date was here in Addison's Creek. It was a perfect night, he'd brought me here for a romantic moonlit walk, and then he kissed me under the stars. That place I saw Alex standing at, moments before he grabbed me and kissed me into a daze, that spot was where we kissed those years ago. Which reminds me...
"Hey! How is it you knew I was behind this tree?" I demanded with a mock pout. He simply laughed and put his arms around me, holding me to him. "I just knew, sweetie, I just knew."
"No, but how did you--" He cut me off with another heated kiss. I think this one was to give me short term memory loss. I guess he really wanted to keep that secret about...about...I've already forgotten what it was I was asking him. Wow, his kisses are really effective.
He led me to the banks of the creek where we sat perched on some rocks while he firmly kept my hand grasped in his. We sat in comfortable silence for a while watching the water traveling along its way. I leaned in to Alex, enjoying the feel of having him near. He took his other hand and cradled my face against him, immediately making me warm inside. We didn't say much after that, all I wanted to do was rest my eyes while listening to the sounds around me. This was what I called soothing; soothing and peaceful. I'm so grateful to Alex for arranging this. We stayed there for who knows how long before we decided to head on home.
The next morning everything was a blur. I had no recollection of anything. It was then I felt a slight but unusual draft on my back. I ignored it as I was too tired to make a move, and that's when I felt a tickling feeling, somebody's fingers were playing on my back. I tried lifting my head up to catch Alex's wide awake face, and the fact that he had no shirt on....which meant...I was naked! I immediately turned over so I was lying on my back and pulled the covers up over my chest. I realized what happened last night, though I shouldn't be shocked in the least, it's just that for me it is initially shocking when I wake up without any memory of it.
I heard Alex chuckle. "That was some night, huh?"
It then started to come back to me and I couldn't help but be speechless at what we had done, until I finally breathed a 'wow', which pleased my lover a lot. I propped myself up on my elbows as more and more details came back to me and the smile on my face grew wider.
"I see we're remembering," he said.
I looked at his smug expression. "I have to agree," I smiled back. "That was some night."
We basked in the memories, it was like we were still in the afterglow of it all, and our little date at the creek was the start of it all.
"So, what was the reason you decided to go to Addison's Creek yesterday?" I asked him sitting up with the sheets covering my chest.
"I just felt I needed to go there. You could say that place was calling to me."
"Calling you, huh? And so you called me." I retorted playfully.
"Anything wrong with that?" he asked huskily, playing with my hair and moving it out of the way behind me.
"Not at all," I replied in the same manner. He leaned over to kiss me but I stopped him mid way. "But we really should be thinking about getting up, there's things to do, you know."
"Ugh, like what?" Looks like that grouchy mood was setting in, perhaps because he couldn't get to keep me in bed with him.
"Like breakfast. I'll bet you're hungry, I know I am," I said removing the covers off of me and swinging my legs over the bed. Of course he never could accept the reality of getting back to the real world, because he tried to grab me by the stomach and pull me back in. I giggled at his antics as he nuzzled his head in my chest and said,
"I can think of better things than food right now."
That was until his stomach grumbled.
We looked at each other and I laughed while Alex covered his face with a pillow in annoyance. So much for laying in today.
At breakfast I was thinking about something I'd heard on the radio the other day. It was talking about all the things that were going on this weekend. I was hardly paying attention until I heard 'Boating.' There was this park where they rented out small boats to people so they could go rowing on the lake. It sounded so romantic, especially with the beautiful we were having. I'd never been boating before, I wonder if Alex would go.
"Yeah?" I noticed he was still reading the paper while finishing his coffee.
"Do you have any plans for the day?" I ask feeling hopeful.
"Hm, not really. Why?"
"Well, I heard on the radio about this park where they're going to have all these activities going on, and one of the things they're doing is boating. So I was thinking how fun it would be if we went boating together. What do you think?"
He looked at me then and thought for a moment. "Boating, huh? I don't know."
"Oh come on, Alex, just think about it. You, me, alone in a small boat, rowing on a beautiful lake. What could be more romantic than that?" He still looked liked he wasn't sure. "Pleeeaassee?"
"Oh alright. We'll go. We can leave in about half an hour; I want to check my emails first."
I was so happy I couldn't wait. I went to go change as quickly as I could.
When I came downstairs Alex was by the door looking over at the mail he'd just brought back from our mail box.
"Anything interesting come today?" I asked fixing my wristwatch.
"Nah, just bills. Bills, bills and- " I looked up from fiddling with my watch to see why Alex had stopped talking, and saw him staring back at me like his eyes were going to jump out from his sockets. His lips curved into an easy smile while he gave me the once over.
"Like my look? I actually bought this last week, I've been waiting for the perfect time to wear it." I had come down wearing a delicate white silk blouse, and a nice wispy skirt that ended just above my knees. It must have been a welcome break for Alex since it had been a while that he'd seen me so casual, what with the demands of work lately. And the fact that it was a new outfit I was sporting, let's just say it gives the element of spontaneity more leverage. Anyway, enough of that, back to Alex's bulging eyes at his gorgeous wife.
"What can I say, you look great." He pulled me forward and kissed me on the cheek, then opened the front door and ushered me out with him behind me.
The place where we were going was a bit of a long way, but we didn't mind one bit. Our hands were interlocked as Alex drove, neither of us saying a word, not that there was any need to, you find you get some moments where it's so peaceful there's hardly any need for words. The sun felt so comfortable I wanted to doze off, however my mind was wandering to other thoughts. It seemed to want to remember when Alex and I were dating and how we held hands, just like we were now. We were driving somewhere and I was dozing off then too. Alex then reached over and had me lean on him with his arm around me as he drove. Ah, the pleasure of long drives, full of romantic opportunities. He knew even then what made me tick.
At that moment I felt an arm snake around behind me and pull me in sideways. Alex was snuggling me against him, he must've thought I was asleep, so he assumed I would need something to lean on...or in this case, someone. That's my Alex, as charming today as I've always known him to be.
We reached the park soon enough, luckily we managed to find a parking spot, there were so many cars here already, I can only imagine what it would be like when we got to the park grounds. I saw lots of people as we walked, mostly families with children, along with a few couples like us. There was much of the excited chattering coming from everyone, as I had expected. The first thing I noticed after entering the park was the elegant green landscaping, so well kept and maintained that I was in awe. There were two paths that circled the edge of the center area of greenery and met up at this beautiful fountain. The paths continue beyond much deeper to where there was supposed to be more.
"Come on Alex," I urged, "don't want to miss out on the fun." All I could think of was getting on the boats and beating the rush.
"I'm coming. You think they have anything to eat around here, I could do with a bit."
I was too excited to think about food, but I guess getting some lunch wasn't a bad idea. "I'll tell you what," I suggested, "let's grab a map and find out where we can get a decent meal, and then we'll go from there."
Two subs and an ice cream later...
"Now that hit the spot." Alex said patting his stomach. I cuddled closer to him as we strolled around for a bit following the nature trails, the stroll gave us a chance to walk off lunch. We passed people barbecuing, and people playing Frisbee with their dogs. There was also an interesting looking playground along the way, busy with children playing. When I was a little girl I used to love the playground, my favorite part was going on the slide. My least favorite was the swing, I could never figure out how to work those. My dad always used to push me and I loved it because I would go so high. But then I did learn the physics of how a swing worked and I conquered. Before I realized it I had a new favorite. But now, looking at that playground, I just had to go on the swing again. So inviting, so exhilarating, it called to me.
I looked at Alex, eyes hopeful like a child who just a saw a cool toy in the store they wanted to desperately buy. He just shook his head in mock annoyance.
"Go on kiddo, I know how much you want to."
I jumped in excitement and gave him a quick hug before dashing off. I know I must've looked ridiculous, a fully grown adult running towards the playground, but did I care? Heck no! All I could think of was..."DIBS ON THE SWING!"
Oh wow, this feels awesome. I love the swing, I could go so high now and I didn't need dad to help me this time. Alex came to stand by and watch, a cool smile on his face. He only stood there for a while before I saw him walk away to where I couldn't see him, and then I felt two hands give me a big push from behind.
"Alex? Is that you?"
"Uh huh. Hope you don't mind me cutting in."
"Course not," I said happily, "Besides, I was wondering when you'd come and test your strength. I only wish I could see all those muscles in action." I heard him chuckling behind me, it was all he could do, because any comeback he would've said wouldn't exactly have been suitable for those under-age to hear.
We hung out there a few minutes more until we decided to continue on our tour of the park. This place was huge, I thought we'd never find what we came for...and then I saw it, the pier, the people lining up to get in the paddles, we'd finally found it!
"Well, what do you know, there it is."
"I know, isn't it great? Come on, one of those boats have our name on it." I urged pulling him by the arm.
"I'm coming, I'm coming, slow down. Why are you so fired up about this anyway?"
"Because it will be one of the most romantic experiences we've ever had," I said dreamily. Then Alex had that look in his eye.
"You know, I can think of better experiences we've had. Remember Hawaii?"
Remember Hawaii? How can I forget? It was like the world was our oyster. I can still see the colors of those glorious sunsets. Hawaii was Alex's anniversary present to me, our first anniversary. We had a wonderful time, we'd gone on a boat there too, except it was much bigger, a cruise ship to be exact. We sailed around the Hawaiian Islands there, and we even got to have dinner and dance the night away. The only thing I regretted was leaving too soon, our stay only lasted for the weekend.
We were closing in on the distance between us and our destination, but getting closer, all of a sudden I started feeling uneasy. I slowed down a little while Alex kept up his pace. I thought it was nothing, that I'll get better once we're on the ride, but as I saw the lake getting nearer my uneasiness doubled and I felt worse. I took a look towards the lake. Was it just me or did those boats look...tiny? I found myself questioning their safety and wondering how much weight one boat could take. I certainly wasn't expecting to see that size of a craft, much less one that was going to carry two people. Wait a minute, am I losing my nerve here? I was the one who wanted to go boating in the first place, after all the excitement I've shown for it I can't back out now, I'd never hear the end of it. And I've been on boats before...except, not one so small.
"Hey, what's the hold up there?"
"Huh?" I snapped out of my thoughts and saw that Alex was looking back at me from several paces ahead.
"Hey, I thought I'd be the one left behind in the dust while you trail off, not the other around."
"Oh yeah, sorry."
"Don't have to be sorry," he chuckled, and then he got serious when he noticed I didn't laugh. "Hey, are you alright? You're acting kind of funny. Are you having second thoughts because you know we don't have to go."
I mustered up all the confidence I had and replied, "No! I'm OK. We're going, we're going to have a good time, and like I said, it'll be...uh..."
"Romantic. You said romantic."
"Right, romantic," I nodded, trying to ignore Alex's curious stare.
"Oookay, let's go then." He took my hand and led me to the pier.
On the outside I was poised and calm. On the inside...I had alarm bells going off. I wasn't nervous, I was scared out of my mind! And the sound of our footsteps on the boardwalk didn't help either, I felt like I was walking the plank. We got in line, and the one time I wished the line not to move so fast, it speeds up like there's free ice cream. All too soon our turn came and Alex paid the guy before we were shown to our ride.
"There's our boat Sarah, the one you said would have our name on it. Let's get in."
"O-OK." I was frozen at the edge of the pier, just staring at the tiny looking thing. "You go first."
Alex climbed in with ease and then reached out for my hand. I couldn't let him see me look scared, it was now or never. I slowly held out my hand and let him take it as he reached out for my waist. "Alright, start with one leg...slowly...good..."
I got on with ease with Alex's help, and managed to sit down. Alex the took both paddles and started to row, watching the how others were doing it he tried to copy them, but soon got the hang of it. It's funny, he hardly seemed to care much about boating, but he was actually having a good time. I just wish I could say the same for me.
"Ah, this is the life," he said once we'd been at this for some time. It was quiet where we were, I think we may have been the only boaters there. "Hey loosen up Sarah, you're stiff as a board." Please don't say board.
"I-I'm fine. Just sitting here having fun. Y-yaay," I tried to convince him. If I listened to a patient who said that the way I did just now, I could tell that they were not having fun. Alex would have to be an idiot to believe that I was.
"Is something wrong? You don't look OK." Hence this is why he's so smart. Boy I can really pick em.
I stared at his concerned face wondering what to tell him. "It's alright, I'm OK, let's just-"
"No, you're not OK. Honey, I thought is this what you wanted."
"It was...I just..."
"Scared?" He knew.
"So you knew, huh?"
"Wasn't hard to figure out, after all, you were acting kind of strange for something you were supposed to be excited about," he smiled.
"I didn't mean to be, it's not like I knew I'd be like this about it once we got on. I know we've been on a boat before but...this feels different. We're crammed in here."
"It is smaller than anything we've been on, right?" He chuckled. "But it's not that bad, I'd agree with you, it is romantic. But why didn't you just tell me you were scared? It wouldn't have mattered to me."
"I know. I just wanted to prove that I wasn't, that I can face anything, especially after how much I wanted to do this."
"You of all people should know it's OK to have some fears, Dr. Clarke." He said the last part with a little sarcasm and it made me smile for the first time since we'd got on this ride, I actually loosened up. "OK, now make room, I'm coming over to your side." I immediately went stiff again as I saw him getting up and the boat rocked a bit.
"I'm coming to sit with you so you don't feel so nervous."
"No, no! We'll fall! Look, you're rocking the boat." By now Alex and I were both on our feet, except I was trying to make him sit back down but he was resisting.
"Sarah, don't worry. It'll only take a minute to get over there."
"No, we have to keep it balanced. What if the boat can't candle too much weight on one side."
"Alex!" Suddenly the boat tipped, and what do you know, we both fell in with a splash. We managed to get back in with each other's help, luckily no one had been around to see, we were in a secluded part of the lake.
"Great, look at us. We're completely soaked. Didn't I say we'd fall?" I said trying to ring out my hair of water. "Looks like I had good reason to be scared. What do we do when we get back?"
There was a pause. "Alex? Are you even listening to me?"
"Uh...Sarah?" When I looked up Alex was staring at me opened mouthed.
"What's wrong with you?" He pointed to my shirt and when I looked down... "What the..." My white blouse was now seeing through to my chest, and you could see everything. I tried to pull it out but it was form fitting, so I couldn't pull it out that far.
"Oh my gosh! Alex, what am I going to do?"
"Hey, it's not that bad."
"I'm a walking-peepshow!" I said panicked and annoyed. "Don't tell me it's not that bad." I tried desperately to dry off as quick as possible, with any way I could think of.
"Actually this view of you is quite intriguing, you all wet, showing through..." I glared at him and he seemed to get the message.
"Look take it easy there."
"That's easy for you to say, you can just take your shirt off and it wouldn't make a difference. All I know is that we can't go back looking like this, especially me."
"Whoa, hold on, just hear me out for a sec." As panicked as I was I decided to be rational and see what he had in mind. "We'll carry on our boat ride and act like nothings happened-"
"But-" Alex silenced me with a finger.
"You can have my shirt so you won't have to feel...exposed. In the meantime, we can dry off under the sun and hopefully not be so wet looking when we get back."
I considered this for a moment, it sounded reasonable so I thought, what the heck. I took Alex's shirt and covered myself with it while we continued our journey around the lake. As I stared at Alex rowing with the paddles I was mesmerized watching his abs at work. Yep, he had a great body when he was topless.
"Enjoying the view?" He asked me.
"Uh huh," I sighed. He chuckled. "Are you dry yet?"
"Still damp, but jeans always take time to dry. How about you?"
"I'll know when we get off, I guess. The skirt shouldn't take too look to dry, I'm hoping the same for my blouse too."
When we reached the pier and got out we were met with the guy who was in charge of the boats. He had an odd expression when he saw the way we looked, but Alex handled the explanations. "We thought we'd take a dip, the water just looked so inviting and we couldn't resist."
I was laughing inside, whether he believed us or not, he must have thought we were crazy.
In the car I could feel my panties were still damp, it was a little uncomfortable and I couldn't help squirming.
"What's the matter?"
"My panties, they're still wet."
"Then why don't you take em off...or do you want me to do it?" I slapped him playfully on the arm.
"You'd love that, wouldn't you? By the way, that's the last time you get to walk around without your shirt on."
"You didn't notice the stares you were getting?"
"I thought the stares were for us because we were wet."
"Actually, I saw that the girls who stared were looking at you." Alex laughed. "What's so funny?" I asked him.
"You. You're cute when you're jealous." Then he took my hand and kissed it.
I was so glad to be home. We had both changed and were enjoying some hot chocolate watching something on TV together. I was cuddled up close to Alex while he held me around the waist.
"By the way, thanks."
"For lending me your shirt and saving me from utter embarrassment."
"No problem," he said holding me tighter against him. "I'm sorry it wasn't much of a romantic experience for you."
"That's OK," I smiled, "We won't be forgetting it, that's for sure. Memo to myself: scared of small boats."
Alex turned off the TV and moved his face closer to mine. "And now that we've established that, allow me to alleviate your traumatic experience."
We kissed lovingly for a while before I murmured, "Let the healing begin." And he carried me upstairs to bed.
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