Artist Edwin Georgi; pinterest.com
Under twinkling stars, the waves rolled up to the rocky beach. Like a spotlight over lovebirds, moonlight shone down on their beach towel.
“Okay, I have a surprise for you,” he said.
“I love surprises,” she grinned, her eyes beading wide. She shifted around to face him.
“Kiss me first,” he teased. “Then I’ll tell you.”
“Tell me first. Then I’ll kiss you. If it’s a good surprise. It is a good surprise, right?”
“Oh, the best.”
“Gosh,” she shrieked, “then let’s have it already!”
“And I should make it that easy for you?” he said, raising his eyebrows.
“Surprises are not surprises if you have to work for them. Those are called wages.”
“Fair enough,” he nodded. “I’ll just come right out and say it.”
Her heart skipped a beat as she watched him motionless, breathless. The pause was just way too long. “Well, say it!”
“The company’s sending me away,” he said.
“Away? From me?”
“No. Away from here. They’re giving me my annual bonus and since I was top salesman last quarter, they’ve offered me a vacation, any place, anywhere, for a week.”
Her eyes lit up. “And the surprise is you’re taking me with you?”
“Maybe, but that’s not the surprise.”
“I want you to dream a little. If you had unlimited money and a chance to do the most romantic thing on earth, what would you do?”
“Hmm,” she groaned. “Let me think… the most romantic thing on earth… I know!”
“Tell me,” he said. “But don’t tell me from there. Come here and whisper it to me.”
Grinning mischievously, she slid around the towel so that she was behind his back and leaning over his shoulder. “Let me tell you what I have in mind, my sweet lover,” she whispered sliding her fingers lightly over his strong round shoulders.
“I’m liking the tone of this already.”
“Oh, you’ll approve,” she assured him. “But don’t interrupt. I’m just getting started.”
Her breath was hot on his ear and her words slipped over his earlobe like a sensual tongue. With brilliant description, she painted the most perfect dream he had ever heard in his life. But she was a little overambitious. “Oh my,” he groaned. “I don’t know if we could do that.”
“Says who? You said dream.”
He was silent for a whole minute, scrutinizing her beautiful face. “Okay. Deal. Let’s do that.”
“Really?” she shrieked.
“Yeah, but it’s on my terms. I’ll bring everything you need. And we’ll enjoy our week together. Doing exactly that. Every single day.”
“I love you.”
“Now how about that kiss?”
“Hmm,” she flirted. “I think I’ll make you work for it.”