Dream in a Private Bubble.

Onde o seu sonho é sempre mais que uma ficção!



Hoje a estória é baseada na música "You belong with me" da Taylor Swift. 
É um pouco daquele caso da "pessoa certa estando em baixo de seu nariz". 
Apreciem. Beijo, beijo. 
O link vai abaixo. 

Link para ouvir a música: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuNIsY6JdUw


You Belong With Me


Kimberly’s head lifted from her book when she heard the sound of tires against the concrete. She hurried up to the window and saw him getting out of the car. He didn’t lift his head or his eyes but went straight to the back of her house.

She already knew from his expression and attitude that he had had a fight with his girlfriend. Again. She shook her head to herself and sighed, then looked down at herself to make sure she was decent. She didn’t even try to arrange her curly and furious red hair but left the room next.

The house was still quiet. The sunset was still one hour away and her parents only arrived by that time. When she got to the first floor, the only sound remaining was the gentle sway of the swing on the backyard.

That was their routine. Kimberly found him sitting by the old swing at the same side as always, leaving the spot beside for her.

Andrew only turned his head when she sat close to him and tried a smile. “Hey, beauty.”

She leaned and kissed his cheek, taking in the smell of him she loved. “You left the bookstore early.”

He shrugged. “Janice noticed ‘I wasn’t really myself today’, her words. I was going home, but… You seem to be the only person I can talk to. So here I am. One more time.” He added with a bitter smile. “How do you stand me?”

“I wanted to get rid of you, but you keep coming back.”

He grinned truly. “You’re too softhearted for that, Kim.”

“Maybe I am.” She sighed heavily like it was a burden and he chuckled. “What happened?”

“Ashley happened. But I don’t want to talk about it now.”

Kim arched a brow. “No?”

“Not this time, no. I came here to know if you wanna get crazy with me.” He smiled lazily.

“I don’t ‘go crazy’. Ever. You know that.”

“It happens to be one of your of your flaws. But as I knew you’d say that, I already have another proposition. Let’s go up the mountain to watch the sunset. I have a bottle of wine in the car and… Strawberries covered in chocolate.”

“That’s low, Drew.”

“I know.” He winked at her and stood. “Come with me. Consider it my therapy. I won’t fill your ears with complains today.”

“I don’t mind hearing you, you know that. You’re my best friend.”

Unfortunately for her.

“And you are mine.” He grasped her shoulders and pulled her to her feet. “You’re the best that is, Kim. Come with me.”

Damn if those baby blue eyes locked on hers didn’t raise her blood pressure. He knew that she was afraid of heights but that wasn’t the reason she hesitated. They had a routine and Kim was comfortable with that. Doing something else, someplace else, with a bottle of wine involved… God, how was she supposed to suppress her feelings?

Suddenly he groaned and took her hair on his hands. “Why are you always clipping your hair with these… What is this thing? You’re taming it.”

“A band. And that’s exactly the point. Leave it… Don’t do that, Drew…”

“I like your hair. Free. Like this.” He ignored her protests and spread her flame of red hair across her shoulders. “Perfect.”

“Look…”

“And your eyes. You keep hiding them with these.” He took off her glasses and looked the marvelous green. “You don’t need the glasses all the time.”

“What’s with you today?” She put the glasses back on. She hated people seeing her without her glasses on. Especially Drew. They were like a protective cape. “You’ve already drunk from that wine, haven’t you? And gimme my band back.”  

“Nope. You’re not imprisoning your hair again.” He raised his arm above his head and laughed when she jumped trying to reach it.

Kim stopped abruptly noticing how that was ridiculous and lifted her chin. “I’ll just get another.”

“No, you won’t. Let’s go. We’re wasting time.”

“I need to leave a note for my parents.” She said and started running toward the back door, but he put his arms around her waist.

“You smart-ass. I’m coming with you.”

When he started walking with his arms still around her, Kim laughed even though her heart was jumping from their closeness. “We both look stupid like this.”

“I don’t mind. You smell good.” He answered easily, making Kim gasp. “And you won’t get another band, beauty. I’m not letting you go. So just hurry up.”

That was so not going to work well; Kimberly thought when they continued walking through the house clutched together. Her hand trembled when she took the pen but she forced herself to take a deep breath.

Out with Drew.
Love you both.

She just had time to clip the note on the fridge before Drew lifted her from the ground and threw her across his shoulder.

Kim didn’t scream ‘cause she knew it was equally ridiculous. “Andrew Minefield. You’re completely out of your mind.”

He laughed as he walked to his car. “Kimberly Laurence. You’ve seen nothing yet.”


***

High up the mountain, they were sitting on a blanket above the grass. The car was parked behind them and the sun was beginning to set, changing the sky’s color.

Drew took the last strawberry from the box. “Ok. Let’s split the last one.”

Kim wasn’t sure that was a good idea.

She shook her head and drank from her glass. “No, that’s fine.”

“Come on, Kim. Don’t be such a prude.”

“I’m not!”

“Then come here.”

She sighed and drank the rest of the wine. He held the strawberry in front of her face. Kim leaned and closed her mouth around the fruit. Then almost giving her a heart attack, Drew also leaned and bit, their lips close to touching.

Kim was too shocked to move and too stunned to even gasp. She almost choked with the fruit but managed to swallow it. Drew seemed stable enough apart from his eyes that were concentrated on her.

She cleared her throat and looked away. That was just the wine speaking. He had drunk his share. Nothing more than that. Kim waited impatiently until the sun had completely disappeared and rapidly stood.

“I guess we can go now.”

He hesitated and then also stood. “If you want to.”


***

When he stopped the car in front of her house, the lights inside were already on. They hadn’t talked much after the strawberry episode and Kim was feeling a bit insecure.

“Do you want to come in and have dinner with us?” She invited.

Drew smiled. “Concerned about me?”

“You know I don’t like you all by yourself in the apartment.”

“Not every one can have great parents like yours, Kim.” He answered simply but turned off the car. “Yes, I want to go in. Am I stupid to brush your mother’s food off? No way.”

Andrew had left his parent’s home as soon as he had finished high school. They hadn’t been abusive or anything like that, but there were some people just no fitted to be parents. He had rented a small apartment in town and had continued working in the bookstore he worked ‘till that day.

Drew and Kim had been friends since forever it seemed. They lived in a small town in Colorado and had studied together since kindergarten. He had been popular in high school and she had been normal. Andrew had started dating Ashley on the third year and they had been on and off since.

Ashley had been the typical popular teenager: cheerleader, beautiful and shallow. Kim still didn’t get it how Drew dated her but they had been together for years. There must’ve been something good in her. But Kimberly knew Ashley brought too many headaches to Drew’s life and she could hate her for that alone.

Drew deserved so much better. He was the most funny, gentle and kind guy she knew. That was why he had so many friends and why she absolutely couldn’t get how could anyone not notice how amazing he was. Like his parents or Ashley. That was also the little issue: she had been in love with him for as long as they had been friends. Forever.

She had wanted to get into Law School since she had been a kid and her dream had always been Yale. But when the time had come to apply for college, Kim had decided to attend one of the universities in the state. And even though she hadn’t told anyone, she knew her parents were aware her decision had been because she hadn’t wanted to get away from him.

Kim had always been the friend, the confident, the ‘girl always there’. She supposed it could’ve been worse. They could’ve not been close at all. And besides, she knew Drew counted on her opinion more than anyone else’s. She had a big place in his heart and had been learning to be content with that.

“Mom, we’re here!” Kim announced as they entered.

They were immediately involved by the smell of food cooking in the kitchen and she watched Drew clutch his belly and roll his eyes in ecstasy. She laughed aloud and closed the door behind them.

“Oh God. This smell.” Drew moaned as if meeting with angels in paradise. “How can you live here and not weigh three hundred pounds?”

“Great metabolism.” She smiled and watched her mother Rebecca come running.

“Drew. There’s been centuries since you’ve come here last!” The woman grabbed his face and kissed his both cheeks.

“I came to dinner last week, Becky, remember? But it seems centuries truly. You look beautiful. Have you decided already to run away with me?”

“Oh, now.” She grinned and kissed her daughter. “That’s why he has the whole feminine town dying for just one look.”

“Stop charming my lady, Andrew.” Her father Marcus screamed from the living room. “Or there’ll be no pie for you later.”

Drew looked at Becky with puppy eyes. “Pie?”

“Apple pie.”

He shook his head and stared at Kim helplessly. “Convince your mom to adopt me, please.”  

Kim smiled and circled her arm around his. “We’ll be upstairs, mama.”

Her father screamed again. “No making out!”

Kim blushed. “Dad, this isn’t funny.”

“Of course it isn’t.”

Rebecca laughed like life was a joke. “Oh, Marcus, please! They’re just friends. How many times does Kim have to say this?”

The woman winked at them as if they shared a secret and went whistling back to the kitchen. Drew was hiding a smile and Kim just shook her head, leading him up the stairs.

He lay down on the bed as soon as they entered her bedroom. “Your parents still think we’re planning to elope together. Do they do this with your boyfriends?”

Because she was still embarrassed, Kim got busy arranging her books on her bookshelf. “I don’t date a lot and you know it.”

“Yes. You never really told me why.” He stared at her intently. “Actually, I can reckon you dating seriously just two guys.”

“And you hated both of them.”

“They were dickheads.” Drew answered smoothly. “Have you had sex with them?”

The books she was arranging in a shelf dropped at her feet and she moaned in pain. Kim went stumbling to the bed and sat down. Her pinky was red. Always the pinky.

Drew didn’t seem affected. “Have you?”

“For God’s sake, Andrew! That’s definitely something with you today.” 

“It occurs to me that you never told me this. I don’t even know if my best friend is a virgin. That’s absurd.”

“Do I ask you about your sex life with Ashley?”

“I’ll tell you if you want to know.” He shrugged and she cursed. “I told you when I lost my virginity.”

“Andrew, just drop it. I’m not in the mood for this.”

“It’s a simple question.”

“Even simpler would be hitting your head with a book.”

“You’re evading the issue. I can only think two things about this: or you’re still a virgin at twenty-one or you’re a horny girl and doesn’t want me knowing about it.” 

Kim launched herself at him. “Just get out! Now!”

Drew laughed hard and grabbed her arms. “I’m joking. Calm down.”

She cursed again and closed her eyes. “I’m hating you immensely this moment.”

“That’s fine. I still love you enough for the both of us.”

Her insides liquefied like jelly. Kim moaned and turned her back on him. “I hate when you make me adore you when I’m hating you.”

“I love making you embarrassed.” He turned her toward him again. “Hey, beauty. Look at me. Serious question now. I really don’t know if you’re still a…”

“I’m not a virgin, okay! Happy now?”

He was quiet for a long time. “You’re not?”

She finally opened her eyes and faced a serious Drew. “You were hoping for a negative answer.”

“Of course I was! Who the fuck did you sleep with?”

Kim arched a brow. “With the two boyfriends you mentioned two minutes ago.”

“What were you thinking, Kimberly? Why didn’t you tell me? How come you slept with them? Have you no shame? They weren’t for you!”

“Andrew, speak lower! And let’s change the subject. I don’t want you going all big brother on me.”

“I am not!” He screamed even louder and then took a deep breath. “Kim, they were dickheads.”

“They were nice. You were the one who was always rude.”

“How was I supposed to act?” He sit and pointed a finger at her. “You shouldn’t have done that!”

“Oh, God. Enough. Do you want to fight about it now?”

“Yes!”

Kim groaned and put a pillow over her head. “Give me a break, Drew.”

He lay down again and stared at ceiling. “I just don’t understand why you didn’t tell me.”

“It wasn’t important. And that’s not a subject I’m comfortable with.”

He wanted to pressure. He wanted to insist until he knew the exact day, month and year it had happened. But he didn’t.

“Okay, that’s fine. I’m sorry. I’m overreacting, aren’t I?”

She pushed the pillow away and looked at him. “Yes, but I forgive you.”

Drew reached out and touched her cheek. “I just think you deserve better.”

“You too.”

He smiled. “You hate Ashley, don’t you.”

“I don’t know why you stay with her.”

“We’ve been together for a long time. I just… I’m used to her.”

“That’s a terrible excuse for staying with someone.”

“Maybe. The thing is, Kim, sometimes when you try to change something, you end up screwing it big time. Ash is not perfect but we have good moments.”

“You forgot something. If you don’t risk it, you’ll have to accept the good. Don’t you think you deserve the best?”

Drew took a lock of her hair around his finger. “What’s the best, Kim?”

“I guess… You’ll have to figure it out by yourself.”

His finger touched her forehead, her nose, her lips… “Ash is terribly jealous of you, you know? She says I love you more than I love her.” Kim blinked fast. “She’s right.”

“Kids! Dinner time!” Rebecca knocked on the door.


***

Kimberly entered the building like a volcano and went straight to the elevator. She had left the class early after receiving a call from Drew. He had been babbling on the phone and she hadn’t understood a word, but knew something had happened.

She pressed the button for the third floor four times and cursed when the damn thing moved like a turtle.

“Come on, come on, come on…”

She jumped outside as soon as the doors opened and knocked furiously on the door. Rang the bell three times and finally she heard a noise from inside.

When the door opened, it was not Drew who appeared.

Ashley smiled bitterly. “Good afternoon, Kimberly.”

“Where is he?”

She went inside without waiting for an answer and found Drew sitting by the computer desk, his hair a mess and his eyes red.

“Drew.” She took his face in her hands and he stared at her blindly. “What’s it, baby? What happened?”

“I found him like this. He didn’t want to tell me.” Ashley said abruptly, eyeing the two of them angrily.

“Kim?”

“Yes, yes. What’s the problem? Are you feeling bad? Is that it?”

He shook his head. “They liked it…”

“Who?”

“Can you stop holding him like a child? I am his girlfriend!” Ashley complained.

Kim ignored her. “Tell me, honey. What’s it?”

“My book. My book, Kim. They will publish it.”

“What?!”

“And why you had to wait until she got here to finally open your mouth? Why didn’t you tell me?” Ashley started again.

“Just shut up!” Kim eyed her. “Can’t you stop thinking about anyone but yourself? It caught him by surprise!”

“No, that’s right.” Drew frowned. “I must be looking like a maniac. I was just… Whoa, you know.”

“I know.” Kim said and then she smiled. “I can’t believe it! Congratulations!”

He grinned and brought her close for a hug.

“Oh, that’s just dandy. Do you two want to be alone?” Ashley groaned.

“Yes.”

Both women stared at him. Ash almost gagged. “Excuse me?”

“You heard me. You didn’t even have the decency to pretend to be happy for me, so just go, Ashley. I’ll not be missing you, that’s for sure.”

“Oh, but how dare you!”

“Years late, but yes, I dare. Goodbye. Merry Christmas.”

Ashley closed the door behind her with such anger the floor trembled. Like nothing had happened, Drew put his arms around Kim again.

“I’m shaking. Don’t ever tell anyone that or I’ll hunt you down.”

“You’re entitled to it.” Kim assured and laughed hysterically. “I told you! Didn’t I now? I told you this would happen!”

“You did.”

“Oh my God. We have to tell everyone! Let’s run across the street yelling it!” She suggested jumping but then hugged him again. “Oh my God! I think I’m gonna cry. I never cry. Drew, that’s marvelous. That’s… Drew, I knew you’d make it. You are such a good writer! And when you sell a million books and get rich, don’t forget me!”

“I don’t know about a million books, but I won’t forget you. You’re the reason that this is happening. You were the one who pulled my ear until I had sent the copy. You did it.”

“Okay, fine. I’m pretty great too. Let’s celebrate!”

He grinned. “Yes, let’s.”

Drew closed his hand around her neck and sealed their lips. Kim stopped moving altogether and just felt. Those lips… God. He took her hips and brought her closer, deepening the kiss. One of his hands went to her head and pulled the hair, lifting her mouth for more access.

“Drew. Wait a minute…”

He started pushing her toward the couch. “No. I’ve waited for years, Kim. I want you now.”  

“But…”

He lay above her and took her mouth again. “Shh. You talk too much sometimes.”

“What do you mean by that? How come you were the one who waited...”

“We’ll talk later, Kim. Now shut up.”

“Fine!”

She circled his hips with her legs and took them both to the ground.

**

Later, they lay breathless above the carpet. Kim she still had her bra on but couldn’t find the energy to mind it. She stared at ceiling helplessly, and then groaning, put her hands on her face. Drew turned his head toward her and grinned.

“What did we do, Drew?”

He touched a finger between her still-covered breasts and undid the clip. The bra opened. “Love, sex, fireworks. Take a pick.” He leaned and closed his mouth around one of them. “I guess ‘fireworks’ is more accurate.”

She arched for a minute enjoying the sensation and then stared at his widely grinning face. “We got excited by the situation and… God, we’re friends. Tomorrow when you’re thinking straight, you’ll regret it and then Ashley will come along again and I…”

“You’re the best, Kim. Remember? Even more, you’re my best. I’ve known it for some time but I just didn’t have the courage to do act upon it.” He kissed her mouth and her chin. “Didn’t you get it what we talked about yesterday? About not taking risks embracing the unknown. How was I supposed to feel if I screwed up things with you? Even now I don’t know what I’ll do if this happens. You’re the most important person in my life.”  

Kim could truly feel her heart wanting to spread its wings and fly straight out of her mouth. “Why… Why didn’t you tell me before? I’ve loved you forever.”

“I’m sorry. I’m not very brave, Kim, you know that. I don’t feel like getting out of my comfort zone often.”

“I know nothing of the sort.” She put a finger on his lips. Drew kissed it, making her legs melt. “You’re brave when you let yourself be, baby. What you lacked on your life was support. Support from people that mattered to you, that’s the problem.”

“But I always had you.” Drew sighed and touched his forehead to hers. “I didn’t appreciate it enough. I want to do it now. We’ve lost enough time. Will you give me a chance, Kim?”  

She smiled. “Should I?”

“Yes.” He nodded and didn’t try to keep the desperation out of this voice. “I love you so very much. You’ve always been my best friend and my best everything. I’m sorry I made us wait all this time, I’m sorry I wasn’t brave enough to bet on us, but I ask you to let me do this now. You’ve always been there for me and I want to make up to you. I want to support and cherish you right back. I want to share the profit from a million sold books with you. We belong together, Kim. And think this way; it's perfect, we are fucking good even in bed. Oh, well, in carpet, actually. But we’ll try the bed in a bit.” 

Kimberly laughed hard and put her arms around his neck. “Okay, Andrew Minefield. You convinced me. Guess we’re gonna elope together after all. My daddy will hunt you down.”

Drew grinned, buring his face in the hair he loved. “We’re worth it.”


THE END







Hoje trago a vocês mais um conto em inglês. 
Este foi baseado na música "Since U Been Gone" da Kelly Clarkson e fala sobre auto-valorização. 
Deixarei o link abaixo. 
Boa leitura! =) 


Link para ouvir a música: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7UrFYvl5TE 




Since U Been Gone 


Sound of cursing.

Jane was actually aware of it, but the noise didn’t disturb her. It was kind of darkly funny, really. Instead of being annoyed, she turned the page of Pride and Prejudice and resumed her reading. 

Heavy footsteps against the carpet announced that he had entered the living room, but she didn’t lift her head. He cursed some more trying to get her attention, but it was useless. She was determined to not be bothered with his presence in the slightest.  

“Jane, baby. Come on.” Liam approached the couch she was sitting on. “Jane. Look at me.”

“Still there, Liam?” She murmured without taking her eyes off the book. “I told you to be quick. I’m going out in fifteen minutes.”

“This is my house, damn it!”

Jane lifted her eyes. “Yes, it is. And we have an agreement, don’t we? You agreed that I had the right to stay a few more days assuming I was the one who paid for the furniture.”

“You don’t have to throw this on my face every fucking time.” He answered and cursed again when she continued staring at him calmly. “Jane, do we have to do this? You know she didn’t mean a thing to me. You know I love you. You’re going to destroy what we have for a whore?” 

“No, I won’t. You already did it.” She smiled sweetly. “Let’s jump the part you say you’re sorry, ok? That’s become routine and you know I hate routine. So, just grab the rest of your things and go.”

“Jane, stop being so melodramatic! It was a mistake! Everybody’s entitled to make one. I don’t want to go. Baby…” He sat on the couch beside her and took her hand, looking deep in her eyes as he knew she loved. “I love you. Please? Let me stay and we’ll make it right. Just give me one more chance and I won’t disappoint you a second time.”

“No.” She slipped her hand of his hand smoothly and added just as smoothly. “Now get out.”

“God, you’re cold! You don’t even pretend to be sad. And then you still ask why I had to go and cheat on you.”

“I never asked, Liam. Don’t lie, baby.” Her voice was cool. “Now get out of my couch, grab your excuse for a bag and go screw someone else. We’re done. Stop acting like a miserable dog. You’re pathetic.”

He clenched his teeth. “You’ll regret it. You’ll miss me because no one else will want to warm the sheets with a frigid bitch like you. Hear me? You’ll come back running and I’ll make you beg until I take you back.”

“Lie and wait, darling.” She closed the book, stood and walked to open the door for him. “Out.” 

He ragged some more and finally took his backpack and his two bags from the ground. Liam stared at her furiously before passing through the door. “You will regret it.” 

“Bye. Drive safe.” She closed the door.

Jane didn’t lean against it like some poor and sad female, but lifted her chin and walked straight to the guest room where she was currently staying. She wasn’t as unaffected as she wanted to be; after all, Liam had been her friend before becoming her lover and they had spent one year dating and two living together.

Bitter as it was, the separation had to sting some. The betrayal scratched her pride. Quite a bit. But there was no point in mulling over it. What was done was done and she had a lot of living to do to be worrying about Liam. 

She totally believed that there were people in the world who deserved her tears. People who put smiles on her face more often than not. Liam wasn’t one of them. When they had been friends, yeah… He had been a good listener perhaps, but, the ‘good’ parte had ended there. Foolish of her not to have noticed it before long.  

When her cell phone started ringing at her bedside table, she picked it up quickly and smiled when she saw who it was.

“Are you here yet?”

“‘Course ‘am, sweetheart. You know I don’t like to lose time. Life is too short.” Her sister Lisa answered with her high pitched voice and usual good humor. “Ready?”

“Coming down.” Jane assured and ended the call.  

As soon as she got out of the elevator, she saw her sister’s car in front of her building and shortened her steps. Three friends of Lisa’s and hers were sitting on the backseat of the car and Jane said hello while getting in.

“I think I saw that SOB Liam getting out of your building. Am I having visions?” Lisa asked as she started the car.

“He came to get the rest of his clothes. He divided the process in three trips in different week days to take some more time.”

“Idiot.” Her sister rolled her eyes.

Jane laughed. “My thoughts exactly.”

“Wait. Isn’t Liam that dick who slept with your colleague in the backseat of your car?” Christine, friend of Lisa’s, asked.

“The one and the same.”

“Whoa. How are you holding up? If it was me, I’d still be crying buckets. It has been, what, three weeks?”

“Yeah. I don’t lose time either. Learned with my big sister here.” Jane smiled. “You know what, Chris? Some are just not worth it. And if you don’t care about yourself, no one else will. Keep that in mind. Besides” She winked. “I’m not losing much, if you get my meaning.”

The five laughed and it was all right with the world.


***


“Jess, don’t stare at the camera. Look at Brian. I’m not even here.” Jane changed the angle of her camera and continued shooting. “That’s it. Perfect. You’re a soon-to-be couple totally in love. No, Brian. Don’t frown. That’s just your fiancée there and when you look at her you can’t believe your luck. That’s exactly it. Marvelous. Just a couple more now. What about holding hands? Yeah. Great. And smiling? You’re happy, you’re about to get married and the world is a wonderful place. Incredible. You make the most beautiful picture. Yes, kiss. Just don’t get excited. Oh, the laughs are perfect. That’s it. We’re done. That was incredible.”

“Oh, that was great!” Jess laughed a little breathless from the kiss and smiled hugely at Brian. “I feel perfect. Can we do it again?”

Jane smiled back and walked toward them, showing the pictures. “See this? That’s my favorite. You look so young and happy. Carefree. I guess this could be the main one, what do you think? Oh, don’t answer now. I’m babbling. I’ll discharge them and then we’ll schedule a meeting for these decisions. Don’t worry now. You were perfect and it will be a pretty, pretty album.”

“I hope so. She changed her outfit three times for today.” Brian sighed. “She will let me standing for two hours at the altar.”

“And you’re lucky for having me, remember that.” Jess grinned sweetly and hugged Jane. “You made us feel at home and the pictures are beautiful and natural. I can’t wait to see the rest! Thanks, Jane. You’re the best!”

“Yes, I am.”

Brian put an arm around his fiancée’s waist. “Bye, Jane. Come on, Jess. We still have to meet with Carla to discuss the cake, remember?”

“Yes, I’m coming. Thanks again, Jane. See you.”  

Jane was still laughing as they left the studio. She especially liked that couple and they had a lot of energy. They didn’t complain at all as she made them change positions and relax their shoulders and all that. Some of them got angry with even though they were paying for everything to be perfect.

She sat by her chair to discharge the pictures. Jane worked as photographer for a wedding-planning company and particularly she thought that was the best job in the world. Not just to catch moments, but people and their feelings.

Her work kept her faith in people, relationships and love. There was much, much beauty and trust and happiness in the world to just believe in ugliness. And she was an optimist by heart.

She did one more shooting with another couple and called it for a day. As she left her studio, bumped with Ariel and she had her arms full of baskets. She was a florist and a incurable romantic.

“Leaving yet?” The redhead asked.

As always, Jane sighed for her simple-and-normal blond and envied her colleague's hair color. “It’s passed my time already. And yours too, by the way.” 

“Oh. I need to finish this first. Hum, Laura was asking for you earlier. She’s quitting, you know? I guess she wants to apologize.”

Laura was the colleague in question who screwed Liam in her car at the parking lot as he waited for her to leave work. Jane had caught them actually. Just her fault for leaving earlier than expected, the woman had had the courage to accuse.

“Really? I can’t say I’m sad. And I’m sorry, I know she is your friend.”  

“Not anymore. I don’t befriend liars and cheats.” Ariel explained and then added to easy the air. “And I’m not sad either. It eliminates the competition in my field. There’ll be only two other florists now. I’m already planning something to disappear with them.”

Jane laughed, thinking there wasn’t a most kindhearted person in the world than her. “I’m sure you’re. Good luck with that, sweetie. See you tomorrow.”

“See you.”

She stopped at Burger’s King on the way to buy something to take home and decided to go into the CD store across the street. She has wanted the new Radiohead album for some time now.

Long known, she greeted the clerk on the way in and went straight to the row she most liked. She was distracted searching for the CD and when she saw it, there was only one left. Jane reached for it at the same time another hand did it too.

“Oh, sorry.” She murmured and looked up into very green eyes. “You saw it first.”

The mouth was beautiful and one side of it lifted in humor. “Yes, I did.”

Jane stepped back and took a good look at the stranger’s face. He was handsome and that explained the knots in her stomach. Really handsome. Dark-haired and tall. Very, very tall.  

“Usually, gentlemen would’ve denied it and good-naturedly allowed me the pleasure of having it.”

He grinned fully now. “That’s easily explained. I’m not a gentleman.”

She smiled bitterly. “I can see that.”

He threw his head back and laughed, but didn’t add a comment to that. Jane shrugged and allowed herself to appreciate the guttural male sound.   

“I guess I’ll just have to find another CD to avoid a major deception.”

“I guess you will.” His eyes were tinkling and the smile still curved his lips.

He had a very nice smile too. Jane lifted her chin. “It was a non-pleasure.”

“Can’t say the same.” His eyes were laughing at her, but he moved so she could pass.  

Jane did without looking back and just to not give him the pleasure, she chose a CD at random to buy. When she got to the cash register to pay, he was leaving the store, but the stranger threw a last smile above his shoulder at her.

“His name is Chad.” The clerk said with a small feminine smile.

“Hum.” Jane murmured, feigning disinterest.

“Hum, all right. Yummy, yummy too.” She laughed. “He comes here weekly, usually on Thursdays. Just thought you might be curious.”

“I am not.” Jane smiled sweetly, even though she was.

Ok, then maybe she might pass by the CD store the next Thursday just to check the clientele. Nothing wrong with staring at handsome guys, was there? And he had a great butt. Oh, she had noticed, fine. She was not a puritan.

And if she had nothing to do, what was the harm in dropping by the next week? She hadn’t got the Radiohead CD after all. Jane was considering it deeply when she got past the door and saw him leaning on her car.

She ignored the smile she could already see and crossed the street slowly. Chad was leaning on the driver’s side as if to guarantee she would not run.

Jane stared at him calmly. “Problem, Chad?”

He grinned. “Been talking about me?”

Too late she noticed her mistake, but she did not falter. “Non-asked information.”

“Maybe because you were staring at my butt.”

Her cheeks reddened. “I certainly was not.”

The smile must’ve been carved in his lips permanently. “Yes, you were. But that’s ok. I stared at yours, too.”

Oh, but he was arrogant. And that wasn’t supposed to make him look hotter.

Jane breathed deep. “Can you move, please? I need to be inside it so I can leave. How come did know you this was my car, anyway?”

“I saw you parking.” He answered easily and didn’t move away. “And I saw you entering Burger’s king. Why take-out? It happens I’m hungry and I might be wanting some company. Do you mind?”

Jane smiled. “I don’t eat with strangers.”

“Not at all. I think you eat with your mouth. Am I wrong?” He arched a brow when she laughed. “Come on. If you join me, I can consider selling you the CD.”

“Giving it.”

He grinned again. “Tough lady. Ok, that’s a deal. Let’s go. Oh,” he extended a hand and said sardonically. “I’m Chad, by the way.”

She extended hers. “Jane.”

Without taking his eyes off hers, he brought her hand to his mouth and kissed it slowly, smiling sinly. “That’s a great pleasure, Jane.”

Oh, boy, that smile. And that was why she didn’t lose time being sad over a jerk. The world was a wonderful, wonderful place.

“You know, Chad? I guess I’m reconsidering my opinion about you.”

His eyes tinkled again. “You haven’t seen anything yet.” He moved easily and rested his hand on the small of her back. “Shall we?”  



THE END







Link da música: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DppBhl4_fJc 




Sexta Parte 


After that weekend, Theo was having trouble going through the week without seeing Spring. On Wednesday, when she mentioned that she was going to do an audition for another Musical close to his office, Theo suggested to meet her so they could have lunch. 

He was anxious all morning and his coworkers noticed that and started picking at him. His sister Nina had called earlier to see if he was available for lunch because she was meeting a client close by; she was an accountant. Theo declined and after losing the battle and revealing his plans with Spring, Nina picked at him too.

Theo decided it was not his day when he saw Dale getting out of the elevator. He was an engineer and their firms usually worked together. His sister met him through Theo actually and even if he really considered his brother-in-law his best friend, he couldn’t bring himself to be happy that he was there.

He knew Dale would catch up with the day’s gossip soon.

Trying to avoid some more probing, Theo went to a colleague’s table so they could study the progress he had done with the condominium project. He checked his watch after a bit, noticing it was still half an hour so he could meet Spring. When his colleague called his attention, he apologized and focused back on his work.

The sudden rush of voices around made both men look up. Theo turned his head and noticed that his coworkers were looking past the door. He looked that way and his mouth fell open. Spring was in front of the elevators chatting with Dale and laughing.

She was hearing high heels and a tight dark blue dress. Her hair fell over her shoulders to her waist and for a minute Theo joined the others’ stupor and stood there staring at her in an awe. She turned her head, saw him and smiled.

Dale said something else to her, and then started leading her inside.

For the glint in his eyes, he had already heard about the gossip. “Look who I found here, Theo! You don’t have to gnaw your nails anymore!”

Theo threw a look at him while around everybody laughed, including Spring – with no shame. She bided everyone ‘Good afternoon’ and received ‘Great afternoon’ in response.

He went to meet her halfway. “Hey. What are you doing here? Weren’t we supposed to meet at the restaurant?”

“The audition ended early so I thought to come meet with you here. Is that okay?”

“Of course.” He put an arm around her waist possessively. “We can go.”

“That’s fine, Theo. I noticed you were busy. I can wait.”

“I’ll be fast.”

She smiled. “Take your time. Now, you didn’t kiss me hi.”

He touched his mouth to hers and there were a few whistles around. “Just ignore them.”

Spring caressed his cheek. “I’ll wait for you outside.”

“That’s not necessary at all. Plenty of room here, isn’t it right guys?” His coworker James announced.

“Plenty of room.” The response came.

James approached and brought her hand to his mouth. “Go finish your deal, Theo. We’ll take care of her.”

“I don’t think so.”

James grinned at Spring. “Seems to me your man is a bit worried. Maybe you can reassure him? We don’t bite. Mostly.”

In spite of Theo growling, Spring was having fun. “I’m sure you’re all real gentlemen. I will accept the invitation for company, but I can take care of myself.”

Another coworker said. “Pity.”

Theo shook his head and kept his arm around Spring. “I don’t like this.”

She kissed him again. “Stop fretting, they’re just being nice.”

“And my job is to guarantee that they won’t be extra nice.” He grunted bitterly.

James inclined his head. “Cool down, Theo, we’re all red-blooded here. You can’t blame a man for looking at a beautiful woman.”

Theo narrowed his eyes. “Can’t I? Try me.”

Dale chuckled. “Brother-in-law, who knew you’d be such a pain in the ass when jealous, uh. Now that’s what we’re going to do. I’m going to take this beauty here…” He circled an arm around Spring’s shoulders. “And keep her under my careful watch. If one of them at least look at anywhere down her pretty face, I’ll let you know. How is that sound?”

“Can you stop them from looking at her pretty face too?” Theo asked.

Dale grinned. “Not even God could do that, my friend.”

“In that case…” Theo sighed and grabbed Spring’s chin. “I’ll be super fast.”

“Go, Theo. You have already lost time.”

“Come, my dear. Come sit beside me and far away from these wolves.” Dale clutched her shoulders.

They went to sit and Spring insisted for him to go on with his work. She didn’t want to interfere at all.

When Dale caught her looking across the room to where Theo was, he smiled and said. “He’s totally crazy about you. And as I’m his best friend, you must believe me.”

Spring turned her head toward him. “I’m crazy about him too.”


***


“You’re so cute when you’re jealous.” Spring murmured when they seating at the restaurant and Theo still had the mad expression going on.

He shook his head and stared at the menu. “I’m not cute. And I was not jealous.”

“Hun.”

“Look.” He snapped and she smirked. “I just don’t like having my colleagues dribbling all over my girlfriend. Can you blame me?”

“Am I your girlfriend?”

“Aren’t you?”

Spring laughed. “That sounds so high school.”

“Lover, then.”

“That’s fine. I can do both.” She couldn’t bring herself to stop being amused by him. “You’re truly something, Theo. You know?”

He sighed and took her hand. “I’m sorry, I was jealous.”

“Really? I’m shocked.”

He gave her a small smile. “Smart-ass.” He brushed her knuckles lightly, first with his finger and then with his mouth. “I missed you.”  

She melted. “I missed you too, baby.”

“And when I saw you it got worse. What’s with the dress? I guess that was what got me worked up. In both ways.”

“I try to put on an appearance for auditions. Did you like it?” Her smile was mischievous.

“I guess you know the answer for that.”

After flirting a bit more, they finally ordered and soon they were eating.

“What is the Musical you did the audition for?” Theo asked after a while.

“Hairspray.”

“Did you get it?”

She shrugged. “I don’t know, usually they take a few days before calling. I guess I did fine.”

“Probably a lot more than fine.”

Spring smiled. “Thanks.” She checked her watch. “How much time we have left?”

“I guess I can spare more twenty. Are you free this afternoon?”

“Mostly. Just not when I have to go to rehearsal. Today I’m free. Let’s have some ice cream!”

Theo grinned to her excitement. “You look like a little kid.”

“When it comes to ice cream, I’m worse, pal. You’ll learn all about it. Let’s go now!”

She got up in a hurry.

***

They got their ice creams. Spring had the chocolate one and Theo the strawberry one. He put an arm around her waist as they walked and Spring moaned her satisfaction while licking her cone.

“Both of your nephews are wrong. Ice cream is the best thing in the whole wide world.”

He smirked and threw her a provocative look. “I tend to disagree.”

She chuckled and nodded. “Okay. Second best.” She sighed in contentment and brought her head to his shoulder. “Marvelous day, isn’t it?”

“It is. I have you right here with me.”

“Oh, Theo…”

“Don’t say the word starting with ‘c’ or I’ll scream, I swear.”

Spring laughed again. “See? You know you’re, I don’t even have to say it anymore.”

“That’s not it at all. I say the things I say because I want you to know how you make me feel.” He stopped walking and she lifted her head to look at him. “I love you, Spring Hurricane.”

The smile started in her eyes, the emotion almost exploding in them before her lips curved widely showing white, beautiful teeth. Spring pushed her feet to the ground because she really felt she was going to flow with the wind.

“You do?” She touched his cheek and grinned, wider and wider, until it seemed the whole street was alive with it. “I thought… I was the one rushing with things.”   

“If there’s rush, we’re both responsible.”

She laughed aloud. Then in a surprising movement, she threw her ice cream in a garbage can close by and did the same with his. Spring put her arms around him and kissed him deeply.

He was grinning too. “You threw your ice cream away.”

“Screw it. I love you.” She kissed him again and damning the people around staring at them, circled his hip with her legs. “Love you, Love you, Love you!”

He started laughing. “You know, we’re doing a PDA here.”

“Holly Goodness…” An old lady murmured disapprovingly while she passed by them.

Spring stared at her. “What? Have you ever loved someone? I suppose not as you don’t know a thing about it!”

“Let’s go, Spring.” Theo put her on the ground again as the old lady went away throwing them dirty looks. “Before we get arrested.”

“We’re not doing anything. Yet.” She grinned sinly. 

“I don’t know if I can control myself around that dress of yours any longer. And I have to go back to work.” Theo kissed her forehead. “You could come to my place tonight. Finish this chat of ours, you know.”

“Well, I could. You’re going to reward me?”

He smiled. “You can bet on it.”

“Fine, then. I will take the dress.” She winked.

He couldn’t help the chuckle and brushed a lock of hair from her face. “What are you doing for the Holidays?”

“Fourth of July? I don’t know yet. That’s weeks away still.”

“My mother always throws this whole party for the relatives and everybody. Maybe if you want to go? With your parents and all?”

“I’d love to.”

“Great. That’s a date then.”

“That certainly is.” She touched her lips to his and he hugged her.

“I do have to get back to work.” He said but didn’t let her go.

“Yes, you do.”

“I don’t want to. Take me back to your place and tie me to the bed.”

Spring chuckled hard. “God, Theo. I’m going to have this on my mind for the whole afternoon. Come on, everybody has responsibilities. We’re going to see each other tonight.”

He shook his head in misery. “Too far away.”

She grabbed his face, kissed him again and again. “I know, baby. But that increases the emotion. Go now. I don’t want you to get in trouble because of me.”

“One more kiss.” He said and stole five ones.

She was grinning. “Missing you already.”

“Am too.”

“I love you.”

Theo smiled. “I really like the sound of that.” He kissed her a last time. “I love you. ‘Till tonight.”

“Yes. See you later, handsome.”

He looked so sincerely devastated as he walked away that Spring laughed to herself.

She put a hand to her chest and breathed deep. Spring considered herself lucky because she was in a time of her life when things started happening at last, professionally speaking.

The profession she had chosen was not a stable one and that’s why she knew that there would be times when things would be really hard. She thought that maybe the reason for her happiness toward the small things regarding her career was exactly that. And she would need the satisfaction of those things when rough times came.

She had her parents, yes, and her friends. The close ones and some that she met rarely, but was very fond of. She had herself, of course, and her faith. But the different factor was what the destiny had brought to her. Destiny, luck, God, she didn’t know. 

None satisfaction or happiness in the other aspects of her life could compare to the feeling which the cute guy who had just walked away brought to her. And what it represented.


XxXxXxXxXxXxXxXx


Three weeks later.

“Look, Aunt Spring, look!” Kevin tugged at her dress impatiently to show his brand-new airplane. “I can fly in it! Wanna see?”

It would have been nice to see him trying, but not actually safe. “Some other time, maybe? You don’t want to miss the fireworks, do you?”

“No!” He shook his head fiercely. “Ok. Another time. I’m gonna show it to Lucy, she said she wanted to see it!”

The little boy started after Spring’s mother with a purpose without a second thought. Spring laughed after him, liking the boy more and more.

Sue’s backyard was full with people, chairs and food. Relatives, neighbors, friends. Theo had forgotten to mention how crowded it would be. But she wasn’t really surprised. Sue was the kind of person who appreciated a full house and a good chance to please her guests.

“There she is.” George, Spring’s father, approached her with Travis by his side. “You will not believe it! Travis has a small lake-house outside the city. He said he will take me there fishing. Can you imagine it? I’ve not fished in…”

“About five years. You don’t let me forget that, Dad.” Spring said amused and winked at Travis. “He won’t get out of your hair until you’ve fulfilled your promise.”

“I can handle it.” Travis smiled. “And it’s been a long time since I had a fishing partner. I never could convince Sue to like it. Too much time in a single spot, she says.”

“Women.” George rolled his eyes unconscious to the fact that his wife had come up behind him. “What do they know?”

Excuse me?” Lucy arched a brow.

George cursed and turned around with a I’m-the-love-of-your-life-don’t-you-forget-that smile. “Hello, darling. What are you doing sneaking out behind people like that? You could’ve given me a heart attack.”

“If only I was that lucky.” She said dryly and left.

George sighed. “See you later.” And went after her.

“Your parents are great.” Travis was clearly holding a chuckle. “Your mom seems to be kind of tough, though.”

Spring grinned. “That she is.” She touched the beer in his hands and winked at him one more time. “Careful. Sue has spies everywhere.”

She turned to leave, but heard him saying ‘Don’t I know it…’ Spring saw Theo playing with Simon close to the back door. She was stopped by a few people along the way, everyone wanting a piece of information on ‘Theo’s woman’, but eventually she got there.

Theo lifted his head and grinned wickedly at her, while holding an almost-blue-but-chuckling-Simon upside down. “Hi, baby. How are you?”

“Very well, thank you. Your Grandma asked me again if I had already picked the dress. She insisted on saying that it had to be white, ‘other color won’t do at all’.”

Theo groaned. “Pressure everywhere. Sorry.”

“For what? She is a very gentle and giving old lady.” She maneuvered with a smile and stared at now-blue-and-laughing-hard-Simon. “Holding up there, aren’t you?”

The boy struggled to breathe, but was that was the only struggling he did. “I made a bet with Uncle Theo. If I can stay here until his arms get tired, I get to have one date with you.” He paused for breath and added. “I’m gonna win.”

Theo stared at her. “See? Cheated by my own blood. You’re a gypsy, Spring. Charming all men in the family.”   

Extremely pleased, Spring crouched down until her face was in front of his. “Tell you what. If you quit now, I’ll leave Theo sleeping one night and elope with you.”

“What is ‘elope’?”

She fussed with his hair. “Run away. That’s our deal: grow up, get a job and we’ll run away together.”

His eyes sparkled. “I can get a job now. I’m big already.”

“I know that. You’re a bright, brave young man.” She kissed his cheek and stood up, eyeing her man disapprovingly. “Let go of him, Theo. He’s already purple. What kind of uncle are you?”

“I’m just fighting for my girl.” He said simply and eased Simon on the ground. “There you go. Learn not to get into bets with me, boy.”

Simon shook his head and said to Spring. “I’ll get a job.”

He ran into the house screaming for his mother.

Theo caught her by the waist and kissed her. “I love you.”

Spring refused to be charmed. “Theo, he could’ve gotten hurt.”

“No, I wouldn’t let it happen. But I had to protect you, love. What if you decided he was more suited than me?”

Because he had a serious look on his face, she laughed and put her arms around his neck. “I would prefer an eight-year-old, of course. You didn’t stand a chance.”

“Who knew?” He grinned and touched his mouth to hers again. “I’m not taking unnecessary risks.”

“Oh, only you, really.”

When they heard the noise, Theo tugged at her hand. “Come. It’s starting.”

Everybody had stopped what they were doing to watch. The Fourth of July fireworks lighted up the sky like nothing else. Spring felt Theo’s arms around her and relaxed while paying attention. She felt safe, loved and cherished. It was the best Fourth of July she had ever had. All because of him.

He shifted behind her after a few minutes and she noticed that he had gotten tense.

Turning, she stared at him and he had a weird look. “What’s it, baby?”

He watched her for a bit and then breathed deep. “I’ve been thinking…”

She started to worry. “What?”

“If you let me explain.” He smiled sweetly and she nodded, looking scared. Suddenly Theo wanted to laugh. “I thought that maybe you could consider my Grandma’s babblings. And as it happens…” He searched quickly in his back pocket and came up with a little box. Spring gasped. “I have this thing here.” He took her trembling hand and put the box at her palm. “What do you say, Spring Hurricane? Wanna pick the white dress?”

She couldn’t breath. She could not find the oxygen she needed. Spring stared alarmingly at him and looked around. Everybody was staring at them. Every single person. They must have known all along. They must have.

“Theo…”

“Open it.” He suggested softly.

She didn’t have to. She knew what it was in it. Tiffany’s. Those little red boxes meant only one thing.  She opened it anyway. The cute little ring winked back at her with its single diamond sparkling.

Spring felt the tears bursting in her eyes. “Are you sure? We know each other a little more than a month.”

“Yes.”

She felt the panic rising with the certainty in his eyes. “What if you don’t like my food? What if you get bored with the classic music I listen to in the morning? What if I snore? What if…”

“Spring.” He brushed her cheek. “We already live together.” Then he smiled. “And I’m the one who snores. Childhood problem.”   

“But I moved into your apartment a week ago. What if you change your mind? What if you get angry with me when I’m between jobs and the money is short? What if…”

“What if you say ‘yes’ and we see about the rest?”

She nipped at her lip. “I’m not letting you go, Theo. Divorce doesn’t exist for me. Once said and it’s for the rest of our lives.”

“That’s what I’m asking.” He looked at her with such intensity that she felt her bones liquefy. “Marry me, Spring.”

A tear escaped her eye and she smiled. “Yes.” Then she laughed hard and hugged him. “Yes, I’ll marry you!”

“Oh. Thank God…” Sue cried aloud along with her daughter Nina.

They kissed, and kissed, and kissed until someone screamed that he had to put the ring on her finger to make it official.

Theo grinned at her. “True.”

Everybody watched as the ring slipped perfectly around her finger.

She shook her hand for everyone to see it. “It fits! How did you know, Theo?”

“I measured the size when you were asleep.” He kissed her cheek. “You sleep like a rock, by the way. I had to take advantage of that.”

She chuckled. “You’re a slick one, aren’t you.”

“Yes, I am. Now come here again. I want to kiss my fiancée one more time before my mother takes you away. She’s just waiting for you to shift an inch and she will be on your hair about flowers, wedding list, dresses, and all this stuff you talk about.”

“You have to participate in each conversation.” She announced grinning mischievously.

Theo sighed. “Baby, I don’t have the patience for this.”

“And do you think I have? But I don’t want to hurt my mother-in-law’s feelings, though. And if I have to suffer, you’ll do it too.”

He caressed her back. “That’s a couple-thing, right? Sharing good and bad stuff.”

“Exactly. And you better be a great husband.” She kissed his neck and licked his earlobe, making him groan. “And I’ll be the best wife.”

“I’m sure you will.”

“Spring, can you come here a second?” Sue asked impatiently, seeing that they wouldn’t get apart soon.

Spring laughed. “Gotta go.”

Theo kissed her. “I’ll be right behind you. Promise.”

“Hurry.” She asked pleadingly, gaining a chuckle from him. “I love you, Mr. Coleman.” 

“I love you too, soon-to-be Mrs. Coleman.”

He watched her approach his mother and then called her. “Spring?”

She turned around. “Yes?”

“You got two weeks. I can’t wait any longer.”

Sue complained that it wasn’t enough time, Nina rolled her eyes saying that men always wanted to do things their way and Lucy shook his head, as if it was the most absurd nonsense she had ever heard. Theo didn’t notice any of this.

His girl smiled at him, mouthed ‘I’ll do my best’ and threw him a kiss. Theo smiled back. He would marry the most fascinating woman on the planet and he was lucky she loved him right back. Everything was right with world.

He was not one of those people he considered normal-contented anymore. Steady job, steady relationship, steady life. Spring was unconventional, loving and truly amazing. There wasn’t any routine with a person who surprised you everyday. Contentment was too tamed a word, too limited a feeling when she was involved.

His love for Spring grew each day; broke boundaries every time. And thanks to her, so did his happiness.


THE END 


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