Short-listed Entry: Fiction Category
By: Abeille Amore
After his regular work outs from his personal gym-coach, Daniel took his quick shower and got on his white trousers, plain white T-shirt and comfy brown house slippers. He ordered his butler whom he passed thru his patio to call for a massage therapist. “I need a massage therapist for home service, before 12 noon.”
Daniel walked quickly when he saw Sarah on her rose garden. Sarah with tan skin and petite body gleamed in the reflected light of the sun. Plus with her red hair, that were now glowing like fire, no doubt that Daniel could easily spotted her.
The butler hurriedly caught him “Sir, the massage therapist will be on his way after an hour.” Daniel nodded to him, “Ok, thanks Antonio that will be all.”
While waiting, he decided to sit on his finely crafted bench between two mango trees located in front of the house, left side on their rose garden. He waved on Sarah, who was attending to her roses that morning.
It was around 9 o’clock when Sarah went down from her long sleep on her used-black-jeans and midrib pale-yellow rounded-neck-collar-shirt with her favorite black snickers. Missing the breakfast, she passed on the kitchen and grabbed a 12-oz. bottle of fresh carrot-orange juice in the ref. She poured some of it in a glass. She sipped it carefully and let the pulp of the orange juice played a bit on her tongue before she would swallow. She was like a little girl, joyfully drinking her favorite juice while looking the view outside of her rose garden. She could view it thru the glass wall of the dining room straight ahead from the kitchen room. She put down the empty glass on the sink and excitedly walked towards her precious rose garden.
She was so happy collecting some roses with a small scissors on her right hand. She carefully cut those roses that were ready to be placed in her glass-elongated-neck-oval shape flower vase. She was able to collect 12 roses. She put the roses one by one in the vase and arranged them beautifully. She was checking and looking at her work when she gazed on Daniel sitting on the bench waving at her. She understood that he liked her to sit with him, so she called on her housekeeper and handed to her the vase. “Bring this to my room and place it on my study table, ok? Thank you!” Nana smiled, “Yes, Ma’m, I will.”
“Hey honey, come here,” Daniel who had a body built and gray hair like Richard Gere, happily greeted her. Sarah kissed him on his right cheek near his ear, and whispered “good morning cupcake” then she hugged him. She released him and looked on him smiling then he gently kissed her lips. She let him kissed her for a few seconds and then she moved her kiss to his nose, and gave it a quick rub-kiss.
She sat down on his lap with her right arm wrapped on his shoulder. He looked on her eyes that even she was sweetly smiling at him, he could tell right there, deep down those green eyes that a faint instance of hope for their relationship to grow, had already been vanished from her. He caressed her face with his right hand. His right thumb gently rubbed on her lower lip. “I know, I have been emotionally detached from you, for the last few weeks, but I want to make it all up with you, would you let me?” He spoke to her so intently and very concern. And then he whispered on her, “I have something you will like.”
He took out a small blue box on his pocket and opened it. He lifted a set of 21K-gold-earings with 1K princess cut diamond on each. She was not that surprised. She always knew he was good in this. Every time he liked to amend to her, he lavished her with expensive jewelry.
Wow, they are beautiful! Thank you I don’t know what to say.” She gave Daniel a smack-kiss on his lips. She tilted her head, so that he could put them on her ears easily. He removed the old ones and replaced them with the new ones. She took the old ones from him and put them inside the blue box, then, she gazed on his eyes and said “I am happy that you wanted us to be closed again and worked on our differences.”
“I have been thinking for the last few days and really I feel my tremendous lost if I would not have you in my arms anymore, would you ever give us another chance?” Daniel said to her with his eyes locked on her eyes. She thought deeply a while and said with a smile,” Of course, but give me some time on this, I need more time, to think all about this, ok?”
He nodded and kissed her lips so gently once again. She kissed back but she cut it short right away.
She stood up and gave him a hug. “I got to go dear I need to take my shower now. I will be late. I have lunch meeting with my mom and dad. See you later tonight, ok?
He grabbed her right hand, kissed it and he let her go. “Hey take care of you, my cookie-monster!” He smiled at her and gave her a wink. Sarah giggled a bit and jokingly howled, “You take care, arrrg, I will get back to you later, if you get lucky!” They laughed out loud together and then Sarah gracefully walked her way back to the house. She looked back at him, shouted “And yeah, I will, don’t worry”, and blew him a kiss.
Daniel is a very rich businessman. He is always busy. He travels every now and then. He is sweet but also a very proud man. He loves Sarah in his special ways. He adores her.
Sarah cares for Daniel too. She got along with him but lately everything’s changed…
Sarah was surprised to see Phil’s scooter parked outside her parents’ house. “What is he doing here in my parents’ house? Does he know I will come today?” Intensely, she thought, but she could not deny the fact that she felt so happy.
Although she felt nervous and excited, she managed to carefully park her Red, Matador Mica-2-Door-Lexus-Convertible behind Phil’s Honda Silver Wings-Scooter, which he told her several weeks ago that he loaned from his bank and paid for it in around $175.00 a month.
She could not wait to see him. She hurriedly got out from her car and took out her house key and went inside.
She opened the front door of the house holding her breath and maintaining a normal composure. She saw him sitting on their sofa. She smiled at him. Phil, who looked like Brad Pitt, except with a light gray eyes, tan complexion, and dark hair, was on his faded blue jeans and black leather boots. She was glad to see him wearing the red-Lacoste-T-shirt that she had bought for him on their first Valentines’ Day. His head turned on her direction when she opened the door as if he was really prepared for her arrival.
Phil stood up at once and walked towards her feeling so happy to see her. His face really lifted up. He saw Sarah in her favorite fashion signature dress as usual. She was on her flesh-color 2 inches glass sole Gucci-sandals and was wearing a simple sleeveless Chanel-A-line mini dress in emerald-green-silk fabric to match her green eyes. Sarah’s face blushed when Phil gently kissed her right cheek and hugged her. They hugged each other like 60 seconds, feeling so comfortable, like both of them were home at last.
But Sarah broke the silence, “How are you ‘beille?”, as she withdrew from his embrace and held on his hands instead. Phil was speechless as he smiled at her and look deeply to her green eyes that were now shimmering like jade. He steadily looked on her face that was now glowing.
In split seconds they kissed…
Phil and Sarah loved each other. They were both in love with each other. But Phil felt that he could not give Sarah any luxury that she would have needed for her life. He was sure that she deserved better. He believed that love will not be enough to be happy, because he thought that without money, love would always failed. He was scared that Sarah would leave him if he could not live up as he thought that Sarah would have had expected from him.
Phil was just an apprentice writer, in a local newspaper in Chicago. His income was just barely enough for himself. He was not that strong enough to fight for his love because of his situation. So instead he asked Sarah to leave him and find another man whom he thought Sarah would love and would be fit with her, if not more but at least would be equal to Sarah’s status in life.
Sarah, a PH.D. Degree holder understood Phil. She thought that he was not just ready to have a commitment with her or perhaps he was not just really into her. If it were so then she thought to better let go. But whatever the reason behind she knew that he was the man for her.
They both knew that they loved each other, but they decided to end it.
They kissed sweetly with enormous love that they felt for each other. They both felt like if it were just a dream then they would not like to wake up anymore. Neither of them would, wanted to end their kisses.
But it was just a wishful thinking. Beyond question, they remained holding their hands, facing each other and motionless in the stillness of daylight air. They both felt and could tell each other’s thought by heart. “Oh, I needed myself back”, Sarah pondered over and hugged him back again.
She embraced him quick this time, but tightly. A tear dropped on Sarah’s cheek. She felt his love. She missed him so much. She never felt like this with any man that she had a relationship with, even with Daniel. She knew this all along even from the very moment that both of them decided to break-up.
Then she moved back away and said with bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, “Wow! Look at you, still my beau gosse! You look so great! I miss you!” But before Phil could say a word, she pretended to be looking for her mom and dad.
“Mom, Dad, I’m home!” with her left hand, she grabbed Phil’s right hand and whispered to him sweetly, “Come with me.” Phil walked with her on their kitchen corridor. He was speechless. He imagined and would have wanted to have felt the warmth of her lips on his, when Sarah embraced him tightly and had held her soft body next to him. He loved her deeply but he got to tell her why he was there in her parents’ house.
“There you two”, so you talked? Her mom asked them both and Sarah let go of Phil’s hand and gave her mom and dad her hugs and kisses. “Yes, a bit, but Phil has not talked that much yet.” She smiled at Phil.
“Okay, come on you guys, let’s start with our meal, I am hungry”, her dad cheerfully ordered them to start digging in. “Bon appetite”, Phil smiled and he joined them.
Phil and Sarah decided to have their coffee in the terrace. Sarah brought Phil in their upper deck. Their coffee was already ready on the table when they arrived. ‘Hmmm I love the aroma of a freshly brewed coffee”, Sarah said this to Phil while she excitedly went to look out on the ground from the terrace, where she viewed on her Lexus and Phil’s scooter safely parked outside.
Phil who stood behind her gently held her waist with both hands. He brought his body more closer to her back and wrapped around his hands now on her waist so that Sarah could have rested the back of her head on his chest. They enjoyed the moment for a while and then, “‘beille, tell me, what brought you here?” Phil let go of her and he sat on the coffee table. ‘”Come here amour. Let’s drink our coffee now, while it’s still hot.”
“I know that you always spent your Saturdays with your parents. So I figured this is the best time to talk to you. I know we chat online every week, but I feel that I have to see you. It’s different to have us together in flesh”, Phil said this as he poured her cup and his with a hot coffee. After they drank their coffee, both of them usually loved to eat chocolate afterwards. So that they were both teasing and laughing when they realized that they finished all the chocolate chips on the plate. They were both funny and loved to talk anything that they both fancy about. And then Phil gently reached on her hands across the table and broke her, the news.
“I found a girl”, he tried to say the words in a way that it would not sound badly to her. But he knew that, it would hurt her. Sarah just looked at him steadily and she smiled, “Well, I am glad…when did this happen? How did you meet her? Is this a serious relationship?” She tried her best to be cool with the news. She thought, “Well, I cannot blame him, he needed a girl with him, but would this be the real reason why he broke off with me? I have to ask him.
“Do you love her? Have you met her before you suggested our break up?” She said this to him in a cool way. “No it is not what you think, and I just thought that it is better that you should know. But I told her that I will be near you, and she has no choice about this. I will stay the same. We will still keep-in-touch. No need to change”, Phil assured her.
Sarah glanced on his face with full of curiosity and would like to ask him, “You said to me when we broke up that you are not the man for me…so do you believe and feel that you are the man for this girl?”, but before she could blurted it out, Phil said this to her with both hands still holding hers across the table, “I know this is hard for both of us, it is not only you that is hurting, I hurt too”.
Sarah could not deny that she was really hurt. She tried not to cry. She would not like him to see her cry. But her green eyes which were glowing like jade a while ago, turned pale and drawn, “I hope we did the right choice of letting each other go. I care a lot for us. Our past does not equal our future. We are the source of all our emotions. We are the one who creates them. We can even feel any way we choose at any moment in time. And yes, I do understand that our situation hurt us both, but we do not need any special reason to feel good. We can just decide to feel good right now, simply because we are alive, simply because we have each other, simply because we want to…And I want you to know that whenever that time comes that we are both ready and that we are still available, I trust that we will know what to do. We love each other.”
Sarah is not only a shrink but a very optimistic woman. She would brush quickly her sadness and tried her best to be pleasant. Phil admires her for being this calm and understanding person as she is, so that when she held on Phil’s hands and said, “‘beille, it’s in our belief that makes our life good or bad, ungrateful or happy, rich or poor…so no matter what happens in our life now, we have got to be able to believe, that “This, too, shall pass,” and if we keep persisting, we will find a way”, with these words, he would easily feel the comfort and care he needed.
“I know amour, I know, and it’s my wish…it just that I believe, I need more time to grow and to have more strength to gather myself together and find out more of what I really wanted in my life….” Phil stood up. He reached on her lips. He kissed her dearly. “I got to go now darling, I will always be with you, don’t worry.”
As soon as Phil started to walk on his way down, Sarah stood up and said, “‘beille wait!” as she grabbed on Phil to face her. Phil did not have a second thought, but he immediately embraced her, and gently held Sarah’s face in both hands and wanted to kiss her. But Sarah moved her lips on his right ear, and she sweetly whispered to him, “Go then my love, and grow fast… I am here to support you…I trust that you would start to gather your strength together now and be the kind of man, who you want me to have… I have faith in you. I am proud of you to have this thoughts and feelings for me.”
Then, she looked up on his face and smiled, “It’s all right, ‘beille, go and do whatever you needed to accomplish. But never ask me again to leave you, because I won’t…I believe in our love and I choose us…”
Phil did not say a word but rather he held her closer to him and kissed her passionately. This time, she kissed him back…A kiss that both of them truly needed. He did not like to leave her, but wanted to let her feel his love for her.
Their kisses came on strong now and steamy. Their love and passion for each other was so powerful that both of them were now too weak to stop it. Phil moved his way to bring Sarah’s back on the wall, near the hallway across the terrace. They held each other erotically close together. They were both now in tuned with their love for each other. They united their body in passion and danced together in perfect rhythm.
But those were just in their thoughts that would have happened at that moment, if they would just let it. Instead, their spirit soared.
She waved on him from the terrace while he got ready on his scooter. His glance embraced the scene as they both gave each other their flying kisses. They were both happy. No words needed. They both felt and knew by themselves that their love for each other was the ONE.
Sarah watched him drove away until he was gone from her sight. She stayed there standing in the terrace.
She contained herself and thought like she was trying to talk to her soul, “I know now what I really wanted in my life.” She breathed in deeply and exhaled. She looked on the sky and smiled… Sarah went to her study to unwind from the long afternoon she had spent with her parents’ house. After a while she drifted off…
“Wow! You hit the golf ball so nicely with your club in a very special swing! Where did you learn that kid?” Daniel was surprised.
Sarah viewed on her golf ball as it rolled across the green smooth lawn straight into the hole.
She was surprised by herself too to have struck that small hard ball and then putted it into the hole.
She glanced up once again on the site and then looked right through Daniel.
“Oh, that was nothing, really”, Sarah answered confidently, as they continued their game.
They played in this large open air course two times a month. They were both members at this well-known country golf club in the city. There were moments when the light was just right, the sky was clear, and the colors of the nature were full, this country club would look like nothing less than a giant emerald stain softly into Chicago skyline.
Casually Daniel and Sarah would have taken some refreshments or snacks together after their games. But Sarah would always pass up all invitations, whenever Daniel would ask her out for a dinner or even a cup of coffee. Sarah and Daniel knew each other from this club even before Sarah met Phil. Phil went to Chinatown to gather some facts and data for his article. He waited for the Chinese guy to interview at one of the famous cafe in town.
On that same hour, Sarah was on her way back to her office. She had bought the herbal medicine that her mom had asked her to buy at Chinatown. But as soon as she got on her car, she was peeved. She could not believe it, when her car would not start. She was bugged even when suddenly a heavy rain fell down. She decided to enter a cafe nearby to relax herself instead.
The man, who supposed to meet Phil, did not show up, “Hey, I am sorry man I was caught by a traffic jam. Because of the heavy rain, the cars went all crazy. Let’s schedule it again. I will call you.”
Phil was about to leave when Sarah entered the cafe. Her beauty stunned him that instead of leaving, he was happy to offer her the empty seat next to him. The cafe was full that Sarah said, “Thank you very much, you’re so kind”.
“It’s my pleasure, my beautiful lady”, Phil cheerfully answered back.
It was then their friendship had started.
After several weeks, they exclusively dated each other. And then after several months they fell in love with each other.
They could not stand to be far away from each other.
One day they just decided to live together.
Phil, who was renting a one bedroom flat, had asked Sarah to live with him.
It is located near his work. The location is beneficial for both of them, because city conveniences are just minutes away.
He had been renting this apartment for almost ten years. He had been enjoying his stay in this very affordable and managed spacious one bedroom apartment homes.
The grounds are lushly landscaped. Mature trees surrounded the grounds in a quiet residential setting.
Phil and Sarah are two funny people and both just love to eat all kinds of sea foods.
One day they went to eat in a Seafood Restaurant. They had a great time and were both so full. They went to bed very satisfied, when Phil emitted gas…and then it followed by Sarah which sounded like laugher. All at once both of them got up from bed and opened their bedroom windows. They just could not stand the little aromatic they just exploded in their bed room. They giggled and teased each other who would go first to sit on the throne…
Once a month, they would spend their weekends to Sarah’s parents’ house. Before they would go to bed, they would just spend their moment together on the terrace. They both loved to watch the moonlight. Phil would embrace her behind and would hold her closer to him. He would reach on her lips to kiss her, while having his right hand caressed both on her breasts and his left hand between her thighs. Phil would enter her from behind and made love to her freely. Both of them would feel impassioned and just hit the roof afterwards…They would want more of each other and would have their love-making continued on Sarah’s bedroom. Sarah would use to tease him and then Phil would run after her to bed. Phil would catch her off guard to join her body once again and both of them would come to a crescendo.
He kissed her lips gently and Sarah thought for a moment she was with Phil, until she opened her eyes.
“Hey, you’re here, I was just having a rest, I did not realize the time… I must have fallen asleep,” she smiled at him.
And then Daniel went to sit on the sofa bed across her study table, “I told Armando to tell you that when you arrived, you should join me in the music room”, Daniel was a little bit upset.
“Oh, I’m sorry. Yes, he did. But I just went to sit here in my study to rest for a few minutes, and funny I dozed off, hehehehe” She managed to give a laugh and tried to cheer herself up. She knew she was in trouble.
She appreciates his love and care for her, but Daniel has an attitude. Sarah would really like to love him as much as she loves Phil, but she just could not feel it…
Six months ago, Daniel was so happy. Finally Sarah had accepted his invitation. He brought her to one of the best Chicago restaurants in Illinois. Both of them had once-in-a-lifetime dining experience in this restaurant. She was really impressed.
She told him there, that Phil and her had ended up their relationship but would still be keeping in touch. She was honest about it. Daniel accepted it even he knew that Sarah was still in love with Phil. Daniel did not change his mind. He wanted her for a long time. He was a very practical man and was already looking for a wife and get settled. He found Sarah to be very suitable in his lifestyle. No wonder he fell in love with her at once.
After spending a few dates together, Daniel had proposed marriage to Sarah.
Sarah thought, she could have a good life with him and would later learn to love him. She accepted his marriage proposal and they started to live together.
Sarah told him, “Daniel, we should not get married right away. I would not like to rush things, especially when it comes to marriage, I hope you would understand”. She proposed that they should live together first and see whether their relationship would click together or not. Daniel did not argue with her and had accepted it.
When Daniel was not busy with his business, he would like that Sarah would spend her time with him. He preferred Sarah to be very attentive with his needs, while he provided her all the things that she would wish to have.
Daniel has a wild and heavy load of sex drive. He is a bit horny too.
One time they were having a shower together, and Daniel teased her and dared that he could pick up the soap with his ass. Sarah thought, he was just joking, but she was surprised. He really did.
At first, Sarah thought it was weird, but she just thought of it as part of his sexual play. She just laughed at him. Although, she was really turned off, Sarah would rather let Daniel know that it was not her thing.
Sarah is not a judgmental person. She believes that people are entitled to have their own wishes, as long as these things would make them happy and they do not harm anyone. Daniel adores her for that.
Sarah could have enjoyed the sex with him, but it was not deep. There was no passion and romance. It was all an art of play and enjoyment of sexual activity. She never felt the True Joy within her inner being that she had with Phil.
And even Daniel could have really loved and given her all the luxury in this world, because he is after all a very rich guy, yet she is not happy with him. Instead, she loves Phil who is just a regular guy.
Daniel got up, “I’ll go ahead now…Our dinner will be served soon. Would you join me?”
“Of course, I will…” She gave him a smile as Daniel went out from her study room.
Sarah thought deeply now, “It is time for me to face the truth. I should not be afraid to let it out… I just got to tell him tonight after dinner, that I can never love him. I cannot continue my relationship with him. I must be ready with the consequences no matter how much painful the result may be…”
Daniel moved away…He just left her without saying goodbye, but she never blames him. She accepts the fact that the two of them are not just meant for each other.
…Yes, truly Sarah never quits. She chooses to move on and leave it all to TIME. Fortunately she gets back the real love she deserves to have. She realizes and learns that there’s nothing wrong in giving love without expecting anything in return. Nevertheless she even finds the true and unending happiness within herself. True love builds inside her brighter and brighter, stronger and stronger, giving her tremendous joy every now and then.
While on his own, Phil finds what he really wants in his life. He then proves to himself what would really make him happy and complete as a man.
After several months of non-stop communication and lasting friendship between them, they decided to meet and renew their love. They committed themselves to love each other for the rest of their days. They understand that YESTERDAY is gone and TOMORROW is not here yet in the NOW… They give unselfish love in any way they both can for each other to be happy to live and enjoy their lives in every MOMENT that each day would bring them. They are very much in love with each other today.
Truly proven rich or poor, Love is equal. LOVE gives and not selfish.