By: Daniel Beerse
Genre: Adult Dramatic Fiction
Lead in: Jonathan is recalling the memory of the night he and Sara celebrated their two year anniversary of the day they met.
Dinner was fabulous and even Chef Johnny wished them a happy anniversary. The two moved to a deck on the side of the restaurant to enjoy chocolate martinis.
Jonathan set down his glass. “Now about that surprise.”
“You mean special, surprise,” Sara corrected.
“No, the special surprise comes later. This is just an ordinary surprise.
Jonathan withdrew a small velvet box from his front pocket. Sara almost spilled her drink as he handed it to her. They had talked a few times about marriage so he toyed with her imagination. Sara stared at him, while her fingers caressed the gift. She waited for him to say something, but Jonathan remained silent. Finally her impatience won out and she opened it.
Sara’s eyes widened and she inhaled sharply. Inside was a heart-shaped pendant with a diamond center.
“I love you so much Jonathan, “she said, leaning to kiss him.
“This is beautiful and hardly an ordinary surprise.” She gave him a playful jab.
“Okay, maybe it’s not ordinary, but I still have something special planned for you later.”
She handed him the chain and lifted her hair. He fastened it around her neck, then followed with a series of small tender kisses that ended under her ear.
Sara shuddered. “You spoil me, you know.”
He winked and gave her another kiss.
“Oh I will … later,” he teased.
On the sidewalk, headed home, Sara kicked off her sandals and carried them in one hand while Jonathan had the other. They walked quietly, except when Sara let go so she could touch her new gift.
Halfway there she spun around to face him.
“I have something for you, you know.”
“Yes, really. Come on, I’ll race you the rest of the way.”
Jonathan knew better than to take on a challenge like that with a former state sprinting champion. Those long shapely legs of hers were toned muscle, and, even barefoot, he was still no match for her. However, he gave it a second thought.
“I don’t know,” he said, hesitantly. “I ate a pretty big meal.”
Sara fell for the ruse and as she put her hands on her hips, Jonathan took his cue and bolted down the concrete. He barely made the second block before he heard those swift feet of hers closing in on his right side.
Suddenly, an elderly couple appeared from a side street and froze as the two runners bore down on them.
Jonathan broke left and Sara broke right, almost colliding with the bewildered pair. Laughing and out of breath, Jonathan crossed over the sidewalk and collapsed onto a lawn. Sara circled back and fell on top of him in the cool and refreshing grass. They were still laughing when the older couple came upon them.
“We thought he was chasing you,” the woman said with concern.
“No,” Jonathan replied with a colossal grin. “She was chasing me.”
The confused couple looked at each other in silence, then the man smiled.
“How times have changed,” he remarked, as they resumed their walk.