“I know love will find a way, I’am home if you are there beside me” Lion King
The door bell rang it was a few minutes to ten when Kate was in the shower on this Saturday morning. She didn’t answer it immediately until it rang the second time. She thought it was Tim; he had called early in the morning and said that he was coming to pick her up for brunch. She took a towel, wrapped herself up and tiptoed out of her bathroom. She remembered with a smile the phone conversation she had with him when her phone rang at seven startling her from her sleep.
“Hello,” she had answered groggily
“Morning beautiful,” a husky deep voice answered from the other end.
“Hi, Tim,” she was happy to hear his voice.
“Ten thirty, get ready, brunch on me,” he sounded like he was in a hurry.
“Huh,” she was still sleepy.
“Running for a quick meeting love,” Then he added, “Ten thirty.”
She thought he was too early as she walked past the wall clock; regardless she was super excited to see him again. With a huge grin on her face she flung the door wide open.
A delivery guy was standing outside her door when Kate opened it. He was holding a small package with a cute blue ribbon on it and a small white note attached to it. She signed the delivery book, locked her door and at once opened the package. A wave of shock hit her when she realised what was inside. Unable to contain herself, she tore the neat wrapper off the box. And then shock took total control of her, her hands were trembling, as she stared at the contents of the box. She was in such awe that she did not realise that her towel had given way and fallen off her to the floor. She was soapy, stark naked and it seemed like she was having a stroke.
She was looking at the most humongous ring she has ever seen in her life. She lifted it up delicately and examined it closely as if it was a strange specimen under a microscope. It was round-cut, with a huge sparkling diamond resting beautiful on it and when she moved it around her finger, the stone reflected shiny little colorful rays of light off it. It was spectacular. The ring felt heavy on her hand, it must have cost a fortune, she thought to herself as she let out a tinny smile. Then she slowly put it on her middle finger, it fit perfectly. She stretched out her hand for admiration moving her fingers from side to side. It flattered her so well that she felt like a million dollar. Kate was wonderstruck that she almost forgot to read the note attached to it. With a lot of excitement she opened it and read the neat handwriting that she knew too well, Say yes, Love, P.
She had not heard from Phil the whole week since their last encounter in her office. Which she thought was great since she didn’t have the energy to deal with him again. She took another long look of admiration, inhaled deeply, took the ring out, placed it back in the box and went back to her bedroom. Without a second thought she put the box inside one of her bedside drawers and went back to enjoy her shower.
She was fully dressed when Tim arrived to pick her up. As she settled herself in the passenger seat of his white double cabin pick up, she watched him secretly; he had a rough beard, that had probably not seen a shaver for a couple of days, he wore a grey khaki cap, the sleeves of his shirt were rolled up exposing his highly toned muscles. He had blue ragged jeans on and a pair of open sandals, Kate thought he looked very attractive and sexy. With amusement, judging from the type of his car and his look, she thought to herself that’s how engineers roll.
A few minutes later, Tim pulled up outside a picnic site. Kate was a bit surprised she had thought they would be going to eat at a restaurant. Picnic was the last thing on her mind since Tim had not mentioned it. She quickly checked herself to see if she was dressed for the occasion. She had on a fitting pair of black ragged jeans, a white vest and a pair of flat open shoes. Satisfied she looked great; she popped out of the car.
“Here we are my Lady,” he smiled as he extended his right hand to her as she got out.
“A picnic?” she asked looking surprised.
“Oh yes,” he answered as he opened the back door, “wait and see what I have.”
“Waiting,” she said pleasantly.
He took out picnic supplies from the car. Kate was amazed as she helped him take them out and lay down on a spot they picked on the grass. He had packed an assortment of food stuff including a bottle of wine. He also remembered to bring along a blanket to sit on. The time they would spend together looked promising; she was looking forward to it.
“There is something that I need to tell you love,” Tim said as he took out a sandwich and gave her one.
“Am listening,” Kate answered as she took a bite
He took a second and turned to look at the beautiful woman seated next to him. He couldn’t believe it that after all these years he was with the woman of his dreams. He loved everything about Kate. He loved the easy way she laughed, he loved how she talked and he loved her sense of dressing. To him she was the most beautiful woman on the earth. Now, that he had reconnected with her, Tim didn’t want to waste more time. He had a plan; a man always has a plan.
“I know we have just reconnected, but,” He opened the wine bottle. “I want you to marry me.”
“What!” Her sandwich fell down her laps.
Tim laughed hilariously. He loved her reaction. He took his time watching Kate’s surprised look as he took out the wine glasses and poured one for her. He took his glass and sat looking at her directly.
“Let’s make a toast,” he lifted his glass to her, she lifted hers.
“Here is to a long beautiful friendship, full of love, laughter and happy tears,” then he smiled, “To the future.”
They both took a sip.
“On a serious note Kate,” Tim took her hand in his. “I want you to be my wife. I just want you to know am in this for the long haul,”
Kate said nothing. At that second she remembered her bedroom drawer and the contents inside the little gift box. She then looked at her wine glass, then at the bottle. At that second she wanted to gulp the whole bottle down.
Breathe in Kate, in.
“Relax,” sensing she was tensed, Tim started massaging her hands. “I just wanted to let my intention known to you,” he stroked her right cheek with one finger; “Soon, I will put a ring here.” He continued stroking her hands. “It’s not a marriage proposal, yet.” He kissed her hand.
Kate’s mind was thinking about the shinny object in the little gift box.
“That’s my intention,” Tim was saying
That ring must be damn expensive.
“More wine,” He refilled her glass.
Maybe Phil has changed.
“I will remember that,” she smiled, “Thanks for letting me know.”
She took a long sip of her wine as her mind was racing back to the night that Tim walked back in her life at the restaurant. She remembered the animated conversation that they had that night, the laughter between them was real and deep. Within a few seconds they had moved from being two lost friends to two people who seemed like they have never been apart for years. Kate remembered just how refreshed she had felt, she remembered how happy she was on her fortieth birthday.
At the restaurant Tim had sung to her as the patrons gathered around them, she blew the single candle from her one piece birthday cake. It was a great night. She had loved every aspect of it. When Tim said he had wanted to see her again, she knew she wanted that too. She wanted him to want her. She wanted to see him again. Then over the following weeks, Tim would call and text her. Their conversations picked over the days that would follow. They texted and called each other, they laughed, teased and enjoyed their conversations. She felt alive and energized. Tim, she thought was exactly what she needed in her life.
Then there is Phil.
Phil had made his intentions clearly known to Kate.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.
Kate laughed out loud from a silly joke that Tim had made. They were having a great time. He was full of jokes and witty stories of his life experiences. They laughed hard, ate more food and drank more wine.
What if he is sincere?
“…That’s how I lost my shoe…” Tim laughed hard.
“Are you serious?” She laughed some more.
More food, more wine, more laughter. Tim was a good story teller, he was good company and she loved the way he made her laugh silly without holding back. Suddenly nothing mattered, at that moment all her man problems had completely disappeared. She was at a good place and Tim was enjoying her company and she his.
“You haven’t told me what you think,” Tim became serious
“What I think?” she asked quizzically as she sipped more wine.
Faking a British accent, he said, “Yes my lovely Lady,” as he inched closer to her.
Like a light bulb, the ring’s shinny image crossed her mind. Diamond. She felt a tight knot in her stomach. She knew she wanted a new beginning with a man who loves her. She was hungry for love, she finally admitted to herself.
Kate, you got this.
“No Sir, I haven’t,” she returned the accent.
He kept it going, “Don’t keep me waiting, my Lady.”
He took her hands in his sending shudders down her spine.
“Good Sir, if you could kindly remind me what it was about,” She said shyly.
“Allow me to.”
He took her glass and kept it on the grass. He then leaned over and softly lifted her chin with his right hand. She swallowed so hard and her heartbeat increased, from the side of her eyes she could see her chest moving up and down. He took his time and gazed deeply into her eyes. She in his. For several minutes they held still. No one talked and no one moved. When she looked into his eyes, she saw something else that she could not explain. Something she had never seen before, she saw love.
A kind of love that she had never encountered before. Her heart melted, she knew it felt right and she wanted him to do it now more than ever. Their lips met, he kissed her softly, deep and passionately. She responded with intensity and fire. She wrapped her hands around his broad shoulders and she let herself go, she surrendered to his burning desire and his inner force. She allowed herself to travel with him to a magical world, in a far away land where only the two of them existed. A world that only Tim could take her.
Tomorrow, I will send back the ring.