“Where are you going this time?” Tami asked Justin as he was packing his bag. She hated when he went away. She missed him like crazy. They kept in touch by phone, email and text messaging but that wasn’t enough. She missed seeing and being with him.
“For how long?”
“A week.” He stopped what he was doing to look at her. “Are you going to miss me”
“Of course I am. I always do. What about you? Are you going to miss me, especially as you will be around beautiful models.”
He went over to her and reached for her hand, lacing his fingers through hers, his eyes intent on her upturned face. “I’ll miss you very much as I always do,” he told her. “I wish I could take you with me but you have to be at school and your parents won’t approve. They already don’t because of our age difference. Before you introduced me to them, they thought you were dating a boy from school, not a twenty-seven year old international model.”
“They like you but don’t know what your intentions toward me are and they fear that I’d get hurt. You’re my first serious boyfriend.”
“I never imagined that I would be in a relationship with a high-school senior but when I first laid eyes on you, I was hooked. I told myself that it was crazy to have feelings for a girl so much younger than me but it was no use. I fell for you and I fell hard.”
She reached up and brushed his hair back from his forehead. “I fell for you the moment I first saw you but I didn’t think that you would be interested in me. I wasn’t beautiful or glamorous like the women you’re used to being around.”
“You’re beautiful to me, Tami,” he murmured huskily. “You take my breath away.” He raised her hand and pressed his lips into the palm, making her tremble.
“Call me as soon as you check into the hotel,” she told him, breathlessly.
He released her hand to cup her face. “I will,” he promised before he lowered his head and kissed her. They exchanged passionate kisses for several minutes before he raised his head and said, “It’s getting late. I’d better take you home now.”
Reluctantly, she removed her arms from about his waist and stepped back. Whenever things got hot and heavy between them, he put the brakes on. She knew he was doing it because he respected her decision to wait until she was married to have sex. He didn’t react like other guys did. Instead of calling her a prude, he said, “I think it’s wonderful that you want to stay pure until marriage, especially in this day and age.”
It was frustrating, though when in the heat of the moment, he pulled away like just now. It was like a someone threw a bucket of cold water on her. Still, she ought to be grateful that he acted responsibly. On the drive over to her house, she had the window cracked so that the cold air would cool her down.
Twenty minutes later they stood outside her home, holding hands. They hugged and kissed. He waited until she let herself inside before he went to his car. She was standing at the window looking out. He waved before getting into his car and driving away.
All week in Milan he thought about her and on the last day before heading to the airport, he went to Tiffany & Co to buy an engagement ring. When he returned to London, he arranged to stop by Tami’s house to see her father. After a long, heart to heart conversation, Mr. Miller gave his consent but was adamant that the wedding not take place until after Tami graduated from university. So, Justin agreed to a three year long engagement.
That evening, he invited Tami over to his place for a home cooked dinner. It was when they were relaxing on the sofa, that he got down on one knee and proposed. She gaped at him and then teared up when she saw the ring. He took her hand. “Tami, this afternoon, I took the liberty of asking your father’s permission to marry you. He gave us his blessing on the condition that we wait until after you graduate from university. Do you mind being engaged for three years?”
She shook her head. “No.”
He smiled. “Good. Will you marry me?”
“Yes!” Her response sounded like a laugh and sob at the same time.
He slipped the ring onto her finger before rising to his feet. He reached down and pulled her up. “I love you,” he murmured as he held her against him.
She put her arms around his neck. “I love you too.” As his lips descended on hers, she wished that the three years would go very quickly.
When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible – Nora Ephron