“Honey, you can’t sleep here tonight.”
“My parents don’t know that we’re living together. If they did, I wouldn’t hear the end of it in this life or the next.”
“We’re getting married tomorrow.”
“It doesn’t matter that the wedding is tomorrow. You can’t be sleep here tonight.”
“Where am I supposed to go?”
“You can stay at Brandon’s flat.” Brandon was her older brother. “It’s just for tonight. I’m sorry. I wish my parents weren’t so old-fashioned.”
“How are you going to explain my clothes in the bedroom closet and my shoes in the hall closet?”
“I’ll just tell them that we moved your things in to save time because after the wedding we are staying at the hotel near the airport and then flying off to Tahiti for our honeymoon.”
“When we visit them for Christmas, I can understand your mother having us sleep in separate rooms but this is crazy. I can’t even sleep in my own bed?”
“It’s just for one night.”
“All right. I’m doing this for you.”
“Thanks, Honey. I’m only doing this because I don’t want anything to ruin our day tomorrow.”
He nodded and walked out of the living-room. She went into the kitchen to prepare breakfast.
In the shower, he leaned against the wall, thinking that in eleven hours, he would be a married man. It’s funny that he wasn’t looking for love or anything and he found it quite unexpectedly or rather, it found him. It all happened on a typical Tuesday morning. He was on his way to the office. It was a beautiful, sunny morning in the Fall. He decided that he would pop into Starbucks for a hot chocolate.
As soon as he walked in, he noticed her. She was standing at the counter where the napkins were, helping herself to a few. As if aware that someone was staring at her, she turned her head. Their eyes met. He felt a jolt of something. “Next!”
The voice of the cashier startled him and he stepped forward, smiling apologetically. He quickly paid cash and then moved to where he would get the hot chocolate. After he got it, he went to where she was still standing and he took a couple of napkins. He could feel her watching him and he turned to face her. This close, she was stunning. His heart and stomach were doing crazy things and when she smiled, it took his breath away.
“Hi,” she said.
“Do you work around here?”
“Yes. I work over at Colridge, Lewis and Clarke.”
Her eyebrows rose. “The law firm?”
“So, which one are you? Colridge, Lewis or Clarke?”
“Do you have a first name, Clarke?”
“Well, Winston. My name is Olivia. I work over at the Ethredge Consulting firm which is half a block away from here and one block from where you are. I’m surprised we haven’t run into each other before now.”
“I was on my way to the office when I decided to pop in for this.”
“Lucky for me, you did. Now, Winston, I hope you don’t think me forward if I were to ask you to have lunch with me, say around one tomorrow?”
“What about today?”
“Sorry. I have an all day conference to attend. I’m on my way there as soon as I leave here. So, are we on for tomorrow?”
She smiled. “Great. See you tomorrow at one. Have a good day.” And she walked past him and out of the Starbucks.
He wasn’t the same after he left Starbucks that morning. And after meeting her for lunch the following day, he knew that she was the one. And here, they were, three years later, living together and getting married tomorrow.
The opening of the shower door interrupted his thoughts and he smiled as Olivia stepped inside. “What about breakfast?” he asked.
“It’s nice and hot in the oven.”
“Good. Just the way I like it.”
She ran her fingers over his chest. “I’m going to miss you so much, Win. Our bed is going to feel so empty without you.”
“As you said, it’s just for tonight. The time will go quickly and before you know it, we’ll be on our honeymoon.”
“Yes. I can’t wait.” She lowered her head and kissed him on his chest which was rising and falling swiftly.
Reaching up, he clutched her hair at the nape of her neck and tugged her head back. Their eyes met briefly before he lowered his head and kissed her. Things soon got heated and as they exchanged passionate kisses, he swung her around so that she was pressed against the wall. They ended up making love and then showering afterwards.
Breakfast was still hot when they had it. It was their last one as an unmarried couple. At lunch time, he went home, packed an overnight bag and left. The next time Olivia and he saw each other, it would be at the altar.