It Wasn’t the Boone’s

The One. Everyone has one. Some people remember their One fondly, but easily move on. Others remember their One with tremendous sorrow and regret. She remembered her One with such incredible fondness that she found it impossible to move on, with or without regret.  In fact, she still wonders why she ever thought she should…

He consistently let her know he wanted her. He was cutting through her resolve to behave and it surprised her how patient and deliberate he was in his words and actions. He made eye contact a lot more these days, held her gaze, and would give her that knowing PDS just before he would look away. He was driving her crazy. She felt the sexual tension building in her when he stood too close, and it would resonate through her body whenever he spoke. He would smack or grab her ass when no one was looking, but he didn’t try anything more. Until the night neither of them ever forgot.

Whenever they all skipped the club, staying in to drink instead, there was always Dominoes or Spades for entertainment. That night, a few of them sat on the floor playing Spades. Everyone had worked long hours that day and her friends were falling off one by one to their rooms or their homes as it got later. He mentioned he wanted to run to the liquor store for more drink and asked if anyone else wanted to go. She hesitated a moment, assuming one person in particular would try to go with him. Surprisingly, her friend didn’t jump at the chance, but said good night instead. So, as casually as she could, she said, “Yeah, I’ll go.”

If he was pleased by that, he didn’t let her see it. She briefly wondered if she had been wrong, but the large amount of cheap strawberry wine she had consumed let her push that fear to the side and enjoy the ride. And enjoy it she did! He had her laughing with his quick wit and renditions of Bone Thugs n Harmony. As he took the long way to a liquor store that wasn’t the one closest to the apartment, she thought to herself how he really knew how to handle that muscle car. The way he drove that rumbling beast made her hot between the thighs. She wanted him to handle her like he handled that steering wheel. She wanted to feel his hard chest against her soft breasts, and to finally know what his lips tasted like…

“Do you want anything?”

His question took her out of her fantasy. “What do I want?” You. “More Boone’s? Do you need money?”

“Nah.”

As she watched him saunter into the store, she felt a hunger deep inside her. She hadn’t realized her body had been starving, but he awakened her desire in a way that made her feel like her the lyrics of her favorite Prince song at that time: Insatiable. He strutted back out with a couple of bottles in brown paper bags and handed them to her as he got in. She couldn’t tell him how all she wanted in that moment was not go back to that apartment, but to take him back to hers. She wanted him to reach over and pull her body into his, and hoped the sheer strength of her thoughts and will would overcome him and he’d make that first move.

As they drove back, she noticed the laughter from earlier was gone, and the DJ on the radio was making the only conversation in the vehicle. The fear crept back in… Had she been wrong? Did he even want her? In an attempt to not appear as disappointed as she felt, she cracked her bottle and took a swig before realizing what she had done.

“Oh. Sorry.”

“S’all good.”

Her mind wandered as she exited the car. She wondered if she had misread him all this time? Was he not into her? Or was it the situation? She didn’t know what to say to him, so she walked along, holding her Strawberry Hill, and praying she could just go back inside the apartment and crash on the couch, saving herself any further embarrassment.

Everyone had gone to their rooms or left while they were gone. It was silent in the apartment. She thought about putting her drink in the fridge and just going to sleep, but instead she asked if he wanted to play Speed. They sat on the floor as she dealt the cards, both of them sipping from their bottles. She hyper focused on the game, trying to ignore all her earlier insecurity, hastily drawing and discarding, while he appeared to be in no hurry whatsoever, despite indication of the game’s name. Rather than try to keep up with her card laying pace, he reached over and squeezed her thigh with his free hand. She felt her body quake. His touch was everything in that moment. When she wouldn’t look up to meet his eyes, he set his cards down, grabbed a handful of her hair and kissed her. His lips lit her body aflame. She had never known passion like what he aroused in her. She kissed him back, softly at first, but as his tongue went deeper and harder into her mouth, her kisses became more eager and frenzied. She gave herself over to him completely.

Without taking his lips off of hers, he stood and pulled her swiftly to her feet in one smooth movement. Her head spun and her legs quivered. Was it the Boone’s or him? Or a combination of the two? She had hardly stood up, when he suddenly had her pants down and panties below her knees. He was on his knees before her, using his fingers to open her up, and darting his tongue in between her lips below. She could have cum right there, but she pulled back. She wanted to kiss him more. She pulled on his arms, begging him back to his feet. She didn’t notice when he had gotten his pants down, but everything was around his ankles and he pressed his dick against her wet lips. He kissed her hard as he pulled on her hair. In one strong, fluid movement, he lifted her onto the countertop and began to slide the tip in. Suddenly a stack of dirty dishes that had been stacked on the counter crashed into the sink. The noise jarred her and she remembered herself. What in the hell was she doing?! They’d all be out of their rooms any second with that clatter. She pushed him away and quickly pulled up her pants.

“Pull up your pants!” She whispered. He did so, slowly, reluctantly. His eyes told her he was not happy she had stopped. She wasn’t happy about it either, but she could not get caught with him like that. It would be the end of her friendships. All of them. But the way he looked at her, the way her pulse was still racing, the way her body shook and her womanhood ached, she knew they were far from finished. He didn’t just want her, he wanted her completely. And she would let him have all of her next time.

Five Minutes Alone

She just wanted five minutes alone with him. But it seemed that jealousy would never allow that to happen. She was scrutinized, watched constantly, and interjection was often made if she and the One ever enjoyed each other’s company too much.

Ridicule, criticism, and flat out threats were made in front of him and anyone else around, to the point where she was nearly ready to just give up. Something about the way he would hold her gaze, smile knowingly, and keep including her in things, would not allow her to move on just yet.

Shortly after the ride, the distraction became nothing more than a bad memory. Despite the fact that she knew he wasn’t the real thing, he’d behaved like the dog he was and managed to steal a few tears from her. She moved on quickly though, moved out of her friends’ place, and got a cute little studio on the other side of the city.

She visited them often. They were still her friends, and she did love them all. And as luck would have it, he would manage to be there when she was. She saw him less frequently than when she lived with everyone, but the upside was they weren’t watching her as closely; they weren’t attempting to make her look foolish anymore. And she felt that desire, that hunger and thirst, that she believed only he could quench, return. If only she could make it happen…

 
The five minutes turned into nearly an hour one sunny, April day. The girls in the apartment were smoking, a habit she had given up when she moved into her own place a few weeks before. As terrible as it was, it was still a bit tempting so she went outside. She was standing at the top of the stairs, breathing deeply the fresh, spring air, when the door opened and he joined her outside. He nonchalantly posted up on the opposite railing, expressing how much he hated smoking.

“Why do you think I left? Quitting is hard enough without being around other smokers,” she stated, looking him square in the face, daring him to make eye contact.

“It’s a nasty ass habit, and you never should have taken it up in the first place.” He finally made eye contact and said, “Girl, you know better than that.”

She couldn’t tear her eyes away from his, and she couldn’t help grinning from ear to ear.

We’re alone. Finally.

He doesn’t admit to this often, but he is an exceptionally handsome man. His eyes are wide, intense, two shades lighter, yet still richer than milk chocolate. His smile can drop panties, she calls it a PDS, and it’s sexy as fuck. The freckles on his face dance across his caramel colored skin, and beckon her to kiss each one. His frame and stature are manly and formidable, she feels completely safe in his presence. She had never been more attracted to anyone in her life, then or since.

He switched sides at the top of the stairs so he could stand next to her while they talked. His elbow kept bumping hers as they leaned on the railing, looking out at nothing in particular, sharing what they wanted out of life, and how they saw their futures. He told her how everything he did, he did to provide for his. He didn’t have to try to be a good man, he already was one.

In a city where you grow up quicker than most, he knew that being a man was much more than being able to make babies. He knew it meant raising them, loving them, and caring for them with whatever means one possessed. He had the determination, the perseverance, and the strength to do all that was necessary and more.

She listened to him more than she actually spoke. He was astonishing. Exceptional. She didn’t know why he was opening up to her, but she cherished that moment to this very day. He let her in. He let her see the real him, not the tough, hardcore exterior, but a part of his heart that was vulnerable and authentic. And he didn’t even try to kiss her before they went back inside.

The Ride

There was no question as to the attraction. It was mutually immediate. One look into his intense, chocolate eyes, and she knew he wished, as she did, he had met her first.

He was not wholly committed to anyone else, but neither was he entirely free. And so, together, they played a long and dangerous game. One they could not possibly know then would last half a lifetime.

The tension and chemistry between them was palpable. And they weren’t the only ones who felt it. In fact, it irritated some of the others. They considered it a betrayal and an affront for her to set her sights on him, all things considered. But she reasoned in her mind, that there were no vows here, no covenants, not even a promise between parties, and so she continued to let herself speak and laugh freely with him, no matter who was around. After all, she didn’t know it then, but he was the One. He made little secret of his attraction, but out of respect for the situation, they both attempted to keep it friendly, and nothing more.

She continued seeing the man she had been seeing, knowing full well he would never be anything more than a distraction. While the One continued to be a doting and loving father to his kids. He was watching her carefully, though. Learning her moods and ways. He remained vigilant and observant; always discerning what she was thinking without her saying a word.

One night, after the distraction had stood her up, yet again, she decided not to join in the usual routine of card games and drinking, but excused herself to her room, claiming tiredness. Intrigued, he watched her go, then asked her friends what was really wrong. They told him she had been stood up again, so he made it his mission to cheer her up. She wasn’t in her room five minutes before he poked his head in and asked if she felt going for a ride. Had anyone else asked her that night, she would have politely declined, but the smile on his face and the mischievous glint in his eye, had her instantly smiling and on her feet.

They headed out, with her friend of course, for everyone knew they could not be trusted alone, to his big muscle car and hit the streets. He drove like a madman, daring and far too fast, though somehow maintaining control, while music boomed through the speakers. And like a child on a fast moving ride, she held on for dear life, laughing hysterically, sliding and bumping all over the backseat. He sped up and down the hills and spun donuts in parking lots. It was exhilarating the way his driving made her come alive, more than the driving; it was him. He turned her on, there was no denying it.

She watched as his hands gripped the wheel, turning it, spinning it, gliding along the leather. She wanted those hands to slide across her body, over her breasts, and up her thighs. She breathlessly hungered for his touch. She could almost taste the overwhelming desire. She caught him looking at her more than once in the rear view mirror. She could see he was enjoying it as much as she was. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw his lips curling into a sly grin, and she let herself imagine what it would be like to kiss him.

That night was the night she knew for sure she would have him, somehow, some way. And he knew it too.

Just Kids

19 MONTHS AGO

 

Once, I was eighteen. I was young and inexperienced, desperate and insecure. Still, I wanted the world and reached for the stars. I naively thought everything in life would always work out, and I would get what I wanted because they tell us we deserve the best.

 

Then you came along, and you were exceptional. You made me laugh. You picked me up when I was down. You became the lover I couldn’t resist. The lover I craved, sexually, emotionally, mentally.

 

But we were too young then. We were foolish. Every time we were together, my heart fell deeper in love, but my head kept telling me the game I thought you were playing, I couldn’t win.

 

And that’s truly what I thought it was for you: a game. You teased me. You played with my emotions. You tried to get me to admit I loved you, but were careful not to say it yourself. I wanted to say it, but I couldn’t let you use my heart to feed your ego. I couldn’t risk handing my heart to someone with no guarantee of reciprocity.

 

So rather than say it, I let my actions speak, hoping you would read between the lines. I left my arms tight around your neck when you told me, “Don’t hug me unless you love me.” I held on tightly saying firmly that I would do as I please, but denying I loved you. “I got love for you, homie. Don’t flatter yourself.” It was all a game, and I was losing because my body quivered with excitement at just the idea of loving you.

 

Still, I had no indication from you about your feelings, and I was too afraid to ask. I was terrified you would say you had no real love for me, and I would have put my heart out there for nothing but to be crushed. So, I ran. Like a damned coward. I called it off, had one last unforgettable night with you, left home, and didn’t look back.

 

I never got you out of mind though. EVER. Countless times I thought about you, wanted you, and realized just how huge a mistake I had made leaving you. But my regret seemed pointless: you never bothered to come after me. You didn’t even try to stop me from leaving. I assumed I had been right all along: It was all just a game to you. It didn’t seem like I would ever recover.

 

I was determined to fill that void you had once occupied, and frantic to piece my heart back together, I said yes to the first person to make me happy after you. It was reckless and hasty, but I didn’t want to be alone, and I wanted to be over you.

 

Most relationships are great in the beginning. Feelings of newness and butterflies are sometimes all it takes to make you believe you made the right decision and are headed in the right direction. And though things were tough for a moment, along came my beautiful baby girl and I wondered how I could think it wasn’t meant to be. This child was (and is) everything to me. As time went on, things got rocky (again), but baby girl number two came, and it seemed that was all that mattered once more.

 

But…there was always something missing. Something not quite right. I was never fully myself. Never fully honest with anyone about who I am, what I wanted, how I felt inside. I never felt safe enough to be completely me, silly and raw and naked before anyone other than you. You accepted everything about me, and though I felt insecurity about your feelings for me, they were my own insecurities, instilled by years of daddy issues, abuse, and heartbreak. And when I feared telling you I loved you, it was only projection on my part. You never did anything to me to warrant my distrust. Truth be told, I never felt safer than when I was with you.

 

I never got over you, not completely. I know you know that. I would ask about you in round about ways, never revealing the secret, but seeking, as a friend, to know what you were up to. When I found out you lived not too far from me, I hoped I would just run into you somewhere. I would look for you in cars as I drove down the highway, wishing one would be you.

 

Seeing you again after 16 years, was all it took for me to remember why I had never truly let you go.

 

So here we are. This is me, genuine as I know how to be, heart on my sleeve. It may not be the smartest thing to do, but I know you would never intentionally break my heart, take advantage of me, or take my love for granted. And none of this makes a lick of sense, but it is what it is til it ain’t, right? For me, it’s LOVE. I am completely in love with you in just one month, plus those 20 years I lived without the piece of me you held. I love you intensely, passionately, infinitely, always and forever. I don’t intend to make the mistakes of my youth again. I will love you for life.

 

I’m your Baby Girl. You are my Big Daddy. That will never change.

 

I can’t find the reasons

That my love won’t disappear

Can’t find the reasons

Why I love you, my baby, my dear

Can’t find the reasons

Wanna love you all night

Can’t find the reasons

Gotta squeeze ya, real tight

Can’t find the reasons

Baby yeah, for my tears

Can’t find the reasons.

~EWF

Image quote by, Arrigo Boito

 

A Story to Tell

A glooming peace this morning with it brings;
The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head:
Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things:
Some shall be pardon’d, and some punished:
For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

~Shakespeare

 

Perhaps…

 

I will go back and tell the story of this love affair. I will flesh it out and share the endless pages written for you, about you, and to you, with this big, wide world. I will write of the pain and the heartache, as well as the times love felt more luminous than moonlight, more golden than the sun, and richer than the earth beneath our feet.

 

Love so big and eternal, it seemed as though it would reach well beyond infinity. I will tell of believing in a soulmate for the first time ever, and having no doubt two people could actually be made for each other. How perfectly two people understood each other, appreciated each other’s differences and sameness, and how the sex was like a hand in a custom-made glove. I will tell this love story in the weeks ahead, but before I do, I will spoil the ending.

 

I will tell you now that there will come a moment when the air is stolen from the lungs, the heart is ripped from the chest, the soul is strangled, mangled, and left to wither, my legs were knocked out from underneath me, and now I am nothing more than a heap of bone and flesh in a puddle of salt water tears and devastation.

 

I will spoil the ending because I don’t want anyone to go into this story with the hope that it will have a happy ending. I don’t want to mislead anyone. It is not a love story, or a romantic comedy, though all those moments happened. It is an epic tragedy. A soul crushing experience, that will either make you laugh or cry at the absurdity of the players who thought they could act out this fantasy and make it last forever.

 

So while you may know how this love story ends, it is just the beginning of the tale…

 

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