What am I doing?
I need to stop thinking about work right now. I’m having a great night. I need to go back to enjoying it.
I really do love being with Brian. I never imagined that he could be this sweet or gentle.
“Did you go to sleep?” he asks.
“No, just thinking,” I reply.
“Your business again?” he asks curiously.
I wrap my arms around him.
“Actually, I was thinking about how awesome everything was just now,” I answer.
I can tell that I’ve shocked him. He’s quiet for a few seconds, then starts smiling happily.
“I mean it,” I say.
He pulls me closer to him and we lay there for awhile, just cuddling and kissing each other. Eventually we start to fall asleep. I wasn’t expecting our date to go like this at all, but I’m so glad that it did.
I can’t wait for our next opportunity to be together. I’m curious to know what other things he wants to try. He had mentioned during our auction talks that he had kinky tastes. I’ve never been tied up before, but it sounds incredibly hot.
In the short time since I have come to know him, I trust him not to hurt me. I fall asleep cuddling and dreaming of him. I feel happy and safe with him next to me. I didn’t think that would happen, but I’m so glad it has.
1 Month Later
Earlier, Brian called me and asked me out to dinner. We were both busy at work at the time, so we agreed to meet at the same restaurant where we had our first date. I was really excited about it, just like I am every time I hear from him.
After work, I hurried home and showered. I spent a few minutes obsessing about what to wear. I finally decided on a dress that accentuates my figure. I bought it after our last date.
Now I’m standing outside the restaurant, waiting for Brian. I glance at my phone. He’s two minutes late, but I’m not worried.
As I look up, I see him hurrying across the street. He hurries to my side and plants a quick kiss on my cheek.
“I’m sorry. I got stuck at the office with Andrew,” he explains apologetically.
I don’t care; I’m just happy to see him.
“It’s not a big deal, it’s only a few minutes,” I reply with a shrug.
“Let’s go inside,” he says, as he holds the door open for me.
“Thank you!” I reply.
He’s been such a gentleman since our first date.
After we are seated and waiting for our food, I notice he looks a little nervous.
“Is everything okay?” I ask him, curious.
He looks around anxiously, then nods. Our food arrives and we start eating. He seems quiet tonight, so I know something is bothering him. After a few more minutes, I put my fork down.
“Seriously, what’s wrong? Is it work?” I ask.
I’m starting to get a little concerned.
He looks up from his plate of food.
“No, everything is going great at work. Speaking of that, we’ll have more auctions coming up in a few months,” he replies. “We’ll get a commission, since we’re helping set them up, and you’ll be catering them.”
“Oh, that is great!” I say happily.
We go back to eating, and I decide to stop worrying about it. If something were really wrong, he would tell me. We are almost done eating when he clears his throat.
“Tammy, I need to ask you something,” he announces.
“Sure, go right ahead,” I reply, looking at him very seriously.
He seems nervous again, and clears his throat.
“I know everything between us has happened kind of suddenly, but I know that I want to be with you forever…” he starts to say.
Before he can even finish his sentence, the word “Yes!” is out of mouth.
“Yes?” he asks. “You’ll marry me?”
“Yes! Yes!” I shout out, happily.
We both look at each other in surprise, then start to smile while the rest of the patrons at the restaurant figure out what’s happening and start to clap. He pulls a box out of his jacket pocket. I hold out my hand as he slips the ring on my finger.
We sit there holding hands and gazing into each other’s eyes. It’s such a beautiful moment that I couldn’t be happier. Since it’s a celebration now, we order more food and champagne.
My happiness starts to dissipate, though, as I worry about the money for my business. I feel so far away from my goal, I don’t know what I am going to do. Each time I think I’m close to being able to afford the building and place a bid, some competing buyer bids even higher.
I know Brian could afford to help me if I asked him, but I can’t bring myself to do that. I’ve always been independent, so this is something I feel that I need to do on my own.