worth a 1000 words

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
james and his girlfriend go on a hunt at a local new york pier.

Submitted: April 27, 2016

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Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!
My phone vibrated loudly on my bedside table. Who was trying to call me at six in the morning! I squinted my eyes and looked at the screen. "What did I do to deserve this," I said when I answered the phone.
"C'mon Beautiful! It's time to get up. You wanted to see the sunrise, didn't you?" My boyfriend, James, was always a morning person. Not me. I might have mentioned to him last week that I had never seen the whole sunrise happen. Now he was punishing me.
I rolled my eyes but couldn't help but smile. "James, I know I said I wanted to see a sunrise. But, I didn't mean anytime soon. I do not want to spend my day off at the pier, at six in the morning, waiting for the sun."
I heard James chuckling on the other line. "Ok fine. Would you like to spend your day off at the pier, at six in the morning, waiting for the sun with me?"
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At the pier, I sat on the concrete edge yawning almost every few minutes. James, stood on top of the concrete scanning the still dark sky. "I can't believe you talked me into this," I mumbled, mostly to myself, even though he heard me.
He jumped down from the stoop. "No offense, baby, you didn't really put up much of a fight. I had so many more argumentative points to use and you just gave up."
I playfully slapped his arm. He fought back by grabbing my arms and hoisting me onto his knee. I wrapped my arm around his shoulders and rested my head against his, closing my eyes. "You're lucky I love you."
James kissed my forehead. "No, you're lucky I love you." With my eyes still closed, I asked, "Why am I lucky?"
"Because," he said softly, "You would've missed this." He gently shook me and made me open his eyes. I looked in the same direction and gasped. The sky was starting to light up. It was painted brilliant blues, golds, and pinks. Right in the center, was the beginning of the rise of the sun. "You're right, James. I am lucky you love me. I'm lucky to have a guy like you."
After the sun was fully risen, we stood up from the stoop and started walking back to my apartment. We were just about home, when James stopped suddenly.
"Damn," he mumbled. "I think I forgot my watch back at the pier."
I scrunched my eyebrows together. "I didn't even see you take it off. Are you sure?"
James checked both of his pockets and responded, "Yeah. I took it off to keep time on the sunrise. Do you want to go back with me?"
I nodded and we started back down toward the pier.
We walked up and down the length of the concrete edge, but his watch was nowhere to be seen. I could tell James was getting mad. "Did you check over here," I asked for about the twentieth time.
Sounding a bit irritable, he replied, "Yes, baby. I checked over there about three times." I sat down on the slab of concrete and sighed. "Well I'm sorry, James, but I think it's safe to say your watch is gone."
He took his hat off and ran his hands through his hands. "My dad gave me that watch for my eighteenth birthday. I really want to keep looking."
I grabbed James' hand and pulled him towards me. "Ok we can. But, you can atleast sit down for a minute and maybe think where you left it."
James reluctantly sat beside me and kept his hand intertwined with mine. "Do you remember putting it back on your wrist? Like maybe the clasp broke or something."
"I didn't put it back on my wrist. I remember sliding it into my pocket,' he replied with a sigh.
"Ok. Do you have any rips or holes in your pocket. It could've fell out," I suggested. He looked down at the khaki shorts he was wearing and felt for any holes. "Nope," he responded. "No holes. No rips. I think I'm just gonna give up, babe. It's not going to turn up anywhere."
He tried to stand up. "Hold on, James dear, I'm not giving up. Did we check the whole concrete surrounding?"
James rolled his eyes. "Yes. We walked this thing three times. It's not here."
I crossed my leg. "Don't get discouraged yet, honey. It could be laying on the ground and we passed by it." Knowing it was worth a shot to look, we began circling the concrete edge again. Once we came back to the start, he sat back down, sulking.
"It's not here. It's no use to keep looking for it." James hung his head down.
I looked behind him, at the ocean. "Do you think it might have fallen into the wate?" James looked also and shrugged his shoulders. "That's probably what happened. Oh well, you ready to head back?"
"Yeah...I guess," I murmured. I stood up with James and wrapped my arms around his waist. "I'm sorry about your watch, sweetheart. I know it meant alot to you."
He hugged me back and kissed my cheek. "Thanks, baby. I am a little bummed about the watch, but it's replaceable. Thanks for coming to look with me."
"Just as long as you never leave me behind, like your watch," I replied jokingly. James gave me a small smile. "Don't worry," he responded, "I won't leave you no matter what."
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We were just about to climb the steps to my apartment when I stopped short at the sidewalk. James turned around and looked at me with a confused expression. "What is it, babe?"
I tapped my finger to my chin and shrugged my shoudlers. "I just wanted to make sure I'm clear on something," I replied casually.
"Ok. What's that?" James climbed back down the steps and turned to face me.
"You said, back there, that you wouldn't leave me no matter what, right?"
James continued having the same confused look, but nodded. "Right. No matter what...why?"
I put my hand behind my back. "So, what if, for instance, I took your watch earlier this morning and kept it hidden from you this whole time making you search for aimlessly and finally giving up? Would you leave me?"
James' eyes widened. "You didn't..."
I pulled the watch out of my back pocket and dangled it in front of him, laughing. At first, I saw anger flash across his face. "That's what you get for waking me up at 6am, babe."
James smirked and started chasing me down the sidewalk.


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