9000 miles and a cold

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Review Chain

Part 3 of the 9000 miles series of short stories

Submitted: March 10, 2018

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Submitted: March 10, 2018



Ray put on his new dark blue shirt, a pair of black jeans and navy blue converse. He fixed his hair, put on some perfume and folded up his sleeves to his elbows. He checked himself out in the mirror. He didn't look half bad. But his mind wandered to what his girlfriend might be wearing today. Would it be that red dress he had seen in her wardrobe, or that tight black one he had gotten her last week. He tried picturing her in both dresses but he knew nothing could even compare to the real deal.

He had planned to take Cassie out this weekend to a fancy Italian Restaurant. Love for Italian food was something they shared in common and he had found the perfect place. It was the only thing that had been on his mind for the entire week. Ray found it hard to think about anything else. He just couldn't wait to see her again, make stupid jokes, watch her laugh and then have her in his arms at the end of the night.

Just then his phone rang, sure enough it was his girl.

"Hey babe" he answered.

"Hey" she responded in a coarse voice, "listen i'm really sorry but i don't think i can make it tonight. I don't feel too good. Think i'm coming down with something."

"Oh..." Ray said, his face fell. He was really looking forward to the date, "Are you okay?"

"I think it's just a cold but I feel really tired. I'm so sorry babe" she said.

"Ahh it's fine. Don't overwork your body too much. Get some rest"

"Yeah I will. Love you"

"I love you"

Ray sat down on the bed, his shoulders slumped. he slowly turned his phone in his fingers, not knowing what else to do. He let out a deep sigh. He then stood up annd decided to change his clothes. As he unbuttoned his shirt, he began to realize how much he missed her and wanted to see her. Should he go visit her? Check if she's okay... Maybe even stay and take care of her? But what if she rather be left alone to rest. What should he do?

After a few minutes of pondering, he lifted his head and said "Fuck it."

He buttoned his shirt back on, snatched up his keys and left. He drove his car to the nearest grocery store and picked up a couple of things. He billed and payed for them before taking them back to the car. He then made his way directly towards her house. He reached in the next few minutes, parked out front and got out. Ray walked up to her door and knocked.

He waited for a while before he heard the door being unlocked. Cassie opened it wearing her PJs, her face looked red and her eyes slightly swollen. Her hair was in a mess too. Yet for some reason he couldn't stop staring at her. She was so beautiful, even when she was weary and sick looking, her beauty knew no bounds. He wanted to grab her right there and kiss her but he controlled himself. Cassie looked at him with surprise, her eyebrows shot up but a small smile broke upon her lips.

"Hi?" she asked confused.

"Hi," he said with a sly smile, "can i come in?"

Cassie shook her head at him with an expression like 'what am i going to do with you'. She opened the door further and stepped back a little.

"Sure" she said.

Ray stepped in and went into the kitchen to put down the things from the store.

"You going to tell me why you're here?" she asked, coughing into her fist.

"You make it sound like you're unhappy i came" he said, acting hurt.

"Shut up Dork..."

Ray smiled at her playfully, "I'm here to take care of you"

"Oh? To take care of me?"

"Yeah, i wanted to be with you." he stepped towards her, "so be quiet and let me pamper you."

Then he suddenly lifted her off the ground and carried her in his arms. Cassie, surprised at first, threw her arms around his neck for support.

Ray casually carried her towards the couch and made her sit down. He turned on the TV and gave her the remote. He then  went and got a blanket from her bedroom and wrapped it tight around her like a cocoon. He bent his head and kissed her forehead.

"Comfy?" he asked.

"Very" she replied, "thank you."

"Okay, put on something you want to watch, I'll be right back."

Ray went back into the kitchen and heated a pan of water. He poured in the soup mix he got from the store. Stirred it till it was ready. He then took out a few slices of bread and heated them with a little butter and grated some cheese on top, topping it with oregano and some chopped chives. He then poured the soup in a bowl and carried everything back to the couch.

Cassie watched him coming with a smile, "Babe, you didn't have to do that."

"I hate when you say that. I did it because i wanted to, now hush."

Ray sat down next to her, with the bowl of soup in his hands. He scooped up some with a spoon and started to blow the heat away. Then he lifted it up to her lips as she sipped it and swallowed. He gave her a bite of the bread and the cheese got stuck on her chin. The two laughed and he gently wiped it away with a finger. Cassie licked it off playfully. He poked her nose.

"Ouch" she said.

"You're adorable" he said.

"I'm sick"

"Don't care... you're still the most beautiful woman i ever laid my eyes on."

Ray couldn't tell if she was blushing or her cheek were red because of the cold. Either way, she looked away from him shyly, focusing on the TV. He continued to feed her till she had emptied her bowl. Ray put them into the sink and came back soon. He sat next to her on the couch and pulled her into his chest.

"Babe... you'll get sick too" she complained.

Ray tilted her face up to make her look at him. "It'll be worth it though."

Again she drew her gaze away from him, this time by burrying her face in his shirt. Ray held onto her tight. He opened up her blanket and thew it around the both of them. He then pulled her legs onto his lap, and held tightly onto her waist. With his free hand he began stroking her hair softly.

"Mmm... that feels nice" she said.

"Good... ooo by the way, i made popcorn."

He handed her the bowl and freshly made popcorn and she laughed. Together they cuddled and watched a movie ont he TV, with her munching away noisyly. She may have been focusing on the movie but Ray only had eyes for her. The day may not have went according to plan. But at least he got to see her again. His mind was at ease.

The got over and Cassie let out a yawn.

"Tired?" he asked.


"Wanna go lay down?"


Ray smiled and shook his head. He loved those cute sounds she made. He turned the TV off and took the empty bowl back to the kitchen. When he came back she reached out her hands wanting to be carried again. Ray lifted her off and once again carried her. He made his way to her bedroom upstairs. He placed her gently on the bed, covering her body, making her as cozy as possible.

"Will you stay with me till i fall asleep?" she asked.

"Of course i will."

Cassie smiled and lifted then blanket, "coming?" she asked.

Ray crawled in, wrapping his arms around her. Moving his body into hers, hugging her warmly. He interlocked her legs with his and gave her a kiss on the back of her neck.

"I love your kisses" she said.

He smirked, "And I love kissing you"

"Really? I hadn't noticed" she teased.

"Shut up," he said, pinching her cheek.


The two laughed a little and just lay there on the bed. Holding, cuddling, not wanting to let go. That's how it was meant to be between them. It was never about fancy dates or sex. It was about this. Being there for each other, through everything. Through the good times and the bad and everything in between. It's not about what you want when it comes to love, it's about what you're willing to give. And there was nothing Ray wouldn't give to keep her happy. That was how much he loved her. Unconditional, boundless and immeasurable.

Ray leaned in towards her and whispered, "I love you Cass, always and forever"

He then kissed her cheek one last time before she drifted off to a long, peaceful sleep. Ray wondered if she was dreaming about him. He was sure he would dream about her. He closed his eyes and found himself realizing that he was able to have her in his arms at the end of the night just like he had wanted.

Ray smiled as he fell asleep, hugging the woman that stole his heart.

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