Mark and Jennifer

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

Jennifer falls in love with a geeky but lovable and charismatic man. But fears losing him a little too much.

MARK AND JENNIFER
 
She sat motionless in her chair. Friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintances engaged in hearty conversation. Despite being a wake the mood was less somber and more upbeat. But that is because it was Mark's wake. A guy so full of charisma and charm he could even make his own wake cheerful, it was almost surreal.
Mark's best friend took the vacant seat next to Jennifer. Jennifer and Mark had been together for over 2 years. He wrapped his arm around her and asked how she was doing. But she only continued to stare ahead vacantly. Before finally turning towards him, managing a weak smile. Mark's sudden death had shocked everyone.
Mark wasn't the type of guy you would expect to possess so much charisma. At least not at first. He was on the thin side and slightly geeky looking, with a perpetually receding hairline. Yet he had the most welcoming smile. It was warm and sincere. Mark was the type of guy who was always in a positive mood. He always knew what to say, how to say it, and when it say it. His self confidence never faltered. But he never came off as brash or cocky. He always seemed to put himself last. Always taking the time to help out others first. When Mark was present everyone seemed to be in a better mood. When he was absent everyone noticed. Mark's kindness and sincerity was truly genuine. And that was one of the reasons Jennifer fell in love with him.
Jennifer first met Mark through a friend at a social gathering. Initially she rejected his advances. Finding him to be a bit too geeky for her. But he was polite and persistent. Finally she caved into his charm. Jennifer found herself reluctantly falling for this man. He was so much fun to be spend time with and he he always make her laugh. His politeness was not a charade. He was a gentleman all the way through. He asked how her day was. He held the door for her. He changed her tire in the pouring rain. Surprised her on her birthday. And even rescued her kitten from a storm drain. He got her to try things she never knew she would like, opening a whole new world to her. Jennifer felt herself helplessly falling in love with this warm and sweet man. All the while wondering how the hell did this just happen? Mark made her feel like the most beautiful woman out there, that no other woman could compare to her.
But. They had been together for well over two years. And Mark had never mentioned a word about marriage, even engagement. Despite the subtle hints Jennifer would drop. Then late one night while lying beside Mark in bed a thought occurred to Jennifer. What if she were to lose Mark? Jennifer trusted him completely. But there were plenty of other women who would value a man such as Mark. And why wouldn't he propose? Jennifer rolled over on her back and opened her eyes. She stared at the ceiling through the darkness. Losing Mark would be horrible. But losing Mark to another woman? That would be simply unbearable. This thought possessed her mind and would not let go. Even as the darkness gave way to the morning light.
Mark was exhausted from a long day at work. Jennifer told him she would make him his favorite meal. Mark relaxed on the couch as she cooked for him. The fragrant aroma of cooking filling the kitchen. Adobo was his favorite meal. But he was very particular about it. And Jennifer knew how to make it just the way he liked it. This was something Jennifer relished in. She added just the right amount of ingredients. He liked it spicy. She even added something extra a dash or two of Succinylcholine. Jennifer set the plate in front of Mark and smiled at him sweetly as he ate.
Another one of Mark's friends sat beside Jennifer. Telling her if she ever needed someone to talk to, she would be there for her. Jennifer nodded politely and stared ahead at Mark's body in the coffin. He would always be hers. Now that no other woman could ever have him.
 


Submitted: June 29, 2021

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