Love at Espresso Who

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
Love last's forever. Or does it falter in the worst of times?

Submitted: July 15, 2013

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Love at Espresso Who

Seeing him made Raina’s every sense of hers tingling, from the tips of her nose to the tips of her toes, he had a hold of her.

That surfer boy look, would normally have sent Raina running for the hills, but this boy was different, something totally tantalizing about him made her want to know every inch of him.

It was late October, the time of year when the leaves start to fall, pumpkins get carved, and ghost stories are told. It was also the time of year when the Alpha’s of Georgetown campus held their annual Spooktacular, where all of the other sororities came to party the night away. This meant that the infamous Delta Zeta sisters— who are the most popular at Georgetown would dress in tight costumes, and hook the Alpha boys in. God knows those boys didn’t stand a chance when the Zeta’s set their charm.

Standing with her hands on her hips, and caramel curls cascading down her back, Raina stood in front of the mirror.

“M. I don’t belong with the Zeta’s, do I?” she referred to her modesty, running her hands along her bumble-bee costume. Mallory James joined in the reflection, placing a hand delicately on Raina, “You belong here as much as the rest of us…” she smiled at Raina’s reflection, “Besides you’re just classier than the rest of us.”

Raina laughed, the kind that was contagious, “I’m not going to date an Alpha am I?”

It was almost like one of the Ten Commandments at the Delta Zeta house to date an Alpha. It would be like a sin to date anyone else.

Mallory unlike all the other Zeta’s was the most understanding and knew that the only good reason to be in the sorority was because of the perks, and how it looked on resumes. Getting invited to Alpha parties was just extra, along with everything else.

Mallory shrugged, “It’s a dumb rule.”

Raina remembered what the queen bee of the Zeta’s, Jessica Kranz, said, “Number one rule is you have to date an Alpha, if you don’t, you can say goodbye to the Zeta house.” Thinking it would be easy, Raina spent her entire first semester messing around, and never taking the time to get serious with any Alpha.

“Maybe tonight!” Mallory offered, pushing her stick straight flaming hair behind her ears.

Raina shrugged, and adjusted her top. Raina hadn’t wanted to be in the sorority, it was all her mother’s idea. Mrs. Miller said that it was the only way to have a classy college experience. Little did Mrs. Miller know that there was nothing remotely classy about the Zetas.

Raina shrugged and the two walked the quick two minutes to the Alpha’s house where a group of rowdy Alpha’s wrestled in the front yard. The girls tried their best to weave passed the four unscathed.

As the night went on Raina felt more and more alone, her entire year at Georgetown had consisted of too much partying, little studying, and many lonely nights. Tonight was no different, Raina sat on the couch the entire night alone, watching Zeta’s pair up with the Alpha’s and again she was alone.

After sitting for hours by herself, Raina finally came to the brilliant conclusion that leaving the party and going to her favorite coffee place was the way to go. Since Mallory had disappeared with a very drunk boy like all the other Delta Zeta’s, Raina felt no reason to sit back and watch make-out sessions take place.

Walking along the heavily wooded pass that would take her to Espresso Who, Raina felt that same satisfaction of being peacefully alone, away from the sorority.

Espresso Who was quaint, homey, and had the kind of staff that makes you feel like you belong. That must have been the reason why Raina always came here when she felt lost and unhappy. Espresso Who was off campus, but not too long of a walk from the sorority house, which meant that Raina could pity those high school kids who got stood up, and judge the girls with no class at all. It was also the place where Raina met Adam.

Raina was sitting in her usual corner booth, the one with the three vertical rips down the leather, and the names ‘Alice and Andrew’ carved into the wooden table. It had the best view of the front door, and behind the counter, giving Raina a bird’s eye view of all the drama. Raina never had visitors and only the occasional barista asking if she’d like another cup, or to let her know it was closing time. Tonight though, was different.

Just as Raina was sipping her Caramel Macchiato and reading Sarah Dessen’s latest novel, a voice captured her attention. Someone was speaking angrily, and when Raina looked up she saw a gun pointed straight at the staff.

The girl behind the counter was quivering as she opened the cash register when Raina saw someone tackle the guy with the gun. While a couple customers held the perp down, Raina comforted the lone barista, who was only about seventeen.

It wasn’t until the police came that Raina saw the man who had single handedly save the eight lives in Espresso Who. Seeing him made Raina’s every sense of hers tingling, from the tips of her nose to the tips of her toes, he had a hold of her. That surfer boy look, would normally have sent Raina running for the hills, but this boy was different, something totally tantalizing about him made her want to know every inch of him.

Just as Raina was passing the guy who made every part of her body awaken, he called after her. “Hey!”

Raina tried to maintain her cool, and turned to look at the dazzling blue eyes that looked back at her, “Hi.”

“Thanks for comforting that girl, I’m not really good at that stuff…” he ran a hand through his hair, which made Raina swoon.

Raina tried to imagine herself as cool and confident, “Yeah, well, thanks for saving our lives.”

He chuckled a low deep murmur, “Adam,” he offered his hand.

Against Raina’s better judgment she returned the handshake, “Raina.”

Smiling, “Raina,” he repeated.

Feeling obligated Raina finished, “Raina Miller.”

He smiled again, exposing perfectly straight teeth, “Adam Kohls.”

 

As sirens rang in the distance, Adam sighed, “Well, Miss Miller, maybe I’ll see you again, maybe tomorrow? At Espresso Who?”

Raina couldn’t help but smile, “Maybe you will Mr. Kohls.”

As they said their farewells Raina couldn’t help but be incredibly pleased with herself. She had kept her act together, and hopefully appeared to be as collected as she had tried.

The next day at Espresso Who, exactly at nine o’ clock Raina met Adam at the spot she usually sat at, the corner booth.

His shirt was tucked in, and he was reading some book by Steven King, and appeared to be drinking some kind of cold espresso, “You look beautiful.”

Raina couldn’t help but blush, “You don’t look too bad yourself.”

 

She had no idea how her newfound confidence had come about, but she liked it, and even more she liked Adam.

“I’ve been stationed her for the military, on call for deployment.”

She stirred her tea nervously, “I’m going to Georgetown for Literature.”

He looked surprised, which made Raina’s stomach to flip flops, “Wow, you must be really smart.”

She blushed, “I don’t know.”

“Well brilliant, probably. So how often do you come to Espresso?”

She examined his dirty blonde hair, how it looked so soft almost like angel hair, “Almost every day.”

He looked surprised again, “And I have never seen you? How could I miss such a beautiful girl?”

Raina blushed again, and when Adam touched her hand it was obvious that they had a lot of chemistry.

That’s exactly how Raina and Adam started dating. Of course the Zeta’s weren’t happy when they found out, and ultimately decided to kick her out, but in the end it was Mallory who managed to keep her from being thrown to the curb.

“It’s a stupid rule!” she exclaimed at the sister meeting.

Jessica Kranz whipped her blonde hair to the side, “You don’t get to speak, Mallory. You knew all about Raina’s little rendezvous and yet you said nothing. You are just as guilty.”

“No. Jess, I’m sick of this shit. You act like you are top shit, and honestly you are dirt beneath my feet, if you really believe you can control who people fall in love with.”

All the girls decided that Mallory had a point, and the rule was eliminated, as well as Jessica being the queen bee of the sorority.

Raina and Adam spent almost every night at Espresso Who, sharing Mocha’s and Latte’s, and debating over what Raina’s novel should be about.

“Well I think it should be about a beautiful goddess named Raina who falls madly in love with a peasant named Adam, and they live happily ever after!” Adam giggled as he plopped some whipped cream on Raina’s nose.

Raina couldn’t help but laugh, and return the whipped cream, “You are sweet.”

“Not as sweet as you…” he smiled gently kissing Raina for the first time.

For the next five months Raina and Adam dated and there was not a moment of fighting. Everything had been going smoothly, and Raina was starting to feel as though she might just marry this man. The two had even moved in with each other, and there was much talk about marriage and children.

In late August the following year, Adam had gotten down on one knee inside Espresso Who next to their favorite booth. Taking Raina’s hand, Adam’s eyes glistened under the light, “Raina will you marry me?”

Adam’s question took Raina’s breath away, bringing tears to her eyes, “Of course, I will!”

The wedding was beautiful, Espresso Who rented out their café for the reception and treated all the customers to anything on their menu, which was a big hit. The ceremony took place at Adam’s parent’s house in the burbs with sensational terraces, crystal chandeliers, and gorgeous roses scattered everywhere.

The following month Adam was deployed to Afghanistan, and Raina became an army wife, “I’m begging you not to go,” she cried on his uniform.

“I don’t have a choice,” Adam cringed.

Raina couldn’t help her sobs, “What if something happened to you?”

“Nothing’s going to happen to me, babe.”

Raina kept her head down as Adam kissed her head, “I’ll write you, everyday.”

“Promise me you’ll be careful?” she asked caressing her belly which now carried their first child.

He kissed her gently, “I promise.”

Raina couldn’t help but shake and sob as Adam’s bus drove off in the distance. She didn’t know if she’d ever see the love of her life again, but she did know that the love they had could last an eternity.

Adam wasn’t there when their son, Alecsandrew was born, though he did send his love by mail every week.

Dearest Raina,

It’s hot here, about ninety-nine degrees this week. The guys and I have been filling up water bottles and throwing them at each other to cool off. I can’t believe I missed your call about Alecsandrew. I am SO sorry I couldn’t have been there for any of it. I seriously wish I never joined the military, because I could have been with you. Just know that it will only be a few months before I come home. Then we can get on with our lives. I haven’t battled anyone yet, and I hope I don’t have to. I wouldn’t want to come home with those war memories implanted in my brain. I hope your novel is going well, and give a big kiss to our little man for me.

All my love, always,

Adam

Adam,

I miss you every day. I included a picture in the envelope of Alec. He looks identical to you, my love. He even laughs the same as you, I can’t believe he’ll be a year in two months. I wish you could be here, you have missed so much, but don’t worry we’ve got forever. Please be safe out there, and no, I wouldn’t want you coming home with those hauntings either. I love you, and the girls at Espresso Who keep asking about you. Carla—the girl you saved when we first met, she says thank you for saving her life, and to be safe in Afghanistan. She’s a really sweet girl, and I introduced her to Timmy (the younger twin). I think they hit it off, because she’s wearing his class ring. The house is beautiful, we’re finally completely unpacked. I keep your picture next to the bed, and I kiss it every night, but I’d rather be kissing the real you. Alec sends his baby love, I’m sure.

With all my heart and soul, love,

Raina

The letters continued for months, they’d been coming just like Adam had promised. The news came a little after midnight, a week before Adam was scheduled to come home. The phone rang loudly, and woke up Alec leading to his Pterodactyl cries.

“Hello?” Raina whispered, bouncing Alec on her knee.

“Mrs. Kohls?” a man’s voice asked very melancholy.

Raina felt her heart pounding, only bad news came this late at night, “Yes?”

“This is Sergeant Swayze. I’m sorry to inform you, but your husband was in an explosion. He’s alive, but he lost both of his legs.”

Raina couldn’t comprehend what the sergeant was saying. How could this happen to her? She fell to the floor sobbing and the baby began to cry. She spent the next few days while her husband got shipped home, making preparations for her him. This consisted in many phone calls to the Veterans Association, the insurance company, and contractors. Raina knew they would have to remodel the house to make it accessible for Adam.

When Adam came home Raina felt a mixture of emotions, she was thrilled he was home, but devastated of his state. Losing one leg was tough but both was just unbearable. Adam spent much time in physical therapy, and lost a lot of interest in things he used to enjoy, like reading.

“I just want to run, I don’t want to read about f-ing runners. I want to run!” Adam cried, slamming one of his many sports novels on the ground.

Raina dusted of the book and set it aside, “I know, my love.”

These kinds of interactions happened a lot. All Raina could really do was comfort and support Adam. They spent lots of time trying to get Adam better, and many nights having long conversations about their lives. This night in particular would change the course of their forever.

Adam was lying in their hammock; with Raina by his side both stargazing in the late summer night, “Have you fallen out of love with me?”

Raina flabbergasted responded, “What? No!”

Tears started to stream down Adam’s face, “Even because I’m different now?” he gestured to his legs.

Raina took his face into her palms, “I will love you forever. No matter how much you mess up in life, no matter how much you lose, no matter how much trouble you get into, I will always love every single piece of you, forever and always.”

The two kissed passionately before falling asleep in each other’s arms, and drifting into forever together.


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