Chloe finds true love

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
Chloe is a young woman who is tormented by her past. But when she meets a handsome stranger and has to decide whether or not to trust him and her feelings.

Submitted: August 02, 2010

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Submitted: August 02, 2010

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Chloe finds true love
 
 
I met the love of my life 7 years ago from this day. I was walking in the park and it was very hot, I had gone out of the house to get away from my work for a few hours and I had liked the idea of a nice peaceful walk in the park. It was busy there though that day and it was hard to find somewhere where I could just sit down and relax. It took me half an hour just to find a quite place and when I did I felt like my body was on fire. It was so hot and every in the shade where I had sat it was still hot.
I removed my jacket and lay down on my back looking up through the tree branches towards the bright blue sky. I had just started to relax when something threw itself at me. A golden Labrador had ran right up to me and jump on my chest causing my lung to be crushed. I coughed as air entered my body again and the dog was now sat next to me licking my face.
“Well, hello there” I said to the dog as I rubbed its head.
“Damn it girl, there you are?” a strangers voice shouted.
I turned around and saw a man walking toward me and the dog. He was extremely handsome with dark brown hair that he pushed out of his face; he had green eyes which reminded me of the leaves on the trees surrounding us. He seemed quite tall and had a well muscled body, he wasn’t overly big but his muscles were big enough for it to me obvious that he worked out regularly.
“I’m so sorry, she ran off before I could put her lead on and she was too fast for me to catch before she ran in here.”
“Um, no problem”, my voice was a bit shaky as I talked to the handsome stranger.
As he approached instead of going towards his dog he crouched down next to me, “Are you ok?” he asked.
“Huh, yeah I’m fine, she just jumped on me” I reassured him.
“Oh well okay then”, he stood up, grabbed his dogs collar and clipped his lead onto it so as he couldn’t run off again. “It was nice to meet you...”
“Chloe, my names Chloe”, I smiled up at him. I knew it seemed irrational and strange but I didn’t want him to leave, I felt drawn to him in a way that I had never felt drawn to a man. I was 29 and I had never been in love, I mean sure there had been times when I thought I was in love but it always turned out that it wasn’t. But this man instantly drew me to him and made me feel warm inside.
“It was nice to meet you Chloe, I’m Jared. Well goodbye” He said as he turned around.
I felt a sudden coldness within my heart as he turned away from me and walked away. But then he stopped walking and turned back towards me and I was filled with warmth again. “I was wondering if you would like to get a coffee with me.” He seemed nervous as he said it and it made my heart beat race.
“Sure” I said instantly, I didn’t even need to think about it all I knew was that I would do anything just to stay with him a little while longer.
He smiled at me, “Great, I know a perfect little cafe just around the corner” he announced as he helped me up.
We walked together side by side and every now and again our bear arms would brush against each other, but we never moved away from each other.
 
When we arrived at the cafe I was pleased to see that it was only small and it was quite too. We sat outside at a small table for two so his dog could sit with us. He went and got our drinks and when he came back and sat down I tried to offer to pay but he wouldn’t have it.
“No, no I asked you so I pay” he sounded firm but I tried once more.
“Are you sure? I wouldn’t mind paying at all.” I said honestly.
“No I got it” he reassured me.
I didn’t press it any further and instead we talked about everything from work to our favourite colour. I found out that his dogs name was called Echo because she never came when he called her.
We must have been sat there for hours when he finally said that he had to get going. I admit I was upset about leaving and never seeing him again and it seemed that he was reluctant to go to.
“Um, I was wondering if maybe you wanted to go out to dinner with me sometime.” He seemed unsure as he asked me, as if he was expecting to be let down.
“I’d love to” I said trying to mask just how excited I was, but I don’t think it worked because his smile grew at my expression.
“Okay, well we could go out tonight, or we could maybe do it tomorrow if you think it’s too soon.”
“No tonight sounds good” I knew I sounded maybe too eager but I just didn’t think I could wait until tomorrow evening to see him.
After it told him my address we agreed that he would pick me up at 7 and he would take me to dinner. He kissed my cheek before he said goodbye and walked away.
 
I had walked home as fast as I could with my leg feeling like jelly after he had kissed my cheek. I hadn’t been intimate with a man for a few years and just that slightest touch of his lips against my skin had drove me wild. I hadn’t even wanted to kiss another guy after my last boyfriend, but I found myself wanting to do much more than just kiss him.
I had worked for the rest of the day so as I wouldn’t have to worry about it later, and when I finished I looked at the time and realised I had 2 hours to get ready.
When I was ready I looked in the floor length mirror in my room to check that I looked good, and I did. I was wearing a close fitting short black dress which showed just enough of my cleavage. I had smoky eyes and glistening pink lips.
I heard the door bell ring so I grabbed my purse but not my jacket as it was warm out and went quickly to the door. I stood at the door, took a deep breath and opened it to see Jared stood right outside.
“Wow you look amazing” Jared said wide-eyed. I was glad to see him look at my breasts and take a deep breath. He looked back up and offered me his arm, “Shall we?”
I took his arm and we walked to his car, he opened the door for me and helped me in, then closed the door behind me and got in the driver’s seat.
But instead of turning on the engine he turned in his seat and looked at me. “I have two choices of where we could go as I didn’t know if you would think my first idea acceptable on a first date.”
“Oh, well okay what are my choices?” I asked
“Well I remembered that you said you liked quiet places so I thought we could go for a picnic in the park because it’s nice and quiet there and very beautiful at night. But then I thought that maybe you wouldn’t be comfortable doing that as a first date with someone you don’t know so we could go to a restaurant if you would prefer?”
I knew that I should choose the restaurant because I didn’t even really know Jared very well, but I loved the idea of a nice picnic in the park at night and I could resist the idea. “I’d love to go to the park.”
He seemed very happy at my choice as he turned the engine on and drove to the park.
 
When we arrived he helped me out of the car first and then got the picnic basket from the back of his car as well as a soft blanket. He walked over to me and took my hand, at the touch of your skin on mine I felt a rush of heat race you my arm, “Lead the way” I said breathlessly to him.
My eyes never left you so I was surprised when you stopped and said we were here. I looked and realised that it was the same place that we had met earlier that day. Before I could say anything you told me to look up, and when I did I saw that you had covered the branches above us in small lights and it make then look like stars. It was the most beautiful thing anyone had ever done for me.
Jared knelt on the floor and laid out the blanked below the lights, when it was smoothed out on the floor he sat down and took my hand, guiding me to sit down next to him. I did as he wanted still looking up at the light above us.
“Do you like it? It took me ages to put them up.” He asked me.
I looked down from the lights and looked into his eyes, “its beautiful... thank you so much.”
Jared reached up his hand and put it on my cheek, lightly brushing it with his thumb, “You’re beautiful”
I leaned forward put my lips on yours, I had planned for it to be a quick peck on the lips but as soon as my lips touched yours, that heat I had felt earlier surged through me and I put my arms around your neck and deepened the kiss.
Your return my kisses with your own and you lean back on the blanket, pulling me with you. His tongue meets mine and I moan at the pleasure he’s making me feel. But he pulls back when he hears that and looks into my eyes, “Maybe we should slow down a little, have something to eat?” he asks breathlessly. My face must have shown my disappointment at what he had said because he tried to reassure me, “It’s not that I didn’t like it, just that we only just met and I don’t want you to think I’m a gentlemen. So how about we eat something and then we revisit what we were doing” he added cheekily.
I grinned cheekily back and him and sat back up. “Okay, I am actually pretty hungry.”
“Well good because I’ve got plenty of food.”
As it turned out he did have a lot of food and when we were both finished, there was still plenty left. We lay back and looked up towards the light in the branches and I felt happier than I had felt in a long time. This man had made me feel happier in just the two days I had known him, than in the past 5 years of my life.
I didn’t know how he felt about me though and it scared me to think that he may not like me in the same way.
“I just wanted you to know that I had a really great time and I understand that you probably don’t feel the same way about me, but I really like you. Which is kinda freaking me out because I only met you yesterday, but you’ve made me happier than I have been in a long time. So I just wanted to thank you for making this date so perfect.” I blurted out in a rush.
“Chloe”, he said softly to me, “Chloe look at me...please?” I took a deep breath and turn my face to look at him.
He was looking in my eyes and he had a crooked smile on his face, he reached up his hand and placed it on my cheek. “I really like you too Chloe and I’m glad you’re having a good time. I wanted everything to be perfect.”
“And it is perfect, everything is beautiful.”
He leaned towards me but stopped just before his lips touched mine. “Yes it is”, then he leaned in closer and pressed his lips against mine. His lips were soft and gentle against mine and it filled my heart with warmth. But then his lips became more urgent and pressed hard against mine, which caused me to panic asI sensed his passion and desire.
I pulled back quickly and sat upright, “I’m sorry, but I can’t.” I said reluctantly. “It’s not that I don’t want to its just, I only met you yesterday and I’m not ready to... it’s just too quick. I’m sorry.”
“Hey, it ok don’t panic, we can slow things down, that’s fine” He sat upright next to me and took my hand in his. “Don’t worry its okay, I understand.” I tried to smile at him but I don’t know whether it was very affective or not. “How about I pack everything up and I take you home?”
I nodded reluctantly at him. He helped me up and packed everything away, then drove me home. He stopped the engine when we got to my house and the atmosphere in the car was awkward. None of us had said anything since he had helped me in the car and now I didn’t know whether I should say anything or whether I should just get out of the car, run inside my house and close the door behind me. Thankfully though before I could decide he spoke to me.
“Look...I understand if you don’t want to see me again after what happened. I really didn’t mean to push you, it’s just that I like you, really like you, and I couldn’t help it. I’m sorry.”
“Wait, no... I mean I like you a lot too it’s just...” I put my hands in my lap and moved them around nervously.  
 “What is it?” he asked. His voice sounded soothing and comforting and I found myself wanting to tell him what was wrong. So before I could chicken out I invited him inside for a coffee and so I could talk to him about something important. He accepted my offer and we went inside.
“Would you like some coffee?” I asked as we walked into the kitchen.
“Sure that would be great.”
I made two mugs of coffee and we sat at the breakfast bar opposite each other. I wound my hands around my mug and looked down whilst I spoke.
“I need to tell you something and then you can decide if you ever want to see me again-“
“Of course I want to see you again-“
“Please... don’t say anything until I’m finished because this is hard enough for me as it is, so I’ve just got to say it quick before I change my mind.”
He didn’t interrupt so I took that as a signal to continue.
“Eight years ago I met a man called Shawn. We dated for 3 years and I was completely happy, I thought my life was perfect with good job and a wonderful man who loved me. I thought he loved me like I loved him and it was coming up for our anniversary and I thought he was going to propose to me. Anyway the day came and I had to work in the morning so I decided to surprise him by turning up at his apartment with a bottle of champagne. So I went home and got dressed into a new dress I had bought especially, and I did all my makeup and made myself look really nice for him.
So when I was ready I called a cab and went over to his apartment, I opened his front door with the spare key I took the day before to surprise him, but he wasn’t in the living room. Then I thought that maybe he had his own secret anniversary plans so I went to his bedroom.” I took a deep breath to calm myself and continued. “So I opened the door expecting some romantic evening he had planned, but in fact when I opened the door I found him in bed with another woman.”
I heard Jared gasp so I quickly continued before he could interrupt me. “I was heartbroken by it and I even thought about suicide when he broke up with me and blamed me for ruining our relationship. He said that I hadn’t cared enough about him and so he found someone else who did.
Anyway I was bad for a couple of years, I had to go and see a shrink every day, I had to take anti-depressants and for a while I had to go stay with my parents again because everyone I knew thought I was going to try and hurt myself if I was alone.” I felt a tear roll down my cheek so I quickly wiped it away. “But anyway, I got better and I learned to handle everything in my life again and I don’t have to take the drugs anymore and I only go and see a shrink if I think I need to, and I live alone again. And even though I am better, it’s hard for me to try and trust another person. With is hard because I really like you and I want to get to know you better, but I had to tell you that before I try because if I do try and I get hurt again...I just don’t think I could handle it. And I know I have probably completely freaked you out but I needed to tell you all of that so you could decide if you want to see me again, and I completely understand if you don’t.”
I just sat there and waited until he said something, I didn’t rush him and I didn’t say anything because I understood that he had to process what I had told him. I don’t know how long I sat there and waited, but it felt like hours. But when he finally spoke I still couldn’t look at him.
“I’m so, so sorry”
“I understand, I had a good time thank you and it was nice to meet you. So if you could be so kind as to let you’re self out, then that would be really helpful and-“
“Would you look at me Chloe? I’m not leaving.” I was so shocked by what he said that when I looked up I forgot about the tears running down my face. “Don’t cry, its okay” He said as he wipes the tears gently from my face with his hands.
When all of my tears were gone he got up and walked around to stand beside me, he reached down and turned my chair to face him. He leaned down and kissed me tenderly on the cheek, and then he whispered in my ear, “I’m so sorry that you had to go through all of that, and I promise to you right now that you will never have to go through that ever again because I’m here now, and I will never, ever do anything to hurt you, I promise.”
I didn’t know what to say so I leaned the side of my head against his and held onto him. I couldn’t believe what had just happened. I had told him all of that and he still wanted to be with me, maybe even more than he did before. I had fallen in love with him. I knew it sounded crazy because we had only met yesterday, but I was more in love with Jared than I had ever been with anyone else. I felt safe around him and happy, and I loved him so much.
“Um, I’ve got to go so as I can get some sleep but I will call you in the morning okay?” He asked as he slowly pulled away from me.”I would have stayed like that all night but I think we should take things slow, but me staying here over night wouldn’t be taking it slow so I will call you in the morning and arrange another date.”
“Okay” I smiled. “I’ll, walk you out.”
He grabbed his jacket from the table and I walked him out the door. He stopped right outside and looked at me. “I’ll see you tomorrow, have a good night.” He leaned in and kissed me on the cheek again. He started to turn and walk away but looked at me again. “Oh and um... I love you.”
I rushed forward and pecked him on the lips, “I love you too.” With that he turn stepped back, said goodbye, got in his car and drove away.
That night I slept better than I had had in 5 years and for the very first time, and I felt cared for and loved.

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