This is a piece I started writing in high school. Unfortunately I haven’t finished it as yet. Please let me know what you think.

James decided what he wanted quite quickly, beckoned a waiter over to take their orders and then turned back to her.

            “Thank you for the roses and teddy bear; they were a lovely surprise sat outside my house first thing this morning.”  She said.  “And for all this.”  She gestured to the restaurant in general.  “You really shouldn’t have gone to all this trouble.”

            “Anything for you babe, I wanted tonight to be special for you.”

She smiled and then had some more of her drink.  Within minutes the waiter was back with their starters.  Both were quite hungry and so ate without ceremony.  Twenty minutes later their empty plates were being cleared and replaced with the main course.  “There is something I wanted to talk to you about though.”  He said breaking the long silence.

            “Thank you.”  Sam said as the waiter placed her meal in front of her.  “What is it?”

            “Well I was thinking about how this Christmas is probably going to be the last one we can definitely spend together for a while.  I wanted to make sure it is a good one, so I got us these.”  He replied, pulling the gift box from his inside jacket pocket and handing it to Sam.  She was a little confused at first but upon reading the tickets properly she realised they were going to Jamaica for Christmas.

            “Oh my God James!”  She exclaimed breathless.  “I don’t know what to say.”      

            “Say thank you and be happy about it.”  He smiled.

            “Thank you.”  She leant across the circular table and kissed him softly on the lips.  “What about my parents?”  She stopped.

            “Its okay, they’re doing a Christmas dinner on New Years Day for us when we get back.  I’ve already checked with them and they’re fine with it.  Stop worrying and for once enjoy yourself, I’ve sorted it with cadets and college, I’ve even been on the phone to your works and got it booked off for you.”  He grinned sheepishly.

            “My, you have been busy haven’t you?”  She laughed thinking about the lengths James had gone to, to arrange this for her birthday and Christmas before starting to pick at her main course carefully.  She was dimly aware that James wasn’t yet eating but was still watching her.  He shook his head and looked away, the silence once again comfortable unlike the awkward silences they have had of late.  He was glad of that.

At the end of the evening they went back to James’ and Sam spent the night there.  They lay on the bed staring at the ceiling before finally Sam turned over, kissed James delicately on the lips and then put her head on his chest and went to sleep.  James lay stroking her hair for a time before drifting off himself.

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  • Kirstyanne Ross on Jan 18, 2010

    I hope you enjoyed reading this chapter, it still has a lot of work to be done on it and if you have any tips or ideas then I would be more than happy to take them on board.

    If you did enjoy the chapter please click on the like button to let me know and if you would like to continue reading the next chapter can be found at

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