The cabinet door gave a little squeak as it closed.
James had been quiet the whole way back to the cabin, and although the silence was uncomfortable, I felt like there was nothing I could say to break it.
We prepared a soup for lunch out of dehydrated potato soup mix, kidney beans, and chicken broth that was going to expire in a few months. I stirred the contents in a small pot on the stove as James sat at the kitchen table and stared out the window. His expression was resolutely serious.
He looked deep in thought and I hesitated to break the trance he held with the scenery outside the window to tell him lunch was ready. I quietly announced that food was ready as I set the spoon down on the decorative holder in the middle of the stove and James nodded in acknowledgment. He rose, bracing himself with his hands as he went.
I set aside two bowls and spoons on the counter and turned to face him as he walked over to me.
“Thank you.” His voice was deep and clear as he stood in front of me, his eyes meeting mine.Continue Reading
Our cheese covered dishes rattled in the sink as James ran water into them after dinner.
“Ready for bed?” He asked, turning to me with a sleepy smile.
I stretched my arms out behind my back and yawned, nodding as I took a step to be at his side.
We walked towards the bedroom, making sure that the front door was locked and the blinds were closed along the way.
The floor boards creaked as we opened the bedroom door and I laid eyes on the bedroom for the first time.
I shifted nervously as I caught a glimpse of a sign above the bed that read “Always kiss me goodnight”.
James sensed my nervousness and laughed.
“Don’t worry Princess, I’m not going to try to put the moves on you.” He winked at me, trying to hide a half-smirk that tugged at his lips.
“Good!” I piped up with my hands on my hips, “Because that would be awkward.”
He pulled back the red satin sheet and waited for me to crawl in. I did, reluctantly, and began tossing the decorative pillows onto the floor.
“Who needs this many tiny pillows?” I asked incredulously.Continue Reading
“Good morning, Princess.” James greeted me with a chipper voice, “Sleep well?”
My first waking thought was that I was vaguely aware I had been drooling in my sleep. I quickly swiped at the corners of my mouth to brush it away before he noticed.
“It’s okay,” He laughed quietly, “I thought it was cute.”
I opened my eyes fully, mortified. At some point during the night, I’d moved from the grass and into his lap.
“What the…” I sputtered, desperately pushing myself away from him.
“You said you were cold.” He let out a teasingly satisfied sigh, “I didn’t know if you were asleep or awake.”
I cleared my throat as I watched him stretch out his legs. He must have been cramped with me sleeping on him all night.
“I’m sorry.” I whispered as a deep shade of scarlet graced my cheeks.
“I’m not.” He winked.Continue Reading