I left him to cool off and to be honest, I needed to clear my head too. I got up from the couch and made my way to my
told me that she had been given a sedative and would likely be out for the night but I just needed
sister’s Toom Bauman
to see her tot myself
1 knocked and waited a beat for her to answer but no one said anything. I cracked the door open and saw that all her lights were out and her curtains were drawn back to allow the light from the moon to pierce inside. A gentle blue hue hit up the room giving it this calm aesthetic.
When I looked at her bed I had expected her to be asleep but she was sitting up with her knees to her chest. Her eyes were set out the window and her hair which was usually up was free and talling all around her.
“Rina?” I walked over to her with caution insite of her current mental state I didn’t know if she wanted to be held or if she just needed space. “I was told they gave you meds and knocked you out
All she did was shrug. She didn’t utter a single word which worried me.
“The moon is pretty tonight. Her voice was so low I felt like I had to strain my ears to hear her properly. “Sometimes I just catch myself watching it for what could be hours but sometimes passes by like minutes.”
I came up to the bed and sat beside her. I didn’t know exactly what she needed but I would be here when she figured it all
A few moments of silence passed between us and all I could feel was thus overwhelming sadness rolling off her in waves. From her face alone you could see just how much this man had taken from her and it angered me
The fact that this was the pain that she allowed me to see was even more gut–wrenching She didn’t like to let me know just how much this idiot had affected her. She was carrying all this pain and she wouldn’t let me help her carry it.
“He told you, right?”
“I hate him” Her words broke at the end of the sentence. “I hate him so much because I loved him like crazy. And in loving him I destroyed myself How fucked up is that?”
“It’s not fucked up, Kina.”
She moved and leaned her head on my shoulder. She placed her hand over mine and gave it a gentle squeeze.
“We’re going to get you free from him, Rina.” It was a promise that I was making to her. This man had done too much and it was time to sever ties. She didn’t need him–she never did. She had me and we would brave this world together.
“Do you know how blessed you are?”
“What do you mean?”
“Your husband.” There was this longing in her voice. “To have a man like that love you so wholly and fully is such a blessing. That man wakes up every day and he chooses you. He chooses to love you and treat you gently.”
Her words hurt me. I knew that my husband loved me and the past two weeks of us bickering had made the fact slip from my mind momentarily. I had let the outside noises have a say in our love story when they had no room to speak in the first place. It didn’t matter to me that Angela was there. What mattered was that he was there.
My sister pulled away from me so she could look me in the eyes. Her face was shadowed by the moon but her eyes glistened against its gentle shine. “I heard you guys yelling at each other downstairs. It’s about her isn’t it?”
“I don’t know why you worry yourself about a woman like that. You wear the ring. You have his name. You have his heart.” She was right on all accounts and it was just my insecurities seeping in. After having to fight for our love the first time I guess I was left jaded and wounded. These were wounds that I never picked at so I never realized they were there until now. “Stop pushing him away.”
“I’m supposed to be here comforting you and here you are consoling me over my petty dramas,”
“That’s what sisters are for,” she brought my hands to her lips and gave them a soft kiss. “You’re helping me, simply by being
We sat in her bed in complete silence until she finally drifted off to sleep. I walked out of her room and made my way back downstairs to where I knew my husband would be. The moon was full and he and I had just fought. He often found solace in
As expected, he was sitting on the lounge chair by the pool. His head was tilted up and his arms were at the back of his head.
Rina’s words stuck with me. This man had been nothing but gracious with me. Never once had I ever had to doubt his love for me since our vows. He chose me every morning when that sun rose. And continued to choose me after it set.
I walked down the porch steps and made my way to him. I came to sit right by his legs causing his eyes to flutter open.
“Hey My voice was soft and I had all my defenses down. I wasn’t here to wage another war with him again. I wanted peace. “Come here,” he opened up his arms to me and sat up a little straighter.
I held onto him for dear life. I buried my nose in the crook of his neck and breathed him in. I had missed this scent. I didn’t want to spend another day not waking up to it.
“The bed’s been really cold without you.” I muttered into his skin.
Damon’s body vibrated against me as he let out a low laugh. “It sucked not waking up next to you, baby. I missed stealing your shampoo.
I tapped him on the back playfully, “I knew you were using it. You said it smelt like GMO fruits.”
“I like it because it smells like you.”
“So I smell like GMO fruits?”
“No,” he kissed my neck. “you smell sweet.”
“You’re so sappy.” And I loved it.
When we pulled apart we were both smiling. It was the first carefree moment we had shared in the last two weeks. Things had been so tense and hard and this just felt so
I grabbed his hands and brought them to my lips, making sure to kiss each knuckle.
“I don’t want to fight anymore.” It was all exhausting and I was tired of being on a battlefield against my person. We were meant to be on the same side. “I don’t want us to be on opposite sides of the battlefield. I don’t want us to have this rift between us.”
He grabbed me and placed me on his lap so I was sitting across him. He grabbed the side of my face and pulled me toward. him, sealing our agreement with a kiss. When we pulled apart we wore matching smiles that illuminated our faces.
“Make–up sex?” He arched an eyebrow waiting for my answer.
“You read my mind.”
He got up from the chair and shifted me so I was hanging off his shoulder. I let out a loud squeal followed by a fit of giggles.
“You’re such a caveman.”
His hand came down on my ass with a gentle smack. “Just wait a few seconds and I will show you just how much of a
caveman I can be.”
And boy did he show me exactly how sorry he was for all the mistakes he had made.