“Get up! Get up! Get up!” I shout, jumping on the
Jared rolls on the bed, using one of his pillows to
cover his head. I keep jumping, shouting at the top of my lungs. When all the
shouting doesn’t work, I take Jared’s covers to pull them off. He’s half
asleep, and in his attempt to grab one of my ankles, he doesn’t realize that
he’s almost on the edge of the bed, falling with a loud thump.
“Oh my, Jared?”
I fall on the bed, kneeling to watch him on the
“Are you okay?” I ask him, seeing him rub his head,
“Is it a bad moment to say happy birthday?”
“Give me… Oh, my head… Give me a second”
I nod, without taking my gaze from him. Jared
sighs, still rubbing the top of his head. I wait, forgetting about the surprise
I prepared for him. It takes him a few minutes to wake up, still on the floor.
When Jared stands up, he jumps on top of me, tickling my belly, ribs and
“Stop! Stop!” I shout, not being able to stop
laughing, “Jared, please!”
He does stop, both breathing heavily, a bit of
laugh still in the air.
“Happy birthday” I mutter, a permanent smile on my
His lips go straight to mine, his hand starting to
caress my cheek. Our breathing is still heavy, forcing us to end the kiss
“You need to get dress, I let you oversleep”
“What time is it?” He asks, getting off of on top
“Midday, I’ll wait for you downstairs”
I give him a quick peck on the lips, getting off
Once I’m downstairs I check everything one more
time. I’m sure everything’s ready, I’ve probably checked it three times by now.
But you can never be sure with me, there’s probably something missing in my bag
and I haven’t noticed.
When Jared comes to meet me his eyes go straight to
the bag by my side.
“Are we going somewhere?” He asks me, lifting both
“Of course” I say with a smile.
Jared looks confused. This is his first birthday
with us as a couple, and I wanted this be special. Jared helps me with my bag,
taking it to my car. I drive, he changes the radio. I spend all the way avoiding
his questions about our destination. The city looks pretty dead today; The
weather is nice, thou, and that’s perfect for what I’ve prepared.
When we reach the point in which we cannot continue
by car I let Jared know. We hold hands, sharing quick glances once in awhile,
we walk in silence, but smiles never leaving our faces.
Jared is one of the most outgoing, adventurous man
I’ve ever had the chance to meet in my life. Reason why I decided to spend the
afternoon in the hills, enjoying the view, the nice weather, and being in touch
with Mother Nature. the exact spot for our little adventure is a hidden place
among rocks and trees. There’s plenty of shadow, green areas and warm breeze
for us to sit and enjoy.
Jared looks around, fascinated by the view of the
city and how nature seems to enjoy it’s days without caring about the people
destroying the city at its feet.
“This is beautiful” Jared says, laying on the
lonely spot of grass.
“Happy birthday” I say again, feeling a warm in my
heart just by looking at how happy he looks.
Jared takes my wrist to make fall on top of him,
his right hand caressing my cheek, pulling away strands of hair.
“Thank you for this” He mutters, the smile glued to
his lips, “Really, thank you so much, I love it”
“You don’t have to thank me” I say, kissing his
cheek and resting my head on the space of his neck, “I just want you to have a
“It’s going great so far”
“We can stay the whole day like this or we can eat
something first and then lay for good, what do you prefer?”
“Let’s eat and then lay for a bit”
We both prepare the space for our picnic; I lay
everything I prepare for him during the morning, noticing how amazed he looks.
Once I tell him that he can start eating, half of the things in the plates
disappear in a matter of minutes. I try to ask him if he likes the food, but
his whole attitude is confirmation enough.
Jared kisses me whenever he’s not eating, or
telling me how amazing the food is. I just laugh and kiss him back, happy that
he’s enjoying his birthday.
When he’s finally done eating we lay for a bit,
discussing about what we see in the clouds, or how we think they will show us
next. Our bodies warming each other, his hand holding mine with no intention of
An hour passes by before Jared sits up really
quick, his head turning to me with a big smile.
“I got an idea”
Jared stands starting to pick all our things,
telling me to hurry. I keep asking what’s going on, but he just shushes me,
saying that he I’m going to love. What? I have no idea.
We leave everything in the car, and I can’t get to
ask again when Jared holds my hand, taking somewhere between the trees and
rocks. He looks so excited that I decide not to ask again, and just enjoy the
walk to wherever he’s taking me.
And, actually, the view is breathtaking.
We’ve been in this place for a while, and in any
moment we’ll start to see the sundown. Everything starts to fusion with the
colors of the sky, the little puddles mirroring the clouds, the leaves dancing
with the wind. And, even though it takes us a while to get where Jared wants, I
just can’t seem to believe how beautiful everything is the higher we get.
“We’re almost there” Jared assures me, and it is
only there when I notice how tired I am.
But I seriously couldn’t care less. We walk for a
couple of minutes more, and when Jared finally stops I just can’t believe
what’s in front of me.
From the spot that I chose for us to have the
picnic most of the city was at our feet, we could see the beach at one side,
and people living their lives on the other.
But from here… Everything seems so little, and it
actually feels like all our tables were left behind, in those distant
buildings, with that distant people.
I walk towards a rock, sitting on the edge, still
amazed by everything. I turn for a second, to call Jared by my side. He sits
next to me, putting his arm on my shoulder to get me closer to him.
“I was supposed to be the one giving you surprises”
I mutter, not being able to take my eyes away from the view.
“We have a whole lifetime to fill with surprises”
He says, leaving a soundless kiss on my forehead.
“Good” I say, pulling away a bit to look him in the
eyes, “Because there are more surprises waiting for us when we get home”
A laugh burst from him, and in no time we are
“I knew there was a reason why I am so in love with
you” He mutters between kisses.
I pull away again, my eyes fix on his. He just said
he is in love with me. This is the first time. I feel something on my chest,
it’s tight, but my heartbeat is threatening to let me heart escape in any
second, and a smile appears on my lips, and suddenly I’m feeling everything and
nothing at the same time. And Jared is looking at me like he wasn’t supposed to
say this right now, like he was holding it for later.
“You’re in love with me” I whisper, a smile nailed
on my face, “You said…”
“I am” He says, taking his hand to brush his hair,
“Good, I finally said it”
“Finally? How long have you been holding that?”
He shrugs, and we can’t help but laugh. Jared hugs
me again, leaving little kisses on top of my head. My arms wrap him tight,
never wanting to let him go.
“Are you in love with me?” He asks, as if he’s
afraid of my answer.
“What do you think?”
“Of course I am” I laugh, adjusting in my place to
look him in the eyes, “I’m in love with you, Jared, I thought it was pretty
“I can be a bit blind”
“Well, now you know. Happy birthday!”
“Best birthday ever” He says, moving to kiss me on
the lips this time.