Today was going to be a special day. That’s the thought you had when you first woke up. Call it women’s intuition or your own little view into the future, but you could just feel it in your bones. Today was going to be an absolute delight. And when the phone rang and it was your boyfriend Jinki asking you to meet him at the beach, you were thrilled. You got ready quickly and made your way to the little cove only the two of you knew about.
After parking your car in a grassy area you got out and began walking the few feet towards the sand dunes. You were used to walking through this sand and feeling the small plants tickle your legs as you passed by them. The sun was high in the sky and there wasn’t a cloud in sight. It was perfectly warm out with just enough of a breeze to make it feel nice and comfortable. You spotted Jinki pacing back and fourth next to a blanket and picnic basket.
You walked towards him slowly and when you were close enough you reached out and wrapped one arm around his neck and the other around his waist. He stopped moving and leaned back into your chest. His scent was spicy and sweet. Like a mixture of cinnamon and vanilla. You breathed him in. He turned in your arms and gave you a big grin. His hands slipped into yours and he leaned in to give you a kiss on the forehead.
“I’m so glad you could come.” He whispered against your forehead.
“You know I would never miss a chance to spend time with you.”
“Good. I was counting on that. I’m always counting on that.”
He looked at you and you couldn’t quite decipher his thoughts at the moment, but you felt happy and you were positive he was too.
“Shall we swim?” He asked pulling his shirt off over his head.
“I’ll race you to the water!”
You both left a trail of your clothes on the beach and ran in your swimsuits to the water. It wasn’t cold at all which made it so much more enjoyable. You adored swimming. And being in the water made you feel free. You laid on your back and let the water move your body. Floating on water was one of the closest things to flying. You had to completely let all of the tension in your body go and just simply be. You closed your eyes and felt like you could drift away.
Jinki had other plans. He was under you in the water. You felt his hands reach out and grab you. He was pulling you around by your feet. He was the little boy and you were his kite. You broke free of his hold and swam around him. You were both fast swimmers. So it became a game of cat and mouse. Or in this case, shark and fish. You did laps around each other until you were both exhausted.
You swam back to shore and felt the weight of your body again as you left the water. Jinki followed close behind as you fell down onto the blanket he had laid out. He grabbed your clothes and his own and brought them to where you were. He set them down and joined you on the blanket. He reached for the basket and opened it up.
“Are you hungry?” He asked reaching into the basket.
“I’m absolutely famished!” You said pretending to faint.
Jinki laughed and began to set out a spread of fruits, cheeses, and herb encrusted bread. He had cold water bottles and a bottle of sparkling peach juice. For dessert he had brought homemade sugar cookies. You both ate your fill and then played a game of charades. It was inevitable that you would end up laughing at each other until you couldn’t breathe. You both knew exactly what would throw the other into a fit of uncontrollable laughter. And Jinki laughing with all his might only made you lose it even more. You laughed so much and so hard that your mouth hurt.
As the sun lazily made its way towards the horizon you were calm and quiet. You were wearing your clothes again and were staring out into the water. You had your arms wrapped around your knees. The water seemed like it continued on forever. You always felt a great peace when you were on the beach near the water.
Jinki seemed to be pensive. Absorbed in his thoughts. Something holding him tightly. You chose not to disturb him. The silence between you was a welcome one. There was no need to fill the air with unnecessary babble. His presence alone was enough to keep you happy.
Besides, you were lost in reverie as well. You thought about your feelings for Jinki. They were the realest thing you had ever felt. You didn’t even realize it at first but barely, little by little, you felt yourself falling. Falling so madly, deeply in love. And not just with the idea of love. You fell in love with his actions and his mind. It was the words he spoke and the way he would look when he was concentrating. The way his brow would furrow when he got mad, which wasn’t often, but still, it made him more pure somehow.
Sometimes, he would get real quiet and just hold you. Preferring the sound of your breathing to any words you might think to comfort him with. Even then the closeness you felt to him was unquestionable. Every piece of him was something you held dear to you and cherished entirely. You had to admit that he was the most important person in your life and your whole world. It wasn’t that you thought any less of yourself or anyone else close to you. It was that he truly was your center. At the end of the day it all came down to you and him. There was nothing that could tear you apart from one another.
You heard a wave crash against the sand and realized you had been transfixed in thought. Your eyes wandered to Jinki. He was standing now, staring out into the water. He took a deep breath and exhaled. He turned towards you and looked sheepish to see that you were watching him. He smiled and came towards you. You stood up too, wanting to stretch your legs after sitting for so long. Jinki stopped in front of you and held your gaze.
“_______, when you’re not around I feel like I’m missing a part of myself. A vital part. Maybe it’s my heart or my soul. I’m not sure. I don’t think I ever felt whole until you came into my life. You complete me. You’re everything I’ve ever wanted. I don’t know anything about the future. All I know is that I need you to be a part of my life, always.”
Jinki got down on one knee and took your left hand in his. You gasped, covering your mouth with your right hand. He opened his other hand that had been hiding a diamond ring. He slid it onto your third finger. As he did his hands were not shaking. He was sure of himself. You looked into his teary eyes and saw only endless love.
“Will you marry me?”
“Yes. Yes! Of course I’ll marry you!”
Suddenly Jinki was lifting you into his arms. He held you like you might fly away from him. He set you on your feet and you caught his lips in a kiss. He pulled you close to him and let his lips do the speaking. You were reminded of your thoughts from earlier that day. How you somehow just knew this would be a day that would remain with you until the very end.
Jinki held you in his arms on the beach blanket. Long after the sun had set. Pink and purple and light blue bleeding into the orange and red. The sky finally settling on a deep, dark blue.
“Lets go home.” Jinki said against your cheek. Home. Such a small word that could hold so much meaning. You were already looking at your home. The man who had asked you to be his. Your heart felt full of hope and love. It was going to be a beautiful life.
To Be Continued…?