Almost

Josh Wellings dropped his power drill on the carpet beside him before hopping up onto his feet.

“Fuck yeah, I did it!” He said victoriously as he fist pumped.

Meanwhile, in the kitchen, his fiancé , Kay chuckled to herself as she shook her head, setting down the vegetables she had been washing. Shaking her hands, she rid them of the access water, before drying her hand on a new cloth. She then made her way to the living room where she found her boyfriend dancing around like a small child.

“What did you do?” She asked, causing him to whip around.

Smiling from ear to ear, Josh twisted his hips to the old timey music as he spoke;

“The stereo is now Bluetooth baby!” He laughed.

Skeptical of her charming but childish fiancée, Kay shook her head.

“You’re lying!” She said as she watched him dance around.

Josh laughed. Pulling out his phone, he flipped it around to reveal that he had Spotify opened on the device. Then, scrolling through the endless list of songs, he selected one at random. A moment later, The Penguins’ ‘Earth Angel’ poured through the stereo speakers, causing a smile to spill across Kay’s face. She loved that song and he knew it.

After slipping his phone into his back pocket, Josh extended his hand out to his love, causing her to laugh before placing her hand in his. Pulling her flush against him, the lovers fell into place like puzzle pieces; Her hands around his neck and his around her waist. As they swayed back and forth, slow and easy, Kay tangled her fingers into black locks. One song melted into the next, each just as slow as the last, as the lovers danced around boxes that still needed to be unpacked. But as they swayed back and forth, in that moment the only thing that mattered was them, and how they made each other feel.

Hours had past, and neither one of them planned on being the first to pull away, so they simply continued to sway back and forth, looking into one another’s eyes.

“I can’t wait to marry you.” She said, nuzzling his nose.

Dropping her hands from his shoulders, Kay whined her arms around Josh before rising up on the tips of her toes to kiss him. The kiss was soft and easy, making Josh’s head spin a bit. She tasted of red wine and vanilla chapstick, a flavor Josh had come to associate with only her.

“What if we just eloped?” She whispered against his lips.

Pulling back, he looked at her as if she’d grown a second head.

“Eloped? Girl are you crazy? Your daddy would have my head if I took away his ‘God given right’ to give you away.” He said, doing his best impression of her father.

And he was right, her father would unleash all hell if Josh took away that right.

Chuckling, Kay rose to the tip of her toes, kissing him yet again. Unable to get enough of her, Josh kissed her back with all the passion he could muster.

“But I still can’t wait to marry you” He whispered against her lips.

Too bad he never got to…

Shaking his head, Josh wiped away his tears. Then, after putting on his Ray Bands, he brushed his fingers over the etched letters of the tombs stone Here lies Kimberly Amber Johnson. He never ever got the chance to give her his last name. But she was his woman, and he was her man and everyone knew that.

Leaning forward, he pressed a kiss to the tombstone.

“Love you, forever and always.” He said.

Then, standing up, he dusted off his jeans before turning around and hiking back down the hill. Then, hopping into his car, he cranked it to life, laughing as ‘Earth Angle’ By The Penguins poured out from the speaker. After rolling down the windows and cranking up the volume, he put the car in drive and took off. As tears fell from his eyes, he belted the lyrics, hoping that somehow they’d make it up to the heavens and his baby would know that he was singing just for her.

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