by: Web Bard
and Reese are my own creations, although they physically resemble two
ladies we know ;) Any veiled references to XWP are not intended to infringe
on any copyrights. Rated PG-13. A same sex female relationship is depicted
in this story.
reached down to tie the laces of her new kickboxing shoes. Out of the
corner of her eye, she noticed someone moving into the space next to
her. She nodded to the tall, attractive dark-haired woman and smiled.
I'm Reese. Reese Keros," she said as she offered a hand to the
young blonde rising to her feet.
Beth Morris. Thanks for the hand up," she said with a grin. "Keros--is
that a Greek name?"
my family's from the old country," said the taller woman.
not going to believe this," said Beth, "but so is mine. My
mother's maiden name is Stamos, like the actor. My dad is Irish."
explains the blonde hair," said Reese.
here we go," said Beth as the workout music started. She punched
the bag in front of her and quickly looked over at Reese. Crystal blue
eyes locked onto light green eyes.
What was that? Who is this woman and why did she just take my breath
away? Beth shook her head and tried to refocus her attention to kickboxing.
hesitated before hitting the punching bag. Why can't I stop looking
at her? An unfamiliar warm sensation settled in her chest. Interesting.
40-minute exercise session ended with a 10-minute cool down. Reese finished
toweling herself off and looked at Beth. "I'm going to have a smoothie
at the juice bar--care to join me?"
women sat at the juice bar and turned the swivel chairs toward one another.
said Beth as she slowly swallowed the fruit drink. "I love these
I hope you don't think this is too personal, but are you married, or
not married," answered Reese. "I work as a business consultant and
travel a lot. I guess I really don't have much time for a relationship right
now. How 'bout you? What do you do?"
a writer," said Beth. "I freelance articles for special interest
magazines. Oh yeah, um, I'm not in a relationship either."
smiled. I'm glad she added that last thought. "I might need your
help with some new projects I'm working on."
glad to," replied Beth. "Listen, I hate to drink and run,
but I need to run a few errands. It was great meeting you."
here," said Reese. "I'll walk you to your car. It's already
two women walked in a comfortable silence through the parking lot.
my car--the green Jeep," said Beth as she pointed to the car. As
the women turned to walk to the car, Beth suddenly found herself falling
toward the dark pavement.
you okay?" Reese reached down to her new friend. "What happened?"
think I walked right into a pot hole," answered the embarrassed
young blonde. "Trust me--if there's a hole or a ditch within 20
feet, I'll find it. I'm a hole magnet."
chuckled as she bent down to offer her arm for support. "Can you
get up Hole Magnet, or are you going to just sit there?"
mean," teased Beth. She grabbed the taller woman's arm and pulled
herself up. Beth took one step forward.
she grimaced. "Ow, Ow, Ow. I think I hurt my foot."
quickly slipped her arm around the injured woman for support. "Do
you think you can make it over to the street light so I can take a look
at it? Just lean on me for support, okay?"
slipped her arm around Reese's waist and hopped over to the edge of
the curb.Reese quickly untied the shoe and removed the sock. The ankle
was already swelling. She moved her hand over the small foot, checking
for a broken bone. "Well, the good news is that I don't think it's
broken. The bad news is that I think you've got a really terrible sprain."
Just swell," said Beth as she took in a deep breath. "So much
for trying to drive a car with a clutch, huh?"
you worry about that," said Reese, placing a hand on the smaller woman's
shoulder. "I'll get you home safe and sound. You need to elevate that foot
and put ice on it."
nodded and tried to get up. Reese quickly bent down and pulled her friend
up next to her. She awkwardly tried to stand and stumbled right into
got you," said Reese gathering her Beth into an improvised hug.
Yes, you do," said the young blond, surprised at the comfortable
position she now found herself in. She looked up into blue eyes that
were looking right back into hers. A shy smile emerged and she slowly
pulled herself away from Reese's embrace.
go. My car is close by," said Reese as she circled her arm around
Beth's shoulders for support.
getting the injured woman settled in the passenger seat, Reese walked
around to the driver's side of the car. What is happening to me? I have
this overwhelming need to protect someone I hardly even know. I haven't
known Beth but an hour, but God help me, I feel like we're old friends
somehow. She opened the door of her Explorer and climbed in.
set? Now where do you live?"
a mile from here on Westwood Road," answered Beth as she shifted
her foot that was carefully balanced on the dashboard.
following directions, Reese pulled into the apartment complex. She helped
Beth out of the car and up the stairs to the second floor apartment.
you like to come in?"
I'd like to look at your foot again in a better light."
you a part time doctor, too?" Beth hopped to the couch.
just an old girl scout with a Red Cross first aid merit badge,"
she answered with a smile. "We need to get ice on that foot right
away. Do you have an ice pack by any chance?"
a soft ice pack in the freezer," said Beth as she pointed toward
the kitchen. "I'm a klutz, so I have to keep an ice pack ready
all the time."
got it. Now, let me look at that foot again."
sat on the footstool in front of the couch and reached for Beth's foot.
"Ewww. It's already blue and green and black and yellow. Add a
couple of colors and you've got a rainbow."
looked down at her and smiled. Reese very gently rubbed her hand over
the swollen ankle. A delicate touch was stirring a physical reaction
Beth hadn't expected. She's just touching my foot. So why do I want
to reach down and pull her into my arms?
Beth, did you hear me?"
What? I'm sorry. My mind was somewhere else," said Beth shaking
her head. "What did you say?"
asked where your bathroom was," said Reese. "I'm going to
get a towel to wrap this icepack in."
door on your left. Towels are in the closet," said Beth. "Reese,
I feel like I'm ordering you around. I know I'm imposing on your time."
of all, it's no trouble. Besides, what kind of a girl scout would I
be if I left my patient in the lurch?"
retrieved the towel and kneeled down on the floor. She carefully lifted
the ankle and wrapped the ice and towel around it. She glanced up at
the young blonde and then patted her leg above the discolored foot.
think you'll live."
Dr. Keros," said Beth teasing her dark haired friend. "I'm
not sure what your fee is, but I'll pay it, whatever it is."
fee, huh? No, Reese, you can't even think that way. She refocused and
looked at Beth. "I won't take a fee, but how about a pizza? I'm
starving. Did you eat anything?"
pizza sounds great," said Beth. "I'm afraid I'm a picky eater.
Strictly pepperoni and extra cheese for me. We can do half and half
if you'd like."
is great for me, too."
grabbed the phone next to the couch and dialed the number from memory.
does it feel now? Your foot, I mean." Reese glanced down at the
bruised and swollen area peeking out from the ice pack and towel.
to you, much better," answered Beth with a wink. "Why don't
you keep me company on the couch?"
pulled herself up and settled on the couch. The young blond shifted
her hips to try to find a more comfortable position for her injured
starting to throb isn't it?" asked Reese. "Why don't you lay
back and rest your feet in my lap until the pizza gets here?"
said Beth, gingerly moving her legs toward her friend. "Actually,
that feels a lot better."
placed her arms over Beth's legs. "Is that okay? I mean, do you
mind my arms being there? I don't want to invade your personal space."
fine. Really. Consider yourself invaded. I'm the one sprawled out all
over you," said Beth with a grin. She took a deep breath and closed
her eyes, trying to block out the pain shooting up from her ankle.
don't you rest your eyes for a few minutes before the pizza gets here?"
Reese reached in her purse and pulled out a bottle of Advil. "Try
a few of these. I think they will help the pain, okay?"
the pills without water, Beth rested her head back on the couch. "I
bet you didn't expect you would spend your evening like this, did you?
Holding some stranger's foot in your lap."
not a stranger," said Reese softly. She caressed the injured leg
with her hand. "I know we've just met, but I'd like to think that
we've bonded, thanks to a certain pothole I won't mention."
then, thank you my friend," said Beth as she slowly pulled herself
up into a sitting position. She took a slender hand and covered it with
her own. "Really, Reese. Thank you for everything you've done to
help me tonight. I'll make it up to you, I promise."
buy the pizza and we'll call it even," said Reese giving Beth's
leg a gentle squeeze. She turned her head as the doorbell rang.
"And I do believe it's here now."
looked at each other for a moment, Beth making no attempt to change
her position. Finally Reese grinned. "Umm. I think I need to get
untangled here, or the delivery guy may leave, not to mention the pizza
will get cold..."
blond blushed, the color contrasting with the green of her eyes. "Oh,
yeah. Sorry." She lifted her legs away and the brunette scooted
out from under. "Could you hand me my purse?"
paid the delivery man, then disappeared into the kitchen to find plates
and napkins. "Help yourself to a drink in the fridge and bring
me one, too, please," said Beth.
set up the plates and pizza on the floor. "We might as well eat
down here if that's okay with you."
swerved her legs around and started to work her way down to the floor.
She placed her right foot, still in a sock, down first, only to have
it slide across the floor, pulling her down with it. Reese reacted quickly
and tried to retrieve her sliding friend by grabbing her waist and pulling
her into waiting arms. They both started to giggle.
told you I was a spaz," said Beth, trying to catch her breath and
think you're right," said Reese, who was enjoying the close contact.
Can I just hold you like this for a while?
gave Reese a little squeeze and looked into the blue eyes that now captivated
her. "It's the second time tonight that I've ended up in your arms,"
she said, not moving a muscle. "I'm
beginning to detect a pattern here."
a nice pattern," said Reese.
it is," said Beth closing her eyes. A very nice pattern.
much as I like being right where I am right now, maybe we should eat."
Beth continued to rest her head on a soft shoulder.
I kinda like you where you are," said Reese as she pulled her arms
tighter around the petite woman's waist.
pulled her arms closer around Reese's neck. "Me, too," she
two women sat in contented silence with their arms wrapped around one
we can still keep this arrangement and manage to eat, too," said
Beth. "My stomach is growling like crazy. I think it might ruin
let's see what we can do here," said Reese as she lifted Beth over
her own long legs and placed her in between them. Beth leaned her head
back against Reese's chest.
that's more comfortable," said Beth, "but I can't see you
don't have to look at me to eat, do you?"
but I'd really like to," grinned Beth as she leaned back to see
then, let's try this," said Reese. She placed her hands around
Beth's waist and slowly twisted her around. "Watch your foot, okay?
I'm going to lift it over my left leg, and then lift the other one over
my right leg."
looks like some strange yoga pose to me."
not done yet," said Reese. "It'll work, just wait and see."
Reaching behind her, she pulled down two pillows down from the couch.
One of the fluffy pillows was placed under Beth's hips. She then placed
the other pillow gently underneath Beth's injured foot to elevate it.
that?" asked Reese a smile.
couldn't believe it. The overstuffed pillow she was sitting on brought
them to each other's eye level. Blue eyes met green once again.
said Beth. "It's just right."
looked over to the pizza and awkwardly reached for a plate. As she twisted
around to retrieve it, she lost her balance and her rear end started
to slide on the pillow closer to Reese. Reese grabbed Beth's waist and
pulled her back just before her head looked like it was going to hit
the floor. She put her arms around Beth and held on for dear life.
you're going to give me a heart attack."
sorry," said Beth as she giggled into Reese's long black hair.
"I'm spastic enough with this sprained ankle and now we're wrapped
up around each other like a pretzel. And, I still haven't had any pizza!"
loosed her grip and placed her friend on the pillow where she was before.
"Well, I guess I'll have to feed you myself then."
reached down and placed one arm behind the smaller woman's back for
support. "Now don't you go anywhere," said Reese. "I'm
determined to make this work."
felt the warmth of Reese's long fingers holding firm against her back.
She leaned in closer to let Reese move closer to the plates. Nested
into the side of the taller woman's neck, she breathed in the faint
scent of her perfume. Reese pulled her a little closer and leaned them
both toward the plates.
said Beth softly. "To hell with the pizza."
started to kiss the inside of the very warm neck under her mouth. Unable
to stop, she moved closer to Reese's lips until she found them. Waiting
A slender hand reached out to caress her cheek. Reese
gently tipped Beth's face up to hers and kissed her.
"Oh my God," whispered Beth as she tried to take
in air. "I, I think you took my breath away."
Reese wrapped her arms around her smaller friend and pulled
"Are you okay with this?"
Beth hesitated and tried to gain her composure before she
answered. How could she tell her the magnitude of the feelings rushing
through her right now? She took a deep breath and then ran her fingers
through her friend's long black hair.
"Yes," said Beth, finally able to speak. "Is
this okay with you?"
Reese nodded and cupped her hands around Beth's face. She
looked into the beautiful woman's green eyes and lowered to kiss her
again. No more questions. Just answers.
The two women searched each other's faces and smiled. They
were destined to be here. Destined to meet. Destined to touch each other's
looked at Reese and then dropped one hand to the floor to support herself
as she shifted the weight from her injured foot.
"Beth," said Reese as she slipped her right arm
around the smaller woman's waist. "I'm going to move you to the
couch, okay? This floor has been very dangerous for you."
With little effort, Reese placed her left arm under Beth's
legs and lifted her to the couch. She sat down, and then gently pulled
the smaller woman into her lap.
"We need to keep your foot elevated," said Reese
as she pulled the footstool under Beth's ankle.
"What foot?" said Beth as she kicked the stool
away. She looked into Reese's blue eyes and kissed her. She then pulled
her knees up and cradled herself almost completely into her friend's
lap. She wrapped her arms around the taller woman's neck and hugged
her like she would never let go. She felt a surge of emotion that she
could no longer control.
"Beth?" Reese gasped for air. " Beth, you
can let go just a little. I'm not going anywhere, okay?" She brushed
her palm against the back of her friend's blond hair and gently pulled
away from the tight hold the smaller woman held her in.
"I'm sorry," said Beth, dropping her head toward
her chest. Reese tipped Beth's chin up
she could look at her face. Tears were spilling over the top of her
eyes and started to roll down her face. "S,sssorry."
Beth tried to speak but couldn't find words. Some
writer you are. The most incredible thing that has ever happened to
you is holding you in her arms and you can't speak.
"You don't have to say anything, honey," said
Reese, as she wiped away Beth's tears. "If you're feeling anything
close to what I'm feeling right now, then I already know where your
It's right here, safe with me.
"I, I have a lot to say," said Beth as she rested her head
on a strong shoulder. "But right now, can you just hold me for
a few minutes?"
"Okay," said Reese softly. She wrapped her arms
around Beth and very gently started to rock her back and forth.
Beth had never felt safer than where she was right now.
She had never trusted anyone enough to even ask them to hold her. Her
parents never touched her as a child and as a teenager and adult, her
physical relationships had been limited to the handful of people she
dated. There was never any emotional attachment in her previous relationships,
just an attempt at feeling something physical that she hoped would fulfill
the emotional need she buried so deep inside. But, it never happened.
Until she met the beautiful woman that now gently rocked her like a
baby. How did she know that this is what I needed? How can she already
know how strong my feelings are?
Reese stroked Beth's hair and leaned down to kiss her forehead.
"How 'ya doing my little friend?"
"Better than I have in a long time." She
reached her hand to touch her friend's face and let it rest against her cheek.
"I'm sorry I lost control. It's really not my style to emotionally fall
apart like that. I usually bury everything to avoid dealing with it. But tonight-I
can't explain it. It's like I found a safe haven. A place where I don't have
to be afraid anymore."
"You never have to look for that safe place again," said Reese
as she leaned over to gently kiss her. "Someone has really hurt
you, haven't they?"
"Yes," said Beth quietly.
"Who hurt you? Who could ever hurt someone like you?"
"It's complicated," said Beth. She looked into
the bluest eyes she'd ever seen and saw trust and acceptance. Instead
of closing her heart, she decided to tell her friend everything. She
was safe now.
"It's okay," said Reese. "You don't have
to talk about it if you don't want to, but if you do, I'm right here."
"I know you are," said Beth, smiling at the kind
face in front of hers. "I guess I should start at the beginning,
huh?" She took a deep breath.
Reese ran a reassuring hand across her back.
"I can't remember a time in my life where my mother
ever touched me," said Beth. "My dad wasn't very affectionate
either, so I guess I never knew any different. It wasn't until I saw
my other parent's friends hug and touch them, that I questioned what
was missing in my own life. What had I ever done to make my parents
not want to touch me?"
know that wasn't your fault."
do know that now, but I didn't growing up," said Beth. "In
high school, I met a friend who was very affectionate. She had no qualms
about hugging me or touching me. We became best friends. I guess I didn't
know how to process that affection from a friend and I fell in love
with her. It was reciprocal for a while, but then she left me for the
man she eventually married. I never got over that one relationship."
"I'm so sorry." Reese pulled her closer.
Beth began to caress the arms that were tightly
wrapped around her. "I spent the rest of my time in college dating men
who I thought would give me the same feeling I had with my friend. But it never
happened. It was always about sex. Never about love."
"I think I can relate to that," said Reese. "I've
had relationships with men and women, but it's always been purely physical.
I don't think I ever felt connected to anyone I've ever been with. Until
now. Until you."
"Reese," said Beth. "I knew from the first
time I looked into those mysterious blue eyes of yours that we were
"I know. It's like I've always known you. When you
fell in my arms in that parking lot, I knew that something was happening
to me that was different than before. It was like you had been there
"I'm almost scared of how powerful this feeling is,"
Beth said softly.
"Please don't be scared. I know this is new to both
of us, but I don't want to ever stop feeling what I'm feeling right
now. All I know is that you have completely captured me and I don't
want to be with anyone but you."
Beth cradled Reese's face in her hands and kissed her lips.
Then, she lightly kissed each side of her face and brushed lips over
her closed eyes. Pulling Beth closer, Reese kissed her, letting go of
the emotion that was now surging through her body. Beth ran her hands
through her friend's hair and returned the kiss with equal force.
Now breathless, the two women finally released their
hold on one another. Blue eyes met green and sparkled. No, this wasn't about
sex. This was about magic.
Beth positioned herself on her side next to Reese. She
traced the outline of her face and then rested her head on a waiting
shoulder. The smaller woman could hear her friend's heartbeat race,
then slow down as they relaxed in each other's arms.
"Hmmm," murmured Beth as she patted Reese's stomach.
"I'll take that as a 'yes' then," said
Reese as she placed her hand on the side of her friend's head. She held it firm
against her heart. Do you know what this means to me? Do you have any
idea how many times I've dreamed of finding you--of finding the other half of
my soul? A tear surfaced from Reese's blue eyes and slowly ran down her cheek.
She never cried. But now, this petite, blonde woman was changing her world.
ran her fingers lazily across Reese's collarbone while she still listened
to the rhythm of her friend's heartbeat. Another tear followed the path
of the first one and slowly slid down Reese's cheek.
"What is it Reese?" Beth pulled herself up to
rest on her elbow. She brushed away the tear. "Honey, please. Please
tell me what you're feeling."
She placed a reassuring hand on Reese's face and turned
it toward her own.
"I, I was just thinking how my entire world has changed
today," said Reese, taking a deep breath. "How you changed
everything for me. Everything."
The tall beauty rolled over on her side until she was face
to face with the young blonde.
"I don't think you understand," said Reese. "I
never share my feelings with anyone. I've been hurt too many times to
ever want to cross that line again. I've always used sex to get what
I want. It's been a tool, maybe even a weapon for me."
"Reese," Beth started to say before a finger
was placed against her lips.
"Please let me finish. I want you to know that I would
never, ever do that to you. When I touch you, I feel it with every fiber
in my being. The tips of my fingers tingle, my heart races and I want
nothing more than to hold you and kiss you to let you know how I feel.
It's not about sex. Do you understand?"
"Can I talk now?" Beth asked as she kissed the
palm of Reese's hand. "I understand what you're saying. What you've
done in your past means nothing to me. I hope my past means nothing
to you. What does matter is that we've found each other. Nothing else
matters but right now."
Reese kissed her on the forehead and then ran her fingers
through Beth's soft blonde hair. "You are so beautiful."
Beth leaned over for a kissed. "Do you, um, have anywhere
you need to go tonight?"
Reese smiled. "You didn't really think I was going
to leave my patient, did you?"
"It's just that, that"
"That you don't want to be alone?"
"I'm not going anywhere," said Reese.
You'll never be alone again, as she captured the lips drawing closer to hers.
The women rested quietly with their arms wrapped around
began to slowly stretch and looked down on the floor. The pizza box,
plates and soft drinks were all where they left them hours earlier.
She started to giggle.
"What's so funny?"
"Our dinner," replied Beth. "It's right
where we left it."
"I'll heat it up if you want some. I'm getting a little
"Well, that brings up a dilemma," said Beth,
giving her friend a wink. "If you get up to warm the pizza, then
you have to leave the couch. I need to be warmed up, too."
"You're a scamp. If the past two hours have been any
indication, you feel pretty warm to me."
The tall woman untangled her arms and legs and gently adjusted
her smaller friend's body to a more comfortable position on the couch.
"Hey," said Beth, reaching for her friend's shirt.
Tugging the collar, she pulled Reese down to her eye level. She kissed
her on the nose. "Don't take too long."
"Be back in a flash."
smiled and turned to look at the tall beauty standing next to the microwave
in the kitchen. Three hours ago, they were strangers. Now, they were
part of each other's souls. Connected in a way neither one of them understood,
but gratefully accepted. She looked up toward the ceiling and closed
her eyes. Thank you, whoever is responsible for this. I don't know what
I've done to deserve it, but thank you.
The chef returned with two plates of warm pizza. "We're
eating on the couch young lady. I don't trust you on the floor anymore."
"Here," said Beth. "Let me feed you."
She took a piece of pizza and lifted it to her friend's
"Mmmm," mumbled Reese. "Delicious. Now,
Beth smiled as Reese picked up a piece of her pizza and
fed her. They alternated bites until the pizza slices were gone.
Beth reached over and kissed waiting lips, still tasting
the faint reminder of cheese and tomato sauce. "You're delicious,
"Well, we actually managed to eat. I can't believe
you didn't fall or knock anything over this time."
"You are so mean," teased Beth. "If I wasn't
a klutz, we wouldn't be here right now, would we?"
"I guess I have a certain pothole and pizza to thank
for my good fortune then," said Reese as she ran her hand softly
down Beth's back. Good fortune indeed.
"Potholes and Pizza. Sounds like a story title to
me. Maybe I'll write about this sometime."
"I'd like to read that one."
"Yeah, me too," said Beth, joining her friend
in a giggle.
"What do you normally write about?"
"I write mainly for vacation and adventure
magazines," said Beth. "I actually get paid to travel to places all
over the world and write about them."
"I'm jealous," said Reese. "I travel a lot,
but all I ever see are the inside of offices. It's kind of a drag."
"Why don't you come with me on my next assignment?
I'm supposed to go to the Grand Canyon to write a report about a new
camping resort. Do you like to camp?"
"Yes, I do," said Reese. "I normally go
by myself to the mountains, but going somewhere with you sounds a lot
"Then, it's a deal," said Beth. "I'll make
the arrangements tomorrow. I love sleeping out under the stars by a
campfire. I was a girl scout, too, you know. I'm a pretty good outdoor
cook. I was also designated the official fire-starter when I was a young
"That's about the most appropriate description of
you I can think of," teased Reese. "You can be my official
fire starter any time you like."
"How 'bout right now?" Beth whispered as she
started to kiss the nape of Reese's neck.
Reese captured Beth's face in her slender hands and kissed
her. "I am crazy about you."
"I'm crazy about you, too."
"Hey, I need to talk to you about something."
"I want to stay here tonight more than anything. But
not for the reason you might think," said Reese.
Beth looked into her friend's blue eyes.
"I want to show you that there's more to me than just
a physical relationship. I just want to be with you. Be near you. It's
not about sex, okay?"
"I'm not in any hurry. You can't possibly know how
much it's meant to me to just be
to touch you and kiss you tonight. It's been so hard for me to trust
anyone with my affection. It's always been a source of pain for me.
You changed all that. What we have right now makes me incredibly happy,"
said Beth as she touched the side of Reese's face with the palm of her
"Then let me help you get ready for bed and we'll
continue this discussion," said Reese as she kissed Beth softly.
Reese helped Beth to her feet and put her arms around her
shoulder for support. They slowly made their way to the bedroom. Beth
sat on the edge of the bed and reached for her friend's hand.
"I have some nightshirts in the top drawer if you'd
Reese retrieved the shirts and handed one to Beth. "There's
an unopened toothbrush in the medicine cabinet, too. Help yourself."
"I will. Thanks." Reese took her nightshirt
in the bathroom to change. She brushed her teeth and walked back to the bed.
"Let me help you to the bathroom," said Reese
as she reached down to Beth. She walked her hobbling friend to the bathroom
sink. "I'll give you a few minutes and come back to get you, okay?"
Reese partially closed the door and walked to the bed.
Beth took care of everything she needed to and peeked around the corner
of the door. Reese was sitting on the bed with her head in her hands.
She's nervous, thought Beth. How cute.
"I'm ready." Reese walked to the bathroom and
put her arm around the younger woman's waist. Beth hopped to turn around
to face her friend. In her awkward attempt to turn, she caught the taller
woman off-balance and they both started to fall. Reese grabbed Beth
and braced them both against the door.
"This is how we started, wasn't it?" Beth
held on to Reese. "I never thought falling would be such a nice feeling."
"I think I'm falling for you, my friend," said
Reese, giving her a soft kiss.
held on tighter.
"To bed with you, my little klutz." Reese reached
under her friend's legs and lifted her into the bed.
"Only if you join me."
Reese slid in beside the smaller woman. She touched the
side of Beth's face with her fingertips and leaned in to kiss her. Then,
she pulled her friend closer and held her head to her chest. Beth draped
her arm across Reese's stomach and gave her a squeeze. They fit together
Reese looked down at the woman resting peacefully in her
arms. Camping in the Grand Canyon was going to be a treat. Cuddling
in a sleeping bag under the stars. A campfire. S'mores.
"Hey, you aren't allergic to chocolate are you?"
"Mmmm, chocolate," said Beth. "Love chocolate.
Candy bars, hot chocolate. Any kind of chocolate. Mmmm. Why do you ask?"
"Just thinking about the menu choices for next weekend,"
said Reese with a grin. "Looks like chocolate is the first item
on the shopping list."
"I can't wait," said Beth. I wonder if she likes
"It's been quite a day, huh?" Reese caressed
"The best day ever," said Beth, lifting her head
to look at Reese. "You changed my life today. You know that don't
"And, you changed mine."
"You didn't just change today, Reese," said Beth
softly. "You changed my tomorrows, too."
Tomorrow, thought Reese. What a nice thought. She'd wake
up in the arms of the beautiful woman who now shared a part of her soul.
"I look forward to all our tomorrows if every day
was like today," said Reese.
"Tomorrow and the next day and the day after that,"
said Beth. "As long as we share them"
"Together," they said at the same time.