“That’s a very beautiful ring.”
Hope tore her gaze from her finger where the glittering cluster of sapphires and diamonds set on a pure platinum base winked and sparkled at her. She’d been hypnotized by the ring since the moment Daniel slipped it on her finger. It hadn’t been elaborate and public as he’d threatened. It had been romantic and beautiful, just the two of them in a beautiful city, in an apartment that was almost as high as the clouds. They’d been drinking wine and admiring the night sky when he’d quietly knelt and slipped the ring on her finger.
That was a few weeks ago, and after the engagement party, they were on holiday again, this time in the Bahamas.
“Thank you,” Hope replied the woman with a polite smile.
“You look very happy,” the woman continued, sipping from her drink in the poolside bar. “You must love him very much.”
Hope chuckled. The words were much too tame to describe the depths of her feelings. “Yes,” she said. “I do love him very much.”
At that moment, Daniel chose to emerge from the pool. He was magnificent. With his tall athletic build and burnished skin, there was no ignoring him. Hope pulled in an anticipatory breath. It never got old, being with him. With every day that passed, her need for him intensified. He walked towards the bar, his eyes on her.
“Oh, that’s him?” the woman beside Hope breathed. “Lucky you.”
Yes, lucky me, Hope thought, abandoning her drink as she walked to meet Daniel.
He pulled her to him. “How’s my wife?”
“We’re not married yet,” Hope reminded him.
He shrugged. “Soon enough. Just a few months.”
She ran her hands over the immense expanse of his chest. “It’s kind of hot out here. I think we should go back to our bungalow.”
He raised an eyebrow. “Why do I feel like it’s going to get very hot in there?”
She walked past him, trailing her fingers down his arm, then turning back to give him a look under her lashes. “Because it is,” she said suggestively.
He held on to her hand, grinning.
“I love you Hope Alade soon to be Amadi. You’re the Only One for me.”
Hope laughed. “Forever and Always.”
He nodded. “Always.
Thank you so much for sticking with me through this long journey. A lot of things happened between the start and the finish of posting this story. The best thing is that I had a baby 🙂 I also rewrote certain portions of the story when I was no longer feeling passionate about what I’d written before.
All in all, I’m grateful you guys stuck with me, Hope and Daniel–even when I was wasting all my word count on Twitter instead of updating. Thanks to Joyce Odukoya, who never stopped reminding me on Twitter (and who helped to promote my books on Okadabooks.) Also, Kally on Instagram…thanks for the messages. (I saw them, I just felt too guilty to respond and make more promises.)
Thanks for reading, and please leave a comment.