Jonathan arrived home in time to help Eve with the last minute preparations for their dinner. He met her with a kiss and a bouquet of long-stemmed pink roses. She took them to the sink to prepare them for the table while he began talking to her. She turned to see the expression of a loving man, her loving husband.
“Honey, have I told you recently how much you mean to me?” He looked around their beautiful home and made a deep sounding sigh. “You have made our time here so wonderful. I miss you when I’m on the road, you know that?” He laughed at her expression, and pulled her close to him.
“Jonathan, I missed you more than usual this time. Why don’t we cancel the dinner and spend the evening alone tonight?”
“Eve, there’s nothing I’d like more, but we can’t. Honey, they’ll be here in less than an hour.” He stood back, and still touching her, said, “You are so beautiful, I don’t know what I would do without you in my life.”
Eve loved this side of her husband, his kindness, the love he had for her. It was more welcome to her this night than it had been in some time. She felt a renewed feeling inside her, knowing that everything would work out for them. A scent in the air grabbed their attention, and they both ran to the stove.
The soup had begun to boil over the pot. Jonathan reached it in time to save the savory liquid from over-cooking. He picked up a ladle and scooped some of the heavenly fluid into the spoon. Blowing into it, he smiled at Eve, and took a sip. He walked to her and put the spoon to her mouth for her to finish their soup toast. The smell, the closeness between them. Memories flooded Eve’s head, reminding her how much she loved her husband.
They heard the sound of the clock telling them that it was the top of the hour. Jonathan made a sad expression with his mouth, but then smiled. “I wish I could grab you and carry you to our bed, but my dear lady, I need to change before our company arrives.”
Eve smiled to hide her sadness. “Go ahead, I’ll finish in here. Tonight will be fun, Jonathan. Just don’t get too tired, I want you to make good on that thought after they leave.”
“Ha! I’m running. See me, Eve? I will run all night long to make it end. I will talk fast, eat at great speed, anything to make the time pass. They will be gone in a flash and I will make love to you until you scream with delight.”
Eve watched him sprint off. Her smile was back, he could always do this to her. He was an endearing man, the love of her life, and she felt a surge of strength inside her. I will do whatever it takes to protect him, we will get through this. I love you, Jonathan.
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