Chapter 13: Beautiful
Continued from previous chapter
After Tanya's equine allergy attack had subsided, they pair walked the short distance over to the French café. Adam was getting desperate. He knew from pervious conservations Tanya liked sophisticated guys, and he was counting on this French café to impress her.
"Adam, this place is so romantic," cooed Tanya. "It looks so authentic."
"Authentic is right," panicked Adam as he opened the menu to realize that it was entirely in French. "I thought this was a French café, not a French immersion program," Adam groaned to himself.
"I didn't know you spoke French," said Tanya impressed.
"Uhhhh," stuttered Adam. He was saved by the sound of cell phone ringing. "I'll be right back."
"Hello?" answered Adam once he was away from the table.
"I hope you speak French," Adam heard Tommy saying through the receiver.
"Good looking out man," said Adam. "Unfortunately, you're a little late."
"Why don't you just be yourself?" suggested Tommy.
"Tanya already said she loves this place," sighed Adam. "And she likes worldly men."
"Man, I hope you know what you're doing," said Tommy. "Good luck and have fun."
"Hey," said Adam returning to the table.
"Are you ready to order?" asked the waiter coming over.
"We'll have two of these," said Adam pointing to a random selection on the menu and praying for some good luck.
Tanya noticed Adam looked a little pale. "You ok, Sweetie?" asked Tanya.
"Why wouldn't I?" lied Adam. "I'm not the one who got an allergy attack tonight. I feel so guilty about that by the way. I just thought since we road horses in the last battle against King Mondo…"
"I guess my ranger suit protected me," reasoned Tanya. "You couldn't have known," she said reaching for his hand across the table and massaging it slightly. Suddenly Adam forgot about everything else except the amazing girl sitting across from him.
"You're so beautiful," he said shyly. Tanya smiled, flattered. The moment was interrupted by the arrival of their dinner, which the two looked at with horror.
"What is this?" asked Adam as Tanya cautiously put a piece of the dish in her mouth.
"Monsieur, the raw, cow brains you ordered," said the waiter indigently. Horrified, Tanya spit the piece of food out of her mouth and clear across the table into another woman's wine glass. Adam stifled a huge laugh. "Mademoiselle!" cried the waiter appalled.
Adam decided at that moment it was time to change his luck on this date. Dropping some cash on the table, he grabbed Tanya and pulled her in close. "Let's go," he whispered playfully in her ear before grabbing her hand. They raced out of the restaurant laughing hysterically.
An hour later, the pair sat at their favorite spot by the lake munching on burgers, fries and milkshakes.
"You know I like trying new dishes," began Tanya, "But I think I prefer my cow meat cooked!" said Tanya laughing.
"I just wanted so hard to impress you and be that perfect guy you were looking for," Adam explained. "I really wanted to give you a romantic night."
"Some probably would have called this date a worst-case scenario," mused Tanya. "But it's already been special because I'm with you. I've liked you for so long, so I'm just so incredibly happy we're finally doing this."
Adam's heart swelled, and he noticed Tanya blushing even in the moonlight. "You know while we're here, we should probably run through a few kata routines," he joked. Tanya pelted him with a French fry flirtatiously. "Oh so I'm under attack now?" he asked, chasing Tanya on the beach.
She screamed playfully as Adam tackled her to the ground and started to tickle her. When he finally stopped, Tanya looked up at Adam who was seated on her stomach above her. "He's the best guy I've ever met," he thought to herself happily as she sat up to kiss him. Adam stroked her check as he placed a lingering kiss on his lips. Tanya wrapped her arms around Adam's neck, pressing her mouth to his and deepening her kisses. Adam's heart felt light as he ran his hands through her soft hair and across her smooth skin. He felt like he could spend eternity lost in her caresses.
"Does it get any better than this?" Tanya wondered when she and Adam finally pulled apart for breath.
"Stay right there, don't move," said Adam smiling. He ran back to his car and started up the radio. Savage Garden's romantic tune "Truly, Madly, Deeply" came floating out of the stereo.
"I'll be your dream
I'll be your wish
I'll be your fantasy.
I'll be your hope
I'll be your love
Be everything that you need.
I love you more with every breath
Truly madly deeply do.."
Adam walked back over to Tanya. "May I have this dance?" asked Adam, bowing and extending his hand to Tanya. She felt her heart melt as he pulled her up and into his arms. She laid her check on his shoulders and ran her hands slowly over his muscular arms. Tanya had never felt so safe.
"So Sweetie, what should we do for our next date?" asked Tanya looking up into his gorgeous, chocolate eyes. "How about something risk-free, like rock climbing or sky diving?" Adam chuckled as he tightened his embrace around her.
"You know Tanya," began Adam placing a kiss on her forehead, "I think this is the start of a beautiful relationship after all."