Chapter 30: Dawn
The first rays of sunlight stretched out over Angel Grove, waking Adam who had fallen asleep in front of the fireplace. He slowly swam back to consciousness from warmth of the dawning light… as well as the warmth of Tanya's flesh pressed against him. Stroking her smooth, bare skin, Adam could not believe that Tanya was actually here with him.
The events of last evening slowly came back to Adam although the evidence of what had transpired between him and Tanya was – literally naked in front of him. After the night he and Tanya had spent in front of the fire place, Adam finally understood why they called it 'making love.' He had never felt anything as emotionally intense or explosive, and Adam knew it was all because had been with someone he'd cared so much for. Adam shifted slightly to get a better look at the beauty that lay next to time, causing him unintentionally to rouse Tanya.
"Hey, Sweetie," said Tanya softly as a huge smile kept across her face.
"Hey," said Adam as he grinned in bashfulness.
"How are you?" she asked sweetly, leaning forward slightly and touching her nose against his.
"Ok," replied Adam shyly. "Last night was…"
"Amazing," whispered Tanya happily, once again finding her candid voice. "I can't believe we finally did it."
"Me either," chuckled Adam. "I mean, not like I hadn't before, but this time it was so different."
"Different, like different bad?" squeaked Tanya, her eyes widening in horror.
"No, no," reassured Adam. "Different in a good way. A really good way," he added as he stroked her hair.
"I know, for me too," agreed Tanya. "But why do you think that was."
"Well it was because I lo…" Adam cut himself off, too nervous to tell her after all this time the three, small words that held such substantial emotional and romantic meaning.
"Because why?" pressed Tanya fervently.
"Tanya, I love…" began Adam in a quivering voice before being cut off by her cell phone ringing.
"Ugh, I have to get that," groaned Tanya as she wiggled with clear displeasure away from Adam's embrace to find her cell phone.
Starring after Tanya for a few seconds to admire her flattering and curvaceous figure, Adam sighed at his own shyness as he pulled on a pair of black boxers and a green undershirt. Despite having just spent the night with Tanya, Adam realized finding the courage to tell her he loved even more daunting of a hurdle in possibly trying to restore a relationship between them. Plus there was the roadblock of Tanya's boyfriend with whom Adam heard Tanya arguing with on the phone at that moment.
"Vinny, I'm sorry I did not come home last night, but I promise you I am alright," reassured Tanya tiredly to her record producer boyfriend over the cell phone as she put on her clothes. "Where was I? I mean, it's just… well… I was at my old friend Kat's house."
"Tanya lied to him!" Adam gloated inwardly to himself. "She didn't tell Vincent she was with me last night. But why?"
"I'll be back at the hotel in a half hour," Tanya informed her boyfriend. "I'll see you then. Bye."
"You're leaving?" asked Adam before she'd even fully shut her cell.
"Adam, I have to get back to my job," said Tanya as she fidgeted with the phone's antennae cord.
"Back to your job, but you didn't say back to Vincent," Adam pointed out.
"I…" began Tanya.
"Why did you lie to your boyfriend about being with me last night?" asked Adam, cutting her off as curiosity overcame his usual, unconfident persona.
"I just didn't want to tell him right now," replied Tanya defensively.
"Oh," was all Adam could say.
"So, I guess this is it," said Tanya brightly in a tone Adam perceived as forced cheerfulness. "Adam, it was… really great to see you again."
Adam felt numb as Tanya gave him a quick and fleeting kiss on the cheek. They had dated for two years, for so long had loved each other and now last night had actually become lovers. Adam felt disgusted disbelief that Tanya was just going to walk away once again from everything between them. Just like she had before she had gone and moved to New York.
"So that's it?" asked Adam, stopping Tanya in her tracks just as she reached the door.
Tanya turned around slowly to face him, and Adam was shocked to see tears in her eyes. "Why didn't you come after me?" she asked in a voice choked with emotion.
"Excuse me?" asked Adam, taken by surprise with her reaction.
"At the airport when I left that day for New York City," cried Tanya desperately. "Why didn't you come after me? Why? Why? I wanted you to fight for me!"
"I'm fighting for you now!" said Adam, rushing up beside her and grabbing her by the shoulders. "Stay together with me, Tanya. I love you!"
Tanya gazed torn at Adam and then past him to the sun finally fully flooding into his apartment to announce the dawn of a new day and another chapter in their lives.