Is This Love Book 1: Questioning Yourself

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Chapter 23: The Trip

“I can’t believe this is actually happening!” I direct towards Samantha as we exit the jet bridge into the terminal.

“You better believe it! We are now in Athens, Greece.”

“What are we going to do first? Or do you have to work right away?”

“We have plenty to do. I don’t work these first couple days. All you will have to do is follow and take in the sites.” She explains.

I can do that. Oh, there is so much to experience here. I can’t wait to see it all. I would have never guessed that in my life, I would be in another country, let alone Greece. Greece is the steppingstone civilization to everything we know about democracy. I can honestly say that meeting Samantha has been the best thing that has happened to me. I’ve left home, I’m in college, and now I’m travelling. I can’t wait to see the world with her.

“How are you feeling?” Samantha asks.

“I’m mostly thrilled and excited about everything there is to do. But I am a little exhausted and tired from travelling.”

“It’s a good thing we are staying here then.”

“Here, like the airport?” I question.

“Technically yes, we are staying at the hotel Sofitel.”

Just like everything Samantha plans, the hotel is perfect and high-end. Of course, we get the best room and all the perks. This time, we are staying in their Prestige Suite, which happens to be completely soundproof. Samantha made it a point to bring that up in-front of the check-in staff to watch how I would react. She must have liked the way I stammered and had to catch my breath because she has had an almost evil smirk since that happened.

“It’s time to go up and rest, My Pet.” Samantha whispers in my ear and walks me to the elevator. I don’t know what it is, but every time I get in an elevator with Samantha a twinge of nervousness surges through my body.

Again, I find myself alone in the elevator with Samantha. The space between us closes with the door and all I can think of is Samantha. Her sweet perfume fills the heavy air. Samantha kisses me deep and I lose all trace of thought. My hands drop the bags I was carrying, and I don’t care. All I care about is another kiss from her. Her kiss is more addicting than drugs. I always crave more.

Too soon, the elevator dings and we part lips. I gather my bags and walk to the room with anticipation.

“Let’s see how soundproof this room really is.” Samantha teases and locks us in our room.


On the two-hour drive to the excavation site I reflect on recent events. Over the last few days, Samantha brought me all over Athens. I wish she didn’t have to work. She would then be able to experience the excavation with me. It would be so amazing to help unearth a new understanding of earlier mankind.

The second day we were in Athens, Samantha led me through the public market. It was just before noon and swarming with people. There were tons of stations which were selling all types of meats, fish, and vegetables. The exchanges were amazing to watch. This was nothing like the market back at home. The stands were full of colorful and backlights. It’s like a wonderfully displayed store front every few yards.

Yesterday we went to the Parthenon which was my favorite thing we have done so far. Walking with Samantha was relaxing. We actually held hands and strolled to the sites. It was so magical. It made me feel connected to the ancient Greeks. You can see how advanced they were by the detail in their architecture. It’s amazing to wonder how they completed all of this so long ago. She even brought me to visit the Acropolis Museum. I could have spent days there if there weren’t so many other things to do. The last few days have been amazing!

Now, I am travelling with a team of archeologists to an older site they have been working on called Mycenae. A lot of it has been excavated already, but everyone is hoping to find more.

Never in my life would I have thought I would get an opportunity like this. I cannot believe I travelled so far from home! Home…I don’t even know if I can go home again. I have not talked to my parents since leaving. And I don’t want to go through any more of their voicemails. I stopped listening to them after the first few that mom left saying she will pray and help me through this along with getting me help. She believes the devil is using Samantha and I need to come home to be purified again. Samantha is so great to me, her and Jack are the only true people I can count on.

“Are you excited to come out with us?” Mark, the head archeologist, asks.

“Yeah. I’m so glad to have a chance to experience an average day as an archeologist firsthand.”

“Oh, you’re going to love it!” Mary hollers back from the driver’s seat. “I remember my first day. There was so much to learn and explore. The history is so amazing, especially at Mycenae. It was a wonderful city. You can see the outline and defensive structure. In my experience, being an archeologist is a lot of work, but the findings are surreal.”

I know this will be amazing. Everything linked to Sam is amazing. Sam is amazing. She is the most complex person I have known. She still has many secrets and mysteries to discover. I don’t know if I will ever learn them all, but I want to. I want to know all of her. I already care for her so deeply. I think I love her for real. This has to be what love feels like. I’m so happy and giddy to spend all of my time with her. Even though my nerves are heightened around her, I am also the most relaxed. I can be myself without worrying with her. I have to tell her I love her. Is it too soon to tell her? What if telling her will change things? I don’t want things to change.

I don’t want to keep this a secret. When and how should I tell her? Should I just blurt it out? Or should I wait for a specific occasion. I didn’t know this would be such a hassle figuring when to say it. I think I will wait...well at least until Valentine’s day. That is a month away. Can I wait that long? Is it cheesy to wait until then? How about this, if I don’t tell her before Valentine’s Day, that is when I’ll tell her. Yes, I think that is what I should do.

The rest of the drive was pretty uneventful. The view was a nice change from Las Vegas. I do miss rural areas more than I thought I would. I don’t know if I could live in a big city forever. We park and have to walk the rest of the way in.

The pathway looks like it has been updated since the time it was built, but the walls that appear on the sides of me I know are authentic. The path leads into a wide archway that would have been the only entrance to the city. There are defensive walls all around that would have protected the villagers from an attack.

“Wow. This is incredible.” I say to myself quietly.

“I know. Everytime I come here, I wonder what it would have been like in its prime. To live here with the others in the Late Bronze Age.” Mark says from behind me.

“Have you found anything new?” I ask curiously.

“There are always new things to find. We mostly find pots, cups, and tools. The more valuable stuff is usually raided before we can excavate. However, If we are able to find a new grave, there will be many historical items inside.”

“I hope we find something!”

“I hope so too, we will be looking closely into this hill. There is part of a wall sticking out of it, I think it will be promising to start removing ground around it.”

I can’t believe I am a part of this! I grab a couple tools and start removing the build up ground around the base of the stones. The more dirt I carefully remove, the more of the flat stone appears.

I look through a pile of dirt I removed to see if I missed and a smooth piece of pottery reveals itself. No way! I actually found a piece of pottery. I pick the two-inch piece up and feel the smooth edge. It must be a lip of some kind of pot.

“I found pottery!” I say loud for anyone to hear.

“Ooh, that’s a nice piece. Hopefully you can find some more pieces for us to put together. It looks like it is part of a bowl.” Mary says and hands me a pan to put it in.

I scavenge through the remaining dirt and find a couple more pieces to add to the collection.

Before the end of the day, I make it through about a foot of new wall. I have found a handful of pottery pieces but nothing else. I was hoping to find something really cool. I mean it was cool finding pottery. They’re pieces of a bowl I actually discovered.

“Here, fill this out. I already filled in the coordinates of your find.” Mark says. “We need to document all finds along with those who find them.”

I fill out the form and put my name in the spot of the discoverer. Wow, if this bowl gets completed, my name may be in a museum showing it off. This is so cool!

“We are very glad to have had the opportunity to show you around today.” Mary says.

“The honor is mine.” I reply and shake her hand.

“Let’s head back to Athens.” Mary hops in the front seat and I get in the back.

Let’s head back to the hotel, is more like it. I’m exhausted from being out in the sun all day. I just want to lay down in bed. Mmm...bed. I remember the first night in Greece; that soundproof of the best nights.

Samantha kept beckoning me to be louder. With each slap of the crop, I would scream out in desire. She wanted me to talk through it and not worry about volume. Everytime I wanted her to strike me, I had to beg and say, “Please, My Queen, I need another.”

Each strike of pain left more desire and wanting that I needed to vocalize enough for her to satisfy the flame burning inside me.

I rest my head against the seat and blissfully drift off.


“You must have had quite the day yesterday.” Samantha says as I stir awake.

“Mmmhmm,” I respond unable to form words yet.

“Was it as good as you expected?”

“Yeah. I exposed some more of a wall and found a handful of pottery pieces.” I say as I yawn.

“Ooh, pottery. That sounds as thrilling as your voice.”

“Oh, shush. I just woke up.”

“It’s a good thing also. I thought they almost killed you out there. You didn’t even wake when you were transferred from the car to the room. I didn’t know you were such a deep sleeper.” She says.

“They didn’t kill me, it was just really exhausting. And I must not have wanted to wake from my sexy dreams of you.” I smirk.

“Oh, so you think I’m sexy then?” She questions and strikes a pose with her hand in her hair.

“I don’t know how you could doubt that. The whole world thinks you’re sexy.” I grab her arm and pull her down on the bed. She reluctantly allows me to temporarily have control. I seize the opportunity and straddle her.

I kiss her soft lips, nothing tastes better in the morning. I move to her neck and we both adjust for it to be easier. The room becomes steamy between our bodies. The urge to hold her down hit me, before I knew it I held both of her arms in place.

“And what do you think you’re doing, My Pet?” She inquisits with a stern look.

“Umm...going with the flow? I’m sorry, My Queen.”

She quickly removes herself from the bed. “Well, if that is the case, you will come to work with me today.”

“There’s nothing I’d rather do.” I get up and give her another kiss.


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