Chapter 17 Part 2
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The next day.
I woke up from all the loud whispers coming from the foot of the bed. I squinted my eyes to see.
“What’s going on?” My voice was somewhat hoarse from the sleep.
“Happy Birthday!” Sage and Alice screamed and jumped in the bed and showered me with hugs and kisses.
“Oh, I love you, guys.” I hug them back.
My eyes fell on this astonishing thing. I gasped at the sight of a giant bouquet sitting in the middle of the room. I leaped out of bed and almost tripped over. I gazed—my jaw dropped; it was as tall as me.
“This is beautiful!” I exclaimed as I stood in awe. I then double looked at Sage and Alice. They both were ogling at me.
Sage produces a card from her pajama pocket. “It’s from Aaron. Do you want me to read it?”
“No. Give me the card, Sage?” I went to pull it off from her hand, but she switched to another side.
“Promise that you’ll read it out loud?” Mischief Sage was teasing me.
“Sage, please, I’m dying over here.”
“Fine, here you go.”
I hastily unsealed the envelope and found a red card. The imprint of two silhouetted men and a woman Dancing made me smile. I looked at Sage and Alice—they were waiting for me to open the card and read it aloud.
I frowned as I opened the card.
“What’s wrong, Jess?” Sage asked.
“It only says ‘Happy Birthday, Jessica.’” I pouted and slumped my shoulders
“That’s it? No personal note?” Sage made a face. “For a six-foot-tall bouquet from the ‘Garden of Eden’ and four banana sundae, I assumed this lover boy could have at least written a few special words, than just ‘Happy Birthday.’” Sage shrugged.
“He sent a Sundae too?” I asked.
“Yeah, and it’s melting like you over there.” Alice pointed at the cart. I blushed but tried to conceal the overawe. I can’t believe he remembered the tiny piece of information I’d shared with him, and he made it real.
“I have to pee,” I announced and ran into the bathroom. Closing the door, I sat on a closed toilet seat and began reading the card:
Happy Birthday, Jessica,
Roses are red, but I’m blue..., without you.
I hope you’re thinking of me, cause I’m too.
Don’t be a stranger if we meet again..., hopefully soon.
Your’s and only yours,
It brought a smile to my face. These words made the whole presentation even more special. I kissed and placed the card on my heart and murmured, “I hope so too.”
I was pleased with his handwritten note; he took the time to think and came up with these words and wrote them down on paper.
Wait a minute, handwritten? It means he’s here! Aaron is here in Vegas.
“He’s here?” I murmured to myself.
“He’s here—for me.” I was ecstatic. I read the note over again. I couldn’t contain my happiness. I squealed. My heart was jumping up and down. New color blossomed on my cheek. I couldn’t stop smiling.
“What’s going on?” Alice asked worriedly, standing outside the bathroom door.
“Are you okay?” Sage was worried too.
I told the girls that Aaron was here.
“I think he’s in his suite across from us? I-I’m going to go and knock on the door.” I said and ran to the main door.
“How do you even know if he’s here?” Alice questioned, but I ignored her and closed the door.
“Oh well, we lost her again?” I heard Alice say to the door or Sage?
It was the moment of truth. I was standing in front of a suite, where I’m not sure if for real Aaron was staying in here or not? I just took a chance.
I knocked on the door, and it dawned on me. I was still in my silk nightgown and with messy hair.
The door opened, and Aaron pulled me into a hug. “You found me.”
“Happy birthday.” He wished me, and I started to cry.
“Hey, hey, why the tears?” He looked sad.
“I don’t know... it’s just. I’m so happy to see you. You’re here, or unless I’m dreaming?” I begin to have doubts, and Aaron kisses me. O, how I’ve missed him.
Aaron broke our kiss, “I think you need more convincing,” he swept me off my feet to prove it to me—in the bed.
We’d jammed packed evening activity, and Aaron wished to spend time together—secretly me too.
It was about five o’clock, so I had two hours to look nice for him. He wanted to meet my friends, as well as my friends do too.
We all got ready and went to the lobby. Aaron was already there. A smile bloomed on my lips at the sight of him.
He looked bold and confident. His piercing gaze saw me and made me blush.
“Hi,” he said and took my hand, braided his finger with mine as if I would run away.
“I missed you,” he whispered.
“Well, I’m here now.” I squeezed his hand tightly.
Alice cleared her throat, seeking my attention.
“Aaron, meet my friends—Alice Levitz and Sage Olsen.”
“Hello! You girls having a good time?”
“We were until you showed up.” Alice’s answer was unkind with a hint of a taunt. I nudged her with my elbow.
“Then, you girls won’t mind if I steal her for a few hours, will you?” He made a polite request, expressing his wish—and secretly mine too.
“But we’re about to go see a show and then fireworks,” Sage mentioned our plan for the night.
Aaron sighed. I pouted a little. Alice had planned everything, and Aaron came back, and he wanted to spend time with me, and I don't want to upset either of them.
“I’d it all planned, but it seems she wants to have more fun with you.” Alice had a rude tone, and I glared at her.
“She does. Doesn’t she?” Aaron utilized Alice’s rude comment into a compliment. Suddenly Alice couldn’t think of anything to say—she’d met her match, although I noticed a flush on her cheek. As for Aaron, he just smirked.
That’s what I liked about Aaron—he was both a leader and a lover. He was smart and a spitfire who can overcome stubborn opponents and prevail logic over emotion.
I looked at the girls and mouthed the word ‘Please.’ with puppy dog eyes.
“You take care of her, Aaron,” Sage said—nicely.
“Or I’ll come looking for you,” but Alice threatened him.
I rolled my eyes.
“I fully intend to,” he prompted. I bit my lip and met his gaze.
“Do you have a jacket, Jess?” Aaron looked down at my bare arms.
“Here, take mine.” Sage shrugged her jacket off.
“Thanks,” I said.
“We should meet here, say in three hours?” Aaron looked at his wristwatch.
“Alright,” Alice said.
“Pleasure, ladies.” he gave them a nod.
I glanced at the girls. Sage was mouthing the word ‘Have fun,’ and Alice just gave me a small smile.
“Aaron, I need to take care of something. I’ll meet you outside the hotel.”
“Sure,” he responded. As I was about to leave, he pulled me in for a short kiss.
O, this man.