Part 1886 – I Could Say I Love You, But I’ll Just Say, “Stay.”

Hildreth felt like poorly made pudding.

He felt like an ice cream cake that someone had left a little too long in a sauna.

He felt like absolute goo and glop.

What can I say to such a wonderful monologue? I should say something. Silence is the wrong response.

But what can I say and how can I say it when I don’t have any words?

I could say “I love you”, but it doesn’t seem like enough.

He looked into her bright, gold eyes.

Words are never enough. But I don’t know how else to express my feelings. Maybe I’ll never be able to do it.

Maybe she’ll understand it all without words.

“Elsie.” He tucked his hand under her thick mess of frizzy hair. He curved his hand around the back of her neck. “My Elsie.”

“Hildreth.”

“Don’t hunt tonight. Please. Just this once.”

She sighed. “If I say that I’m going to hunt anyway, what would you do?”

“Well, the obvious. I’d go with you.” He smiled. “Fair’s fair, Vansing.”

“Fine. I’ll stay home then.”

He admired the curves and lines of her face. “I wish you’d stay here with me.” escaped his mouth in a soft rush. He quickly released her neck. “I mean. I.”

Elsie silenced him by pressing the tips of her fingers against his lips. “I know what you meant. Don’t ruin it by trying to change its meaning.” She uncovered his mouth.

“Then, stay.”

“I can’t. I have things I need to do before our wedding.”

Disappointment crushed down on him. “And so do I. I love you, Elsie baby.”

“I love you too.”

Hildreth kissed her one more time. Then, he got out of the car and headed to his front door.

***

Stay.

I could stay here with him.

It’s a very tempting thought.

Hildreth entered his house.

Elsie opened her car door and stepped out onto his driveway.

He closed the door without looking back at her.

She hesitated.

I could stay. It would be a sure way to keep us both off the street tonight.

But it’s too tempting. He’s too tempting. Every little thing about him. Ohh, I want to give in to his temptation in every possible way.

Maybe I should.

I should stay with him tonight.

But.

She got back into the car and slammed the door shut. “We’ll be interrupted. I know it. We’re always interrupted by the stupidest, most random and unlikely things. This would be no exception.”

Elsie thought about the black box safely hidden at her home. She smiled and buckled up.

I’ll wait.

She turned the key and backed out of the driveway.

It’s down to only hours.

“I can wait just a little longer.”

Even if it makes me crazy.

***

Hildreth stood by the front door, lost in the finest of sentimental slosh.

He smiled as his thoughts turned to his black leather pants. “I wonder just how comfortable they would be under my tuxedo slacks.”

His smile grew. “Only one way to find out.”

He ran up to his room.

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