Part 2370 – Fastest Eight Minutes Ever.

Elsie smiled as she set aside the chopped garlic and basil. 

He’s looking at me.

He’s admiring me. This crazy, amazing man is admiring me. He thinks I’m beautiful and he makes me feel beyond beautiful.

The way he looks at me.

The way he touches me.

The love in his voice when he talks to me.

The love that is there when he says nothing at all. The way he’s willing to fight through a horde of vampires to get to me. The way he…just…

Just the way he is. Everything he is makes me feel beautiful and amazing and strong. Like I could rip a hole in the world just because he was in danger.

Elsie chopped up some cauliflower as small as she could make it. She then tossed it into the food processor to make it even smaller.

Her thoughts drifted from memory to memory.

The delight on Hildreth’s face as she walked down the aisle.

Hildreth and Jeff singing “For The Dancing and the Dreaming” as they sparred.

Hildreth and his boys at the altar rail with their weapons.

She stopped the processor and dwelt on that particular memory. “Darn it. He was right after all. It was an awesome image. And it’s one I’ll always treasure.”

“Hmm?” Hildreth said. “Did you say something?”

“No.” She opened the processor and dumped the finely chopped cauliflower into a bowl. “Yes.”

“No and yes. Hmm. Interesting.”

“I was just thinking out loud.”

“Nice to know I’m not the only one who does that.” Hildreth said.

She chopped up another batch of cauliflower. “I’m pretty sure everyone does that at some point or other.”

“Now, that is an interesting train of thought.” He went silent.

Elsie food processed that batch too and dumped it into the bowl. She glanced at him. “You look like you’re lost in your thoughts. What’s going on in that head of yours?”

“Oh, lots of things.” He laughed. “You’d be surprised if I told you.”

“Probably. But knowing how weird your mind is, probably not.”

He laughed again.

The sound of his laughter made Elsie want to drop what she was doing and go over to him. But she stayed put.

The look on his face when this is all cooked will make staying over here well worth it.

“So!” he said. “I was thinking. What if you took a whole random crowd of people and stuck them into a stadium and see how long it takes for them all to start talking to themselves?”

“What? Why?”

“For science. See? This is what I think. Some of them will start muttering to themselves as soon as they enter the stadium. Others will do it as soon as they’re inconvenienced or annoyed. And there will be a certain number who won’t say anything at all.”

Elsie shook her head and laughed. “Your mind is a most mysterious place.”

“I know!” He shifted in his seat. “Are you sure you don’t need any help?”

“Very sure.” She put the chopped cauliflower into the microwave and turned it on for eight minutes.

“Aww. Too bad. I’ve heard that it’s terribly romantic when a married couple cooks together. It’s ranked higher on the romantic scale than when an unmarried couple does it.”

“Oh, really?”

“Yep. It’s a scientific fact that’s been proven by all of them red hot love doctors.”

She washed her hands and dried them before walking over to him. “You really are something, aren’t you?”

He tilted his head with a slight smile. “Oh, I am.”

His expression hit her like a full force cannon ball. Elsie sat on his lap, her legs straddling his.

He inhaled a sharp breath.

She smiled flirtatiously. “What else do these ‘red hot love doctors’ say?” She raked her fingers through his hair. “Hmm?”

“Ah…They…uhh…Um. They say a lot of things.”

His green-blue eyes were sunlit ocean water — brilliant and inviting. “Jump into me” they seemed to say. “Okay.” Elsie said. “I mean, what? Lot of things like what?”

“Like I am so blessed and lucky to have you in my life. Oh, Elsie baby, I love you. I love you. And you love me. Oh, you love me! You have no idea how amazing that is.”

She kissed him.

He spread his hands on her back.

Even though she was a lot more dressed than he was, her skin tingled from his touch.

“I love you.” she whispered back. “I love you.”

The microwave alarm went off.

Hildreth laughed softly. “Really?”

“Fastest eight minutes ever.”

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