“Okay.” I stopped making the mash for the side to our turkey that is suited more so for a family of ten than two. “I need to ask you something.”
“Shoot,” Daniel replied, really into the making of his turkey. He hunched and craned his neck this way and that as if it were a work of art.
“I kind of…well…I don’t know…” I sighed. “I don’t know how to say this in a way that doesn’t make me look like a snooper. But I found plane tickets.”
Daniel froze and then straightened up to give me his full attention. “What?”
“Under your clothes. I found it. Who’s it for?”
“It’s for…” he held his shoulders up and shook his head in thought, “business.”
I honestly thought he was going to say it was for us. “Business?”
He nodded, squeezing his lips together. “Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm.”
“A business trip to Venice?”
“Well,” he combed his fingers through his tousled brown hair, “the economy is better there…it’s…it’s…” then he sighed. “I’m bad at this.”
“At lying,” he chuckled. “I wanted it to be a surprise.”
My cheeks heated up and I smiled. “You were going to take us to Venice?”
He nodded, a faint pink rising to his own plump cheeks. “Yeah.” He smiled sheepishly.
“Wow. That’s incredible.”
“Well we couldn’t go because–”
“Yeah, I saw the dates. What was the occasion?”
Daniel lifted his eyes to mine, not strong nor confident, just in search for something in my own. His lips were parted and his eyes glossy with thought, flickering between my eyes. Then he smiled, that hidden thought suddenly fleeting, and rounded the kitchen island to wrap his arms around my waist. “No occasion. I just love you.”
I stood on my tiptoes to kiss him. “That’s good enough for me.”
“So how’d it go with David?” Daniel asked, quickly changing the subject.
***My Christmas gift to all you ladies out there. Don’t worry, it’s not one of my books on special or anything like that 😛 and no it’s not Too Faced’s Le Grand Chateau, I’m so upset that’s sold out EVERYWHERE. Should’ve gotten in early, but that link is honestly probably the next best thing. Hope you like, and happy thanksgiving to you all. Soul xo***