When we last saw Parker and Ember, they were on their way to spend time together for Valentine's Day. Parker picked Ember up and they went to the restaurant where he made reservations. They coincidentally went to the same restaurant as Maurice and Henna had their dinner, but this time dinner went very well.
Parker and Ember have just finished their meal.
Ember: Thank you, but I'd better say no. I don't want to be too full.
Parker: Me neither. Are you enjoying your evening?
Ember (smiling): Yes, I am having a wonderful time. You planned well.
Parker: I hope so. I also have a gift for you, but it's too big to give you here. I can give it to you after we leave.
Ember: How nice of you. I can hardly wait to see it.
Parker (laughing): That reminds me. I stopped by to drop off cards for Avery and Aviana and barely got out without getting the third degree. Avery was trying hard to figure out who I was meeting tonight.
Ember: That is funny. The same thing happened to me with Henna. She and Maurice are no longer seeing each other, but she definitely found a window in her grief to try to figure out who I was planning to see.
Parker: I guess inquiring minds want to know.
Ember (smiling and shaking her head): It seems like it.
Parker: Don't worry. I won't say anything until you say your ready. I'm not in a rush. I just enjoy being with you.
Ember: Of course. I'll be right here. Thank you.
Parker goes to pay the check and then returns to get Ember.
Ember (taking Parker's hand): You certainly may, kind Sir.
They exit the restaurant and head to the car.
Before we go on, this part of the story is slightly adult, maybe PG-13, but not R. Now back to Parker and Ember. Their evening did not end after leaving the restaurant. They have arrived at the next place where Parker has a reservation, the Sweet Dreams Hotel. They have just walked into the room.
Parker: I did some research online and read some reviews. It's one of the best hotels around here.
Ember: Yes, reading reviews is very helpful. I do that a lot when I travel.
Parker (laughing): I think that was actually in a review too.
Ember (laughing): It wasn't me. I promise.
Parker: Well, I don't mean to change the subject, but I'd like to give you your gift now.
Parker sets down his bag and Ember sets her bag and purse on the bed. Then she turns around to accept Parker's gift.
Parker: No. Well, you can if you'd like, but I doubt it will help you.
Ember: I won't shake it then. I just love the anticipation. This is so thoughtful of you.
Parker: I have to warn you I picked it out myself. I hope you like it. I think it's perfect. I'll turn on the overhead light so you can see it well.
Parker walks over to the light switch and turns on the overhead light so Ember can see better.
Ember (feeling excited and curious): I'm going to open it, but maybe you could sit next to me while I do.
Parker: Okay. Good idea.
Parker sits down and she opens the box and pulls back the tissue to see what's in it.
Ember: This is so pretty. I love it, Parker. You have wonderful tastes.
Parker (grinning): Well, I have to be honest, it's for me too. I was hoping you would wear it this evening...at least for a little while.
Ember (feeling her cheeks get hot): Of course I will. I'll go put it on right now. I'll be back soon.
Ember grabs her overnight bag and the lingerie from the box and heads to the bathroom. While she's in there, Parker put the gift box next to the chair by the window and then undresses. After he's done, he looks around the room some more and then stands by the window to get a better look at the view.
Parker: No. I love it! It looks even better than I imagined it. I'm not going to lie, I did imagine. But this reality is so much better.
Ember: Thank you.
Parker: Please come closer and turn around so I can see how you look from the back.
Ember walks closer and turns around for Parker to see her. Parker takes the opportunity to put his arms around her.
Ember: Thank you. You are making me feel beautiful.
Parker: I doubt you need me to do that. You just are.
Parker: I'm glad. I could hold you like this forever.
Ember: Mmmm....I would like that. It's been so long since I've felt like this. I don't want it to end.
Parker: It doesn't have to. I don't plan on going anywhere. I know what I want and I'm holding her right now.
Parker gently turns Ember around so she is facing him and then he begins to kiss her.
Ember: I love you too, Parker.
A whole lot of loving went on for a while and then they both dozed off to sleep. After a while, Ember wakes up and decides to go look out the window. She feels like her mind is now running a mile a minute and maybe letting her mind drift into the sights around her, she can calm it.
Ember: After how special you've made this evening for me, I think this one can be on me...I was thinking that I'm ready.
Parker: Good. Ready for what?
Ember: Ready to let everyone in on our little secret. I want us to grow our relationship and I'd be so honored to let everyone know I love you. I want you in my life and Erwyn's.
Parker (smiling): I'm glad. I want the same thing. Now, do you want to come back to bed?
Ember: I want to stand here a little longer. I can't get back to sleep right now.
Parker: An even better reason for you to come back to bed.
Whew! and YAY! It's about time....
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye