The Wager

By: Calista Kyle

"Of course I do, you silly girl. But the question is, what are your feelings for me?" I asked.

I held my breath, my body rigid with tension, bracing myself for her answer. It seemed like an eternity before she finally spoke.

"I feel the same," she said.

My face split into a wide grin and I let out a long breath. I felt a warmth radiating throughout my body.

"I've never stopped loving you, it was trusting you that I had a problem with," she said.

I was just about to walk over and pull her into my arms when her words stopped me in my tracks. "Where does that leave us?" I asked.

"Well, I'd like to try again. I know I told you I couldn't get over what you did, but I think I was just too scared to get hurt again. I want to give you another chance, I don't want to live with regrets," she said.

This time noting was going to keep me from her. I wrapped my arms around her and spun her around and around, her words filling me with joy and excitement.

"Put me down, Roman," she laughed, pounding her fists against my back. "You're going to make me dizzy."

I stopped spinning and gently put her back down in front of me. "Sorry about that, but you don't know how happy you've made me," I said, grinning at her. "I've been waiting for you to say those words feels like eternity. I promise you I'm never going to hurt you again and I'm going prove my trust to you."

"Just kiss me already," she said laughingly as she pulled my head down.

Our lips met and I closed my eyes, reveling in the feel of her in my arms again. It felt so right and so natural, like I was coming home again. She was soft and sweet and everything I remembered and yet so much more. This woman in my arms, who I knew I'd never let go again was as vital to me as air. I held her tightly, her head pressed against my chest as I kissed the top of her head. We stayed like that for a while, letting the moment engulf us, each lost in our own little world.

"You know I'm actually glad I made that wager," I said after a while.

She pulled out of my arms and looked at me with narrowed eyes. "Oh yeah?"

"Don't look at me like that," I laughed as I pulled her back down to rest against my chest. "It's what brought us together. I didn't think I would have taken the time to talk or get to know you if I hadn't done it, so in a way, it was a good thing."

"I suppose you're right, but you ever try that again..."

"I wouldn't dare," I said cutting her off with another kiss.

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