I Let You In, Now What?
I’m glad I asked for tomorrow off. There is barely anyone on the road right now. Nine on a Thursday night is apparently the best time to drive to Hampton Beach. Who knew? I glance in the rear view mirror to see Dougie and Claire nodding off already. They really do make a cute couple. Since they started dating, all those months ago, Claire has become a good friend. She’s even going to be interning with the foundation I work for starting in September. Adam takes hold of my free hand pulling me from my thoughts. I throw him a smile before turning my gaze back to the road ahead. We thought it would be fun to have a couple’s weekend away before the insanity of the new season begins.
“Are you excited to start training with the team again next week?” I ask in a hushed tone.
“Definitely,” he replies, “I’m dying to get back out on the ice with the guys. Are you ready for hockey season?”
I scoff, “I didn’t know I was supposed to prepare. Was there a hockey girlfriend boot camp I should have signed up for?”
“You’re hilarious. What I mean to say is that it’s going to get real crazy real fast,” Adam states nervously.
I give his hand a reassuring squeeze, “We may not have been dating yet, but we were friends at the end of last season.I’m fully aware of what I’ve gotten myself into. It’s going to be fine.”
Adam sighs heavily, “You say that now, but it’s going to be really difficult at times, especially with road games.”
“Adam,” I start, “we have to work for what we want in life to be able to appreciate it. I’m in this for the long haul through the good and the bad.”
“Watch out Naomi. You’re getting sentimental on me with all your clichés,” he teases.
I glare at him playfully, “At least I’m not the one channeling the stupidity of past relationships onto the current amazing one.”
“Hey, that’s a bit harsh,” Adam retorts.
“No, it’s not,” I say with a laugh, “Dougie has told me stories and I met one, remember? You weren’t exactly fishing from the deep end of the pool.”
He tries to smother his laughter, “Well it looks like I finally smartened up and went into deeper waters.”
“Damn straight you did,” I reply with a smirk.
Adam brings my hand to his lips for a kiss and we continue the drive in a comfortable silence. The next morning I wake up pleasantly tangled up in the long limbs of my boyfriend. As I feel Adam shift and start to wake up, I detach myself and stretch.
“Morning beautiful,” he greets while watching me.
I turn my head in his direction, “Morning handsome, enjoying the show?”
“Always,” he replies and pulls me against him.
I press my lips against his as our hands lazily roam each other’s body. It takes us another hour before we get up and get dressed. I throw my hair up into a ponytail and put on a bright purple bikini with a blue floral summer dress over that. We head downstairs to meet Dougie and Claire for breakfast.
“I can’t wait to do some boardwalk shopping,” Claire says enthusiastically.
“There is one store that has such pretty dresses,” I join in on the excitement.
The guys groan at the prospect of being stuck shopping with us ladies.
I smile sympathetically, “You guys can go do your own thing, you know. The fun of shopping will be ruined if we have two whiny boys following us. Don’t you agree, Claire?”
She nods her head and gives Dougie a kiss on the cheek, “It makes more sense to do our own thing, and then we can meet up at the beach later this afternoon.”
“Wait, are you two really saying you don’t want us to go shopping with you?” Dougie asks a little shocked.
Adam chuckles and claps a hand on the younger man’s shoulders, “Don’t question it, dude. Just take the opportunity and run. We are lucky to have such sane women in our lives.”
“You’re too much,” I joke, “but it’s settled. Its ten now so let’s plan to meet at the entrance to the beach here around two. Fuck knows I’ll be ready to cool off and do some swimming at that point.”
I give Adam a quick peck on the lips and head out into the beautiful sunny weather with Claire trailing behind me.
“Are you excited to start your last semester of college,” I ask as I sift through a rack of colorful shirts.
Claire shrugs, “I’m a whole mix of emotions, honestly. Mostly scared, though. I feel like once I graduate I’m going to get thrown to the wolves. It’s all just so unknown.”
“I know how you feel,” I say, “that was basically me when I was close to graduating. The internship should help you figure things out. It’ll give you a taste of the real world and look good on your resume.”
“Yeah that’s what I’m hoping for. Thanks again for giving me this opportunity,” she responds giving me a hug.
I hug back, “All I did was write up a reference letter. You’re existing resume did the majority of the talking.”
We head out of the shop and go grab a quick bite to eat at a nearby sandwich shop. It’s absolutely gorgeous outside and after lunch we wander into various shops along the street.
“Do we have time to check out that dress store before we meet back up with Dougie and Adam?” Claire asks as we stop in front of the shop.
I head in and call over my shoulder, “There is always time for dresses! We’ll make it to the beach on time, no worries.”
The water may be on the colder side, but it’s so refreshing after walking in the hot sun for hours. I wade into the ocean until it hits me mid thigh, and I turn back towards the shore. Adam makes his way towards me. I can’t take my eyes off of him. For a guy with an unruly head of hair, his chest is surprisingly bare.
“Can I help you?” he inquires noticing me blatantly staring.
I cock my hip with some attitude, “What? Am I not allowed to check out my sexy boyfriend?”
“No,” he replies playfully.
I splash him in the face, then turn to run before he gets a chance to retaliate. I don’t make it very far before Adam grabs a hold of my waist and picks me up.
“You wouldn’t,” I exclaim in horror.
“Oh I most definitely would,” he confirms and effortlessly tosses me into the water.
I resurface sputtering for air and laughing at the fun of being thrown into the water. I lay back to let my body float on the surface just feeling the nice contrast of the cool water and hot sun. I’m not sure I’d be able to survive if I didn’t live on the coast anymore. I love the ocean way too much. Suddenly I’m hit with a big splash of water, and I stand up quickly to see who did it. I double over with laughter when I see that Dougie had just tackled Adam into the water.
“Boys,” Claire comments as she swims over towards me.
I shrug my shoulders, “I should thank Dougie. He inadvertently got revenge for me.”
The next few hours are spent swimming, sunbathing, and throwing a frisbee around before heading back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.
“We’re going to go conserve water,” I announce dragging Adam out of the elevator and towards our room.
I can hear Dougie mumble, “That was too much info.”
“We probably should too babe,” Claire stage whispers at the same time.
Adam shakes his head at our antics, but pulls me into the room with a big smile on his face. After our leisurely shower, I change into a light pink strapless summer dress and wedged sandals. The four of us head to a nice seafood restaurant a couple minutes down the street from the hotel. The host sits us on the patio that overlooks the beach.
“Wow, that’s a great view,” Dougie comments.
I glance out over the water and smile, “Yeah, I always liked coming here during the summer before my parents got a divorce.”
“Speaking of parents,” Adam quickly changes subjects, “mine really want to meet you, Naomi. They’ll be coming down for the first home game of the season. Think you’ll be up for it?”
“I’d like to hope so, though did you warn them I’m an insane hockey fan,” I joke hiding my nervousness.
I can thank one of my college boyfriends for that. My freshman year I started dating a hockey player and he more than willingly taught me the game. We may not have lasted too long, but my love for hockey has.
Adam chuckles, “Don’t worry babe. I’m pretty sure that’s one of the things that have them the most excited to meet you.”
I take a sip from my wine glass to calm myself and give him a smile. Meeting his parents is months away so there is no need to freak out now. Just as the food arrives, Dougie foolishly asks how shopping went and Claire launches into a detailed description of our ventures. Once dinner is finished we go our separate ways. The younger couple runs off one way, while Adam and I head down to the beach to walk around. It seems we aren’t the only couple with this idea and my heart warms as I watch an elderly couple walk by hand-in-hand.
“If you could wish for anything, what would it be?” Adam asks out of the blue.
I don’t even hesitate before answering, “To have what that elderly couple has, a love that lasts through the age. I know it sounds corny and a little unoriginal, but it’s what I want more than anything.”
Adam wraps an arm around my waist and pulls me closer as we stroll down the beach.
“Unoriginal, yes,” he teases, “but not corny. I want the same thing. I know I won’t play hockey forever. I want to be able to have something to look forward to after. You know, have a family and grow old with someone.”
“What else do you plan on doing after you retire?” I wonder.
“You mean besides having a ton of kids?” Adam replies making me giggle.
I smack him lightly in the arm, “Yes, dumbass besides that.”
After a moment, he gives me an answer, “I don’t think I’d mind being a stay at home dad. Assuming a family gets started while I’m still playing, I really wouldn’t get to spend too much time with them. I see that with some of my teammates. I’d want to make up for loss times once I retired. It also helps that I really like to cook, and I already clean up after Dougie so it can’t be that much different.”
A stay at home dad? That is definitely not what I expected him to say, but Adam is always full of surprises. That’s one of the many things I love about him.
“I love you,” I blurt out in probably the least romantic way possible.
Adam brings us to a stop and turns to me with a grin, “I’m sorry I didn’t quite catch that.”
That little shit would want me to repeat myself.
I look straight into Adam’s eyes, “I love you. I’m in love with you Adam.”
“I love you too Naomi,” he replies with his grin growing into a full out smile.
I jump and wrap my arms around his neck in a tight hug. I’m so glad I didn’t just make a complete fool out of myself. We lean in for a kiss.It’s sweet and innocent, making my heart flutter.
“You know I’m going to catch shit from the guys for not saying it first,” Adam comments as we resume walking.
I snort out a laugh, “It’s not my fault you took too long. You’ll survive.”
He grabs my hand and spins me around, “I will as long as you’re by my side.”
I smile, “Well I guess it’s a good thing I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon.”
Eventually we make our way back to the hotel and go to bed. The four of us have a long drive in the morning back to reality.