Saturday, November 13, 2010

SnappleApple450 Week 25: I Have a Secret

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I Have A Secret

The flowers felt cool to the touch, soft like velvet, and vivid with colors. A man gave them to me as I left on the plane ride home. Hawaii was the most amazing week of my life. I fell in love with the man. He was tall and dark with his natural tan, the brightest smile I’d ever seen, and the darkest most mysterious eyes anyone could have. He was a native there on the Hawaiian islands.


We met in the market place while I was looking for some good fruit to take back with me to Iowa. He was working his little stand of mangoes.

“I didn’t think mangoes were from Hawaii,” I stated with a flashy smile.

He chuckled, picking a mango up. “They’re not, but that doesn’t mean we can’t grow them.”

I tsked, shaking my head sadly but a smile still played on my lips. “It should be illegal!” I faked shock.

“Ah but what you don’t understand is that we Hawaiians have a secret to growing the best mangoes.” He rolled the mango down his arm and bounced it off his elbow into my hands.

My eyes were big with admiration and lust. “And what secret is that?”

He smirked saying, “It’s a secret.”

I traced the mango in my hands, rolling it in my palm. “May I ask you name or is that a secret too?”

“Keoku. And yours might be?” He took my hand in his and kissed it.

I was in a daze as he stared up at me through his lashes. “Jewel,” I finally mumbled my name.

“Jewel... that is the most beautiful name in all the Heavens. It deserves to be shouted from the mountains, ringing from the skies!”

I laughed, pulling my hand away. “Alright, you win Mr. Keoku. I will buy a mango from you.”

He stood up straight and smiled. “For you, beautiful Jewel, it’s free. It was my honor to see such a lovely angel here on this glorious day.”

He bagged up a couple mangoes and handed them to me. “When can I see you again?”

I smiled, taking the bag from him. “How about tonight?”

He frowned slightly, his eyebrows knitting together. “I can’t tonight. It’s a secret.”

Then it hit me. “You’re married!” I gasped, feeling sad at the thought. I didn’t know how to respond, I was so embarrassed that I just walked away.

“No, no, no! Jewel wait!” He grabbed me by the elbow, stopping me.

I felt tears threatening to overflow. I felt like he made a fool of me. More than that, in those few seconds with him, I fell in love. Love at first sight with a complete stranger.

“Jewel, please. I’m not married!” He laughed.

I wiped my eyes, glaring at him. “It’s okay, you don’t have to explain to me. Thank you for the mangoes.”

I pulled away and left. He watched me leave, I could feel his black eyes on me. I found a cab and went back to my hotel for the rest of the day. I felt like I’d broken up with a long term relationship. It was a few words with a stranger!

There was a knock on my door and I went to answer it. Flowers covered the doorstep but no one in sight. I saw a note card attached to it. Meet me at midnight on the beach by the market, Keoku

I wadded up the note and threw it by the flowers, shutting the door. A few seconds passed and I opened the door again and brought the flowers in. I grabbed my phone and called home to my best friend. “Liz!” I screamed as soon as she answered.

“What?! What happened?! Oh my god don’t tell me you’re in a foreign prison!”>i?

“Babe, Hawaii is a state in the United States. It’s not foreign. And no I’m not in prison. I’m in love....” I admitted hesitantly.

There was silence before she busted up laughing. I had to hold the phone away from my ear while she laughed. “In love? You mean in love with the place, right?”

“His name is Keoku and he’s a native here and” I sighed, still feeling sad about earlier. “He wants me to meet him tonight on the beach. Should I go?”

Liz was very serious when she answered me. “Jules. Babe. I love you. You’re in Hawaii, you have two more days before you leave Heaven. Gooooo!!!”

I laughed at her logic. “Alright, I’ll go.”

“Yay! My Jewel is gonna get laaaiiiddd tonight on the beach! Whoo!”

I rolled my eyes, smelling the flowers. “I am not...okay maybe, but we’ll see.”

“Gimme the details, bitch! I neeeeed some details or I’ll explode!” That was the last thing I heard before I hung up, still laughing.

I went into the large bathroom and took my dress off, running a bubble bath. I felt like pampering myself today. The warm water felt good against my bare skin as I ran the sponge over my smooth legs, lathering my body. I pretended like I was on a Pussycat Dolls music video. If they could be sexy, so could I.

I closed my eyes and sunk into the tub, relaxing. After I felt myself getting wrinkly, I stood up and grabbed a towel, wrapping it around my wet body. I wrapped my hair in a towel and got out. The floor was wet too as I drained the tub. The mirror was fogged up and I ran my hand over it to clear it up.

I smiled at my reflection, feeling amazing. Tonight was going to be great, I could tell.
After two hours of getting ready, I was in a yellow strapless sundress and high heels. My hair was in messy waves down my back, untamed. I had light makeup on and no jewelry. I looked like I belonged on the islands.

It was close to midnight when I was finally ready. I took a cab back to the marketplace. It was empty, closed up for the night. I could hear the waves in the distance and I followed the sound. The beach was so open and beautiful. The moon was full and reflecting on the black ocean. The sand was a hazy blue and looked soft.

I licked my lips, wetting them as I started to walk through the sand. I wanted to take my shoes off and feel the sand through my toes, but decided against it. Down the beach a ways, I saw a small light flickering on the ground. It looked like a fire. I made my way towards it slowly, just enjoying the sound of the ocean.

The fire got bigger and I could see a small red blanket laid out where Keoku was pouring some wine. I smiled as I came up to him. He looked up and his face lit up instantly. She looked him over; he had loose linen pants on and no shirt. The fire glinted off his chest, showing every muscular angle he had.

“I didn’t think you’d come!” He exclaimed.

I looked around at the setting for two and raised a questioning eyebrow.

He chuckled, handing me a glass of wine. “I still hoped.”

I sat down beside him and I could feel his eyes roam over my body. “You know the moon glistens off your body in this lighting. You look radiant.” He traced his hand over my shoulder blade.

I closed my eyes, feeling goose bumps were his fingers left. He traced down my collarbone as he leaned in to kiss me. “You look amazing,” he said as his lips touched my shoulder. He slowly made his way up my neck, leaving little kisses wherever he went. A soft moan escaped, forgetting everything around me. His fingers slid down my body to my waist as he pulled me closer to him. I suddenly was wishing I’d worn something easier to get out of; I wanted to get closer to him.

His lips took a turn south and went along my collarbone; he still went lower barely touching my breasts. His other hand was strategically pulling my dress down while he kissed me. I touched his cheek, pulling his face back up to mine so I could kiss him. We shared a passionate kiss as his hands continued to work my clothes off. I’d helped him by lifting my body to my knees as I towered over him while he continued to kiss me. I wrapped my fingers through his hair to hold him close me.

A moan escaped him when I bit his lip playfully. He flipped me over, his hips fitting perfectly between my legs. He placed his mouth next to my ear whispering the most romantic things anyone has ever said to me. I rolled my hips up into his and he chuckled pulling his last piece of clothing off his sinuous body.

Once we connected, we were the only ones in the world. The only ones that mattered. His grunts and my moans were silenced by the crashing of the waves. Keoku made me see stars, angels, the whole universe. He captured my moans in a searing kiss. So many emotions I couldn’t begin to comprehend consumed me as we lay together sweaty and fulfilled. He grabbed another blanket to cover us, the night suddenly cold as we separated. He pressed his warm body against me for warmth as the as the blissful void of sleep called us.

When I awoke, I felt his arms still around me, protecting me from the cold wind blowing from the ocean. I smiled as I turned over to face him. He was leaning on his elbow, staring down at me with a smile. When he saw I was awake, he leaned down to kiss me. I wrapped my arms around his neck, holding him there.

Finally I broke it off and smiled against his lips. “Good morning.”

He kissed me once more before pulling away to look into my eyes. “Good morning, my Jewel.”

I looked around the beach expecting to see at least one tourist, but the place was empty; just him and I alone on the beach. He saw what I was looking for and grinned. “You won’t find anyone else here. This is my family’s private beach.”

My eyes popped. “A private beach in Hawaii? Don’t just rich people own private beaches?”

He chuckled, “Yes, that’s generally how it is.”

I laid there in silence trying to figure out how that worked unless he was rich. I raised an eyebrow in question and he nodded, pulling me closer to his bare chest. “Wait, so you’re rich?”

“Does that change anything?” He asked, rubbing his lips against my neck.

I looked at the bottle of wine and giggled. “No, but that explains the expensive alcohol used to seduce me last night.”

He lifted up the almost full bottle of wine and cocked his head to the side. “You had a sip of it.”

“Who’s to say you don’t have to money to spike it with some kind of expensive drug?” I teased him.

He kissed me again. “Would I do that to you?”

“Maybe it was in the roses when I smelled them….” I continued to think, playfully.

He nodded, rolling me so he was on top of me, enveloping me with his body. “Maybe you’re right. I seduced you with alcohol and roses.”

We started to kiss more passionately until he pulled away suddenly. My brow furrowed in confusion. “What’s wrong?”

He chewed on his lip, deep in thought. “Jewel, will you marry me?”

I froze dead in my thoughts. “What?” I managed to form on my lips.

“I love you. It’s not just a passing thing, I feel a deep connection with you that I felt the moment you walked up to my melon stand.”

“You realize that was just yesterday! Not even 24 hours have gone by!” I was panicking at the thought. I barely even knew him!

He put both his hands on each side of my face, calming me down. “Jewel, it’s okay. I’m sorry I asked so suddenly, but I’m in love with you and I never want to be without you.”

Keoku leaned down and kissed me once more, as passionately as he could muster. My mind instantly went blank as I felt a warmth take over me in that kiss.


I looked down at my flowers around my neck again. They held such dear memories of a place I fell in love with. I fell in love with a man named Keoku, and I would be returning to him soon. My best friend, Liz, was waiting in our apartment for me to come home. As soon as I walked in the door, she wrapped me in a hug and dragged me to the couch.

“Spill the beans. What happened?” She asked, bouncing in her seat.

I leaned in with a smile on my lips and whispered into her ear. “It’s a secret.”

She looked down and noticed a rather large engagement ring on my left hand and her eyes grew as large as my smile.

this particular story was greatly helped by the amazingly talented Destynee Cullen. Without her, Keoku wouldn’t have been as great as he is.<3