Thursday, August 11, 2011

Burntcore Week 64: Everlasting Love


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Everlasting Love

It was the day after, the day after we ran off and did the one thing that our parents feared the most. The silver band around my ring finger reminded me of the choice we made. I couldn’t regret it. I didn’t regret it. There wasn’t anything I knew more than the love that we shared.

Sure, his parents liked me and mine liked him, but liking is one thing. Knowing that your kids ran off and eloped was something else entirely. They all thought we were too young, but it wasn’t like we were in high school anymore. I might have not been old enough to drink yet, but that was only a few months off. Cole just turned twenty-one last month. We were adults in every way, except in our parents’ minds.

Maybe part of their fear stemmed from concern over our education. Cole and I were going to graduate from college in another semester. We knew that our new status wasn’t going to change those plans. We just didn’t want to wait anymore.

Cole rolled over towards me, his eyes blinking as he started to wake. He snaked his arm across my chest, until his hand cupped the side of my face, holding it as he brought his face to mine. I gazed at him, my eyes full of love and happiness.

“Good morning, Mrs. Murphy,” he said softly, his eyes shining.

“Good morning, Mr. Murphy,” I replied, my eyes welling with tears.

“God, this is real, isn’t it?” he asked, caressing the side of my face with his fingers.

“Yes,” I whispered, turning my head into his hand.


“None,” I said firmly.

“Our parents will flip.”

“They’ll get over it.”

Cole laughed and pulled me close. I ran my hands across his skin, warm from sleep, but soft and firm. He brought my left hand to his lips and kissed my wedding band. As he lowered my hand, I leaned forward and pressed my lips against his.

While this wasn’t our first kiss, it certainly wouldn’t be our last.