Friday, April 27, 2012

BronwynK Week 101: The Stipulation

Bronwyn Keith Friday

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The Stipulation

Mark ran his fingers through Josie’s hair as her head rested on his chest. He loved these quiet times with her. He knew that these moments would be rare once the fall arrived. Josie would head to college while he would work at his father’s garage. He felt her turn her face into his chest and nuzzle him.

“What are you thinking about, Jo?” he asked quietly.

"This fall.” She sighed, resting her hand over his heart. “I really don’t want to leave.”

“I know, babe.” Mark wrapped his arms around her to cuddle her close. “But you need to go to college. That was the stipulation in your grandmother’s will.”

“Why would she put that in there?”

“You know that Maude was upset because none of her children went to college and you are her oldest. Maude always had high hopes for you.”

“It was something she talked about. Do you think she would happy with my choice?”

“Maude knew you loved animals and saw the special connection you have with them. She hoped you would follow in your grandfather’s steps and become a vet.”

“You spent more time with her than I did. Why didn’t she leave you anything? I know she loved you.”

“I told her not to leave me anything. It is partially my fault that she added the two year college stipulation.” He looked down just as she lifted her head and propped her chin on his chest.

“What do you mean ‘your fault?’”

“I told her how much I loved you and that I wanted to marry you. She added the college stipulation because she didn’t want to see you end up in the same place your mother did by getting married so young. So, you have to go to college for two years before getting married. She figured that if you completed two years you would finish your degree.” Mark placed an arm under his head to prop it up so he could watch her. She gave him her dazzling smile. “Come here.” He buried his hand in her hair and pulled her up his body.

His lips took hers in a heated kiss.