I awoke to find I was lying in bed naked with Adam's arms around me. The events of the previous day washed over me and filled me with ecstasy. At last Adam and I were married; I'd given myself to him last night, and we'd fallen asleep in each other's arms.

Of course I knew Adam had been with other women before me, and in the back of my mind, I wondered whether he compared me to any of them, but it wasn't the kind of thing I could ever ask him.

I yawned, relishing the new feeling of closeness I shared with the man I loved. Now that we were finally together, I couldn't bear the thought of ever being separated from him again.

Adam blinked and looked at me, and a slow grin spread all over his face.

"Well, good morning, beautiful!" he said.

"Good morning." I suddenly felt a bit shy.

"Did you sleep well?" he asked me.

"Mm hm. Did you?"

"Like a baby."

He began to kiss my lips, softly at first, then more urgently. I felt him grow hard against the bare skin of my abdomen, and he moved and slipped inside me, and we were making love again. I was still tight, but it didn't hurt as much as it had the night before.

"I just love you so much, Des," he said as we held each other afterwards.

"I love you too, more than I've ever loved anyone before." It was true.

"I can't tell you how much I appreciate your saving yourself for me," he continued as he stroked my hair.

"Well." I didn't quite know how to respond.

"The past is all behind us now, my love." He placed gentle kisses down the side of my face. "The future is all ours, babe. It belongs to us, just you and me."

We went to the lobby for the breakfast buffet, then back to our rooms to put on our swimsuits and head for the beach.

We lay on our towels working on our tans for awhile, and then Adam said he was going for a swim and asked if I wanted to come along. As I looked out at the waves, a sudden panic gripped me. I had a powerful flashback of being pulled under, unable to see or breathe.

"I c-can't," I stuttered, quivering in fear.

"Destiny!" He came to me and embraced me, holding me tight. "I'm so sorry! I should have realized it was far too soon. Of course you aren't ready to go swimming again yet. Let's just wade along the bank for awhile. Do you think that would be too much, too soon?"

I shook my head and took his hand, and he led me along the shore. It was the most beautiful sight I'd ever seen. The water was so clear you could see the little crabs scurrying below and the little minnows swimming around. The waves gently caressed our toes as we walked along, and every so often, I stopped to pick up a pretty seashell.

For lunch he took me to a little restaurant near the shore that served authentic Hawaiian fare. We laughed and chatted as we fed each other Kahlua Pig. The tender pork melted in my mouth, and the cabbage and rice gave the flavor just the right accent. Later, I tried yellow passion fruit for the first time and loved its tartness.

After lunch I was a bit drowsy, so we went back to the motel for a nap, then spent the rest of the evening making love.

"Oh God, Des, I just can't get enough of you," Adam moaned as he placed soft kisses along my collarbone. "Definitely worth the wait! Was it for you?"

"Of course!" I replied. His fingers were between my legs, stroking me there, sending electric jolts of pleasure coursing through my veins. "Remember how, when we first arrived in California, you and I stayed in separate bedrooms in the same house?"

"Mm hm." Now his fingers were inside me, plunging, imitating the actions of his member.

"That first night, I wanted you so bad, I had this achy feeling down there, and all I could do was touch myself."

He laughed, and I felt myself begin to blush. "Well, it's not funny to me - "

"Oh, Des." He held my face between his hands, kissing first my forehead, then my nose. "Beneath your demure facade beats the heart of a passionate woman. It's one of the many reasons I love you so much."

We made love several more times. By then it was getting late and we were both a bit hungry, so Adam said he'd take me for a night on the town.

He took me to the Vintage Cave Cafe for dinner, where the seats were under a blue dome with paintings of undersea deities, which gave us the sensation of eating a meal underwater, and after that, we went to the Ginza Nightclub, where we danced until four in the morning.

For me, it was just like old times, when Adam was on top and the world was his oyster. Although I knew every bit of this fun was going on a credit card belonging to Alvin, I tried my best to force that fact from my mind, to pretend the life we were living now would last forever, that we'd never have to go back home and face reality.

We were so exhausted we slept until afternoon the next day, not awakening until about two in the afternoon with our stomachs growling. We had sandwiches in the motel lobby, and then Adam asked if I'd like to go shopping with a twinkle in his eye.

"Hell to the yes!" I replied.

He took me to Ala Moana, where I literally went crazy going from store to store, buying clothes, shoes, jewelry, makeup, books, CD's - anything I saw and wanted, I bought. I didn't feel guilty about it because I was using the money I'd saved up from the Broadway musical and the movie.

"How in the world are you gonna get all that stuff home?" Adam teased.

"I'll find a way," I promised.