"Close your eyes," a voice whispered and I followed his directions. "Now let your mind wander… What do you see?" In my mind's eye, I imagined myself standing face to face with him. It was a moonlit night and we stood on the beach, the sand cool to the touch. The ocean gently sent waves back and forth upon the beach. Back and forth… Back and forth… Like a soothing lullaby. I stared into his eyes and for the first time, I caught a glimpse of the love he felt for me. Let yourself go! I let myself surrender to his gaze. We drew closer. We reached out at the same time and held hands. He drew me to him. Some of his hair fell across his eyes and before he could raise a hand to brush it aside, I gently did it for him. Lightly, my fingers trailed over his forehead and tucked his hair behind his ear. My hand then trailed over his cheek before dropping back into his.

I slowly opened my eyes and stared into those same loving eyes as in the dream. Wait! Was it a dream? I looked down and saw that I had stood up. My hands were entwined in his. How long was I out of it? I looked back up into his eyes. Those dark brown eyes that saw me, past all the mistakes we'd both made in the past. Past all the arguments… Everything, or rather nothing mattered. I was loved. That was all I ever really wanted in life. I started to cry, causing concern to fill his eyes. "What's wrong?" he asked. I couldn't answer. I shook my head, never tearing my gaze from his face. I smiled and reached my hand to touch his hair. So soft… Finding my voice, "Nothing's wrong. Not anymore." Some relief entered his gaze and he smiled back.


This is crazy! I can't fall for her! Not again! She's a friend and not only a friend, but my best friend's sister! Yet as I look at her… She looks great… But what is that? I hear myself asking her why she'd started to cry. So frail-looking… So young… Her tears stop and she is smiling now. God, that smile! How can I resist her smile? Holding her in my arms… How could I have done this to her? Thinking back on how it all started, I almost cried at how much she had to put up with. How did it start? Oh yeah…