Panting heavily, I didn’t resist as Lorraine pulled me further into the wilds. Since I had no idea where we were going or why but Lorraine obviously did, I had figured it was better to just let her run away with me. Literally. Lorraine always knew what was going on and I usually let her pull me with her.
Annoyed at myself, I felt myself resisting. Why did she have to have her life so planned out and I didn’t? Wasn’t I the older one here?
Feeling my slowing down Lorraine stopped, a big grin on her face. “Come on, Ray! You know you wanna!” She winked at me devilishly, and I couldn’t help but smile back. She had always had this effect on me, although today I really wished I could say no to her.
“Where are we even going?”
“You’ll see! Come on, don’t you trust me?” I bit my lips and had to stop myself before I made them bleed. This wasn’t the time to start a fight.
“Of course I do. I’m sorry, I’m just really tired. If you told me at least how much further we had to run, and maybe if we didn’t have to run…” I wasn’t overweight or addicted to junk food or anything like that. I ate just enough fruit every day to keep me healthy, theoretically. I just wasn’t a very good runner, whereas Lorraine was training to be a Midnight Circle Spy.
“It’s not much further, I promise.” She gave me that smile which had captivated me from the very first moment I had seen her. Ten years ago, just outside of Blackhurst. It was a forest similar to this one, and I had just arrived in town. This smile was the first thing she had offered me, before a hello, even. “And no can do, we’re running! Come on, it’s really not much further left to go.”
I sighed, allowing her to pull me along once again. Her hand felt so wonderfully warm around mine, and I felt a familiar tighten in my chest. I knew I should tell her how I felt about her somewhen, but I had no idea how. Confessing your love to someone far better than you wasn’t something they taught you in school.
Finally she slowed down, gently pulling me after her until we reached a small cave.
“Nu-uh!” She protested as I was about to go in. “Not so fast!” Quickly she spun behind me, covering my eyes with her hands. The sudden pressure of her body against mine was almost too much for me to handle. Tomorrow, I thought. I’ll tell her tomorrow.
“Seriously? What are we, ten?” She let out a soft giggle, and I nervously laughed in response. I’d trust her to lead me just about anywhere. As long as she was with me…
“Shut up and walk, mister!” I liked it when she was bossy, but I wasn’t about to tell her that so I hissed at her instead.
A couple of times she walked me straight into larger rocks on the ground, but we finally reached wherever she had wanted to take me.
“You ready?” She asked, and I nodded. I hated not being able to see where I was going.
She removed her hands from my eyes, and I opened them slowly. There was a blanket spread out in front of us, some candles to light the dark cave, and a basket.
“What’s this?” We had had picnics before, but nothing as… romantic as this. I turned around, needing to know what she was thinking.
I had never seen her blush before, but here she was, standing before with a face as red as her dress.
“I thought we could spend the night here…” Her tone implied everything.
“Come on, I’ve seen the way you look at me.” Similar to how I had done earlier, she bit her lip and focused on her shoes for a moment before looking right into my eyes. “I want you, too.”
I had never felt so ecstatic, shell-shocked, euphoric and nervous all at the same time. No longer sure how to talk, I let her take my hands into hers again as she propped herself up on her toes and kissed me.
All of my 10-Minute stories are improvised, unplanned, and unedited apart from spelling and grammar mistakes. The idea is to kick-start the dreaded Monday with a short, creative exercise without thinking about it, and simply writing for the sake of writing.
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