Short Story Romance Short Story first KissBy: Sophia Tesch
Sheila Wilkes had a crush on Tommy Braxton since she was three years old. They shared blocks at pre-school, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at summer camp, and hours playing and talking up in the tallest branches of the old oak tree that grew in the park to be found half the distance between his house and hers.
It was in this warm earthy scented tree in the tallest branches, hidden by emerald green leaves that they sat one warm June afternoon as the sun was setting in the sky. It was the afternoon of the last day of school and they were discussing their summer plans. This year would be different because Tommy’s family had a reunion in Montana and he would be leaving with his family for two weeks which in the lives of fifteen year olds is an eternity.
Sheila’s gaze was locked into Tommy’s soft green eyes. Those eyes always partially hidden behind a cloud of dirty blonde hair always held a spark of mischief that always promised fun, laughter and a bit of trouble every now and again. The spark never failed to ignite her heart and in the soft orange glow of sunset this time was no different. She noticed that today Tommy’s eyes had something else in them something mysterious that Sheila didn’t understand and that scared her because Sheila thought she knew everything there was to know about Tommy Braxton.
“Well I guess we had better start heading for home.” Sheila said as she started to shimmy back over to the huge trunk of the old oak. She looked away hoping Tommy would not see the tears that were starting to well up in her eyes. “No, wait!” tumbled from Tommy’s mouth as he instinctively grabbed Sheila’s arm pulling her back toward him. “What?” her voice quivered slightly as Tommy coaxed her to look into his eyes.
The trace of tears in Sheila’s eyes looked to Tommy to be like magical diamonds glistening there. As if by magic those tears cast a spell on Tommy, a spell that revealed Sheila to him in a way that he had never seen her before in these many years, he noticed the fit of her old cut offs and the soft curves hidden under her old cotton camp t-shirt in a different way. Tommy became so nervous that his next move was awkward as he pulled Sheila toward him, her soft brown hair brushed his cheek and he almost missed her face entirely. Sheila as she had done so many other times with so many things they had done together intuitively moved in to Tommy’s kiss. Their lips met together naturally the warmth and tenderness they found there surprised them both.
As they both wiped the moisture of Sheila’s tears from their faces. Sheila smiled and they both began to laugh together. “So I’ll see you in two weeks.” Sheila managed through her laughter and her tears. Tommy’s voice caught in his throat in a thick fog of newly discovered desire.
“Yes, two weeks.”
He started seeing another woman. She's not the first. The betrayal cut deep, flaunting their relationship in front of me after all the things we'd been through together. I had been there for him when every one else turned their back. I thought we had something special. What could I do to make him see that we were meant to be together, just us two? I had to do something.
I heard them in the other room making love. He smuggled her in the dark when he thought I was sleeping. It made my stomach turn I felt sick and vomited on the floor right on the shoes she had left by the front door. I knew he would be mad at me. Fear overtook me suddenly and I bolted out the back door.
I ran for miles before I'd let myself rest. My mind began to regain some semblance of thought. How could I fix this? Maybe if I brought him back a gift to show my love. I would do my best to bring him back something to eat, one of his favorites, he would forgive me. I started to hunt for a good place to get some food.
Later when I had returned with my gift I found him on the couch watching TV. She wasn't there. "Where have you been baby? I was worried." He smiled at my gift and seemed pleased and placed it in the silver box outside where he keeps all the treasures I give him. He let me snuggle with him on the couch. It felt so wonderful to be warm and loved in his arms again. He kissed me on my head and stroked my hair as we watched one of his movies. The movie wasn't my taste but I didn't mind, as long as we were together.
The next morning when he left for work I was in the house for much of the day. I got cozy in my favorite spot on the bay window day-bed. The sun warmed me as I spent lazy hours dozing and watching the birds and other animals play in the back yard. It was a warm summer day and all I could think about was his return later that evening, I wanted to be in his arms again.
The hours past and I began to get worried. Where was he? Was he going to be home tonight? Did something happen to him? I began to pace the floor. I nibbled a bite of food and had some water to soothe my throat but I wasn't hungry. How could I eat when he was out there somewhere in the night?
He returned sometime after midnight, I was so relieved and happy to have him back in our home. My relief was short lived and quickly turned to rage when I saw her with him. That was it. I would no longer tolerate her in my home! He had to understand, I had to take care of this for his own good. This was our home and she was not welcome in it. How did he think he could get away with sneaking her into our own home in the middle of the night? How could he do this to us after all we had been through together?
They were on the couch when I made my feelings known. "Get out of my house!" I hissed at her. "What's the matter with you baby? He asked me. "Go on upstairs I'll be up in awhile." He was so casual about it. Go upstairs to bed and wait for him while he had her in the house? My heart broke with his betrayal. I couldn't take another moment when the tramp looked at him and then back at me in disbelief.
That was all I could take I jumped on her and scratched at her face! She would never take him from me. He was my man I would fight to the death for him! But then the unthinkable happened. He pulled me off of her and he slapped me. It was the first time he had ever raised his hand to me. I ran.
I had never been out this late at night before and I was scared. The sounds of the night, strange and loud pushed me to run faster into the night. As I ran as fast and as far as I could go all the while playing back the memories we had together. The day we met. I had been so young then, we'd been together eight years, the best years of my life. He always told me how beautiful I was and how he'd love me forever. I snapped out of my nostalgic fog when my ears heard the loud engine come around the corner. It was the law. A couple of my friends had been picked up before and I never saw them again.
I tried to run but the officer was too fast. He secured me and sent me to jail. That's where I am now. I don't know if Tom will bail me out or if he will leave me here to rot. He was pretty mad last night. I thought about the necklace he gave me on my first birthday with him, it had been so long ago and the promise that he would be there whenever I needed him. I wore the necklace everyday. I swore I would never take it off. But the officer had taken it when he gave me that God awful shower and now I had lost it. I have lost everything that meant anything to me. How did it all go so terribly wrong?
It was in the exact moment that I had given up all hope and accepted my fate that the door to the cell swung open. There was Tom! He hadn't abandoned me after all. I showered him with kisses. "Come on Kitty let's go home." I let him carry me in his arms. He was taking me back home where we will live happily ever after together forever.
Writing Prompt Write a flash fiction story that is between 300 and 600 words. Think of an animal and write from its personal perspective. Describe what life is like through the eyes of either a real or mythical creature.