Chapter 9


I realize too late what I have done. Shit! What will he think? I know we are engaged and stuff, but I didn’t mean to be too forward with him. Why the hell couldn’t you just control your emotions? Come on Red, you must admit, the guy is cute. Plus, you were happy what better way to express that happiness? Kiss the man who will marry you in future.  Red. I still can’t believe that’s my name.

I keep my eyes closed so that I don’t see the look of disgust on Kaz’s face. It would gut me to see the frown on his face because of my actions. So, I keep my eyes closed and talk myself into breathing steadily. Keep calm, Red. Keep ca…

I feel a finger softly touch me on my temple. The finger moves down my face to my cheeks. It is faint and subtle, almost non-existent, but there, all the same. Slowly, I open my eyes and come eye to eye to hungry brown eyes. They have that glint, like the way a lion’s eyes change when they see prey. Currently, I am his prey. My face is inches away from his. My lips, even closer. Kiss me, damn it! I look at his lips and then imploring him with my eyes. He catches eye and stares at me and just when I thought that I couldn’t get my wish, he pounces.

If a bomb had exploded inside the room, I wouldn’t have noticed. If there I had been a fire, I would have been consumed by its fierce flames because the fire that was burning within was far much hotter. Kaz was kissing me like a man possessed. I was enchanted and the pleasure sounds coming from the back of his throat spurred me on. I forgot I was in a hospital bed. In no time I was on top of him, moulding myself to him. He adjusted himself, one hand held the small of my back, while the other the back of my neck, keeping me in place as he kissed me into oblivion.

All too soon, the kiss ended. Probably because we needed to take in some air, or was it the annoying noise coming from behind me? I opened my eyes and looked right into the eyes of the man who just made me feel like never before. Of course, I don’t remember but at this moment, I would die happily. He took a deep breath and closed his eyes as if pained. He then rested my forehead onto his and moved his hips upward. Another groan. Aaaah, now I know what the problem if the bulge in his pants is anything to go by.

The nagging noise behind me sounds again. This time, Kaz hears it too and looks up with a scowl.  You can imagine the shock and the embarrassment I felt when I realized we had given two doctors and a nurse, a show. Dr Kirwa looks like he has eaten ten lemons, Dr Winfrida is stifling a grin and the nurse, whose name I keep forgetting for some reason, looks like he wants to be anywhere but here.

“What?” Kaz barks. I try to move from above him, but he holds me in place.

“We need to go and remove Miss Red’s casts,” The nurse says naively. It is then that I notice he is holding a wheelchair.

“I am coming with her,” Kaz says, moving me carefully to his side.

“Mr. Kaz that is not necessary. We will take good care…” Dr Kirwa tries to explain.

“I wasn’t asking,” Kaz snaps.

When I am situated, Kaz lowers his feet and puts on his shoes. He then rounds the bed and slowly lifts me up. The nurse goes behind him and moves the IV stand with him. He gently places me on the wheelchair and kneels to situate my feet. When he is done, he looks up to me.

“Are you okay?” He asks. I am amazed by his concern for me.

“Yes, I am good, thanks.”

“Good, let’s go get you off these,” he says pointing at the casts on my feet.

He stands and gets in behind me ready to push the chair. He looks at the nurse, who is still quite shy and tells him to lead the way.

The cast couldn’t come out soon enough. I was already buzzing with excitement. When they finally came out, I didn’t know what to think. My legs were small and different. They were weaker, but the doctor said it was normal. I had to take it easy for the next few weeks as my muscles regained their strength. Physical therapy would be needed, and my mind couldn’t help but go back to a dark place. I thought about how I was going to burden the man who had given up his normal life to make me better again. When I finally had the courage to, I looked up at him and was rewarded with his megawatt smile. Then just like that, all was right in the world again.

“Do you want to go to the meadow?” Kaz asks on our way back to my room. I was on the wheelchair but rocking a new walking boot. “I think some sun will do you some good.”

You don’t have to ask me twice! I nod my head excitedly and he chuckles as he pushes me past my room.

This day is getting to be so awesome!

The meadow is a lush green piece of heaven. There is a pool on the far side of the grounds and I wonder where doctors get the time to go for a swim. I must have been in deep thought, so I don’t realize we have stopped until a throat is cleared. I look up and see a checkered red and black blanket laid on the grass under the shade. There is a basket placed on it, no doubt filled with all the sweet stuff I don’t remember tasting. The smile I have on my face can light up the moon, right about now.

“You like?”  Kaz asks.

“Like? I love it!” I say.

“Thank you so much, Kaz. This is wonderful,” I say looking around. How could I ever repay his kindness? By remembering him. God, please let me remember him. Let me remember all the good times we had together before the accident.

“How could I ever repay you for this?” I ask. He kneels and takes my chin between his thumb and forefinger.

“Draw me.”

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