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from Desires of the Heart by Tiffany Doran

Copyright © 2017–2019 Tiffany Doran

Chapter Thirteen
Slow Tides and Slower Kisses

The days passed on and Katie was enjoying every bit of everything that she was taking part in while in California. After dinner one evening around dusk, she and Matt were sitting on the back deck watching the sunset. Pinks and purples swirled around the light hues of blue that still remained from the day as if they were caught up in a lover's dance of passion. Matt picked up his glass of red wine and took a sip. "I have a great idea, Katie." Matt said as he sat his glass down and took her hand in his. She looked at him almost afraid he was going to tell her he wanted to go walking around town again. They had done that for days and her feet were sore from the concrete. She was also pretty sure she had seen all of it anyways. "What would that be, Matt?" Katie asked as picked up her glass of tea and took a drink. "Let's go to the beach and finish watching the sunset there," he said with a sparkle in his eye. "I would love that!" exclaimed Katie. They had been to the beach for a short time one day but hadn't made their way back yet. She couldn't wait and almost ran to the car ahead of him. She was like a child as they drove. He loved the innocence of her heart and her child like giddiness over simple things. She always told him "It's all about the simplicity of things, it doesn't have to be extravagant, as long as it's simple." Katie would say. He pulled into a nearby parking lot and put the car in park.

Katie flung open the door and got out as fast as she could. She however, got out too fast and was slung back into the car after realizing that she had forgotten to unhook her seatbelt first. Mat laughed and laughed hard. "That is one for the memory books Katie, without a doubt!" He said as he made his way around the car to check on her. "I'm fine, thanks for asking," Katie said slyly seeing as how he was too busy laughing to ask. "Oh, come on, if that were me would you have asked first and then laughed or the other way around?" Matt asked as he reached for her hand to help her out of the car. Katie got out of the car slowly, making sure that her seatbelt was completely unhooked. She gave him a quick jab to his ribs and took off running. "Last one there is a sandy crab!" she said as she ran.
The sand felt so great between her toes. The salty air kissed her cheeks and blew through her hair. The sound of Sea gulls flying overhead almost made her feel as if they were calling to her. The sound of the waves crashing against the shoreline were strangely calming. She stood there facing the ocean, looking out into the vast horizon trying to imagine all the life that it held in its brink. Sharks, whales, sea turtles, sea horses, every fish imaginable in there, living together as one as we as humans live top side. On the surface of the waters it's almost empty looking...underneath...full of life. Matt ran up behind her and wrapped his arms around her from behind. She turned to face him as he rested his chin on her shoulder. "You my dear sir...are a sandy crab ya land lover." She joked.

Breathing heavily still, he took her hand and they walked to where the waters kissed their toes. The sea foam gathered around their ankles and she almost felt as if she were going to fall as she watched the waters rush back to where they started. Watching each wave lap over one another, she felt at ease, she felt...at home. "You know," Matt said, "you could just move here and you would have this all the time." She turned to face hi...






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