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from Desires of the Heart by Tiffany Doran

Copyright © 2017–2019 Tiffany Doran

Chapter Fifteen
Ocean

Katie laid awake restlessly in bed. She was tired from the day at the beach, the walking, the great food. She missed home so badly. The smells of California are of no comparison to the farm. She missed the musky smell of the lush green fields and her daddy's sweet cologne. She missed the smile that greeted her every morning as she opened the door to see Buck. She stared at the dark ceiling, lit only by the light of the moon. She got up from her bed and walked to the window. She stared at the street below and all the expensive homes that were mostly dark. She could remember looking out her own window back home where all she could see was a vast field of green behind the bushes. "I am not a city girl, that's for sure." Katie whispered as she wrapped her arms around her shoulders. She sighed and walked back to bed. She softly sobbed against her pillow, but soon after, drifted off to sleep. She dreamed of being back home that night. She was sitting out on the porch with her daddy, she drinking tea and he drinking a cup of coffee. The sun was hot but the day was good. Suddenly, Buck appeared out of nowhere. He was standing in front of her with a bright smile. He was wearing a white t-shirt and wrangler jeans that lay tattered around the ankle as the fell over the top of his black cowboy boots. His tanned skin made her heart race. She stood to greet him with a kiss. She had missed him so much it hurt and she couldn't wait to feel his arms around her once again. As she grew closer, he stopped her lips from touching his by laying a finger on them. "It's time to get up." Buck said. "It's time to get up?" Katie asked confused as she took a step back. Buck went on, "It's time to get up." But this time, it wasn't his voice anymore, it was Matt's. She was so confused. Just then, she opened her eyes to Matt standing over top of her. "It's time to get up, sleepyhead," Matt said with a boyish smile. It's almost ten."
Katie sat up and looked around. The dream had been so real. She didn't realize she wasn't actually home. She was confused. Matt was just watching her and chuckling. "You were plum out of it weren't you?" He asked helping her up out of bed. She ran her fingers through her auburn curls and chuckled herself. "Yeah I guess I was, that was some dream." She said. "Really?" Matt asked, what did you dream of? Katie looked out the window and then back at Matt. "Home...I dreamed of home." Katie answered with a smile. Matt softly smiled at her. "Yeah, I know you're missing it, but, I am glad that you're here with me." He said moving closer to her. "Matt," Katie said as she covered her mouth, "if you kiss me right now you will die. The dragon breath is real right now." She said as she stepped backwards. Matt laughed a full bodied laugh and surrendered. "Well, you go take care of your dragon breath and I'll meet you downstairs." he said as he made his way out of the door. Downstairs, Matt and his parents were having a serious conversation over coffee. Little did she know, that while she was taking a shower and getting dressed, he was preparing for a huge day.


His mom took a sip of her hazelnut coffee and looked at Matt from across the top of her blue and white coffee mug. "This is big, Matty," She said as she sat her cup down on the granite countertop. "Are you absolutely sure that you are absolutely sure?" His dad chimed in. "I think he is hon," He said as he looked over at her. "They've known each other for a long time." Matt got up and ...






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