Out on the vast wooden deck that wrapped around the entire cabin, they sat side by side on oversized wooden chaise lounge chairs, in silence, while overlooking the forest edge. Dustin was staring off in deep thought as he contemplated how best to broach the sensitive subject.
“What’s the matter?” Samantha asked casting a sideways glance and saw the deep concentration etched in his face, “What’s with the serious look, and why are you being so quiet? I thought you wanted to enjoy the evening and talk?”
“I do, but I don’t know where or how to begin.”
“What do you mean where to begin? You’ve never been at a loss for words.”
“True. Yet what I want to share with you now is going to be incredibly difficult for you understand and believe. It’s important and I’m worried about how you will react – I don’t want to scare you. It’s imperative that you listen to what I have to say with an open mind.”
Dustin turned toward Samantha, took her wine glass away and sat it on the end table. He clasped her hands in his and waited for her to meet his eyes before saying, “It’s imperative you listen to every word that I have to say with an open mind.”
“Dustin what is it, you’re scaring me.” She whispered.
“I’m sorry, please don’t be scared there is nothing to be scared of. I’m probably going to botch this no matter how hard I try, so please bear with me. Samantha, what I have to say is important and shocking. I need you listen. I mean really listen, with an open mind and trust what I have to tell you is very real. Can you do that for me?”
“Absolutely. You know you are the most trust-worthy man I’ve ever met. Go on, just tell me what it is that has you so worked up.” She said without hesitation.
“Have you ever wondered about your heritage? I mean where you come from what your folks were like?” Dustin asked.
“Yes, but you know this already. I seem to remember having this conversation with you last week at the coffee shop.”
“I know. It’s just if your natural-born parents raised you I would not be put in this difficult situation.”
“What situation? I don’t understand. My birth parents have nothing to do with the woman that I am.”
“That’s where you are wrong.” Frustration got the best of him; he released her hands, stood and began pacing the deck.
“Dustin just tell me already, what is it that has you so on edge and acting like a caged animal ready to flee? What’s really going on here? Did you use your power and connections in the force to obtain personal and confidential information on my birth parents?” Samantha felt betrayed by the only person she thought she could trust. The very thought of her privacy being invaded by this man, and what ugly things he might have dug up made her sick to her stomach. She worked so hard to get where she was today, and was finally able to put the past behind her where it belonged. She hunched over in the lounge to cradle her head in her hands that were suspended on top of her knee’s to focus on her breathing in an attempt to stifle the panic attack that was threatening to overtake her. With her head down, she murmured, “I hope not, but if you…” Just breathe. “Tell me please.”
“God No! I didn’t do anything like that. I would never abuse my position in the force or investigate your past like that not unless you asked me to. Never, I swear it!”
Shoving his hands through his hair and pulling at them from the roots, he turned his back on her and looked out to the forest at a loss as he searched for the right words to say. “Let me start with a question. Do you believe there are things in this world not known to humanity? I mean extraordinary things, living things amongst us, which go undetected all around us?”
His unusual question distracted her from the pending panic attack. She lifted her head to see his big frame stamp out her view of the moon and responded, “Humph, I haven’t really given it much thought. You mean like aliens or something?”
“No. Not aliens, but yeah something like that. Let me put it another way. Do you believe people, humans I mean, can possess special abilities or gifts from Mother Nature?”
“Sure, I believe people have special abilities like; ESP and Telepathy and what’s that thing when folks can communicate with the spirits of the dead? Oh and those who have the ability to move things with their minds, like the kids in The Matrix. Those are all very real and extraordinary gifts. Why?”
Her response and willingness to believe in these things delighted him, and he said with a broad smile, “Mother Nature is a phenomenal beauty and there is far more extraordinary wonders in this world than you can imagine.” Relieved he returned to sit, but this time he squeezed right in beside her. Running his fingers through his hair, he cocked his head to the side and looked down at her with a questioning look in his eyes and continued with a sly grin, “All of the things you have shared with me about the recent changes you’ve been experiencing such as your increased appetite, inability to sleep, hot flashes, sensitivity to sounds and scents—” His train of thought was derailed when a pink tongue darted out to moisten full plump lips and trapped the bottom one behind a dainty white incisor.
The story must go on, yet the dialogue still feels a little forced or stiff to me. As always, I appreciate your company and hope you come back soon for another visit. Kindly, let me know if it feels stiff for you too?
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