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Didi has a lot to celebrate every September!
As for me, I celebrate my dating anniversary with Al every year on September 4th.
Here’s the link to Didi’s September WIP Challenge:
Will wanted make their 10th dating anniversary special. Their first date that September Saturday, 10 years before, changed both their lives forever.
Bethany had diagnosed anxiety, but her anxiety preparing for their 10th dating anniversary was especially high. She couldn’t quite put her finger on it. She wanted to impress Will, knock him out of the park, in some way.
Separately, they had shopped for new outfits. But, they were going to a familiar place. Back to where it all began.
In the driveway that wound around the side of their beautiful house, Will polished his red sports car to perfection. It made Bethany get those butterflies again. She thought about how her brother-in-law’s former girlfriend had pointed out the car was Will’s, all those years ago.
Red was a theme for them, quite by accident. Will’s sports car was red. The top that Bethany wore on their first date was red. It was far too small now, but Bethany never wanted to part with it. She wanted so badly to wear it for the momentous occasion, but she certainly wasn’t 120 pounds anymore.
And red was part of their colors for their beautiful fall wedding. Their 10th dating anniversary in September would be followed by their fifth wedding anniversary in November. They were finally taking a proper week off from work. It was going to be their first significant getaway since their first wedding anniversary. Sad, but true.
Bethany steadied herself as she emerged from the shower, still in the hazy fog of wonderful memories. The red dress she’d found through her favorite consignment group on Facebook had been hidden away for months. She couldn’t wait to surprise Will.
She heard the sports car start up, knowing Will would be inside in just a few minutes.
The door slammed shut, causing the dogs to bark. Will was so good with them. They were quiet again in a minute or two. Bethany didn’t have to say a word.
As Bethany toweled off her hair, she heard Will climb the stairs. She caught her breath.
He let out his customary wolf whistle as he saw the dress hanging on her closet door.
She smiled, opening the bathroom door a crack. Steam, perfume, and deodorant wafted through the air.
“You smell amazing, sweetheart.”
“Thank you, baby.”
“Wanna give me a sneak peek?”
She smiled, unable to resist.
Fooling around was going to make them late for dinner, but neither of them really cared. Bethany loved how Will took his time with her, and enjoyed every inch of her.
When they finished, Bethany flicked her towel at him as he headed toward the shower. She put on the dress, and realized her anxiety was gone.
The sports car shone in the September sunshine as Will drove toward the beach. Bethany felt the butterflies give way to nostalgia and excitement. They were going back to the restaurant where it all began.
Dinner felt like old times, but it was full of reminiscing and making new memories. The food was just as good as it had been 10 years ago.
The symphony was warming up for their concert series as Bethany and Will strolled the boardwalk. The only difference was the musical act, and maybe 10 years of age.
Bethany and Will laughed as they stopped around the same place where Will had kissed her for the first time. Memories flooded both them.
This time, Bethany spoke up first.
“I have something to tell you.”
Bethany smiled and her eyes filled with tears as she watched Will’s face.
“Yes, really. I took a test this morning. I didn’t think it was true, but it is.”
Will wanted to pick her up and spin her around, but he just kissed her.
The stars and fireworks Bethany had felt 10 years earlier, on that boardwalk on a September Saturday, were still there. And now, they were starting another chapter.
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂