Chapter Fifteen: Date Night II:
I: Getting Ready
I sit down at the mirror and comb my hair. We're going to have another date night. We planned it this morning.
â€œAnother date?â€ I ask, as I lie in bed.
Asato-kun kisses me on the forehead.
â€œYes,â€ he says. â€œHow does it sound?â€
I smile at him. â€œSounds good,â€ I say, as I nuzzle his chest.
Right now, I put on pink lip gloss and smile. I look like a doll tonight. My short purple cheongsam dress hugs my curves just right, and Iâ€™m loving the matching bow sat on top of my head. I love this feeling, almost as if could fly.
According to the clock on my bedside table, it's 5:45. In fifteen more minutes before our date begins. I smooth out my dress, and compose myself as I wait for my husband. Once Iâ€™m calmer, I make for the living room.
II: Out on the Town
At six oâ€™clock, Asato-kun greets me at the door.
â€œHello, dear,â€ he says. â€œReady to go?â€
He takes me by the hand and leads me out the door. Once again, our neighborhood feels calm. The only people we see are an elderly couple passing by. I get giddy as I think about how we will be in our golden years. As we cross the street, I look at my husband.
â€œSo where are we going?â€ I ask.
Asato-kun smiles as he kisses my hand.
â€œFor a short stroll,â€ he says. â€œEat dinner at a quiet tavern, and book a lovely room in a minshuku for the night.â€ Asato-kun nuzzles my neck.
â€œOoo! I like that idea.â€
He kisses my cheek. â€œI knew you would,â€ he whispers.
I cuddle up to his body. The ambient noise of city life at night becomes our soundtrack as we walk.
Asato-kun and I go to a quaint Chinese restaurant near Ju-Oh-Cho. He grins as he holds me in his arms.
â€œI found it yesterday,â€ he explains.
â€œShall we go in?â€ he offers.
â€œWhy... yes,â€ I smile.
My husband takes me by the arm and walks me inside. A hostess in a dress similar to mine appears. She bows her head in greeting. â€œWelcome,â€ she says. â€œTable for two tonight?â€
â€œYes maâ€™am,â€ Asato-kun says.
â€œRight this way, please.â€ She leads us over to a table near the bar, where Asato-kun politely pulls out my chair for me.
â€œThank you,â€ I tell him as I take my seat.
He sits down across from me. I only have one question in mind as the hostess hands out our menus.
â€œSo tell me,â€ I address him. â€œHow can we afford tonight?â€
â€œHmm?â€ Asato-kun hums his reply, attempting to avoid answering my direct question.
â€œWe canâ€™t afford a lavish night, husband. So, tell me now - will this hurt our budget?â€
He gently taps me on the hand. â€œItâ€™ll be fine. Iâ€™ve got it.â€
â€œButâ€¦â€ As I begin to speak, he puts up his other hand to stop me. I drop my shoulders and shrug in silence.
â€œFine,â€ I say. â€œIâ€™ll let you handle it.
Asato-kun bows his head. â€œThank you,â€ he replies.
I try to smile. Maybe this will be fine.
A server arrives at our table. â€œMay I take your order, or would you like a little bit more time?â€
â€œUh, yes,â€ I say. â€œI think we're ready.â€
The dinner turns out to be a simple affair, but pretty tasty. Iâ€™ve even saved back a few nibbles for later.
â€œIâ€™ll get the check.â€ Says Asato-kun.
My heart races when he goes to the front counter. After paying the tab, he strides back to our table, and sweetly helps me from my chair.
â€œReady to go?â€ Asato-kun asks. I smile at him quite shyly.
His tone nearly makes me freeze. Heâ€™s changed tonight. Before dinner, Asato-kun was his carefree, sweet self. Now, he sounds like heâ€™s hungry again; hungry for me. Plus, heâ€™s had no alcohol tonight, only water.
â€œExcellent,â€ he says, with a confident grin. Then, he circles an arm around my waist and walks me out the door.
The look in his eyes says, â€œIâ€™m going to be completely sober when I devour you tonight.â€ I gulp and nod. His lips form a naughty smile.
He takes me to a bed and breakfast right next door to the restaurant. I blink, rather uncertain to make of this. Taking a room at this place makes me feel like weâ€™re having an affair. Many scenarios bounce around inside my head with him being a powerful boss or politician and Iâ€™m his secretary. Each one makes me shiver. Itâ€™s not a love hotel, but stillâ€¦ Asato-kun nudges me forward.
â€œCome on,â€ he whispers in my ear. â€œA good night awaits us.â€ The tone almost makes me jump. He grabs my hand and leads me through the glass doors.
It doesnâ€™t take long to check into our room. Inside looks decent with a nice view on the city. However, I donâ€™t get a chance to fully appreciate the city at night. Asato-kun pushes me down on the bed, kissing my lips. He pulls away just inches from me.
â€œNow, Anna-chan,â€ he says. â€œIâ€™m going to go take a shower. Stay like I have you now, understand?â€
I lower my head. â€œYes.â€ He kisses me on the forehead.
â€œVery good,â€ my husband whispers.
He turns and walks into the bathroom. My stomach turns as I sit on the bed. The running water makes my heart tremble. I look over at the clock on the nightstand. 8:45? It doesnâ€™t feel like it. I swallow hard, as I fight the voices in my head: Come on, keep it together. Itâ€™s just a shower. What the hell are you getting so nervous for? Youâ€™ve done this before!
I shut my eyes and slowly breathe as I wait.
I lift my head at the sound of the bathroom door opening. Asato-kun stands before me in nothing but a towel. I stare with my jaw dropped.
My cheeks warm up as I feast my eyes on his chest and abdomen glimmering with tiny droplets of water. His cool commanding expression doesnâ€™t change.
â€œGood girl,â€ he says. â€œYouâ€™re just as I left you.â€ My husband walks forward and forces a me into a kiss. I fold as he pushes me back and strips me down while my heart goes into its happy place.
I am drowning, but I am not worried; I want this. Salt water caresses my skin. Traces of sunlight touch my eyes. Do not disturb me; I need this. Love me! Love me! Love me! Love me!
Another wave swirls within me. The splash pushes my body to the top. I canâ€™t stop it. I donâ€™t want to. He is calling me and I must obey. He will open me up. Take me! Take me! Take me! Take me!
The surface looks so clear today. There isnâ€™t anything in sight. Only a single cloud floats over my head. However, this is only the start. Adore me! Adore me! Adore me! Adore me!
I reach my arms toward the darkening blue sky. I know it will rain soon. But Iâ€™m not concerned. Though I hope for the best, secretly Iâ€™m prepared for the worst. But none of that matters today. Because the seagulls flying overhead are singing their songs just for me. I can hear them as they sing out -
I love you! I love you! I love you! I love you!
And so, I am loved.
Asato-kun sleeps with his arm over my breasts. I canâ€™t help but smile tonight. I just love that man.