“Dangled Carat” by Hilary Grossman
Blurb: Hilary had gotten used to dating the commitment-phobic Marc, thirteen years her senior. They had a great relationship–why rush into things? She saw no need to pressure him for marriage, believing that when the time was right, he would propose. But after they had been together for four years, their friends decided to take matters into their own hands, pushing Marc to propose and making Hilary realize how much she really did want to marry the man that she loved. Unfortunately, Marc still wasn’t ready–and their friends’ meddling in the form of a faux engagement party led to a disastrous New Year’s Eve that brought their relationship to an inevitable turning point.
They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. But I swear, the way to a girl’s heart is through her closet. And this closet was the kind of closet that dreams were made of.
“You like?” he asked.
“Like?” I asked. “Like isn’t the word for it. This closet is bigger than my bedroom!”
“Yeah, it’s pretty nice. I thought you’d like it.” He turned around. As I followed him out of the closet, all I could think of was how I wished I could have stayed in that closet forever. That’s how nice it was.
Who am I kidding? All I could picture was how amazing it would be if I could live here….
Marc didn’t lead me downstairs. Instead he walked over to the sliding glass door which opened onto the balcony. He grabbed my hand and guided me outside. The smell of the sea was so strong. “I love this smell,” I remarked as I inhaled deeply. “And look at the white caps from the crashing wave,” I said as I pointed. “They’re beautiful.”
“I think someone else is more beautiful,” he said as he moved a little closer to me. I offered him a sly smile in return. After a few moments of gazing at the ocean in silence, he placed his right hand on the small of my back and his fingers slid under my tee-shirt and slowly across. His gentle caress stopped when he reached my side. He squeezed gently. A small electric current jolted through my body. I am sure I wasn’t the only one who felt it, but unfortunately he remembered about that drink, and loosened his grip all too quickly.
Hilary Grossman dated a guy so commitment-phobic that she was able to write a book about their relationship. She is currently the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer and lives on Long Island.
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