The story so far:
As his lips invaded hers, time moved in a slow wave. They embraced each other deeply feeling the intoxicating passion they once indulged themselves in years ago. Feeling his body she thought back to the night of his sister’s wedding...
“Scarlet, you’re down three drinks! Here, I got you another. God I love open bars!” Buddy said with the resignation of alcohol flowing through his body.
The drink was put down in front of her and without hesitation and with happily beaming eyes, she quickly sipped the rum and coke as if it were water. As soon as she finished her drink, two glasses of champagne caught her eye on the table. She reached toward the glasses and moved them towards her.
“I like where your heads at.” Buddy chuckled.
Sitting at the round table with the white cloth brushing upon her legs, their interactions were precious. It was like watching two young children play in mud, wrestling with excitement as they ate insects off their fingers pretending they were chocolate covered berries.
Feeling a bit tipsy, Scarlet swung her arms up in the air as she heard the introduction to her favorite song. Her entire face brightened with a smile. Buddy put his arm around her shoulders and leaned in toward her laughing at her enthusiasm. She looked down at his childish eyes and laughed along with him.
“Don’t laugh! You know I LOOOOOVE Price!” she remarked.
“I know! That’s the only damn artist you do know!” he said with a huge smile.
Just then, Uncle Tommy walked towards them from the dance floor and grabbed Scarlet’s hands.
“Come on honey, you're dancing with me tonight.” He said in deep and raspy voice.
“Ahh!” Scarlet yelled. “I would be honored to dance with you.” She ran to the dance floor with Tommy while Buddy looked at his best friend in admiration.
He heard her laugh from the distance and couldn’t help but laugh lovingly towards it.
Buddy retrieved himself another drink, rapidly consuming it, and moved towards the dance floor. Her song was almost over. He walked towards her and saw Uncle Tommy give Scarlet a kiss on the cheek then held her hand graciously thanking her for the dance. Uncle Tommy turned away, walking off the dance floor as he passed Buddy.
“I might be 78 but I still got it!!” he said, winking a Buddy.
He smiled and patted his uncle on the back while Scarlet came to him. Just then, Unchained Melody played throughout the room and the ambiance moved towards candle light. She gave a cute chuckle and hugged Buddy sincerely for a long moment and whispered in his ear,“You’re my best buddy.”
He smiled and hugged her tightly effortlessly lifting her off the floor. As he put her down they remained glued to each other for the remains of the song. He then courageously whispered back into her ear,“Follow me…”
Scarlet looked at him innocently as he took her hand and left the reception.
They walked into his hotel room where moonlight shinned brightly through his window. Feeling the intimacy and intense desire for one another they both were shocked what they were about to do. They stood in the middle of the room, with only the inner sound of their heart beats surrounding them. Slowly and without hesitation, they both leaned in and kissed each other with as much intensity and passion as the night had allowed. He put his hands on the back of her neck while she grabbed his face with both hands not ever wanting to let go.
Scarlet quickly came back to reality where she found Buddy in the ladies bathroom, kissing her intensly, the night before his own wedding. Her eyes were still closed while his hands caressed her back. She felt motionless. His kisses sent warmth down her entire body. He slowly moved from her lips down to her neck. She grasped the cold edges of the sink as she arched her back sinking into a deeper memory.
With alcohol flowing within their bodies, their nerves were hidden deep inside. They stood in his room kissing each other, allowing raw desire to lead the way. They had never been involved in this way but in this moment, everything was perfect. She slowly kissed his neck and moved towards his ear. She never looked so beautiful he thought. Chills were sent down his spine as he grabbed her body and moved it towards the bed. He laid her down gently kissing her shoulders and slowly taking off her dress. What came after moved both of them to tears never before experiencing a more beautiful and intimate moment. Before they fell asleep in each others arms, he gave her a soft kiss and whispered, “I love you.”
The morning after, she awoke with a head ache but the feeling of contentment overwhelmed her as she remembered those soft spoken words from the night before. Buddy, in turn, was no where to be found and they never again revisted the moment that changed her life forever.
Gathering herself together, Scarlet finally spoke. “Buddy, what are you doing?”
Buddy looked at her and paused for a few seconds. He then said, “I- I need to know if it was still there- you know, this- this thing between us.”
Scarlet’s face grew red with fury.