Flight To Paradise
Flight To Paradise
Sequel to Special Delivery
"Three.... two.... one...
Happy New Year!"
Sarah smiled at Brian
as they heard the cheering from below them. "Happy New Year," she
"Happy new millennium,"
he replied, pulling her closer to him.
Sarah welcomed his kiss
and got lost in her thoughts of him. She ran her fingers through
his unruly curly hair, pulling his head closer to her. She felt his
hands travel down her back and finally rest at her waist, pulling her body
closer to his. She felt his body press against hers and nearly laughed
as he started tugging at her shirt.
"Brian, we can't do that
here," she said, breaking away from him and taking his hands from her shirt.
asked, looking in her eyes. "I want to enjoy you during the first
moments of the new millennium, make love to you because I love you so much
and I want to show you just how much I love you."
Sarah shook her head as
he moved closer for another kiss. "No, not here. There's too big
a chance that someone will catch us, too many people. There're the
guys, Jane, Aaron, Angel, Leslie, BJ, and Matt. Not to mention that
we, uh, don't have anything with us? And this isn't even either of
our houses, we could get in major trouble for this," she protested.
Brian put on the puppy
dog face and leaned his forehead against hers. "Please?" He
begged, sticking out his lower lip and looking pathetic.
Sarah giggled and kissed
Brian's nose. "No, I'm sorry, not here."
"Then why don't we go
some place else?" Brian suggested.
"Where? We can't
go to my house, my mother and cousin are there. We can't go to yours,
your parents are there. Where do you suggest we go, a shack?"
Sarah asked exasperatedly.
Brian's face turned into
that grin, the mischievous grin he got whenever he got an idea. Sarah
knew that grin and most of the time, loved it, but for some reason, she
didn't like the way it looked.
"Brian, what idea just
came into your head?" Sarah asked cautiously.
Brian pulled Sarah closer
to him, pressing her body to his. "I was just thinking about how
close the ocean is and how many private beaches are nearby, beaches that
have plenty of cover," he said, running his hands down
Sarah's body and kissing her neck lightly.
He rested his hands at the top of her jeans, hooking his fingers on the
belt loops. "We could go there, stare at the stars, it would only
be us, the moon, and a blanket or two that will
keep us away from the sand," he whispered,
intensifying his kisses on her neck.
"Hmm, it does sound like
a good idea, but there's two problems with that. No, three," Sarah said,
tilting her head to the side.
"What's that?" Brian
asked, kissing the soft spot on Sarah's neck.
"Hmm, well, one, we have
to leave for that, requiring us to go downstairs. Two, as soon as
anyone sees us, they're liable to kill us for disappearing like that.
Three, when or if we finally get to the beach, what if we fall asleep out
there, I wouldn't want someone to find us sprawled on a blanket stark naked,
knowing our luck they'll recognize you and take pictures."
Sarah heard Brian chuckle
and she opened her eyes as he moved away from her neck.
"Tell you what, how about
we go downstairs, say goodbye to everyone, then we'll stop at your house
and mine, yours to get some clothes, mine to get the blanket and something
else. Then we'll go to a nice, secluded beach that I know of.
No one will find us, but we'll leave before they have the chance to in
the first place, ok?" Brian suggested.
Sarah pondered the idea
for a moment, looking outside at the stars and at the lights in people's
houses, people celebrating, each in their own way.
"Ok, let's go," she finally
said. She smiled as Brian pulled her to the door of the room and
down the stairs. They ran into the living room where everyone was
"Hey, where have you two
been, we looked everywhere for you!" Jane exclaimed.
"Hiding, they were trying
to keep us apart," Brian said, wrapping his arm around Sarah's shoulders.
"You weren't sleeping,
were you?" Kevin asked him.
Sarah looked up at Brian,
confused, and he shook his head. "No, I wasn't. We're going,
guys, we'll be back in a little while," he said.
"Where're you going?"
Sarah smiled at the little
blonde boy as he walked over to her. "No where special, Aaron, we'll
be back before you know it," she said, ruffling his slightly shaggy haircut.
"Hey, hey, don't mess
with the hair," Aaron said, fixing the few locks that were out of place.
Everyone laughed and AJ walked up with two glasses of champagne.
"Here you go, Bri, Happy
New Years," he said, handing one glass to him. AJ looked at Sarah.
"I would give you some, but you're underage, that's a no-no," he said,
sipping from his glass.
Sarah smiled and shook
her head. "That's ok, I don't mind," she said. She looked at
Brian, who was looking at the glass he was holding, not drinking any.
"What's wrong?" She asked.
Brian looked at her.
"I'm driving, I don't want to be drinking anything," he said.
"A sip isn't going to
hurt, Brian," AJ said.
Sarah watched as Brian
looked skeptically at the glass of champagne, then took a sip. He
looked at Sarah and widened his eyes.
"Wow, that's what I got
to say, wow," he said.
Sarah laughed and took
the glass from him. "Come on, wow boy, we're going," she said.
She looked curiously at the glass she was holding, then back at Brian.
"Does this taste any different than that wine?" She
Brian nodded. "Yeah,
it's not as strong," he whispered back.
Sarah sipped the champagne
and shrugged. "Not that bad. Bye everybody!" She said, handing
the glass back to a stunned AJ. She and Brian walked outside and
to his car, looking out the window as they passed through the
town. He pulled up to his house first
and hurried inside, coming out about five minutes later carrying two blankets,
a sweatshirt, and a little box. Sarah looked at him curiously as
he handed the small box to her.
"Don't open it yet, you'll
have to wait," he said, smiling. He drove to her house and she put
the box on her seat.
"I'll be right back, don't
you disappear on me," she said, opening her door. She smiled at him
and walked up to the house, opening the front door and walking in.
"Who is that?" Her
mother demanded as she walked in the hallway.
"Who is who?" Sarah
asked, slightly confused. She waited for an answer as she walked
up the stairs and to her room, grabbing a long-sleeved shirt and a sweatshirt.
She exchanged the black shoes she was wearing for sneakers and turned back
to face her mother in the doorway.
"Who is that who dropped
you off and is apparently waiting for you?" She asked, crossing her
"Oh, that's Brian, you
met him, right? Well, I realized when I got to BJ's that I didn't
have any clothes and he volunteered to drive me back here and get some,"
Sarah said, not really lying. She was going to spend the
night at Nick's, and BJ was there, and it
was her brother's house, so technically it was her house. Sarah tried
to get past her mother, but didn't succeed.
"Where are you going now?"
"Back to BJ's, I wasn't
going to come here and expect Brian to wait outside while I slept, he's
taking me back," Sarah said. She finally got into the hallway and
hurried to the stairs.
"How old is Brian?"
Sarah froze at the bottom
of the stairs and looked up at her mother. She walked to the front
door, then took a deep breath.
"He's twenty-four," she
said. She opened the front door and hurried outside, jumping in Brian's
"You got everything?"
Sarah nodded. "Yeah,
just go," she said. She relaxed marginally as Brian drove away from
the house, then relaxed even more as he parked in front of a beach, the
waves crashing in front of them. She grabbed her sweatshirt and the
little box Brian had given her and got out. Brian met her at the
head of the car, holding the blankets in one hand and reaching his hand
out the other to take Sarah's hand. She gratefully accepted the invitation
and they walked together on the sand, walking to the left of where they
parked, passing many sand dunes and noticing that the parking lot and board
walk ended above them. It was just beach and water, nothing else.
In the distance, Sarah could see beach houses that still had lights on,
but they were very far away. Brian finally stopped her and spread
out the blanket, sitting down and pulling her into his lap.
"First, open the box,"
he said to her, hugging her around her waist.
Sarah nodded and took
the box out from her pocket, then opened it. Inside was a smaller box,
a black velvet jewelry box. Sarah turned the box upside down and
tapped out the jewelry box, then turned it over in her hands.
She opened it and gasped, inside was a beautiful
ruby Claddagh ring.
"I figured that when I
sent you those tickets as a Christmas present, it was more of a present
to me than to you, so decided to get you something else. So here
you go, Merry Christmas," Brian said, gesturing to the box in
"I... I.... Brian, I can't
accept this, it must've cost a fortune," Sarah said, handing the box to
Brian shook his head and
took the ring out of the box. "You can too accept it, I don't care
what it cost and neither should you, just think of it as an attempt to
compare to the beauty that you hold inside. Feeble attempt,
but they always try," he said, slipping the
ring on her middle finger of her left hand.
Sarah smiled and transferred
the ring to her ring finger of the same hand, pointing the heart tip in.
"Why not make it look like I'm taken, my heart already is," she said.
Sarah kissed Brian gently
and felt him deepen it. She laid back on the blanket beneath them,
feeling him crawl on top of her and run his hands down her body.
She felt him unfasten the buttons on her jeans and started to work
on his pants. He helped her take his
pants off and he kissed down her body, careful to not hurt her in anyway.
She closed her eyes as he lifted the bottom of her shirt and kissed her
stomach lightly, sucking the spot next to
her navel. She felt him pull off her
jeans and climb back on top of her, kissing her neck and tugging at her
shirt. She helped him take it off and pulled his shirt off of him.
She kissed him as he reached for his pants and
pulled something out of the pocket.
She sat up as he sat up on his knees and she tugged at his boxers.
He pulled them off and she pulled off her underwear and unclasped her bra,
waiting as he put on the condom. She kissed him as he moved closer
to her and laid back, feeling him as he pressed against her, then entered
her. She gasped, he always surprised her when he did that.
She kissed his neck to keep herself from making too much noise and dug
her nails into his back as he quickened his pace. They both reached
climax at the same time and she let out a small moan. She kissed
his lips gently as he looked at her and played with the hair on the back
of his head, threading the curls through her fingers. She hugged
him as he laid on top of her, kissing her neck and chest softly.
She closed her eyes and felt him inside of her, the feeling that gave her
so much pleasure. She felt him pull out and felt slightly disappointed,
she loved the way he made her feel. He pulled her close to him and
she pulled the second blanket over the two of them, looking up at the stars
above. She stared at them, wondering what made them so different
from the stars she saw in New Jersey. She knew they were the same
stars, but that there was something different with them.
"I love you, Sarah," Brian
whispered, gently combing his fingers through her hair.
Sarah smiled, that was
what made them different, Brian was looking at them with her, everything
was different when they were together.
"I love you too, Brian,"
she whispered back, letting her hand gently run over his chest. She
fingered the thick scar as she passed over it and rested her hand on it.
It was a large, five-inch scar from his heart surgery, a
scar that would never go away, but he always
joked that it was a manly scar. Sarah felt bad when she thought about
it, she could never imagine being in that sort of position or condition
he was in. She leaned forward and kissed the scar gently, believing
the saying she was always told.
"I kissed it, that'll
make it better," Sarah said quietly, smiling up at Brian.
Brian smiled back down
at her and chuckled. "You restored it whole, the only reminder that
anything ever happened is a song," he said. He sat up and pulled
his sweatshirt over his head and pulled Sarah on his lap, wrapping her
in the blanket.
"A song?" Sarah
asked, curling up on his lap.
Brian nodded. "Have
you ever heard the song 'That's What She Said'?" He asked.
Sarah looked down at the
sand, then back up at Brian. "I believe I might've, sing it, I'll
know it that way."
Brian nodded and hugged
her closer to him, holding her cradle style. "There are people who
say what you want to hear. Even on a rainy day, they tell you the
sky is clear. When you really, really love someone, am I right
to say that you want them near? Even
if you can't always tell the things that they wanna hear. Always,
forever, all the things she said, never say never, those simple lies that
she fed, I will never leave you, all the love I thought she had.
But can you blame me, no, 'cause that's what she said. That's what
she said, she told me we'd see forever, that's what she said, oh, oh, oh,
yeah. That's what she said, she told me we'd see forever, oh, that's
what she said," he sang quietly.
Sarah nodded, recognizing
the song. "That's a beautiful song, but its so sad," she said.
Brian nodded and reached
for Sarah's sweatshirt, helping her put it on. "Yes, it is, I wrote
it when I was very sad," he said.
"You wrote it? Brian,
whatever happened to make you hurt so bad as to write something like that?"
Sarah asked, worried instantly. She watched as he pulled on his boxers
and pants, then handed her her underwear and jeans. She got dressed
quickly and slipped her bra on underneath the sweatshirt she was wearing,
then hugged herself, feeling cold from the breeze coming in from the ocean.
"She hurt me, much more
than I ever thought I'd hurt," Brian said simply, picking up the two blankets
and shaking the sand out of them. Sarah watched as he folded the
blankets and gathered anything else of theirs.
"You mean, she broke your
heart?" Sarah finally asked when they reached Brian's car.
He nodded, putting the
blankets in the back of the car and pulled her close, kissing her.
"Let's not talk about that, I'm a little tired," he said.
Sarah nodded and walked
around to her side of the car, getting in. They both sat in comfortable
silence to Nick's house and walked in together when they arrived.
They found Aaron and Angel collapsed on the living room couch, Leslie on
the recliner, about to fall asleep herself, and Jane on her way upstairs.
The guys, Matt, and BJ were all in the kitchen, talking quietly, and Sarah
and Brian just stopped in to say good night. They walked upstairs
to the guestroom they were in before and both laid down on the bed.
Sarah relaxed next to Brian as he pulled her close to him and closed her
eyes, trying not to think. She fell asleep after a good hour and
a half of trying
not to think, long after Brian had fallen