New York Can't Wait
by Elise VanCise
Cynthea walked though the airport and sighs. He’s late, he wanted me to come to New York and he’s late.
Five more minutes she decided to give him before getting a taxi. Then she heard him call her name and wave as he hurried though the crowd. In his hand was a large bouquet of white roses.
He rushed to her, his arms sliding around her as his lips pressed to hers in a passionate kiss. Cynthea sighed into the kiss hugged him back. Emotions and memories flooded though her.
His fingers curled into the back of her hair as the kiss deepened… and a small child plowed into them skating on his Heelys.
The boy grabbed around their legs to keep from falling. Connor tried to keep his balance and hold onto Cynthea at the same time. The magic of the moment interrupted Connor peeled the boy from their legs.
The boy’s mother rushed over. “Bobby, Bobby honey, are you alright?”
Connor sighed a bit aggravated. He wanted the moment to be special. It had already been delayed by a traffic accident on his way to the airport. “We’re fine too, thank you for asking.”
The mother gave him a look as though they shouldn’t have been in her son’s way. Cynthea nudged him and grinned. “You’re late.”
He laughed that wonderful staccato laugh and offered the flowers with a hand over his heart. “I’m sorry, there was an accident on the freeway and we were held up for miles.”
Cynthea took the roses inhaling their sweet scent as she watched him pick up her suitcase. She missed him, maybe they should give it another try. Maybe.
They settled in the back seat of the taxi. As they make their way, though the streets Connor covered her hand with his and laced their fingers. “Have you missed something, in New York?”
She turned her from her view of the cityscape Cynthea nodded with a grin. “That pizza place on 8th. I could really go for a slice right now.” When Connor’s head tipped forward to hide his grin, she reached over and gently pulled her hand though his hair. “I kind of missed you too.”
His dark eyes looked up at her as he leaned forward. Their lips almost touching as the cabbie slammed on the breaks. The cab skidded forward on the pavement, Cynthea slipped off the seat into the floorboard and who knows what had been there before her. “Arrgh… gross.”
Connor helped her up back to the seat and glared up at the cabbie. Not for the rough stop. He opened his back door and handed their fare to the driver. “You’ve got a suitcase with wheels don’t you?”
Cynthea stepped out and looked at him.” I didn’t pack that much, but yes.”
When she turned to step up on the sidewalk, he saw the back of her coat. Connor looked at her softly. “Um, sweetheart… “
She looked back and then tried to see what he’s pointing at. He helped her off with her coat and she grimaced seeing the back. “I don’t even want to know just toss it in the trunk. He can have it as a bonus.”
He pulled off his coat for her, he grinned softly as he helped her roll the sleeves up. “This one is cuter on you anyway.”
She grinned and kissed his cheek. “It smells like your cologne.”
They laugh it off and start down the street hand in hand. After about two blocks, Connor slid his arm around her waist and walked with her against his side. She relaxed against him and everything felt right again.
They stopped at the corner across from his building. He reached over and pressed the crosswalk button. “We’re almost there.”
She grinned and stepped forward nuzzling his neck. “Finally.”
He looked down into her eyes; they were dark shimmering pools he could get lost in for hours. His fingertips caress her cheek as his lips brush over hers before….
A car sped around the corner and splashed them with water from the earlier rains. Cynthea squeaked in surprise then looked down. They were both drenched.
Connor swore, he couldn’t even get a kiss in edgewise. The light changed and they could walk across. He took hold of her hand and case hurrying to the center of the street.
Cynthea was thoroughly aggravated now. This was an omen that this whole trip was a bad idea. When he stopped half way across the street, she wasn’t in the mood for anything else. “Connor…”
He stopped her speech when he turned and pulled her close. His lips pressed to hers gently then deeper until her arms wrapped around him. They kissed passionately in the middle of the street. Their hearts racing, cars honking, people yelling and whistling.
Cynthea didn’t hear any of it only the beat of his heart the feel of his kiss. This is why she fell in love with him. He made her feel as though there were nothing else in the world.
Everyone else wanted to interrupt their moment. He was going to take it right there and the rest of New York could wait.