The last time I can remember myself being actually happy was around 3 years ago.
Alaric and I had just clinched a huge deal with a new client and we took my parents out for drinks to celebrate before mom insisted on inviting him home for game night. It was good. Just good, wholesome family fun. Not a care in the air.
Then 3 months later all of that was wiped clean and I never felt happy until today.
Daphne and I have been getting along really well. She’s really brought me out of my shell. It’s a little refreshing to have someone who’s stubborn like that - Stori just tends to leave me to it when she knows I’m having a bad day.
It started off slow really. We continued walking down the beach and exchanged little facts about ourselves, quirks and all that. She is apparently my yoga fan and coaxed me into showing her my little eyebrow dance.
We got to a bar and she turned to me, saying I could either carry on on the way I am, throwing myself into work, just living day-to-day, or I could try and live a little. And with that, she went inside the bar.
It took a moment for me to process what she meant. I mean, it was a clear message but no-one had ever put it so bluntly to me. And when I went into the bar, I swear it was as if my legs walked me inside of their own accord.
She started me off on tequila but it wasn’t long before I felt the familiar warmth envelope me. Soon enough, we were downing shots and it wasn’t long until we ran off to the arcade nearby, hand-in-hand.
We played around the a coin machines and the slots machine for a bit before heading out to dip our feet in the ocean. The sun was setting and it was just… beautiful. Real beauty that I hadn’t noticed in so long.
I invited her back to mine afterwards for some apple pie which we ate as we looked out over the beach. I— Daphne is just incredible, journal. I’ve never met anyone like her. She’s witty and stubborn, but I like that about her.
She stayed when I protested against her leaving and we… kissed. Well, she kissed me and I immediately kissed back. It was nice to feel that close to someone. She fell asleep soon after so I carried her to my guest room and tucked her in.
We’re going to town tomorrow and maybe we can go for lunch too. I’d like to get to know her better. It’s just a shame her goes home in two weeks.