Something About You – Part 27 by ShellyLynn

Republisher’s Note: Manny watches a movie and finds a swing.

Something About You – Part 27 by ShellyLynn

They arrived back at Michelle’s apartment and after eating dinner they decided to curl up and watch television. “The Wizard of Oz is on tonight, let’s watch that. It’s my all time favorite,” Michelle grinned, watching as Danny turned on the television and grabbed a seat with Mikey on the couch.

She went into the kitchen and popped a bag of microwave popcorn, bringing it and sodas with her on her trek back into the living room. She settled in between the two of them, her body curving instinctively into Danny’s.

She turned her head and found the young boy smiling excitedly as the show got ready to begin, “I love this movie too,” he said, leaning forward in anxious preparation.

“I think he just likes the witches,” Danny teased, gently massaging Michelle’s shoulders. “Otherwise, it’s not really a guy movie

Michelle laughed at his statement as she leaned in even closer to his body. If only for tonight, she wanted everything to be perfect. She wanted them to be a normal couple enjoying a normal night of fun and relishing in their love. That wasn’t too much to ask for, was it? One more night?

* * * * * * *

“I’m surprised that you’re here after that stunt you pulled last night, asking Michelle to marry you like that. You’re lucky she fainted or she would have humiliated you,” the woman said, opening her door and inviting the man standing outside to come in.

“She wouldn’t have turned me down in front of all those people, she’s too sweet for that,” he laughed, his voice dripping with sarcasm. “It’ll make the marriage look more real this way.”

When he saw that she was unconvinced of his sincerity, he added, “Look, you know it’s all about the money. You’re the one I want,” he said, giving her a puppy dog look as he looked eyed her scantily clad body, “but the only way to get hold of the Bauer fortune is to marry Daddy’s slumming little princess. The man would croak if he knew half of what I do, but it’s in my best interest to just play it cool. As long as I can get her to marry me, I’ll be set for life. The little thing’s got herself all wrapped up in that Santos boy though. She’s making things so much harder than they have to be.”

She jutted out her lip in a pout as she wrapped her arms around his waist. “I hate to see you so unhappy,” she said, looking up at him seductively, “Why don’t we see what I can do to make you feel better?”

She led go of him and dropped her robe on the floor, revealing the nude body underneath. “I think I know just the thing…”

* * * * * * *

Danny looked down at Michelle’s sleeping face as the final credits rolled across the screen. It was the first time all day that he had seen her look truly peaceful. “What’s going on with you?” he whispered, gently brushing back a stray lock of her blonde hair.

Mikey had fallen asleep barely 20 minutes into the movie and since Michelle wanted them to stay the night anyway, he was going to carry the boy into the spare bedroom down the hall. He picked up the remote from the end table and shut off the television, attempting to slip out from beneath her embrace and off of the couch, but his attempt was thwarted when she stirred and opened her eyes.

“Hey sleepyhead,” he smiled gently as she looked up at him, “I told you that you were tired.”

She smiled back in response, sitting up and wiping her eyes, “What time is it?”

“Just after eleven,” he answered as she cuddled up closer to him, “you want to go to bed?”

“No,” she yawned, pulling her feet up onto the couch and curling into a ball, “I’m comfortable where I am.”

He grinned, enjoying the sound of her simple words. The truth was, there was no where on earth that he would rather be than right there with the two most important people in his life, holding her in his arms. It was something that he had every intention of doing for the rest of his life.

“As much as I love the sound of that,” he whispered, placing a soft kiss on her forehead, “I need to get Mikey in bed.”

She nodded her head and sat up so that he could slip out from beneath her, grabbing a blanket and wrapping it around her shoulders as she shivered from the loss of his body heat. He gave her a quick kiss and then picked his nephew up off the couch and gracefully carried him off to deposit him in bed.

When Danny returned moments later, Michelle was nowhere to be found, but he suddenly noticed the breeze coming from the sliding doorway that lead to the terrace attached to her apartment. Making his way outside, he noticed her sitting there, simply staring at the stars.

“I used to sit outside with my mom during the summer and look at the sky. We’d watch for hours until we saw a shooting star and then she’d always tell me to make a wish. I would usually wish for something involving my dad spending time with me, or coming home from a trip. He wasn’t around much…”

He noticed her pause and slipped in beside her on the wooden swing she’d added as soon as she got the apartment. When she’d lived at home as a child the old wooden swing in the back yard was one of the best places to go and think, to relax and relish in the beauty of a warm spring day. That was until her father decided to have all the grounds redone and carefully re-designed. She had found the old thing stashed away with the garbage and rescued it, hiding it in the back of the garage until she moved into her own place and brought it with her. It was a fond memory of days less complicated, when her mother’s love and the peace she created were enough to make everything in the world okay.

“There are so many things we used to do together that I took for granted, so much time I wasted because I thought she’d always be there for me like she promised. She never broke a promise. It never even occurred to me that she could get sick and her life would be taken out of her hands,” she continued, still not looking at him as her eyes glistened with tears ready to fall.

“Baby,” he whispered as he reached out to caress her cheek, the tenderness in his voice causing the tears to finally flow down her cheeks, “Your mom still loves you, and she still wants to be here for you. She’s still in there. You have to hold onto that.”

She turned her head and leaned against his chest, letting out the emotions of the past 24 hours. I only just found him, she thought, surely God isn’t so cruel as to force me to let him go so soon. She shook her head to rid it of the negative thoughts, she wouldn’t think of that now, she wouldn’t allow it, but she knew, if it came down to it, she loved him enough to let him go.

When her cries subsided, she held out the blanket, allowing him to join her underneath its warm barrier from the wind. “Look sweetie,” he said, “a shooting star. Let’s make a wish.”

“I don’t do that anymore Danny,” she said, watching it go by. “I gave up on wishing a long time ago.”

“Come on, do it for me. For old times sake,” he asked, giving her a playful smile.

“It’s already gone.”

“But you saw it,” he reminded her, “It’s worth a shot. It’ll be fun.”

She closed her eyes and made a wish, opening them to see his grinning face staring back at her. “What did you wish for?” he asked like a child on Christmas morning, forcing a smile to take over her lips momentarily.

“I can’t tell you or it won’t come true,” she replied, having more reasons than that to remain silent.

“All right then,” he said disappointedly, “I guess we’ll just have to stick around together to find out if our both of our wishes come true.”

If we’re still together, then my wish will have already been granted her mind argued. “I guess we will,” she added, trying to keep her voice strong.

She cuddled up closer to him as they rocked back and forth. “Promise me that no matter what happens, you’ll remember the way you feel right now, how happy we are.”

“What do you mean?” he asked, noticing the serious, worried tone her voice had once again taken.

“Nothing.”

“Michelle…”

“Just promise me, please?” she pleaded, staring into his eyes as the moonlight reflected off the dark pools.

“I promise,” he stated firmly, giving her a kiss on the forehead. “I’ll never forget, because this is the way we will always be. Danny and Michelle, forever.”

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