There’s something about 3am that shifts the human soul.
I found myself laughing hysterically along with you, the night sky above, beautiful velvet white sand beneath, and you beside me — the end of a lemon flavoured beer bottle pressed against my lips. My kind of definition of paradise.
Well, maybe not the beer.
I hate beer, still do, and probably always will — but I loved tasting it off of you.
The sound of crashing waves complimented the silence enveloping between us, as our laughter died down.
It wasn’t awkward, it was comfortable. I could sit in your silence endlessly, and still be so captured by it.
Your hand found mine in the space between our bodies, and instinctively I lifted your hand to my lips and kissed it.
You turned on your side to face me, and placed the palm of your hand against my cheek, the end of your thumb caressing the skin beneath my eyes.
You leaned in and affectionately planted a kiss on my nose.
You had this weird obsession with my nose, found it cute you said, I don’t know why — but I remember the way your soft lips felt curved against it. I remember the scent of your hot breath against my skin.
But only because of you.
Your eyes brightened, and you shot up into a sitting position. Rummaging through your backpack, you pulled out your sketchbook and pen.
The pen moved fervently against the paper, you must have been inspired, I thought. But how you could see through the pitch blackness, I was unsure of.
Once you were done, you rolled the paper up and shoved it inside my empty beer bottle. You stood up, and chunked the bottle into the ocean.
“Hey I wanted to see what you had drawn.” I whined after you, now sitting up in the sand and watching you from the rear.
You laughed and started to undress — obviously I was intrigued now.
Your clothes fell to your feet, and you looked back at me waiting – coy smile stealing my gaze.
Running over towards you while simultaneously shedding my layers of clothes — I crashed into you and our naked bodies collided and toppled into the ocean.
Your adventurous heart was so — beautiful. I don’t know what other word or combination of letters I can use to describe it. But it was marvelous and I could no more contain my own heart from loving yours.
We played like children in the sea, and the innocence of this will never leave me –you finally dragged me back to our blanket. I laid on top of it laughing, and you laid on top of me, your hands caging my face, a serious demeanor painted over yours.
“Want to know what I put in the bottle?”
I nodded yes, sincerely curious by your change of pace.
“I promise to love you forever.”
“That’s a really long time,” I responded jokingly.
You shook your head lightly laughing, “no, that’s what I wrote, so if you ever forget or if life ever takes you away from me, there will be proof in a bottle you kissed somewhere in the ocean..a little bit of us lost at sea.”
Beer’s never quite tasted the same since then.. especially at 3am.