Eyes Wide Open, Finale

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If you haven’t read them yet, catch up with the beginning of Eyes Wide Open, Part 1, Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4Part 5 and Part 6

“Okay,”  I say brightly, “I’ll text him then, just to see if he misses me.”  Reggie snatches my phone out of my hand and luckily we pull up in front of my building before I smack her to get my phone back.  “What the hell, Reg?” I yelp.  “Give it back.”  “In a minute,” she says.  “Let’s go inside and make some coffee.”  “Okay,” I say, “Do you want to stay over so you don’t have to drive home?”  While she thinks about it, I unlock my door and we go in to make coffee.  And I snatch my phone back and before she can stop me I send Mike a text, “Are you working?  Do you miss me?”

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Almost immediately my phone buzzes with a text from Mike.

“Where are you?”

“I’m home.”  I send back.

“What do you mean, do I miss you?

“The flowers made me think  about you.”

“We need to talk.  On my way home.”

“Talk now?”

“Yeah, now!”

Reggie is reading over my shoulder and laughs.  “You’ve done it!   I told you not to write him tonight.”  I’m thinking maybe she’s right.  I tell her she has to stay over, that Mike can’t be mad at me if she’s there.  She says she wouldn’t miss it for the world and sits down happily on the couch with her coffee.  “Uh, Reg, you’ve got raccoon eyes,” I say, gesturing under my eyes, and the word sends her into peals of laughter again, but she goes into the bathroom to wipe off the mascara smears.

Of course she’s still in there when there’s pounding on my front door and, of course, it’s Mike.  He’s looking really big and irritated with me.  He notices the two coffee cups on the table and glares at me.  “So, he’s still here?  And you’re texting to see if I miss you?” I open my mouth to explain, but just then Reggie comes into the room and picks up her coffee cup.

“Mike,” I say nervously, “this is my friend, Regina.  Everyone calls her Reggie.”  “Reggie, this is Mike, my… neighbor,” I trail off, not sure what else to say.  The look on Mike’s face is priceless and if I weren’t so nervous I’d laugh out loud.  Reggie, however, is not nervous at all and starts giggling again.

Mike is looking considerably less irritated now as he says hi to Reg. He grabs my hand and asks if he can talk to me in the kitchen. “Sure,” I say, throwing a help me look over my shoulder at Reggie.  She shakes her head and waves bye as Mike gently pulls me along into the kitchen, then turns toward me, his eyes glinting, but with what I’m not sure.  I take a step backwards and my butt hits the counter.  Mike’s right there, hands on either side, pinning me in place.

“I’m sorry,” I say.  “I didn’t realize at first that you assumed Reggie was a date.”  “What’s going on?” he asks at almost the same time.  We both say, “You first,” then stop and smile at each other.  He gestures for me to go ahead.  “I didn’t know you thought Reggie was a guy until you left here earlier.”  I look away self-consciously. “I wasn’t sure if — oh, this is so embarrassing,” I moan softly.

“Hey, Princess, it’s me.  You can tell me anything.”  Those hazel eyes have gone soft and warm again.  “Well, it seemed like you were jealous,” I say in a rush.  “And when I thought about it, I guess I kind of hoped you were jealous.”  He’s leaning into me now, his eyes definitely focused on my lips.  “Hell, yeah, I was jealous!   I knew it was for your story, but I didn’t want you always flirting with guys in the bar.  Then when you said you were going out tonight with Reggie, I figured it was too late.  But, you said you hoped I was jealous?”  His eyes search mine, questioning.

I can’t help myself, he looks so cute and discombobulated, so I just nod and lean in and kiss him.  And then he’s kissing me back, softly at first, then he picks me up and sets me on the counter and steps closer, his mouth slanting over mine as his hands pull me toward him.  Finally he pulls away and we’re both breathing kind of hard and he lifts me into his arms.  “Can we go sit on the couch?  I think it will be a lot more comfortable,” he says with a grin.  I just nod and wrap my arms around his neck and lay my head on his shoulder.

We stay up nearly the whole night talking and its amazing how much we have in common and how well we fit together as we snuggle on the couch.  And right then I realize exactly what I’m going to write my article about — opening my eyes to all the possibilities with the guy who lives right next door!

The End

~ Diane D.

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34 responses

  1. Diane, I was so excited to see the end and was smiling while reading, but so sad to see it end as well. I really liked this story and as I have told you many times, it captivated me and drew me in. It was not too long and had very sweet and heartfelt things going on. I think these things are real life and that is part of why I love it! The characters are also very real and so I love that. You drew us great visual images of Mike and Jamie and all that was happening. Wonderful read and I hope there are more to come!

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    1. I’m so glad you liked it! It was a lot of fun to write and I will do more cause I had such a good time. Thanks so much for reading and letting me know what you think!

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  2. Sighing in bliss! Ahhhhhhh! I loves me a happy ending! Great story, Diane! Write more! Write more!

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    1. Thanks, I had fun with it! I’m kind of addicted now, have to keep writing. Need to organize all the ideas

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      1. I love it! It is kind of addicting! Just read the other one! Whew!!!!

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  3. Such a sweet ending!!

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  4. I really enjoyed this, and that goes double for the great ending!

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    1. Oh, good!! So glad you liked it!

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  5. A beautiful ending, Diane! I loved the last paragraph – made me smile!

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    1. Thanks, wanted to keep it pretty PG. I’m excited about the fireflies now can’t wait to write something and hear your song both!

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      1. I can’t wait to read your Fireflies story, Diane!

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  6. Nice happy ending. Well done. Love the snuggling on the couch, too.

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    1. Thanks much for reading! Can I email you my other story, The Flirt, to look at when u have a minute? It’s on the other blog…

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  7. What a perfect way to spend a lazy Saturday morning, in bed reading this finale. Didn’t disappoint. Only thing that’s disappointing is that it’s over, for us at least, not your two love birds. Nice characters, well done.

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    1. Hey, thanks! I haven’t done much fiction so I’m having fun with it. What about a story about Reggie, maybe meeting a friend of Mike’s?

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      1. Yes! Go for it.

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  8. Perfection! Loved the way you turned this around!! You did great with the scene in the kitchen, loved the snuggling on the couch too. I’m gonna go read The Flirt! Keep them coming, very engaging and fun to read!!

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    1. Oh, thanks, so glad you liked it!

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      1. Is The Flirt on your site, I can’t seem to find it?

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      2. No it’s over at forfriendswithoutborders

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      3. Oh ok thanks! I’ll go there…

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      4. It’s kind of adult for my site, lol

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      5. I just found it…starting with Part 1…don’t you just love this site…Friends without Borders…what a fabulous idea Rob had…and it’s hugely successful!! I like adult! 😉

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      6. I wanted to try writing something a little hotter, but I mean, my family follows this site, so when Rob started that site, it was a chance to do something different, lol! I do like it, it’s fun, like a big silly party!

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      7. It is, I love it!

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  9. Arrgh sweet reprieve! I love it. The silly romantic in me grins from ear to ear 😊

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  10. I was hoping for a happy ending, Diane! I was pleasantly satisfied! Sometimes, it is the good friend who turns out to be the one you are meant to be with. Jealousy worked in Jamie’s favor, too.
    Mike and Jamie fit together like a pair of soft suede gloves. 🙂

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    1. Aww, thanks, I’m glad you like it. I think I’m going to continue with a short story about Reggie…

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