I began writing this in October or November of 2008 and edited it several times. If it seems dated, that’s because it takes place in November of 2006.
It doesn’t teach the lessons I would usually teach, but I still think it is a sweet story.
Though the setting is a city called Melody, the real area that inspired it was Bayou Cane, Louisiana, along West Park and West Main, around the time of Thanksgiving. Between late October and Christmas, that area has always been inspirational for me even before I started writing.
So, without further ado, here is the story:
On a chilly November evening, a youngster caught somewhere between a boy and man named Luke Frost was getting off of his job at a gift shop in the city of Melody. He went to the circuit breakers and cut off the electricity; then locked all the doors.
Luke was a short and skinny nineteen-year-old with dark, slightly curled hair. Because he was starting out in life, he did not yet own a home or vehicle. Instead, he walked everywhere and rented a small one-room apartment.
On this particular evening, he was not in a rush to get home. Luke decided to walk through the park and watch the sun setting in the sky. After strolling for a spell in the park, he looked at his watch.
The hands indicated five thirty-eight, and he muttered, “I guess I will stay here two more minutes.” The time passed by quickly and it was now dark. “Well Luke, better get going.” He mentioned to himself. He knew he would be hard to spot in the dark as he was dressed in black pants and a navy blue work shirt. He also knew that the park was a dangerous place to be after dark. He began running to make his way out and safely get home.
Earlier that day Rebeka Stanley was riding on a bus from Blues City, with only a backpack full of possessions. She was on the run from some dangerous people. When the bus arrived at the station in Melody, she got off the bus and continued on foot, with no idea of where she was going. However, she felt halfway safe because her adversaries had no idea of her whereabouts. She saw a street sign which indicated the entrance to Melody Park and decided to go in. She also realized that is was now getting dark and cold. Her cell phone was dead, and to make matters worse she had nowhere to go nor did she know her way around Melody. Scared and lonely she decided to go inside the park restroom to at least give her time, rest and protection from the elements. As she walked into the entrance, a tall, dark angry-looking man shouted sexual remarks and made an advance at her. Immediately she pepper-sprayed him in the face and ran in the opposite direction. Frightened even more she did not realize the perpendicularity of the walkway in the park as she was sprinting until she and Luke Frost literally crossed paths. Both were knocked to the ground. A moment later Luke got up and pulled a flashlight from the side pocket of his pants, and shined it to see whom he had bumped into, as it was now pitch dark.
He saw Rebeka sitting down with her knees up, she was a very beautiful blond dressed in a brown knee-length skirt, a white blouse, and a black sweater. Luke was flashed by her and could see right up her skirt but quickly turned away from her, as he automatically had a reverence for her.
He asked, “Are you all right?” He paused but then continued “I did not see you coming and I am terribly sorry that I knocked you down…If there is anything I can do to make it up to you, I’d really like to.” He reached his hand out to her and helped her up as she smiled.
Back on her feet, she said, “I am also sorry I didn’t see you coming either.”
Luke stated with great concern, “It is dangerous here at this hour, you should be inside.”
Rebeka replied, “I…”
“What’s that?” Luke asked.
Rebeka continued “I have no place to go and some man almost had his way with me. That is why I was running.”
Luke now felt not only an attraction but now felt compelling compassion towards her as he said, “I could take you to my place, only if you would want that is.” Rebeka smiled awkwardly and there was a discomforting silence until Luke spoke again softly “Hey, I am sorry if I freaked you out. I am merely suggesting a place for you to be safe and out of the cold. I was not trying where I can take advantage of you. It’s just…”
Rebeka smiled warmly and said, “Go on.”
Luke continued, “It’s just I felt attracted to you when I first saw you. I now also feel much compassion towards you.”
Rebeka now smiled from ear to ear as she spoke sweetly, “I am hoping you really mean that.”
Luke put his hand towards her and held her as he said, “Of course I do. Now, exactly what brings you to Melody anyway?”
Paranoia struck her and she said, “Can I tell you later? I am afraid someone is listening.”
Luke replied, “Tell me whatever, whenever, wherever.”
Rebeka beamed and said, “You seem so sweet; I wish I could trust you.”
Luke nodded as he looked at her and said “I totally understand, the way I see it is trust is something that must be earned. It is up to you if you want to give me the chance to earn your trust.”
Rebeka smiled and said, “Yes I am willing to give you the chance. I mean what other choice do I have?”
He smiled took her by the hand and said, “My name is Luke Frost, by the way.”
She replied, “I’m Rebeka Stanley.”
Quickly they left the park and headed to Luke’s apartment. Rebeka undid her backpack, pulling out several changes of clothes, an MP3 player, and her phone with the charger. In the meantime, Luke removed his smart-phone and flashlight from his pockets and set them on top of his coffee table. They both sat down on the convertible sofa in peaceful silence.
Luke then asked, “So why are you in Melody?”
“A co-worker of mine was assaulted and I called the police. The assailants were arrested, but the case was unfortunately thrown out so now they were after me. I had to leave town, at least until this situation blows over.”
“How old are you anyway? I’m just realizing you might be jailbait and I might regret taking you to my apartment.”
“I’m twenty-five, actually, but I’ll take that as a compliment. How old are you though?”
“You’re a baby.”
“I don’t know, I’ve got a job and I’ve got this place.”
“True. You’re doing very well.”
“Thanks, that means an awful lot coming from someone like you.”
Rebeka smiled and then there was an awkward silence.
Boredom and hormones overcame the situation and Luke decided to ask her, “What would you like to do Rebeka?”
To which she replied, “I feel dirty and would like to shower.”
Luke smiled and said as he led her to the bathroom “Right this way.”
He turned on the water for her and then walked out. She undressed, stepped in the bathtub and drew the curtain while Luke sat on his futon and waited for her. While showering she realized that she was starting to have feelings for Luke, and how wonderful she thought he was and decided to physically express to him those thoughts and feelings.
She walked out of the shower with nothing but a towel wrapped around her. Luke was sitting on the sofa when she walked into the room and said, “Guess who?”
Luke felt a tingle as he replied, “Wow you are so beautiful.”
“I am a mess.”
“Well, I still think you are beautiful.”
Rebeka blushed and then kissed Luke on the cheek as she said, “I know that I have found someone awesome!”
Luke tingled and twitched as he asked, “You really think I am awesome?”
Rebeka replied “Of course I do. Now, why don’t I change into something more comfortable.”
Luke replied, shaking, “I’ll be waiting here.” She winked and the walked off to change. When she came back into the room she was wearing a long white nightgown, with her hair down. She smiled brightly at Luke and asked him as he gazed at her, “Do you think I am pretty?”
Luke replied, “I think you are hot.” She pranced up to him, hugged him tightly and kissed his mouth as she said, “If you haven’t guessed already, I am also attracted to you as well.”
Luke smiled and said, “So what do you want to do right now?”
Rebeka replied with a bright twinkle in her eyes as she rubbed his chest “I saw you shaking earlier, you must have been shivering. Let me warm you up and snuggle with you.” Rebeka then paused for a second and said with slight anxiety “If you are all right with it that is.”
Luke smiled from ear to ear and said, “Of course it’s all right.” With that Luke rested his head on Rebecca’s belly and they covered under a blanket as they fell asleep.
A half-hour passed when Luke woke up to the sound of Rebecca’s belly gurgling. Right away he asked her “Are you hungry?”
She asked with a startled laugh “Luke, how could you tell?”
“I could hear your stomach!” Luke replied as he kissed her navel, then continued “I have nothing fancy, but I do have food.”
She answered, “Oh that’s fine; I didn’t have anything to eat since this morning.”
With that Luke led Rebeka to his table, microwaved her elbow macaroni with cheese and poured her some grape juice. After they finished supper, Luke turned on his world band receiver and tuned in a foreign station from The Ukraine. The music coming in over the airwaves sounded very sultry and provocative.
Rebeka looked at him in the eye and asked, “Could we dance?”
Luke answered “Sure, but don’t laugh at my two left feet.”
“Nah, I think you are sexy no matter what.” At first, the music was slow but then it switched to a fast-paced song. Rebeka swiveled her hips and spun around. Luke was extremely turned on. Rebeka playfully pushed him onto the futon and then hopped on top of him and kissed him wildly.
“I want to make love to you, but you’re so innocent,” Rebeka said with frustration.
“We don’t have to. We can just cuddle,” Luke replied, then continued, “You seem innocent too though.”
“But my innocence was violently taken from me as a child,” Rebeka said stoically.
“Then in my book, you’re still innocent!”
“Thanks, you are really sweet, Luke!” Rebeka said as she kissed him, then continued, “And it makes me want you even more though.”
“We will when the time is right and it will be perfect for us!”
“Where have you been all my life?”
Rebeka then giggled at Luke’s response.
Luke began to plant kisses on Rebeka’s head as she rested it on his chest.
“I do need some rest.”
“Then sleep in my arms. I will kiss you until you fall asleep!”
Soon they both fell asleep, in each others’ arms.
The next morning Luke woke up early. He quickly prepared breakfast then brought it to her as he gently rubbed her face, and said, “Time to wake up, I made you breakfast in bed. It’s just toast with jam cereal with milk though.”
Rebeka stretched and moaned as she spoke, “Still, I can totally get used to this.”
Luke replied, “Well, by all means, get used to it!”
She smiled and asked, “But where will I stay?”
Luke hugged her and replied, “Over here, of course.”
Rebeka wrapped herself around him and then said, “I think I love you, Luke.”
Luke replied “I love you as well, Rebeka. Thank you for counting me trustworthy.”