But on to important things – Fantasy Friday! If you only read on Fridays or if you missed my last post please go here and read it now, it’s very important. Partially because of that post I now have several new stories for the next few weeks. Today’s story is by Sunnygirl – who has really, really helped me out lately. I love the way she writes. As you may have read over at here site they were very close to the tornados in Texas this past week. Thankfully she is in one piece and still in here, instead of Oz. Sunny, I’m glad you fine and thanks for the story.
Now everyone please enjoy…
Ginni got ready for work today just like every other day. She was scheduled to appear on the local morning television show. She had recently been chosen as “Person of the Year” by the Chamber of Commerce for her work on the Children’s Foundation League. It would be an opportunity to gather more support for the program which was near and dear to her heart. She arrived at the station about twenty minutes early and after make-up was sent to wait in the “Green Room.”
“Hi, I’m Sean Ferguson” said the man who had to be at least 6’ 5” inches tall with the bluest eyes that twinkled, a full head of shiny black hair, a smile that could light up a room, the whitest teeth she had ever seen and a physique most men would kill to possess.
“Hello, I am Ginni Flynn” she said and when he rose she had to look up. At 5’11” this didn’t happen very often. She had always been tall and hadn’t thought it a drawback until she kept growing long after many of her peers had stopped this upward spurt. By high school, she easily towered over many of her fellow students. Now she was almost always the tallest woman in a room and more often than not, the tallest person.
“No, I am not nervous about the interview. I’ve done this before. It’ll be a piece of cake. Just
pretend you are sitting somewhere chatting with a friend and you’ll be fine.” she said...
The show went off without a hitch. When it was over and they were leaving the studio Sean asked if she would like to stop at Starbuck’s for a cup of coffee.
“I’d like that – now that I can sit and enjoy it. This morning I was in too much of a rush to make any and my energy level drops about 10:00 am without my caffeine fix.”
They sat and talked long after their coffees were finished. They chatted about the show, their families, their childhood, their life. When Ginni’s I-Pad emitted a low tone she knew she had to get back to the office. She told him how much she enjoyed talking with him but she had to go.
“I’m going to be at Mickey’s Pub after work today. Would you like to stop by for a drink to celebrate our successful TV interview?” asked Sean.
“I’d love that but not sure how my day is going to play out. Could we leave it so I will be there if possible?
As it turned out, Ginni was unable to breakaway to meet Sean. She was really sorry. Her position as the CEO of a major corporation kept her busy as well as limiting her exposure to available men. She made it a policy to not date within her organization or other business colleagues. This considerably lessened the playing field. Between often working 60 to 80 a week, and devoting a great deal of time to the Children’s Foundation League, there wasn’t much time left for socializing.
She couldn’t get Sean out of her mind. When he didn’t call her she decided to take the reins. She had her secretary call the TV station to get his number. The TV station did not want to give out his number but said they would contact him and give him a message.
Weeks went by and when she hadn’t heard from him she asked her secretary to call the station to follow up. The Station Manager’s Admin assured her she had called and left a message.
The more she thought about it the more upset she got. She knew she told him where she worked. If he was really interested he could have found her very easily just by calling the company. I am not wasting any more energy on something that obviously was not meant to be – but he was so gorgeous.
EIGHT MONTHS LATER
Ginni was doing her morning exercise run and decided to stop for a coffee when she was finished. While waiting in line, she was bumped from behind and lost her balance. A steadying hand kept her from falling and muttered an apology. When she looked up there was Sean Ferguson.
“You weren’t a figment of my imagination after all,” she said.
“I’m sorry, do I know you? He asked
She was very flustered. Here was this gorgeous man with whom she had spent hours talking about everything from soup to nuts and he didn’t recognize her from Adam. She explained they had been on a television show together.
“Oh, I am so sorry. I didn’t recognize you.
Ginni’s coffee came up; she took the cup and went outside to sit. A few seconds later, Sean Ferguson asked if he could join her. He apologized for not recognizing her and said he didn’t know how he could have forgotten someone so lovely. It was like déjà vu. Sean asked her if she would like to have dinner that evening.
Ginni hesitated before agreeing. She said would meet him at Benedict’s at 7:00.
Benedict’s was a casual neighborhood eatery – off the beaten path but great food and friendly atmosphere. Ginni went there often and felt comfortable in the surroundings. She arrived around 6:50 and was surprised to see Sean already seated at a booth toward the back of the restaurant. They had a great time and she invited him to brunch in the morning. He kissed her hand, put her into her car and watched as she drove away. He liked her but was not looking for a romantic entanglement. He had been in a relationship with Serena when he had met Ginni, which is probably why she had not interested him at the time. He and Serena had broken up shortly thereafter. Ms. Virginia Flynn didn’t appear to be the kind of lady that would settle for just a quick rendezvous. He was going to have to be careful.
Ginni’s house was in Bennington Hills, a gated community just east of town. She had bought the house when she was first named as CEO of the corporation. She had spent the better part of five years decorating it just the way she wanted. It was a mix of old and new but all expensive and all very touchable and cozy.
She wanted him to see where and how she lived. He hadn’t seemed intimidated so far, but this brunch would tell. She hadn’t told him but he would not be the only guest at this brunch. It was scheduled long before yesterday and she just invited him to see how he would fit. Many of the guests were board members of the various corporations in the city and around the state as well as the state senator and the state house representative.
When Sean arrived many of the other guests had already arrived and were milling around the patio. As he entered, he reached in to give her a kiss and admitted his surprise at all of the other people.
“I thought we were going to have brunch together.” he said.
“We are there are just others joining us.” Ginni said.
“I don’t appreciate being blindsided like this” he said with displeasure in his voice.
“I’m sorry you feel that way. Don’t be a spoil sport. Come on in and mingle. They are all very nice people and you can use some of that charm to help me drum up more support for the foundation.”
He fit in seamlessly. He was charming and the ladies gathered around him like bees on honey. After the guests and the caterer had gone, he sat her down on the couch and told her that if she ever did that to him again she would find herself over his knee. He was not a puppet on a string and didn’t need to perform for his supper. Ginni couldn’t believe what she was hearing. Here was a man who was clearly not intimidated but very sure of himself.
“I might just have to try that again, then.” Ginni said.
“I don’t make idle threats” said Sean.
“We will just have to see about that, won’t we?”
With that last comment, he walked to the door. She followed him and he reached around and pulled her into him. He kissed her and swatted her behind at the same time.
"Is that a sample of what I can expect if we continue to see one another?”
“What makes you think we are going to see one another?” he said.
“That bulge in your pants for one”, she said smirking. He swatted her again and walked out the door.
He waited three weeks before he called her. His schedule had kept him very busy but the truth was he liked her more than he wanted and that made him nervous. When he finally called her at the office, he went through three assistants before he was able to leave a message. When she didn’t return his call for four days, he called again. Now he really was intrigued. He was not used to being ignored. She offered no apology for not returning his call.
He asked her what her plans were for the following weekend. He told her he planned on driving up the coast and wondered if she would like to join him. She thought about this for about half a second and said yes she would love it. He told her to plan on a casual weekend and he would pick her up Friday evening.
Ginni was excited about seeing Sean again. She wasn’t sure she should have accepted his invitation for a weekend. After all, they had really only had two dates. Then he waited three weeks before he called. She liked him and didn’t want to seem too anxious. Hell, she thought, men like him didn’t come along every day. She also wondered what kind of room arrangements he had in mind. She was not going to be a sure thing.
When Sean arrived on Friday, Ginni was ready and waiting.
“What do you plan on doing with me this weekend?” asked Ginni.
“I plan on getting to know you better.” said Sean.
“Sounds good to me.” she said.
Once again they had a great time on the ride and at dinner that evening. The awkwardness set in the moment they got back to the hotel. He had rented a two bedroom suite but Ginni was unsure of what she should do.
As if reading her mind, Sean said: “Don’t worry; I don’t plan on seducing you. If you, on the other hand, would like to seduce me, just come on over and climb in.”
After he swatted her butt, Ginni smiled and kissed him good night and said she would see him in the morning. She had no intention of making the first move even though she desperately wanted to make that move.
In the morning, Ginni didn’t come out of her room until she was showered and dressed for the day. It was Sean’s turn to smile. He didn’t like playing games and this cat and mouse business had to stop. He knew she wanted him as much as he wanted her and he was ready to up the ante.
As they were driving to brunch, Sean asked Ginni what were her expectations of this weekend and any future between them. Surprised, she said she really hadn’t thought about this weekend or the future.
“That’s a bold faced lie” he said. “Of course you thought about this weekend. You certainly thought about our weekend room arrangements. Last night when we returned to the hotel it was written all over you.”
“Okay, you’re right, I did think about the room arrangements. Thank you for being a gentlemen and not assuming I would be climbing into bed with you. Not that I don’t want to, I just didn’t want to be a sure thing.” said Ginni.
“Let’s get one thing straight Ginni. I don’t play games. Neither one of us are children. If I ask a question I expect an honest answer.”
“I am very interested in you Sean. I want a husband and children and I haven’t met very many men I thought would be a good candidate to fill that role. I am a successful career woman but I don’t want it to be my life and I am not getting any younger. I don’t want to waste time I don’t have on a casual relationship. So, I guess I might ask you the same question.”
“I like you, more than I thought I would. I also want to settle down and have a family and I too am not getting any younger. I have been hurt in the recent past and I am being very cautious with my heart. I thought this weekend would be a perfect opportunity for us to get to know one another. Of course, I want to sleep with you but it is not the reason I asked you to join me this weekend.”
“Another thing, please do not lie to me, ever. If I catch you in a lie I will put you over my knee quicker than you can click your fingers. Lies hurt relationships –it severs trust.”
The rest of the weekend went beautifully. They came back from the weekend secure in the fact they both wanted the same things. Their relationship flourished.
Ginni finally found the man of her dreams. Sean liked that she was an independent woman with strong opinions. She liked that he was not intimidated by her. He was so not intimidated by her that she often found herself over his knee when she got too bossy. It was one of the many things she loved about him.
Ahhhh… now it feels like Friday. You did another great job Sunnygirl. I hope anyone that’s by to read will leave a comment. Like I said, it sure does encourage people to write. And if you have finally decided to give this writing thing a try and you’re willing to share, send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org