Hawaiian Honeymoon

Merry Christmas!  This year’s holiday story gives us a little insight into Caleb and Brooke’s honeymoon in Hawaii. Sometimes we all need a little practice in the art of receiving as well as giving.  May the new year be filled with all that you desire and more.

xxoo R

December 21st

“So beautiful,” she said softly as she took in the view from the lanai, her long hair moving with the gentle wind that picked up around this time every day we’d been here like clockwork.

“Oh yes,” I agreed.  The fact that her view and mine weren’t even remotely the same didn’t matter.  My wife was appreciating the stunning beauty of turquoise water framed against the white sand beach, the breezy palm trees, and the exotic flowers of our honeymoon destination—an exclusive private beach estate nestled on the fringes of a nature preserve at La Perouse Bay, Maui.

I was simply appreciating the stunning beauty of her.

Standing at the railing in a red bikini covering all the most beautiful parts of her, she easily eclipsed our tropical love nest with no problem.  Memories of this morning when I kissed her awake in our bed were still fresh in my mind.  Hell, thoughts of her naked with me were never absent from my pitiful, Neanderthal man-brain.  The way she unraveled from sleepiness into sheet-clawing abandon with my name falling from her precious lips got to me every time.  I’d never have enough of my Brooke.

It was safe to say we’d made good use of our honeymoon thus far.  We were virtually alone in a private island paradise, so what the hell else was I supposed to do besides make love to my gorgeous wife as much as possible?  If she wasn’t already pregnant, then she probably would be by the time we made it back to Boston from the amount of effort we’d put towards that goal.  It was still early times though, so we weren’t getting our hopes up too far in the clouds until we were past the first trimester.  Brooke had been through so much tragedy with her first pregnancy, her comfort and ease during this one had become my number one fucking priority.  The fact she’d already endured one surgery the night of the Autumn Ball unfortunately put her at a higher risk for a miscarriage.  I didn’t want to dwell on the negative though.  Too many hours of my life had been spent on shit I couldn’t change, and on people who weren’t important, so best to let that go and focus on all of the good and wonderful instead.

Good was the amazing woman who had stolen my heart from the first moment she’d spoken to me.  Wonderful was the baby we’d made, and the life we were creating together.  I wanted Brooke happy and stress-free, and that was pretty much the sum total of my needs.

She turned and gave me an expression that said she was onto me.  “You’re not looking at this tropical paradise before us, are you?”

“Nope.”  I moved in behind her and leaned her back onto my chest, holding her against me as we both looked out at the view.  “I was so distracted by my wife’s beauty I couldn’t focus on anything else.”

“Good one, Mr. Blackstone.”

“What’s on your mind, Mrs. Blackstone?”

“Christmas,” she answered with just a hint of melancholy.

“Other than the fact it’s four days from now, what about it?  Do you want to be home for Christmas?”  Maybe she was homesick.  I knew how much she loved her cottage on Blackstone Island and craved the security of the place, in fact so much that I was building a new home there.  I wondered if taking her away from the island for so long was stressing her out.  And stress was so not good for her being pregnant.  “I can have the Gulfstream here by tomorrow to take us home early if that’s what you want.”

“And leave all this?” –she threw her arms out toward the ocean view— “Not a chance.  I fully intend to be snorkeling on Christmas day in search of spotting a pair of Moorish Idols—” she paused abruptly.  “Wait.  Do you need to get back to Boston for work?  You probably have so many fires to put out at BGE by this point.  A month long honeymoon is too long for you, isn’t it?”

“Hush.”  I tightened my arms around her and bit gently on the shell of her ear to put a stop to her runaway thoughts.  “I don’t need to do anything in Boston that I can’t do with a phone call to the person I pay to do the work in their job description.”  Relieved she wanted to stay in Hawaii, I relaxed my hold on her and slowly turned her to face me.  “A minute ago when I asked you what was on your mind, I thought I sensed something kind of sad from you when you said ‘Christmas’.”  Her hazel eyes grew a little sparkly with unshed tears as she looked up at me.  In the beginning her tears freaked me the hell out.  Now, I was used to them.  I understood her PBA was the underlying cause of the crying and didn’t second guess it anymore.  “It’s okay, you can tell me anything.  I’m the guy who loves you unconditionally, remember?”

She nodded and forced a small smile onto her pretty face. “I remember.  And I love you, Caleb, and I’m so happy we’re here for Christmas.”

“But…”

She shook her head and looked down.

“Tell me, maybe I can help.”  My skills at coaxing her into telling me what she wanted were improving.  Brooke was well aware that I had the means to give her the world.  The only problem with that was she didn’t allow me to do very much for her most of the time.  She didn’t ask for anything, and pulling those secret desires out of her was always a challenge.  I used to worry I’d never find a woman who didn’t care about my money.  The joke was on me because I’d not only found her, I’d married her and knocked her up.  And she still didn’t care about the money.  If there was something my Brooke wanted, then I damn well intended to give it to her.

“It’s nothing, really.”

“It’s something, and I think you should tell me.  Consider it a Christmas gift to me if you share with me something—anything that makes you happy at Christmas.”  I was officially a sap-bastard at this point, and did not care one iota.  It felt awesome.

She smothered a giggle and reached her soft hand up to my cheek and caressed me.  “You are impossible, and it’s far too extravagant a plan.”

“I am in love with my wife, and in case you weren’t already aware, I’m filthy rich.  There is very little that’s too extravagant for my budget.”  I kissed the palm of her hand which was still attached to my face.  “As long as it’s safe and enjoyable for you, you’re good.  Just don’t tell me your life-long dream is to go on a zip-lining tour of the islands, because that might be kinda very impossible.”

“No zip-lining for me.”  She shook her head ruefully.

“That’s a relief.”  I said while silently cheering her on.  Tell me.  Tell me.  Tell me.

She sighed deeply, averting her eyes, and I knew I’d worn her down.

“I have the best memories of Christmas with my parents.  There’s nothing quite like London at the holidays.  There’s something so magical about it.”

“You miss London.”  My mind was already working out a plan.

“I will always miss London.  I was born there and it was my home for fifteen years.”

“Have you been back to visit since you came to Blackstone Island?”

“No, I haven’t been back for seven years.”

“Brooke, do you want to go to London for Christmas?”

She hesitated before answering.  “Well, I’d love to go to London but we couldn’t possibly—”

“Let me try this again.  Brooke, will you let me take you to London for Christmas?”

“Oh, my God.  Really?  I would love to go but how can you arrange something like that so fast?”

“Oh, baby, I managed to marry you and arrange this honeymoon in the span of just a few days, a little trip to London is child’s play.”

She laughed at me.  “Of course it is.”

“How about three or four days in London and then we come back here and finish out our month so you can snorkel to your heart’s content.  I did promise you a month-long honeymoon where we did nothing but eat, sleep and make love.  I seem to recall that very clearly, Mrs. Blackstone.”

“We’ve been doing that to the letter.”  She muffled another laugh.

“I still want the full month, Brooke.”

“So do I, Caleb.”

“Thank you.”

“For what, my love?”  She was teasing me now, and I had a pretty good idea how this little exchange was going to end.

“For telling me what you wanted, and then for allowing me to give it to you.”

“I can’t believe we’ll be in London for Christmas.”  I think I need to show you my appreciation for such a lovely gift, but first I want to go for a swim with my kind and generous husband.”  She tugged on my hand as she headed for the gate that led down to the beach.

“I accept your offer to show your appreciation after our swim because I’d be a moron to turn that down, but I want you to know that you don’t have to.  For me knowing you’re enjoying something you want is enough.  You’re happy, I’m happy—it’s that simple.”

She stopped walking and stood before me.  “I love you so much, Caleb Blackstone, and by the way, it’s you.  You are what makes me happy.  Just you loving me the way you already do is all I will ever need.”  The kiss she gave me after her little speech, delivered in her proper British accent that made me hard just from hearing her speak a few words, helped erase any lingering doubts I might have about her being homesick.  In a way she was, just homesick for the land of her birth rather than the place she now called home.  I was grateful for the chance to be able to do this for her.

“I have family in London actually.  Maybe we can arrange something with them while we’re there.  I’d love for them to meet you.  Well, second or third cousins I think, because it was our grandfathers who were related, but they’re going to get such a kick out of the fact I married a Brit.  My cousin Ethan married an American girl last year.  Their wedding was my dad’s final trip before he grew too sick to leave his bed.”

“I’m glad he had the chance to visit one last time.  I would absolutely love to meet your family, Caleb.”  That was my Brooke, always so accepting and open for something new.  She wasn’t jealous of the past because she knew the future was the only part that mattered.  Smart woman I had married.  I was so damn blessed.

“You know the plane ride to London from Maui is a long one.  We’ll be traveling in the comfort of the Gulfstream of course, but seventeen hours is a long flight no matter how you slice it.”

“That is a long flight.  I wonder what we’ll do to fill all those empty hours up in the air.”  The sassy teasing went right back into her tone.

“Oh, I think showing you how much I love you is a good place to start.”

“But you do that all the time,” she said over her shoulder as her feet disappeared into the ocean, enticing me with her spectacular backside in tiny red bikini bottoms I’d be peeling off her after our swim.  Thank God for pregnancy hormones and what they did to expecting mothers.  She hadn’t turned me down yet.  Did I mention what a lucky, lucky bastard I was?

“I was going to add the part about how I can never do it enough,” I said as I lunged to grab her.

She flashed me the most stunning smile before diving into the clear blue water looking like the sea goddess she was to me.

I followed after my girl, and I always would.

~The End~

Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful Christmas treat, Raine! I can’t get enough of Caleb and Brooke. Happy holidays!

  2. Thank you so very much Raine for this wonderful Christmas gift! I love having a little more of Caleb and Brooke. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season! Much love to you always ♡

  3. You have done it again. So beautiful is your writing. Take care of yourself and hope to hear and read a lot more from you in the near future.

  4. Virginia Antonelli says:

    Thank you for my special Christmas present❤️ What a wonderful surprise to find it in my email this morning! Hope you have a beautiful day🎅🏻

  5. Kimberlee Wertens says:

    Raine. Thank you for a lovely look into their honeymoon. Can’t wait for the adventures they may have with the Blackstone’s in London. I hope you and your family have a Merry, merry Christmas.

  6. What a treat! Thanks. Love the Ethan reference…

  7. DD Lorenzo says:

    Loved it!❤

  8. Georganne Bruce says:

    Thank you so much for another wonderful Christmas gift! Thank you also for sharing your talents and yourself with us. Blessings to you and your family, now and always!

  9. Ethan and Brynne are going to love meeting Brooke! I can’t wait to read about it! Merry Christmas, Raine! Thank you for giving us some insight in to what’s to come….

  10. Thank you Raine for this special gift. I hope you have a Merry Christmas. Much Love

  11. Mr. Wonerdful says:

    Mele Kalikimaka, from Maui, Raine. Lovely story. Enjoyed it. Makes me wonder, have you ever been to the islands? Mahalo.🏄🏻🎄🤘👣👙🏝⛱🌈🍍🌴🐠🐟

  12. Jackie Wright says:

    Thank you Raine Miller. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

  13. Thank you Raine Miller for this beautiful Christmas with Caleb and Brooke. Can’t for the reunion of Ethan and Caleb.

  14. Jenn Pelzer says:

    Thank you for connecting my two favorite couples! Merry Christmas! 🎄

  15. Omg, what a wonderful treat for Christmas… Thank you so much… I’ve missed the Blackstone family. Can’t wait for more..

  16. MaryAnne Kennard says:

    Thank you Raine for another perfect Christmas story about our beloved couples/characters. I look forward to these stories so much and they make the perfect Christmas present!

  17. Louise Husted says:

    Thank you Raine for another beautiful Christmas story. Happy Christmas and New Year.

  18. Raine, usted escribe preciosos textos que son como golosinas exquisitas a las que uno tarda en decidirse a probar para que duren más tiempo. Y cuando uno termina de disfrutar… Simplemente quiere más.
    Claudia

  19. TJ’s k you so much for the gift of this little insight into their world. Hope you had a Merry Christmas and that the New Year is truly awesome!

  20. Dayvee Mendoza says:

    This is beautiful! Thanks for writing this Christmas story of Caleb and Brooke, I love it! I’m missing them and this just made me happy😊

  21. Carol Gagliardi says:

    Dear Raine,
    Thank you for your Christmas story of Caleb and Brooke. He is one fine man and she is so beautiful.
    Now I wish we could have a story about them meeting with Ethan and Brynne (Hint).
    Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year🌹

  22. Tracey Kruger says:

    Raine, thank you for this lovely Christmas story, and for giving us more Caleb and Brooke. Wishing you all of the best in the new year. <3

  23. Loved this! Thank you!

  24. Lucia Ferreira says:

    Loved it, thank you

  25. Thank you for more Caleb and Brooke and for a taste of their honeymoon. ❤️

  26. Aimz Woodz says:

    Oh I love that! Thanks so much and for also connecting Ethan and Caleb! ❤❤❤

  27. Cristina Riquelme says:

    Wow…I really love this couple…love their honneymoon…and the book..is my 2016 favorite!!!!
    Thank you so much for this Christmas story …..

  28. Jacqui Aviet says:

    Aww, I miss Caleb and Brooke. It was so nice to have this and the question of Caleb’s relation to Ethan is now answered. I want more…….

  29. Tina Wick says:

    Thank you Raine for sharing a little of one of my favorite couples if 2016. I can’t not get enough of them. They are two people perfect for each other. Loved it.

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