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Officer Next Door(78)

By:Ranae Rose

“I’ve been thinking about what to do with the rest of the money I got for the house,” he said, still holding her hand after they pulled apart. “You know, after I pay off the balance of my loan. There’ll be a chunk left over and I thought it might be good to put it toward a new place – somewhere we can pick out together, with a little more room. You know, in case someday we want to have a family.

“Or if you want to keep renting for now, I can just save the money and we can worry about that when the time comes. Either way, I don’t want to make any big decisions without you.”

Standing there with the surf crashing around her ankles, she couldn’t look away. A thousand dolphins could’ve swum past and she wouldn’t have been able to spare them so much as a glance. “You have no idea how happy that makes me.”

“Yes I do. You make me happy.”

He reached out and took her hand, pulled her close and kissed her.

An especially big wave put them shin-deep in water, but they didn’t pull apart. By the time the kiss ended, their feet were buried in the wet sand.

“This is one hell of a first date,” she said.

He kept holding her hand as they began to walk again. “It’s been a long time coming. I knew I had to make it good.”