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There's a First for Everything

Posted on 11 Aug 2018 @ 8:07pm by
Edited on on 12 Aug 2018 @ 9:15am

Mission: Character Development
Location: Promenade Holosuite

The sound of the waves crashed in the background as Caroline focused her eyes on her PADD. Out of all of the holoprograms she had been in, Uncle Matt’s beach program with its warm sun and clear blue ocean water brushing against white sand was one she always seemed to be drawn to.

“”I shall go on in the same way, losing my temper with Ivan the coachman, falling into angry discussions, expressing my opinions tactlessly; there will be still the same wall between the holy of holies of my soul and other people, even my wife; I shall still go on scolding her for my own fright and being remorseful for it; I shall still be as unable to understand with my reason why I pray, and I shall still go on praying; but my life now, my whole life apart from anything that can happen to me, every minute of it is no more meaningless, as it was before, but it has the positive meaning of goodness, which I have the power to put into it.’”

Caroline let out a longing sigh as she read aloud the final paragraph to Anna Karenina. Her heart was exhausted from being pulled in different directions; the intertwined stories in the novel were simultaneously uplifting and agonizing. It was one of the most romantic stories she had ever read and it meant the world to her that Max asked her to read it. She felt incredibly special that he wanted her to take part in something that he enjoyed.

Max, who had been resting his head on Caroline’s outstretched legs, turned up and gave her a smile. While he hadn’t known Caroline for that long and was still getting used to her very introverted emotions, he wanted to take a chance and have her read his favorite book. Deep down inside Caroline was a dreamer; a hopeless romantic and eager to taste what life offered her. She was also incredibly bright and quick to learn new things. She was beautiful and sweet and generous. Max was crazy about her and strived to make her smile every moment he possibly could.

Seeing the fulfilled smile on Caroline’s face right now made his stomach flip-flop around inside him.

“So, what did you think?”

Caroline placed the PADD down onto the sand next to her and looked down at Max’s curious face. “That was incredible, Max. So much love and heartbreak...” She looked out at the waves that crashed along the shore in front of them. She wanted to brush his dark brown hair with her hands but instead kept them firmly planted by her sides.

As confident as Caroline was with herself, her shy personality kept holding her back from wanting to tell Max about her budding romantic affections for him. She was just a plain Jane, quite unlike the other girls on the base who led much more interesting and exciting lives than she did. They were also far more beautiful than she. Max, with his warm smile and bright eyes and strong body, would surely much prefer one of them over her.

Annie’s psychology books weren’t very helpful on this topic. Interpersonal romantic relationships were far too intricate to be put down into words. Caroline was completely on her own with this and it completely frightened her out of wanting to even try.

She moved her eyes back down to him. He was still shirtless and drying off from his latest enthusiastic dive in the ocean water. Her stomach twisted up and tightened at the sight. Caroline was well aware of what she was feeling. She wanted to feel his body against hers. She wanted to feel everything those books and the girls at school talked about. She wanted to feel it with him.

Max sat up facing her. His lips tilted up as she looked him over, the innocence of her brown eyes disappearing behind the desire that was building between them. He knew she had liked him as more than a friend but he wanted to make sure she was comfortable with him and their friendship before he pushed things to the next level. The last thing he wanted to do was hurt her. She was far too good for that.

And he did not want to die at the hands of Commander Reed, Lieutenant Butler, and Major Sharpe.

Caroline’s heart skipped a beat, picking up its pace the longer Max’s eyes remained on hers. He had never looked at her that way before. He was looking at her the way Richard looked at Amaya or how Uncle Paul looked at Aunt Archie: with a look full of passion and love. His eyes were dilated, moving slowly down to her bare lips. “Max…” She whispered, almost questioning whether this was real or imagined. Was he really looking at her like she was more than just a friend to him?

Max eyes moved back up and locked with hers. His smirk widened into a full smile as he gently bit his lower lip. He couldn’t question her or himself any longer.

“Oh, vvernite yego!

Grabbing the back of Caroline’s neck, Max pulled her face to his as he placed his lips on hers. Her lips were just as soft and gentle as he imagined. They were perfect.

Caroline’s heart jumped up to her throat as her skin goosebumped in excitement. She couldn’t believe it. He was kissing her! She felt the fireworks bursting around them. His lips were reassuring her that he did feel the same way about her. He liked her as much as she liked him. She soon relaxed her body into him, placing her unsure hands comfortably on his legs.

She had been right all along. Words were absolutely incapable of preparing her for this moment. Caroline was on Cloud Nine.

Max pulled himself back, slowly peeling his lips off of hers. He needed to catch his breath and see the joy he brought to the girl’s face. His lips had formed their own goofy smile as his heart continued to beat 1000 beats per minute. “Ty takáya krasívaya…

Caroline let out an airy giggle. She loved it when he spoke Russian, even if she had no idea what he said 99% of the time. He could have just told her she was a stupid bimbo and she still would have thought it was the most amorous thing he could have said to her. She was so completely smitten with him, especially now she knew her hopes weren’t all for nothing.

Max laughed in return, giving her a quick but firm second kiss on her lips then one on her blushing cheeks. “You are so beautiful, my kotenok,” the right corner of his lips twitched up, “my kitten.”

Outwardly she gave Max a slight eye roll at his cheesy romantic pet name for her. Inwardly she swooned at his affections that were multiplied tenfold by his eloquent Russian tongue. She felt like she was the first and only girl he has called that but her inner saboteur began stirring her insecurity a bit. “I’m sure you call all of the girls on base that.”

Brushing her hair behind her ear, he gave her a slow nod. “Only the coolest chick on Obsidian who is awesome enough to read me my favorite passage from my favorite book and actually understand what it means.” And it was true.

Caroline laughed and gave him a warm embrace. She found someone who understood and appreciated her mind and didn’t want to let him go.

 

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