I must have looked confused by what she said because she immediately blushed and started back tracking. For as confident as she tried to pretend to be, she sure seemed awfully bashful. I realized, this was the moment that I could easily and reasonably dismiss her offer and we could part ways? Was that what I wanted?
"I think I might take you up on that, if you don't mind," I said, and her eyes went wide.
Her eyes always seemed so large, they almost had their own gravitational pull.
That smile led to a truly epic week in Japan. Honestly, we could have been anywhere and it would have been just as incredible. When it was over, she came woth me to the airport.
The entire week, we had skirted around topics that would pin us down and make this specific. We hadn't done anything romantic, just fun and adventurous, but I felt like maybe we had denied ourselves of something because of that.
"Come on, we've got to get to the gate," Jamie huffed past me towards security.
I stood there and watched her fidgetting for a moment longer.
"Here," she said and handed me a piece of paper. "I'll be back stateside in three weeks. Call me and we'll talk about... You know... The things we should discuss."
She couldn't say it. And I couldn't resist the feeling I'd had tugging at my chest all week either.
"Tom, come on!" I heard Jamie call in the distance, but I ignored it and caught Harley by the waist, pulling her towards me and finally pressing my lips against hers.
When we pulled away from her, she smiled and laughed lightly. That blush crept up on her cheeks again.
"You weren't trickes into doing that for some candid camera show, were you?" She asked.
I shook my head.
"Good," shed said. "You should get going. You'll miss your flight."
Jamie teased me all thirteen hours of the flight home. I looked at the piece of paper and my heart almost stopped. We shared an area code.