When he opened the French doors, Marti gasped, "This looks like Tom’s painting. He brought Shirley here and photographed a sunset. Now, he’s painting it for her home."
"We need our own sunset photo." Reaching in his pocket he pulled out his iPhone and aimed it at the sky which was an intense blend of orange, pink and violet. "I’ll send it to you as a memento of our trip."
Marti leaned against his bare chest as they stood at the balcony doors. She felt safe just inside the balcony with his arm resting on her waist. Raising her glass, she made a toast, "To our sunset." She took a sip of champagne. "I like the bubbles."
Chuck took a drink and sighed, "I like how they make me feel. I can still speak a little German when I’ve had a couple of glasses."
"Oh, speak to me in German."
Leaning down to her ear, Chuck whispered, "Du bist meine frau."
Marti turned to look over her shoulder,"I like the sound of that; something about my girl, right? Say it again."
Lifting her hair with his fingers, Chuck looked into her eyes,"Du bist meine frau."
She smiled covering her hand with his at her waist before turning back to the sunset. The city lights were just beginning to show colors as dusk approached. With the dampness hanging in the air, it felt like a moment of slow motion with each element moving gracefully together.
Marti sighed, "I could stand here for hours with you and watch life go by."
Squeezing her closer to him, Chuck kissed her hair, "Ja, ich stimme."
Just as the air began to cool, the room’s phone rang. Chuck picked up, "Hello."
The front desk notified him the food had arrived. "I’ll be right down," Chuck replied.
Looking at Marti, he asked, "May I borrow my shirt for a minute?"
"Sure," she said pulling it down her arms and passing it to him.
"I’ll be right back."
"Ask the front desk if they have silverware and plates," suggested Marti closing the door.
While he was gone, Marti pulled two chairs around a small corner table. Just enough space for two. Now, is there a candle somewhere? Walking into the bathroom, she found decorative candles around the bath tub. A candlelight bath. That might be fun later.
By the time Chuck returned with the food, Marti had the table ready with champagne and candlelight so it fit the mood of the room.
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