Friday, December 26, 2014

Country Gal Gone Wild - Chapter 21.2

Ruby squealed with delight when her father finally gave his blessing. She got up and ran around the table to hug him. She hadn’t done that since she was nine years old and discovered that she’d gotten everything on her wish-list when she opened her presents on Christmas morning. She missed hugging her father. Did he miss her hugs?
“Thank you, Papa.” Ruby hugged him tightly and planted a warm kiss on his right cheek for good measure.
Papa Hudson smiled for a few brief moments, relishing her genuine affection, before returning to his somber ways. “You just remember to be a good wife to your husband. Wait on him hand and foot and don’t give him any reason to ever doubt your love,” he said in a stern tone that lacked its usual punch.  
“Don’t worry, Papa. I’ll treat Vinny like a king,” Ruby replied, returning to her seat on lighter legs and with a lighter heart. 
“And I will treat her like the queen that she is,” Gavin inserted. “No disrespect, sir, but I’m not looking for a maid. I already have one of those at my other home and don’t need another.” 
Ruby felt her eyes glisten at those words. Such a sweet man! She scooted closer to him at the table just to be near all that sugarcane goodness. 

Mama Hudson beamed with joy. Happy tears gathered in her eyes and flowed down her cheeks.
To Ruby’s surprise, Gavin leaned over and planted a kiss on her lips right there in front of everyone. The tip of his tongue darted out and tasted her.
Ruby momentarily forgot where she was as she parted her lips and instantly deepened the kiss. She couldn’t stop herself. She didn’t want to stop herself. Not after all that he’d done for her. Plus she just liked kissing those brown lips of his.
Papa Hudson cleared his throat loudly when their first smack was followed by simultaneous moans. “Save that for the honeymoon,” he scolded, though he couldn’t seem to wipe the big grin from his face. He looked pleased to see a man genuinely excited about her. A good, respectable man at that. He even chuckled with a bit of glee.
Gavin and Ruby broke apart at Papa Hudson’s lighthearted reprimand and laughter. They and the rest of the adults at the table joined him in mirth. 
The kids ran back into the room to investigate why the Hudsons’ normally somber dining room was now bursting with laughter. They started to laugh, too, though they had no idea what was so funny. 
While everyone was present, Gavin got down on one knee and formally proposed to Ruby with the big diamond ring from his office safe.
Mama Hudson cried even more happy tears as the ring was firmly slid in place.

(c) 2014 by Mi'Chelle Dodson/Suprina Frazier 

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