Friday, July 11, 2008

July Prompt 005. What would you do with three wishes? / Creative Muses


"Luka, are you asleep?" Abby shifted positions so, she could prop herself up on her arm with the question.  As she lifted a lock of bangs up and out of his eyes, she found herself smiling slightly.

"Luuu...ka." Despite the problems that they'd been having, despite what she had done, and the angry words on both sides, she still wanted to make their marriage work.  She hadn't exactly told him what it meant to her to have him back, but, it was moments like these that she had missed more than others. The thought hadn't even fully formed in her mind when she felt his eyes on her, and she raised hers to meet his.

"Good morning." A smile immediately found it's way to her face before she leaned in to kiss him.

"Morning yourself." Luka returned her kiss before rolling to his side so he could watch her. "Joe still asleep?"

"Yeah, it's still early. Do you want some coffee? I could put some on." Getting up was really the last thing she wanted to do, but, if he wanted it...

"No, I'm fine." It was his turn to touch her, and as his fingers traced the length of her jaw from earlobe to chin, she wondered if he could sense her nervousness.

"Luka, I'm sor..." For whatever reasons he silenced her with a finger to her lips.

"Don't, Abby.  We can't change what either of us did, all we can do is try and start over and promise each other that we won't let anyone come between us again." His eyes swept over her as he spoke, looking for the small signs that would give him clues to how she was taking them.

"Do you ever wish you could just go back and change things?"

"Change things like how?" A look of confusion found it's way to Luka's face.

"You know, like the Genie in the bottle, you get three wishes and you can change anything you want." Almost as quickly as she offered the example she regretted it, how could she expect him to choose correcting this over getting his family back. Abby's hand went to her face, what was she thinking?

"I couldn't do it."  Luka shook his head slowly, realizing what his words must sound like to her. "You're asking me if I'd sacrifice you and Joe, for Danijela, Jasna, and Marko, and I can't even think about doing that.  It doesn't mean I love any one person more or less than another or that any situation is better or worse, everything happens for a reason, it's all part of the plan." Luka finally dropped his eyes from her face.

"We may not understand it, we may not always like it, but it's not for us to change." A smile crept slowly onto his face again.

"Now I need coffee." He flung the covers aside and stood. "You coming?"

"I'm coming." Abby found herself easily returning his smile and in that moment she honestly felt there was hope for them.  Wishes or not, they could make their marriage work, she was sure of it.


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