- Saturday, February 23, 2008
“You’re not answering me.” Katy’s expression softened, and sadness added to the mix.
He brushed his cheek against hers. “I wish it were four years.”
“Or more.” Katy rested her head on his shoulder again. “There’s no way back, is there?”
She was talking about their upcoming movies, the fact that in a couple of months she would fly to London and he to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. For ten weeks they would be separated, fulfilling their obligations while the rags took shots at them. A heaviness settled over his heart.
“Ah, Katy.” He held her close. The faint smell of her perfume, her skin, filled his senses and heightened the subtle urgency in their hushed tones. “Someday, maybe. When all this is behind us.” He didn’t say it, and she didn’t either, but what if they never made it to that far-off day? What if his world grabbed hold of him, and her world grabbed hold of her? And what if they found themselves pulled so hard toward distant shores that they lost sight of the promises they made on a beach in the Mexican Riviera what felt like a lifetime ago?
They talked about someday often, especially since they’d been home from Los Angeles. Someday, when they’d say good-bye to Hollywood and acting and every aspect of the celebrity life. When they’d settle down in Bloomington and maybe bring to life again the Christian Kids Theater group Katy missed so much. A time when they’d have walks on the shore of Lake Monroe, Sunday supper with the Baxters, and babies of their own. The picture grew and swelled and filled Dayne’s heart and soul because nothing could be better.
But they had a war to win between now and someday, the war they’d welcomed by agreeing to do the reality show. For Real was supposed to be a white flag, a way of giving in to the paparazzi without being swallowed them whole. But the camera crews didn’t land on the set of their recently wrapped movie looking for happily-ever-after scenes. They stirred conflict from the beginning, creating headlines that screamed of doubt and unfaithfulness.
And the show hadn’t even aired yet.
Dayne kissed her forehead. “What did your agent say?”
“He wanted to make sure I had a passport.” She sounded tired. “I told him I did, of course. Because of our wedding.”
For a heartbeat the world fell away, and Dayne could see all the way to the center of her soul, the way he had once seen her before the tension of the past few months. “It was beautiful, wasn’t it?”
She smiled. “Sometimes in my dreams I see it again, playing out so real I can smell the ocean air.”
He nuzzled his face against hers. “Too bad you couldn’t get your movie switched to Cabo.”
The sun was setting, casting shadows across the deck and underlining the difficulty of what lay ahead. “It’d be hard to shoot Big Ben from Cabo.”
“True.” He placed his hands on either side of her face and touched his lips to hers. Their kiss was slow, with a hesitancy born of the tension that had marked the recent weeks. But it kindled a passion that knew no bounds, and after a while, their breathing changed and a knowing filled her eyes.
“I love you, Dayne.” Her whispered words betrayed the intensity of her feelings, the way her body responded to his.
Even in the worst of times, their marriage had been marked by a physical love that seemed almost divine—a gift from the God they both believed in, the God who Dayne prayed would keep them together in the coming months when it might look easier to walk away.
“I love you too.” He held her closer. “Don’t ever stop saying it, okay? And I won’t either.”
Katy hesitated. “I won’t … I won’t ever stop.” She kissed him again and spoke close to his ear. “Let’s go inside.”
He swallowed and eased his fingers between hers. As they went in, as they walked past the kitchen and down the hallway toward their bedroom, Dayne still wasn’t sure about the someday they dreamed of. But for now they had something else, something that here and now maybe mattered more.
They had four weeks.
Excerpted from Someday. © 2008 by Karen Kingsbury. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers.
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