Diana let the man lead her across the airport and out through the main doors and there was a limousine waiting for them. “What... how...”
“I asked the bartender in the lounge for help.” The man said. “You'd be surprised what someone can do in a short time with a lot of money on hand.”
The driver opened the door and they climbed in. The limo pulled out a minute later.
“Oh! I almost forgot.” Diana said and took out the money he had given her. “Your change.”
The man chuckled and it was a pleasing sound to her. “You can keep it.” He said. “Or you can splurge again and buy beverages on your return flight.”
Diana blushed. “I can't believe I did that without thinking about it.” She said. “It just... I was happy and...”
“Yeah, it's hard not to spread that feeling.” The man said. “It's infectious.”
Diana nodded and tucked the money back into her little clutch purse. “I might buy them one drink.”
The man laughed and she let the sound wash over her. She closed her eyes and leaned into him and he put his arm around her shoulders. She felt good like this, despite not knowing the man or anything about him. When doubts started to pop into her head, his other hand reached up and touched her chin and turned her head to look at him.
“My name is Hunter.” He said. “I've been around a long time. I lived in this country for seventeen years, then I lived somewhere else for another seventeen, then I lived in another place for... a very long time.”
Diana stared into his sapphire blue eyes and when he smiled at her, they flicked to green for a brief moment. She absolutely loved the sight.
“I appreciate your efforts on my behalf to make yourself even prettier than you were, despite not needing to, and I want to spend some time with you. I recently lost one of the great loves of my life and the weight of her absence is heavy on my heart.”
“Oh, Hunter.” Diana said in a soft voice and she put her hand on his chest. Her arm stiffened as she felt the coiled muscles, then she rubbed her hand liberally over them to find all of them. “I... you know I...”
“Yes, and in most cases, neither do I.” Hunter said. “This time however, I'm making an exception.”
Diana shivered in anticipation. She wasn't sure why she was reacting like this, and she didn't much care. She felt like this was an opportunity that only came once in a lifetime and she wanted to make the most of it. He leaned forward slightly and gave her lips a feather-light kiss and she felt the tingle on her lips.
The limo stopped in front of a nice restaurant and the driver let them out. There wasn't a line to wait in, so they went inside the building and saw the line was actually a small lounge where diners waited for free tables.
“Party for Hunter.” Hunter said and the man at the small podium nodded and waved for them to follow. They were sat at a nice table and were given menus. Diana knew he had money, so she only felt a little guilty when she ordered the lobster platter with a steak chaser. She saw Hunter's smile at her hesitating manner as she ordered, then he said to double the order and wanted to try it himself. A bottle of wine was offered and Diana accepted it, after a taste test, of course.
They ate the meal and Diana told him some of the stories of her flight adventures. He listened attentively and laughed when appropriate and nodded and responded with questions. The waiter came and went unobtrusively. When they finished, the waiter brought over the bill and placed the leather folder on the table. Diana was surprised when Hunter didn't even open it and placed several hundred dollar bills inside, then handed it back to the waiter with a hundred dollar bill on top.
“Th-thank you, sir!” The waiter said and stepped back.
Is he insane? Diana asked herself as Hunter stood and held a hand out to her. She took it and they walked over to the host and he gave him a hundred dollar bill as well. When they were outside, the limo was still there and they climbed inside. When it pulled away, she couldn't hold her question in any longer.
“Why did you tip them so much money?” Diana asked. “The food and service wasn't that good.”
“I don't have any smaller bills.” Hunter said and showed her his wallet full of hundred dollar bills. “What am I going to do? Ask for change on a tip?”
Diana stared at him for a moment, then she laughed. “Ha! Ha ha! Hahaha!”
The limo drove around the city and took them to Diana's apartment. It was only tiny, mainly because it was her home away from home. It was cheaper to rent the apartment than it was to get a hotel room every time she travelled here, and she always had a place and didn't have to hope a room would be available if she showed up unexpectedly or had to stay longer than a one night rental would allow. Hunter tipped the driver with a hundred dollar bill and they both laughed.
They went inside and up the stairs to the right floor and Diana became awkward as she let Hunter into her place. She had suddenly realized that she had actually brought a man home. Someone she had met at work. Almost as if he felt her distress, he turned to her and gave her a reassuring smile.
“We can just sit and watch television for a few hours.” Hunter said. “No pressure.”
“You'd be okay with that?” Diana asked, her voice full of doubt.
“I'm a big proponent for comfort over functionality.” He said and motioned to the living room that was only big enough to hold a love seat, a two-thirds size couch, and not a full size couch. “I can't remember the last time I sat down and watched something.”
Diana looked at him and again thought he might be a little off in the head, considering he had a good looking woman all alone in her apartment and only wanted to watch television. He gave her another smile and walked over to the love seat and sat down like he owned the place. He wasn't being arrogant about it, though. She walked over to the small couch and sat down beside him. She picked up the remote and turned on the television, then she handed the remote to him.
“As the guest, you can pick something.” Diana said.
“Thank you. You are much too kind.” Hunter said and flicked through the stations in a flash. “Oh, this looks good.”
“...the mating rituals of dolphins are surprisingly similar to those of humans...”
Diana blushed so hard that she thought she was going to pop a blood vessel in her brain. The television was turned off and she felt his arms go around her.
“I didn't mean to embarrass you so much by teasing you.” Hunter said and she turned her head to look at him. “May I make it up to you?”
“A kiss.” He whispered. “Just a kiss.”
Diana closed her eyes and puckered her lips slightly, then his lips met hers and her world became an explosion of colors and sensations that she had never experienced before. Her doubts and inhibitions fled and she wrapped her arms around her date and she kissed him back with reckless passion. Her hands dug at his clothing and pulled his suit coat off. His shirt was next and she broke the kiss long enough to look down at his sculpted chest. Her eyes fell on the double set of scars in a circular pattern around where his heart was.
Hunter took her hand and traced the thick inner ring. “This represents the first woman I had loved and tragically lost.” He said and moved her fingers out to the smaller thinner scars. “This represents the woman I spent many years with and I promised that if she died, I would do the same as the first.”
Diana's heart beat a steady rhythm as she traced them again. “You did this to yourself?” She asked, and her thoughts went right to wanting someone to love her so much that when she died, they would mark themselves permanently for her, too.
“The first had been an accident and it would always let me remember her, no matter how much time passed. The second I did on purpose, to honor her memory.”
Diana wasn't sure what to say, so she kissed the spot in the middle of the scars instead. I kissed his heart. She thought with both happiness and satisfaction.
“Allow me to return the favor.” Hunter said and Diana let him unzip the back of her dress and peeled the front down. She didn't try to hide herself from him and he leaned forward and kissed her lips for a moment, then he bent down and placed a gentle kiss on the top of her breast above her heart. She thought he would grab on and suckle on her, and she half-wanted him to, and instead he sat up straight. Without a word, he stood and held a hand out to her. Diana took the offered hand without hesitation and they went into the bedroom.
What followed was the most mind-blowing encounter she had ever had. Would ever have. At least, that's what Diana had decided three hours later when she came back to her senses. She rolled over in bed and stared at the pile of golden hair that she was laying on. She had initially thought it was an attachment, like hair extensions or something, then Hunter had untied everything and the mass of golden wavy hair fell to the floor.
It's like the Rapunzel fairy tale! Diana thought at the time. I want to climb it!
Hunter had laughed at her reaction and then they had a lot of fun in the bed. She was really surprised that she didn't ache or have any muscle craps after everything they did. It wasn't until she checked between her legs for damage that she realized she hadn't asked him to wear a condom.
Oh, my god! Diana thought and sat up straight.
“It's all right.” Hunter mumbled from beside her. “You won't get pregnant.”
Diana looked down at herself and it didn't look like much; but, there was a lot of his expulsions... and hers... all over her, the bed, and his hair. “Pregnant!” She exclaimed. “I... no, I thought...”
“No diseases, either.” Hunter said, fully awake. “This was all just nice clean fun.”
“But... but... how...”
“Magic.” Hunter said and chuckled at her surprised face. “Just kidding. I've only slept with three women and none of them had any kind of diseases.” He said. “In fact, you're my very first one night stand.”
Diana turned and looked at him. “Did you just say they were clean and accuse me of being 'dirty'?”
Hunter laughed. “No. I'm saying I've never slept with a 'dirty' woman.”
He sat up and quickly pulled his hair up and tied it once, then again and again, to make that cape-like shape. When she looked down, the 'stuff' that had been on his hair was now on the bed with the rest of it. She was going to ask what happened and he took her hand.
“Want to join me in the shower?”
Diana wanted to say yes very, very badly; but, she knew if they spent another hour in the shower, she would never get back to the airport in time for her flight. Hunter smiled and picked her up to make her squeal.
“I'll be both quick and thorough.” Hunter said.
After half an hour of the best washing each other sex she had ever had, they were both dressed and in the limousine on their way back to the airport.
“Did this really happen?” Diana asked as the limo pulled up to the drop off zone.
“That depends on if you want me to walk you in.” Hunter said.
“I...” Diana had to think about it. Would the look on her friend's face be worth it? Yes. Yes, it would. “Please.”
“It would be my pleasure to escort you.” Hunter said and they left the limo and went into the airport.
Everyone stared at them as they walked across the common area and were checked by security before they entered the crew area. Hunter was a gentleman and waited out by the door while she changed into her stewardess uniform and she came out with her bag. She walked with him and held his hand the whole time, which made people stare for a different reason. Diana didn't fraternize like that at work.
“There you are!” Her friend said and waved from the waiting area outside the boarding tube where several other stewardesses stood and waited. “I honestly thought you weren't going to make...” She stopped talking when she saw Diana holding the handsome man's hand that she had seen leaving the plane last. “You DIDN'T!”
“She did.” The man said, to her surprise, instead of denying it. “And very well. Several times.”
Diana's face was bright red as he admitted openly that they had sex. She had intended to tease her friend over the next few hours and then she would reluctantly admit that she had gone all the way with him. On their first date, no less!
“Diana!” Her friend gasped.
“It was wonderful.” Hunter said, because he knew Diana couldn't talk yet. “She was attentive and patient with me, too. I recently lost someone and she found it in her heart to comfort me.” He turned to Diana and looked into her eyes. “I can't thank you enough for spending this precious time with me.”
Diana stared into his eyes and didn't know what to say. Hunter leaned in and kissed her on the lips. It was tender and full of caring emotions, and it also made her lips tingle.
“Have a good trip.” Hunter said and stepped back, let her hand go, then bowed his head to her friend and the other stewardesses before he started to walk away.
“W-wait!” Diana exclaimed and walked up to him. “Will I ever see you again?”
“I don't think I'll be coming back.” Hunter said. “I may, after I take care of a few things...”
Diana sighed. “I know what that qualifier means.”
“If I ever do come back, I will come and see you.” Hunter said. “It could be years or even decades, though.”
“D-decades?” Diana asked, surprised. “You'd still come and see me when I'm an old woman?”
“Even if you're married and have dozens of children and grandchildren, I would still want to visit my only one night stand.”
“I'm the only one now and not just the first?” Diana asked.
“I don't think I'll be able to find anyone like you, not after how much you satisfied me.” He said.
How much I satisfied him? Really? Diana asked herself. I've never felt this satisfied in my whole life!
“Goodbye, Diana.” Hunter said and leaned in to kiss her once more.
“Goodbye, Hunter.” Diana said and she felt several heavy things drop into her pocket. She stood there and watched as her dream man walked away.
“Oh. My. God.” Her friend said from beside her. “Tell me it was as good as he said!”
Diana didn't hesitate in answering. “It was better.” She said. “So much better!”
“Then you need to spill all the juicy details!” Her friend said and put an arm around her shoulders. “Right after we get back to work.”
Diana laughed and all of the stewardesses boarded the plane. When she was alone in the crew cabin, she reached into her pocket and felt several heavy coins. She thought it was sweet that he had change when they had joked that he only had hundred dollar bills to pay people with. She pulled out the handful of coins and found a business card. She put the card on the counter and decided to count the coins for fun. Her mind had refused to see what she actually had in her hands at first. She counted the ten coins three times before she realized that they weren't dollar coins as she had assumed.
It's gold. Diana thought and stared at them for several minutes. Her eyes caught the business card on the counter and she picked it up and looked at it. A bank manager? She asked herself. I thought this was Hunter's! What in... She looked at the coins and then back at the card. I can take them to a BANK?
Thanks for waiting. I thought to the seedling that was still on my head and invisible. Let's go find your planting spot. I felt a strong feeling of agreement and I climbed into the limo.
“Where to now, sir?” The driver asked.
“You can just drive for now.” I said. “I'll tell you a direction when we're moving.”
“Of course sir.” The driver said. The limo pulled out of the drop-off area and he drove as instructed. Ten minutes later, I told him to go left. We drove for an hour before I felt a change and told the driver to go left again. Half an hour later, I had the distinct feeling of stop.
“Stop here.” I said and the car pulled over to the curb. “Thank you for driving me around today.”
I left a handful of hundred dollar bills on the seat, alond with the fee for renting the limo for the day, and I was out of the car before the driver could get out and open the door. I walked across the street and into what looked like a nice park. It was a decent size and was in the center of town. I closed my eyes and let the sapling's feelings guide me to where it wanted to be. I covered a good portion of the park and a few people commented about seeing me walk around with my eyes closed. I ignored them and concentrated on the sapling's feelings. They were getting stronger as I approached a small and surprisingly barren part of the ground.
“I still don't understand why nothing has grown here.” A man said as he scratched the back of his head and held a shovel in his hand. “Damnedest thing I ever seen. Not even grass will grow.”
“I don't know what to tell you.” A slightly elderly woman beside him said. “It's been this way since the park was established ten years ago.”
I smiled and took the seedling from the top of my head and made it visible. “Did someone order a special tree?” I asked as I approached the two people. They turned around and looked at me, and the elderly woman visibly trembled when she saw me. The man saw my hair and huffed as he thought 'hippie'.
“I... I d-don't r-remember.” The elderly woman said hesitantly and her voice shook just as much as she did.
I took her hand and used a bit of Presence Healing on her. Her reaction was immediate. All of her arthritis disappeared, her sore knee stopped paining her, and her osteoporosis faded away.
The elderly woman stood up straight and stared into my eyes. “Who are you?”
“I'm just a delivery man, young lady.” I said to her and the man beside her laughed at my joke.
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