U is for “Ukana” #nanowrimo #fiction

“Memories of  Galen and I making love came rushing back to me but I was at peace. Everything else might have fallen apart but at least I would always have those sweet memories.

I closed my eyes and filled my lungs with fresh ocean air until…”

“I know that it hurts Kate. But this is just a tiny bump in the long road ahead. It’s not like you were going to stay in Maui forever anyways. You’re coming home to face down this demon and though Galen sounds…I mean, he sounded like an awesome guy, you were leaving him behind. I get that he was upset but it’s been two days. If he hasn’t come to his senses yet, he’s just a dick and wasn’t as perfect as you thought.”

Meghan tried her best to console me and had managed to discourage me from booking an earlier flight back home.

“Try to enjoy your last days in Maui as much as you can and forget about him. You were fine before you met him and you’ll be fine without him.”

When we hung up the phone, I turned over on the couch to admire the moonlight that  glimmered through the open patio doors. With no clock in the room, I had no clue what time it was but it had to be early. I was drained from thinking and talking my night away with Meghan.

I picked up my cell again and felt disappointed for the umpteenth time when I still saw nothing from Galen. Two days had sped by and all he had given me was just a lonely silence that I deserved for not telling him the truth.

My fingers itched with the temptation to call. Besides wanting to express how sorry I was again, I wanted to lighten my heart and tell him all the thoughts floating through my mind.

That a part of me had fallen for him days before the malasadas we had…

That I longed for him to make me call out his name in the middle of the night…

That he was The One my heart had waited forever for when I now had no forever left in me.

Meghan was right. I needed to try to shake this off and enjoy my last days here. My life could and would go on without Galen.

I changed into my swimsuit, grabbed my tote bag and headed to the beach even though it was still quite dark, just as I had done before meeting Galen. It probably wasn’t the safest thing for me to do but I did it anyways.

But I wasn’t alone near my favorite spot – there was another lost and lonely soul quietly sitting and looking out into the nothingness.

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I spread out my towel and sat down. But it was too dark to read so I simply stared out into the ocean , waiting for the sun to wake up. Memories of Galen and I making love came rushing back to me and I was at peace. Everything else might have fallen apart but at least I would always have those sweet memories. I closed my eyes and filled my lungs with fresh ocean air until I suddenly felt a presence behind me.

“Do you believe in love at first sight?”

Surprised, Galen stood towering over me with two coffees in his hands. I was so shocked to find him standing there that I had forgotten his question. He didn’t wait for me to answer.

“I never believed in it until I saw you by the pool that day.”

Galen sat down next to me, handed off a coffee and gave me a sheepish look.

“This one is yours. I made sure that the barista put more sugar than coffee in it for you.”

I didn’t say a word and took an uncomfortable sip, feeling his eyes on me.

“Katie, I never should have reacted the way that I did and for that, I’m truly sorry. I was upset, angry and needed space to think. Then, it hit me hard that you’ve been trying to tell me something for days…It must taken you a lot of courage to finally tell me and when you needed me the most, I ghosted you like an asshole.”

“No, I’m sorry…” I began to say but he interrupted.

“No, I’m sorry Katie.” His eyes begged for forgiveness. “But I did warn you that I was far from perfect, didn’t I?”

I managed a small laugh at his weak attempt to lighten the mood.

“You did. But I seduced you anyways, didn’t I?”

“Yes, you did,” Galen laughed quietly, reaching for my empty hand to hold.

We drank our coffees in silence until the sun fully woke up and rose above the horizon.

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“I was thinking about how our ukana follows us wherever we go in our lives…”

As usual, Galen saw the questioning in my eyes and he explained.

“Our pasts are like baggage, “ukana” – we can never leave it completely behind us. But we have to find a way to learn from it, adapt and share our truth as we go forward in the world. I don’t want to be a part of your past Katie. I want to be a part of your future. I want to share whatever challenges you have with you.”

Galen’s words blew me away.

“What exactly are you saying Galen?”

“I’m saying that I’ve spent the past 48 hours researching what you told me and I want to support you. I refuse to let you die without a fight.” Galen took a deep breath. “”If I asked you to stay, would you?”

He planted the softest kiss ever on my lips and lingered, waiting for me to respond.

“Uh…that is a hypothetical. You would actually have to ask me a real question to get a real answer…” I teased, letting my lips linger against his.

Galen grinned, shook his head and leaned his forehead against mine.

“It’s a good thing that you’re adorable, otherwise I wouldn’t bring you Kona coffee that you insist on ruining with too much sugar. And I wouldn’t let you play with me like this.”

Galen took my coffee away so that he could take hold of both of my hands. His chest heaved with another deep breath.

“Katie, will you stay with me in Maui?”

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The sweetness of his request overwhelmed my heart and I started to cry.

And instead of words, I answered him loud and clear with my lips, tongue and fingers.

Continuation – V is for “Volcano”

©2017 Marquessa Matthews.

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