We strolled on the beach enjoying the fresh air. We decided to leave the water play for the last activity as we chatted, laughed and made jests of one another, coconut drinks in hand. The coconut water itself which is sold at the beach is so fun drinking when you have straw inserted in it. A horse man came in our direction pulling two horses. He must have sighted us from afar and decided to make some money out of two wonderful couples.
“good evening ladies and gentlemen” he said approaching us. “Would you like a ride?”
“as long as it is free” Tony said jovially and we all laughed slightly, including the horseman. Richard looked at me slightly.
“Well we would definitely like one” he said to the man, looking at me.
“What? You know I have never been on one. It could throw me over or something. I could break my neck, my legs or even my… my back” I said nervously. He smiled.
“Don’t worry sugar, you would not even break a nail, I assure you” he responded. “Let us have one” he said to the man and took one. Before I even thought of protesting, I was already off the ground and was on the horse’s back. I looked stupefied as I stared at Richard on the sand.
“You can’t be serious” I said.
“Don’t be scared now babe, I am here with you” he said and got behind me. His closeness did two things to me – it made me feel protected but it also made my heartbeat increase its tempo, not from fear though. His closeness always made me feel nervous.
Tony and Prisca were already ahead of us with Patricia in Prisca’s firm grip.
Richard, fully aware of the effects he had on me, moved even closer making my breath ragged. I felt his smile even without seeing him and I was slightly upset but I knew everything he was doing also had its effects on him too.
“Shall we go sweetheart?” he asked and I nodded nervously and vowed to retaliate. I moved backwards intentionally, relaxing fully in his chest and he trembled slightly; my senses told me it was not from the breeze. “I need to focus honey, you are not making it easy” he said. I smiled.
I placed my hands on his legs tenderly without warning and the horse stopped moving abruptly. I was shocked initially but later started laughing. He is not so powerful after all. He breathed deeply and said matter-of-factly,
“that was not so funny”. I laughed more.
“It is good to retaliate” He scoffed.
“That is not the behaviour of a good Christian”
“What? I beg to differ my prince, I am sure this section in the husband to wife relationship is excluded” I said with a grin.
“You can do everything to make me edgy and you expect me to fold my hands and accept it all?”
“I was planning on teaching you how to ride a horse but you are not making it easy for me.” He said moving his palm through my hair.
The horse resumed its catwalk again and I tried to focus on everything he was saying about how to propel a horse to movement.
We caught up with Tony and Prisca who seemed to be having a wonderful time. The horse moved close to the water and it seemed like I would be deposited in it. I told Richard and he smiled, reduced my fear by moving away from the water. He stopped and looked at me. I craned my head backwards to look into his eyes.
“Did you enjoy yourself honey?”
“Yeah, a lot. But for the record, I would rather not ride with you next time” He laughed.
“Don’t tell me I have that much effect on you” he said coyly.
“Of course not” I said looking away.
“Uhn”. Richard enclosed my mouth with his and my guard was thrown overboard. We kissed for a while and when he released me, I was slightly dizzy. He kissed my cheeks and my forehead, gazing into my eyes.
“I think I would rather ride with you next time” I said and he grinned.
“What about a race?” we heard Tony say. We had forgotten totally about them but they were also too involved with each other to even notice us.
“That’s perfect” I heard Richard say but Prisca and I started protesting until they put us down in order to satisfy their own desires. I took Pat from Prisca and said,
“I think it is good this way, I want to talk to you about something Pric”
“Girl, what do you think about Richard’s mother?” I asked Pric as we watched strolled on the beautiful sand of the beach.
“Sorry Lina but I don’t like her one bit. She has no right whatsoever to come after Richard after so many years. I am sorry to say this but she is just a gold- digger.” She said in one breath. I sighed.
“I don’t know if I am being stupid but I want to re-unite Richard with his mother”
“That is ridiculous. To me, that woman is more harm than good. The earlier he forgot about her, the better for everyone, including you.” She might be right, I thought.
The woman is a bad influence and having heard so much about Mother-in-laws,I was not sure I would like to have one. But am I not being selfish?
To be continued