Zack took me to a cool little island in the middle of the ocean, which reminded me of a place I'd read in the story 'The Woman in Black': Eel Marsh House. Thankfully, this island wasn't scary and haunted by a ghost.
When Zack talked about its beauty at sunset, my heart almost leapt out of my chest. I wondered if he knew sunset was, in my opinion, the most romantic part of the day. I knew he hadn't actually mentioned doing anything at sunset but just the combination of the images that filled my mind and the idea of being alone with Zack on an island filled me with such longing that I wanted to recklessly declare the love for him I'd tried so hard to hide.
Zack wanted to know more about me. He was extremely curious and I found that curious.
I found myself telling him about the way all my relatives had passed away and something I'd never told anyone: the way I'd never cried.
I was shocked that Zack's ex's parents had died in the same accident and then, slightly envious of the fact that Jade had an older brother to look after her.
Zack cried... He cried about something that had happened to me...
He's such a decent guy, I thought.
We watched the sunset together. It was amazing to be so close to him and be isolated on this island with him where we could simultaneously watch the magnificent transformation of the sky and without words, tell each other that we would help and support the other in any way we could. I felt so much closer to Zack now that I had told him what had happened to my parents and a small part of me told me he felt closer to me as well. I fell asleep in his arms, feeling safe and secure.
He woke me up later saying "It's time to go," gently.
"I don't want to," I admitted. The twilight made me feel more serene and seeing Zack's perfect features helped me realise that I needed to tell him how I felt about him.
"We don't want to be stranded here all night," Zack said.
"Don't we?" I asked.
"You said yourself..." He trailed off as I put a finger to his mouth.
"I was being stupid,"I told him, and, removing my finger, leant in and kissed him.
For a second, I was euphoric but Zack gently pushed me away.
"You're not thinking straight," he told me calmly, melting me inside with his warm eyes. "Remember earlier: you didn't want to lead me on."
"I lied. I like you," I told him and leant in to kiss him again.
Again, he pushed me away.
"Don't you like me too?" I asked sadly, almost desperately.
Zack stroked my hair, sending quivers of delight through me.
"I do but things were so awkward in your den. I don't think you're ready for being with me."
I sighed exasperatedly. "I was uncomfortable because I didn't want to end up kissing you and finding out you didn't feel the same."
"Really? But then, what's changed now?"
"The way I've seen you care about my problems, the way you held me this evening." I was talking quickly, wanting to kiss him again.
"And you're sure this is what you want?"
"More sure than I've ever been in my entire life."
Zack smiled. He leant in and kissed me. His arms wound tightly around my waist and mine rested on his shoulders with my hands clasped behind my back. I was dizzy with elation, warm with contentment, buzzing in ecstasy and soaring with euphoria. I was surprised and joyful at Zack's return of my love, and I found myself wanting the moment to never end. We were so close, so alone ... our love filled the entire island, the beautiful melody of our hearts singing spreading to every corner on the warm currents of air.
Zack broke away briefly to say "We're really stuck on the island, Vi" before he was kissing me again, seeming to long to be in my arms as much as I longed to be in his.
When we finally stopped and rolled onto our backs (at some point during the kiss, we'd lay down), the moon was shining brightly above us. I gazed at it as I felt Zack caress my hair and cheek.
"You're beautiful," he told me.
I rolled onto my side to look into his eyes. "I think I already said you were handsome," I said, sticking my tongue out at him.
"That was hours ago," Zack reminded me. "I want to hear what you think now."
I rolled over so my back was turned to him. "I'm not saying," I said, teasing him.
He kissed the side of my neck. "Is that so?" he asked.
"Yep," I replied.
I felt a hand come up under my shirt. Zack walked his fingers up my spine. I felt like a cat whose fur is being stroked the wrong way but it sent shivers and electricity through me and wasn't totally unpleasant.
"Really?" Zack asked, his face right up near mine so he was talking straight into my ear. His breath tickled my skin.
"Yeah," I replied determinedly.
"So you're just not going to tell me?"
"Nope," I replied, grinning.
He kissed the jawline beneath my ear.
"I'll assume I have no effect on you, then," he murmured. "I'll have to try harder, won't I?"
My heart was pounding in my chest as Zack stroked the skin along my arm from shoulder to wrist very slowly and deliberately. He gently rolled me onto my back. He was in roughly the sphinx position next to me. He gazed down into my eyes and I was transfixed by his gaze as his face came closer to mine. I closed my eyes as our lips met and then we were kissing, slowly with intense love.
Zack lifted his head. I looked up at him, compelled to watch his every move.
"So I have no effect on you?" he asked, very seriously.
"Yeah," I replied shakily, my mind stuck on the sensations from the latest kiss.
Zack got up onto his knees. "Shall I go, then?"
"No," I said, suddenly coming out of my trance-like state.
Zack was rising to his feet, a smile playing on his wonderful face.
I pushed myself up into a sitting position. "Where are you going?" I asked.
"Well, you don't like me as much as I like you..."
"I do," I interrupted. I jumped to my feet.
Zack was walking towards the palm trees, occasionally glancing back at me. I followed him.
In the small jungle, I lost sight of him. I wandered around calling "Zack?"
Suddenly, hands caught my waist from behind. I screamed.
I turned to see Zack grinning, his face half cast in shadow, half in the eerie glow of the moonlight.
"You gonna admit I have an effect on you now?"
"Yes," I replied. "You're attractive and irresistible."
Zack kissed me again. I was pushed up against the rough bark of a palm tree, but I didn't care. I was flying while jumping in and out of an ocean as a dolphin while swimming deep underwater where everything was mysterious and serene while all the time luxuriating in the feel of Zack's kiss.
Zack led me back to the beack and we sat at the water's edge with the tide lapping at our toes, his arm around my waist. We stayed there a few minutes, surrounded by night sounds yet enveloped by our own silence until suddenly, I yawned. We moved futher up the beach where we lay down and fell asleep.
Our time on the island had been pure bliss.