“Are you unhappy in our relationship?” Dora asked Dwayne.
Dwayne looked at his fiancé. “Why would you ask me that?”
“I see you sitting there staring off into space and I recognize the expression on your face,” Dora said.
“Oh really?” Dwayne responded. “And what expression is it that I have on my face?”
“You have a look of wanderlust in your eyes,” Dora said. “What are you thinking about? Because you’re clearly not here with me in the moment.”
“I was remembering when I was a kid,” Dwayne started to explain. “My parents were very strict, always telling me to stay on the ‘straight and narrow.’ I never really understood at the time what that expression meant. But then one day I was in the woods behind our house and I came upon a trail deep in the forest. It was very straight and very narrow. And like a light bulb being turned on inside my brain, I finally understood what they were telling me.”
“So why were you thinking about that?” Cora asked. “It seems kinda random.”
“Actually, I was thinking about us,” Dwayne said. “My parents would have considered my being engaged to you to be far from the straight and narrow.”
“And does what your parents would have thought of me bother you that much?” Dora asked. “Because if it does, then maybe they were right. Maybe you were meant to stay on the straight and narrow and not to be with me.” Dora was unsuccessful in preventing the tears from welling up in her eyes.
“Quite to the contrary, Dora.” Dwayne reached out and grabbed her hand and planted a kiss on her wet cheek. “I was meant to take the path less traveled and you are the perfect person to accompany me on that journey.”
Written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt and for the Word of the Day Challenge (wanderlust) and for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (expression).