. . . .i thought about her, for about the millionth time today. but the drive home from work just does that to me. it gave me time to wind down from work, and, of course, think of her. she had been called out of town on business, and had been away for a week and half. i always counted the days when she was gone, and counted the days when she’d be back. it just became a habit. but the thought of her could always cool me down, after a hard day at work. frustration wiped away by the thought of her smile, her kiss that would await for me at the door, or by the loving reenforcement a man needs after being chewed out by a boss. but i knew that i wasnt going to get greeted by any of that today, and the thought of her was just o.k., and seven days from now, i knew it would be even better. and somehow, a smile crept onto my face. like a horse pill that’s hard to swallow, i just take these lonely days one by one. i came to the long gravel drive that leads to our farm town home. in the summer, surrounded by tall corn stalks, and in the winter, surrounded by the howling winds. but with it being only june, the corn had only grown to about ankle height, and that’s largely due to the fact that spring brought a lot of rain, had flooded the fields. slowing my pace, and turning onto the drive, i drive up towards our castle, and park in the turn about, right by the door. i got out and grabbed my briefcase, and walked back down to the drive to the mailbox, to retrieve what the postman had brought. bills, coupons and more junk to throw away. i don’t mind the walk. not today. the sun felt warm and welcoming. a slight breeze comes and goes, and the thought of her hair gently blowing in her face when she pulls it back behind her ears, fills in the gaps of hurried silence. i come to the mailbox and open its little door and i grab what is inside. walking back up towards the castle in the field, i hold the mail in the one hand, and carry my briefcase in the other. i walk up the two concrete steps that lead me the back door, laundry room door, and i turn the key and the door hinges squeak as i open it. taking off my shoes and setting my briefcase down, out of habit, i turn to look for her. and silence welcomes me instead. i walk to the kitchen and throw the mail on the nooks table and i open the refrigerator. the coolness hits me as i reach in and grab a cooled drink. i turn back to the table and pull back a chair and relax for a minute. taking a sip, i grab the mail and look through it. ads, coupons and bills. but in the back of the stack, was something different. a postcard. a cityscape was its cover and i flipped it over. it was from her. and the hugest smile that anyone could have seen came across my face. reading what she wrote was short and to the point. ” MISSING YOU!! WISHING YOU WERE HERE!” signed by a couple x’s and o’s and a heart. there i sat, just looking at that postcard’s picture. seven days till her arrival back home. not soon enough. getting up my chair, i try to find some dinner. finding something along the way, i sit in my recliner and turn on the t.v. and watch something mindless , but i quickly turn it off. again, the silence cuts through the surrounding loneliness, and i try to distract the mind that wonders and i quickly turn to head for bed. a hot shower, a clean shave, and a good book to fall asleep to. tossing and turning, never getting a great nights sleep while the emptiness wraps its cold arms around me; where is she tonight? is she missing me as much as i miss her? i need to hear her voice, hold her in my arms and whisper in her ear, i need her. // quickly i rush to my feet, pulling on some jeans and my teams jersey, throwing on some sox and shoes, i run to the truck. down the highway i speed down. the early morning hours pass, and the corn fields grow to small town commercials created by highway exits. they come and go as i try to figure out what i was doing. the tires roll on like the wheels in my head, trying to map out a plan. she was on business, and this was just my day off. so it wasn’t like i could really sweep her off her feet and take her away on a vacation. the mile markers got closer to the queen city, and fortunately i knew the roads as if it was my own home town. but it was only ten in the morning and i had some time to kill and plan everything out. // downtown. somewhere, there she is. tall buildings cast their shadows down below, on the people as they walk by, coming and going, hurrying to their power point presentations. car horns and ambulance sirens fill the gap between my footsteps. lunchtime deli, passing the time, riverside museum. could you find me? i can feel her love come closer. quickly five p.m. comes around, and i mix in with the co-workers rush. one block, two blocks and the door man opens the door. hotel lobby, fine carpets and lined with gold trim. a far cry from the country pigs and dirt roads. hotel bar, hotel pool and the crystal chandelier. gift shoppe and six elevators, all are there, to lead me to you again. second floor, fifth floor, all the way up to the seventeenth floor, there i take a deep breath, and question that maybe she’s too busy, or even busy in another meeting. over thinking it, i quietly laugh at myself. seventeen-o-nine, seventeen ten, seventeen eleven. is she there? i face the door, and like a first date, my heart beats what seems like out of my chest. i knock softly and wait. a faint sound of footsteps approach the door, and the unlocking of the door preceded by the turning of the handle; and the door cracks open. // i hide my face with the bunch of red roses i bought from the hotel florist, and i hold my breath. out from between a thorned branch and a bloom of red petal, i see her head peer around the opening of the door, followed by shriek of surprise; the door quickly swings open. she rushes at me like a defensive end to the quarterback, and im lucky to save the flowers from a sad ending of being smashed. her arms rush around me in the hotel hallway, and we are here. and as she rushed me for negative yardage, im in her hotel room. she stood there in amazement and i hand her her flowers. here we are. standing in this hotel room. i slowly walk up to her, reach for her hand and i kiss her ever so gently on the lips. the kiss was greeted silently with her hand caressing my chest. slowly she backs away, and tells me that she’ll be right back. she retreats to the bathroom, and i turn and quickly take off my number fourteen jersey and head to look out the window. a sunny evening in the city, and the ants below rush home. the bathroom door opens, and she utters “honey’. i turn only to find her in one of my button down business shirts she “stole” and that’s it. and she’s in some sort of Marilyn Monroe pose against the wall. quickly i drop the drape from my hand, and again, i slowly walk up towards her. i reach for her hand, and passionately kiss her, lovingly. her hands caressing my chest and back, slowly unbuckling. my hands, gently holding her neck, to her shoulders, and button by button, the shirt falls to the ground, around her ankles. deep kissing leads us to the bed, and i swipe everything off the bed. laptop, papers and everything that really doesn’t matter. there, wrestling within the sheets, hands, sweat, and passionate love stands strong throughout. what are we going to do? here we are, within the arms of our love, surprise! we sit there in the afterglow, and you quickly finish the e-mail and shut the business side of your personality down, and there we are, with the evening that awaits us. is it Nicholson’s or room service that awaits? we don’t dare leave this room. no t.v. no outside interruptions. here we are, if only for the one night. wishing you were here, please don’t leave. this magic moment we are in, what have we found? the knowing that in the mornings dawn, i must go, and another six days wont be so bad. please don’t go away again, because i don’t think i can take it, i need you tonight, and tonight is just tough. because this dream i awoke from, found me wrapped in loneliness’ arms, back at home. t.v. glowing with mindless infomercials. !! where are you tonight?! i woke up crying, needing her now, because the loneliness is killing my heart. is she here? comfortably, i lay between the blankets and couch, but numb. somehow needing her tonight, i need her within my arms, holding her so close, with the smell of her hair brushing my nose, the feeling of her within my arms, holding on tight, falling asleep with her. i never wanted to let go. alarm sounds, it’s five a.m., and i quickly get dressed and i drive off finding the city, down this highway i go. here i am, and i need her tonight.. . . . . . . .