Chapter 4.19, Generation 4

Chapter 4.19

Dakota

Months went by and before we knew it, we celebrated our first year together. It was easy to remember since it happened on a Halloween night.

“I want to take you somewhere for an extended weekend to celebrate our anniversary,” Trevor said while we were eating dinner, “can you take next Friday off?”

“Hmm, where are we going?”

“Somewhere where I’ll have you all for myself,” he placed his hand on mine.

We definitely deserved to spend some time alone, away from civilization. I was spending almost all my free time with Nora, planning their wedding and Trevor was working a lot.

They only had three workers in the shop, including him and way too much work. Everyone is trying to get their winter tires on before the snow comes.

“That sounds great. Are you gonna get the time off? I know the garage is busy this time of a year.”

“I will, already talked to Bob so it’s all up to you now.”

“I’m sure I’ll get it. Nora is my boss, remember?”

“Right. We should book a place tonight then. It will be great. We can get a cabin, the foliage will be beautiful up north where I want to go. You should bring your camera.”

“I can’t wait.”

We booked a secluded cabin on a lake in the middle of nowhere. The views were simply breathtaking, the trees looked like they are on fire.

“Wow,” I sighed when we were standing on the porch, looking at the lake in front of us, “I can’t wait to take some pictures later.”

“What do you want to do first?”

“I don’t know, I want to do so much here. I want to cook something delicious, have a campfire, go for a hike, bundle up and watch movies. I don’t know where to start. You pick.”

“Ok, ok,” he said in a calming voice, seeing I got overly excited, “why don’t we have a drink and relax tonight. We had a long drive so we can start with movie. Tomorrow we’ll go for a hike.”

And that was what we did. Trevor mixed us drinks, we picked a movie from the endless library of movies we found in the cabin and then I curled up in his lap. He started to play with my hair, he knew I loved it.

“This is exactly what I needed,” I looked up at him, “work is so busy right now, Nora’s wedding is in less than a year and we have to….”

“Shhh,” Trevor put a finger over my mouth, “not this weekend. This weekend is just about us.”

He was right. He deserved my full attention. Between work and Nora’s wedding, I didn’t have much time and energy left for my boyfriend. And it is only going to get worse when the wedding gets even closer.

The next day we went hiking, hoping to see a moose or some other wild animal. We didn’t but we had so much fun walking through the woods, enjoying the fresh air, away from the city. I took some great photos, worth framing according to Trevor.

“Pose for me,” I said and skipped away to take a picture of Trevor, posing between the beautifully colored trees, “so handsome. Do another one.”

“Your turn missy,” Trevor run over to me and took the camera from my hands.

After our photo shoot we reached an opening with a view of the lake and our cabin.

“This place is amazing, not a single person, not a single car. One day, I would like to own a place like this,” Trevor was staring into the distance, daydreaming, “imagine our kids having a backyard like this. We could come in summers, we could have family Christmas parties here. Just imagine it,” he insisted.

“I am,” I said, looking at him with a smile. Hearing him talk about our future like this made me feel incredibly happy and I was falling in love with him all over again, “I can see it pretty clearly. You teaching our son how to fix cars just like your dad taught you, me and our daughter baking something delicious in the kitchen. It sounds so simple, but it’s all I want from life. Happy family.”

Trevor took a step closer and looked at me with seriousness in his eyes.

“Baby,” he paused, “you should call your parents.”

I looked away, I didn’t want to have this conversation again, “no I shouldn’t. I didn’t hear from them in more than a year, they don’t care.”

“Honey, I’m sure they care. You’re their only daughter.”

“You don’t know them Trev, work is all that matters to them, trust me.”

“Ok, it’s up to you. I just don’t want you to regret anything. Life is too short.”

I actually secretly missed my parents a lot. I wanted to call them so many times, but I never did. I didn’t want to listen to my dad saying he was right about Dylan, my mother saying she was right about me moving out so soon. I just didn’t want to deal with that.

When we got back to the cabin, Trevor made fire in the fire pit and I decided to bake some cookies that made the house smell amazing.

“It smells so good, can I have one?” Trevor couldn’t wait to try them.

“It’s too hot, give it a minute,” I laughed.

“You’re gonna be the best wife one day,” he smiled, grabbed a hot cookie and walked into the living room.

With all the wedding preparation going on I couldn’t help but picture myself marrying Trevor some day. I thought I would never trust any man again after what happened with Dylan, but he was so different. So thoughtful and affectionate. I knew I could trust him.

I followed him into the living room to warm myself up by the fire.

“What are we watching tonight? And don’t say Lord of the ring.” I teased.

“I found the Laser woman, it’s an old one but good one. Have you seen it?”

Only a hundred times, I thought to myself. Trevor didn’t know that Becca Cooper, the star of the movie, was my grandmother and I wasn’t planning on telling him yet.

“Yea, I’m not a fan,” I said out loud and joined him on the couch.

“Lord of the ring it is then,” he joked.

“How about I pick one tonight.”

“Oh boy. Here comes The notebook.”

“Oh my God, you found The notebook?”

“You’re kidding, right?”

“I see we can’t agree on a movie tonight so what do you say we go upstairs instead and…you know.”

“Oh yea? I say that is the best idea you’ve ever had.”

He stood up, pulled me up from the couch and we went to the bedroom overlooking the gorgeous lake.

The last day flew by and it was time to return to reality. We enjoyed every minute of it by having a delicious breakfast in the morning…

relaxing on the porch during the day…

roasting marshmallows at night…

and watching the stars…

“Thank you baby, it was the best anniversary weekend and honestly the best year of my life.”

Trevor looked at me from behind the wheel and smiled, “there is plenty more to come.”

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