Through Everything, Love.
It was a clear Christmas Eve, a warm breeze rustling through the trees as the car drove smoothly round the bend. The night sky was radiant with stars shining like diamond drops suspended from blue silk. The soft sound of Christmas carols echoed from the dark blue station wagon as it coasted along the road. A dark brown haired young man with electrifying blue eyes, sat comfortably in the drivers seat. Presents perfectly gift wrapped sat on the back seat of the car to be placed under the Christmas tree that night. As a cloud slowly whispered its way across the night sky, it began to drizzle. Riley flicked at his windscreen wipers, and looked down at his left hand resting on the steering wheel. He smiled to himself at the gold ring that bound his ring finger. Kate, he thought. His beautiful wife, the way her long golden brown hair fell in curls loosely around her face, and her dazzling emerald eyes. It was their first Christmas together, and he couldn’t think of time that he had been happier. He couldn’t wait to surprise her tomorrow with her present, which was sitting in prime position on the floor behind him. Nestled safely in the bottom of a box secured and surrounded with cushions and blankets, the 10 week old brown cocker spaniel puppy lay fast asleep. Its soft, silky fur looked like it would dissolve at the touch of a finger. Its long ears were draped across the blanket, and its tiny eyes and nose were peeping out through the folds of its fur. Its delicate features were the closest thing to perfect beauty that can be found on earth.
The country surrounding the north east coast of Australia was beautiful, especially in the summer. Palm trees and sugar cane farms alongside the smooth roads, provided scenery that left you in your own world. As Riley passed the sign that said Cairns 15, the sound of the mobile sitting on the dash broke the peace. Riley reached across the steering wheel to answer.
“Hello,” he answered.
“Hi darling,” replied a warm female voice. A great grin broke out on Riley’s face at the sound of his beloved’s voice.
“Just checking to see how far away you are,” she said.
“I’m about 15 kilometers away, and counting down the minutes till I see your beautiful face.”
“Ok, I’ll wait up for you. I love you,” she said softly.
“I love you too,” Riley replied gently.
As he pressed the button to hang up and dropped the phone on the passenger seat, he accelerated on the pedal slightly, in his excitement to get home.
The sound of the puppy beginning to whimper in the back of the car alerted Riley.
“Shh, shh, its alright, we’re nearly there,” he crooned. “We’ll be home soon.” Still, the puppy was not comforted. Riley attempted to steal a glance in the back to try and discover what was wrong. Turning his head for a split second, he only caught a glimpse of what appeared to be fine. As far as he could tell, the pup was secure and surrounded by enough blankets that he’d be...