Dancing in the Dark Prose in The Offenders' Neighborhood | World Anvil

Dancing in the Dark

As Told by Sabrina

Written by: Jacqueline Yang
It started around noon for a coffee date. It might be a strange time for coffee, but as long as it was with Theo I didn’t really mind. I was just happy that he was able to come home early. Theo and I both work and our schedules rarely ever align. Most of our quality time consists of two episodes of our favorite TV show, and then I'm off to work. And he leaves before I wake up.   Thankfully, I didn’t work tonight and Theo had a half day. It wasn’t ideal, but good enough to satisfy me. We met up at our favorite coffee shop. (It doubled as a bookstore which made it even better.) We sat outside with our coffee and croissants. Even though summer was leaving, the day was still warm. The wind did seem to have a small autumn nip to it; though I didn’t mind all that much. I had Theo and a hot cup of coffee for warmth.   “You know,” Theo said, “caffiene stunts your growth. Maybe you shouldn't have anymore."   I gave him a look, "What are you talking about? First, I had one sip. Second, I'm pretty sure that's just a myth. Third, I'm done growing. It doesn't matter if I have caffiene or not."   "Ah, but actually it does. Because caffiene can also cause you to shrink faster." He nodded very seriously, "So, you see, you could get really short by the time your fifty because you drank too much coffee."   I laughed and rolled my eyes, "Do you want a sip of my coffee or something?"   "Oh." He said, "I don't, but actually I just wanted a bite of your chocolate croissant."   “You have your own!”   But it’s not chocolate.”   I laughed, “Why don't you just get your own?”   The day continued on as a happy dream. Theo took me shopping! He was very patient, too. He only complained five times about my indecisiveness.   “Just pick a dress. You look good in all of them.” He said, “Like the blue one’s nice.”   “I don’t know….” I mumbled, “Maybe I should try on this red one instead.”   “Okay, whatever.” He said, plopping back down into one of the seats, “I’ll be waiting.”   After I picked out a dress, we walked to a nearby park, and sat on a bench for a while.   "You know, Sabrina." Theo said, "I'm really happy we were able to do this today. You know, this date day, if you will."   "Date day? That's what we're calling this?"   "Do you have any better ideas?"   I shrugged and smiled, "I missed being with you too." I said, kissing his cheek.   While we sat on the bench, Theo commented on the birds that passed by us making up random facts about them. They were all pigeons, but he insisted at least three of them were endangered species, two had the ability to grow hair, and some had the knowledge of ancient Egyptians. He's just like that. I don't know why. But I still love him.   After he finished commenting on a pigeon's ability to isolate his neck he turned to me and said, "Hey, I gotta go and do some stuff. You know, pretend spontaneous date stuff."   I smiled, "Okay, what do you need me to do."   "Just everything this note says."   I read the note. There was an address, a time, and some other extra details. "Sure. I'll see you then."   He winked at me, before getting into his car and driving off. It had taken some time, but I had learned to trust Theo and his "spontaneous dates." They weren't always perfect, but they were always distinctly Theo. That's what made them special.
At the requested time, I arrived at our date spot. A large camping ground a little ways out of the city. There were already several families and couples scattered across the camp grounds setting up their camping gear, making a fire, or eating. Not too far away from the camp grounds was a large forest. The sun hadn't reached the horizon quite yet, but a chill started to creep into the air.   I found Theo a little ways away from everyone else with a bright, warm fire already going.   "My darling, Sabrina, I'm glad you could make it!" He said, handing me a roasting stick, "I brought hot dogs and s'mores." He said proudly.   "Nice!" I said, as he laid his jacket down for me to sit on. I sat down and started reaching for the bag of marshmallows.   "What are you doing?" Theo asked, "Don't you want the hot dogs first?"   I shrugged, "Not really."   "Fine by me." He said, grabbing a marshmallow for himself.   We started roasting our marshmallows. I hovered mine just above the flames and waited patiently for it to brown. Theo did not wait. He stuck it straight into the fire, causing the marshmallow to light on fire and get promptly burnt.   "Why don't you just wait?" I asked, "It doesn't take too long for it to brown."   "I don't want to wait." he said, peeling off the burnt layer and preparing to torch the poor marshmallow again, "You see. I don't have the patience to wait. I'm just going to get it really hot, then I'll stick it onto a graham cracker and chocolate, and boom. Done."   I looked at his marshmallow stuck precariously close to the edge of the stick, "I think it's hot enough." I said, as the marshmallow started to drip off the stick and closer to the fire.   "NO!" Theo shouted, as the marshmallow plopped off the stick and into the fire.   I laughed.   Several burnt marshmallows later and never ending giggles, Theo had mastered the craft of s'mores. Unfortunately, he had not mastered eating them. The marshmallow got everywhere.   Once Theo had cleaned up the mess he had created, we started on the hot dogs. The sun had set when we both had finished. It was one of the messiest, sweetest dates Theo had ever brought me out on.   "You know," I said, coming back from my car with wipes and his spare shirt, "if you ever do this again, bring more napkins."   Theo nodded, "I agree." He wiped mustard off of his shirt, "I am going to go change." He took the shirt and ran off into the woods.   While he was gone, I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. In the background I heard faint voices and various people chatting. I had never been here before, but I felt a strange sense of nostalgia and deja vu sitting next to the forest and underneath the night sky.   I leaned back on Theo's jacket and stared up at the stars. They made me think of dates Theo and I had years ago. When he would climb through my window at night to see me, or when we would meet at the end of the street just to exchange a short 'hello' and 'good-bye'.   Theo came back from the forest and put more wood onto the fire, before joining me in the grass. He didn't say anything as he put his arm around me. I loved looking at the stars. Even though they made me feel small, they made me think of everything important in my life. It made me think of my family, my friends. The stars made me think of Theo.   A few minutes later Theo whispered in my ear, "I have something to show you."   He took my hand and led me into the woods.   "Theo?" I asked.   "Don't worry." He said, turning back to look at me, "It's not fair."   I paused then asked, "Will it be magical?"   He gave me a large grin and said, "Of course."   A few minutes later, we emerged from the forest and in front of us was a small meadow that dropped off into a cliff. Here there were no campfires, no background chatter. Just Silence. And Me. And Theo. Staring out past the cliff were thousands of small distant city lights.   I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. Letting a sense of contentment fill my heart. I smiled to myself, as I thought back to the days Theo and I would sneak out of the neighborhood to see a movie or just eat out. I remembered sitting on a park bench in the middle of the night, listening to Theo talk about a giant planet thousands of light years away from earth. I remembered all the dates, all the laughs, all the hugs, all the kisses, and all the tears. I loved every moment.   Theo came up from behind me and wrapped his arms around me, "Care to dance?" He asked, as soft music began to play from somewhere.   I blushed and took his hand, Then we both stepped out onto the dance floor, a soft carpet of silver grass. We danced under the bright gleam of the moon and shimmer of the stars that night. We didn't talk while we danced. We just looked at each other. Both of us not wanting anything else in the world. My heart twirled and leaped in time with our dance. It rose and fell with the music. It pounded and raced with every loving stare from Theo. He spun me around and I lost track of everything in the world. I just heard myself laugh, and saw him smile. I don't remember what my heart did.   When we had finished dancing, the fireflies came out almost as if they were waiting for us to stop taking up the dance floor. They flickered their lights back and forth in a dance of their own.   I stood there under the trees bordering the small meadow, not wanting to go back to the chatter of the camp grounds. I didn't want to leave this quiet and peaceful place. I wanted to stay there for the rest of my life with that happiness and contentment in my heart. I wanted to stay there under the branches of the trees stealing glances at the stars, and at Theo.   "Sabrina?" Theo said, quietly.   I looked up at him, "Yeah?"   His curly hair framed his handsome face. His caramel eyes stared down at me with all the love in the world. "Did I ever tell you that I love you?"   I nodded, "All the time. Why?"   "Are you sure?" He asked.   I nodded again.   "Because I don't think I tell you enough. I've spent hours talking about useless things; things that aren't even true. I mean, endangered pigeons? You thought that was funny? You deal with me and my random spontaneous dates, because you like them for some reason? You even let me have a bite of your chocolate croissant."   I shrugged, "Well, you asked nicely."   "I still love you for it." He said, "Every time you smile at me, every time I'm able to make you laugh, I fall in love with you all over again. And I want to tell you every morning that I will be there for you, that I will care for you, and that I will love you for the rest of my life."   My heart raced as Theo spoke. My breaths felt quick and shallow.Was he really--?   Theo dropped down to one knee and asked, "Will you, my gorgeous, beautiful, darling Sabrina Williams, give me the greatest honor in the world, and marry me?"   He pulled out a box and opened it. Inside was a diamond ring that glowed with all the power of the greatest galaxies.   First, I couldn't speak, then I shouted "Yes! Yes! Yes, of course, I'll marry you!"   Theo laughed and smiled with relief before sliding the ring onto my finger. "I love you, my beautiful Sabrina." He whispered in my ear. He spun me around, while I laughed and cried with joy. We jumped, ran, and danced through that little meadow. I'm getting married. I'm getting married! I thought as I spun through the grass.   We did eventually go back, but the rest of the night we just celebrated. He and I. Running through the grass, laughing, shouting, and sharing the best kiss underneath the stars.

Part 1:

Just One Night. . .
Prose | May 2, 2024

Starring Theo and Sabrina (Part 1 in A Series of Starry Nights) It's called an "Unofficial First Date"

Part 2:
The Light of 1,000 Stars
Prose | May 2, 2024

Starring Theo and Sabrina (Part 2 in A Series of Starry Nights) First dates are extremely, stressful. You wouldn't believe it.


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May 3, 2024 20:09 by Ephraïm Boateng

Awe, there's so cute together! Great chapter again!

May 4, 2024 01:12 by Jacqueline Yang

Thank you!   I'm not as happy with this one as the other ones, so I will be rewriting some of it.   Look forward to it, and I hope you still like it!

May 9, 2024 21:05 by Ephraïm Boateng

The rewrites were worth while. Its even better now. :) If i could, i would give it a second like.

May 9, 2024 21:29 by Jacqueline Yang

Thanks, man! You're the best!