“Even better.” There’s a beat, “How did your daughter buy wine?”
“I’ll…drink pretty much anything honestly. I’m not picky.” He holds out the cheese to her, this is his shield. She takes a slice of cheese and thanks him.
“Of course.” He thinks for a moment, “How did…your child figure out where I live?”
Cal takes in both the view of the valley and of the woman next to him. “It’s not bad…I always want something…new.”
“Does it live up to the hype I described?”
“It does…it’s like missing something you’ve never known.” He smirks and takes a sip of his wine.
Jenara shifts closer to him on the blanket as Cal smiles at her and then looks back at the view.
Clearing her throat, Jenara taps her glass playfully as she looks up at Cal, “Ya know..if Kiara went to all this trouble, you must have made a favorable impression on her.”
Cal shrugged, “Or she just really hates you.”
Jenara laughs, “My scenario is far more likely.”
“Oh I don’t know…I’m pretty awful and you’re a /terrible/ mother.” There’s a smirk.
Jenara just shakes her head, “I bet you’ll be a great dad someday.
He smiles brightly at that, “You think so?
Jenara looks at him and nods, “You have the right kind of humor to pull it off nicely.” She looks back out over the valley, “That’s something you want someday right?”
He nods, “Yeah…probably…” there’s a small smile
“It’s life altering. But in so many good ways,” she said matter-of-factly.
“I’m sure…I’m sure.”
“Need more wine?” Jenara asked as she moved to pour herself some more
He nods, “Yes please…all the wine.” There’s a smirk.
A few moments of silence pass between the two before Jen pierces the silence, “Cal…”
He smiles and leans in to kiss her. Both of them close their eyes as they enjoy the moment. Afterwards his eyes go wide and he gathers himself, “I’m sorry…I should go…I’m so sorry.”
Jenara reaches for his hand to try and reassure him and to attempt to convince him to stay, “Don’t, it was amazing.”
“Jen…I need to, I’m sorry,” he stands up.
Jenara nods slowly, knowing why, “I understand Cal.
He grabs her hand, “I…we’ll talk. Thank you, for this.”
“Thank Kiara….” she said with a smirk.
“I will.” There was one more lingering kiss they both held onto before he went.