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C2 Sarah

Sarah felt utterly devastated when her sister departed. She had yearned to share the recent events in her life with Vanessa, but she knew Vanessa looked up to her. Sarah felt the weight of being the perfect role model; she had to be the strong one. Since their mother's passing, she had been losing herself to an inner burden.

Sarah had believed that marriage would provide solace, a companion with whom she could converse. However, her marital expectations sharply contrasted with reality. The pivotal point of this transformation was the internship she undertook at a law firm during her university days, where she encountered Michael.

Sarah's journey through life was a series of unexpected twists and turns, leading her to places she never thought she'd be. Her internship at the prestigious law firm was one such twist that would ultimately change the course of her life.

When Sarah first stepped into the bustling law firm for her internship, she felt a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Her background in accounting had brought her here, an unconventional choice for an intern in a law firm. As she donned her professional attire and entered the the firm's grand lobby, she couldn't help but wonder if she belonged among the accomplished lawyers and legal professionals.As weeks turned into months, Sarah began to understand the intricacies of legal accounting. She discovered that the firm's financial health was more than just numbers; it was a reflection of the dedication and teamwork of its employees.

Fresh out of law school, Michael exuded a certain charisma and charm that drew Sarah in. She found him handsome and dreamy, an embodiment of charm. The scent of his cologne ignited her desire, and she yearned for him. Fate smiled upon her as she was assigned to work in his department during the internship, affording her the opportunity to steal glances at him whenever he interacted with clients.

Michael possessed a soothing voice, akin to a gentle morning breeze, and he became the very reason Sarah eagerly faced each new workday. A job she once detested became a daily anticipation, all thanks to him. Eventually, he took notice of her and mustered the courage to invite her for coffee. Sarah initially played hard to get, but his allure was irresistible, and she finally acquiesced.

Their first coffee date was shrouded in silence until Sarah broke it by inquiring about Michael's family. He candidly shared his story, revealing that he was the fourth of seven children raised in a modest countryside home. Financial constraints had forced him to take student loans to fund his law school education, and he had worked diligently to repay them.He shared the difficulties he faced in law school while juggling work to repay those loans.But Michael was not one to be discouraged. He had excelled in law school, earning accolades for his sharp intellect and dedication. His professors had recognized his potential, and he had secured a coveted internship at a prestigious law firm during his final year.

As he settled into his new role at the firm, Michael knew he had a lot to prove. The legal world was known for its cutthroat nature, and he was determined to rise above the competition.

As Michael recounted his struggles, Sarah couldn't help but feel a surge of compassion for him. She fought the urge to embrace him but held back, knowing that he already harbored feelings for her. She chose to let their connection evolve gradually.

Their dates continued, culminating in a romantic dinner at an upscale downtown restaurant where Michael declared his love for her. Sarah was elated; this was what she had desired. The man of her dreams now wanted her. That night, he escorted her to his modest home, where they celebrated with a bottle of wine.

Sarah felt a tinge of unease about going to his place on only their second date, but her intuition urged her forward. She desired him as much as he desired her, and they were consenting adults. Sarah had experienced disappointment in past relationships, especially with her first boyfriend during her third year of university. He had been nothing but a callous womanizer who abandoned her with a heartless text message after using her.

She had been heartbroken, blaming herself for not seeing through his facade. Their relationship had lacked depth and common ground, with conversations centering solely on him. Sarah vowed never to repeat such mistakes but found her feelings for Michael to be markedly different.

Standing before his television, Sarah wondered about the direction of their evening. Would he make a move, or would they continue their conversation from the restaurant? She hoped for the former but would have settled for anything.

Michael poured a glass of wine and inquired about her preferred drink. Sarah, feeling a bit shy, admitted her fondness for Coca-Cola, despite having quit for health reasons. Michael noticed her shyness and approached her, his hand caressing her face, gently lifting her chin. He assured her that everything would be fine, and Sarah's heart raced as he drew closer.

She felt butterflies fluttering in her stomach as their lips met in a tender, passionate kiss. Michael's touch sent her heart racing, and she pressed against him, feeling his desire. He hoisted her off the ground, her legs wrapping tightly around him. His hands deftly undid her buttons and unclasped her bra before she could protest.

He led her to his bedroom, where their connection deepened. In the dim light, they explored each other's bodies, their desires merging into an intimate dance. Sarah surrendered to the moment, savoring every second of his touch and affection.

Afterward, they held each other close, and Michael kissed her goodnight. Sarah lay awake for a while, replaying the passionate memory in her mind. A contented smile adorned her face, something she hadn't experienced with her previous relationships. For the first time since her mother's death, she felt genuinely loved.

The next morning, Sarah woke up to find a plate of toasted bread and eggs, along with a glass of orange juice, thoughtfully prepared by Michael. He had gone for a jog but left a note, promising to return before she missed him. Sarah couldn't help but smile, her heart brimming with happiness.

Their subsequent dates were filled with beautiful memories. Sarah was increasingly convinced that Michael was the man of her dreams. As Sarah and Michael's love story blossomed, their connection deepened with each passing day. The anticipation of each date, the longing glances, and stolen moments only intensified their affection for each other. Sarah had begun to believe that Michael was the man she had been waiting for her entire life.

One evening, Michael had a surprise planned that would change the course of their lives. It was a warm summer evening, and the sun was beginning its descent, painting the sky in hues of orange and pink. Michael had meticulously arranged a romantic dinner for Sarah, one that she would remember forever.

He picked her up from her apartment, and as she stepped into the car, she couldn't help but notice the single red rose he held out to her. It was a simple yet touching gesture that brought a radiant smile to her face. With a gentle kiss on her cheek, he whispered, "For the most beautiful woman in the world." The destination was a picturesque restaurant nestled by the waterfront. It was a place where time seemed to slow down, where the gentle lapping of waves and the whisper of a light breeze created an atmosphere of serenity and romance.

As they were escorted to their table, Sarah's eyes widened in awe. The table was adorned with flickering candles and delicate rose petals strewn across the pristine white tablecloth. Overhead, fairy lights twinkled, casting a soft, warm glow around them. The view of the tranquil wateradded to the enchanting ambiance.

They settled into their seats, and Michael couldn't take his eyes off Sarah. He knew this was the moment he had been waiting for, the moment to express the depth of his love. A talented musician played a soft melody on a grand piano, setting the mood for the evening.

The meal was a culinary masterpiece, a symphony of flavors and textures that delighted their senses. They savored each bite, occasionally stealing glances and sharing knowing smiles. The conversation flowed effortlessly, a testament to the connection they had forged.

As the dessert arrived, a decadent chocolate soufflé, Michael took a deep breath. He knew it was time. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a small velvet box. Placing it gently on the table, he looked into Sarah's eyes, his own reflecting the love and devotion he felt.

"Sarah," he began, his voice filled with sincerity, "From the moment I met you, my life has been brighter, fuller, and more beautiful. You are my light in the darkest of times, my laughter on the gloomiest days. I love you with all my heart, and I can't imagine my life without you."

Tears welled up in Sarah's eyes as she realized what was happening. Her heart raced, and she felt a rush of emotions. The other diners seemed to fade into the background as she focused entirely on Michael.With trembling hands, he opened the velvet box to reveal a dazzling diamond ring that sparkled in the candlelight. "Sarah," he continued, his voice unwavering, "Will you make me the happiest man in the world and marry me?"

The entire restaurant seemed to hold its breath as Sarah looked at the man she loved, her heart bursting with love and joy. Her voice was barely a whisper as she replied, "Yes, Michael, yes!"

Applause erupted from the surrounding tables as Michael slid the ring onto Sarah's finger, sealing their commitment to each other. They shared a passionate kiss, their love radiating like a beacon in the night.

Their romantic dinner had turned into an unforgettable proposal, a moment that would forever be etched in their hearts. As they left the restaurant hand in hand, the stars above seemed to shine a little brighter, celebrating their love and the promise of a future together.

Michael and Sarah married and moved to Eastwood, where their first year of marriage overflowed with cherished moments. Michael proved to be an exceptionally caring husband, pampering her with breakfast in bed and helping with household chores. With his well-paying job at a prestigious law firm, financial concerns were distant.

However, their blissful life took an unforeseen turn when Michael was promoted, necessitating a move to a city two hours away. Sarah suggested relocating together, but he opted for weekend commutes. This decision marked the beginning of a turbulent phase in their marriage, a far cry from Sarah's expectations of enduring love.

Libre Baskerville
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