58. Celebration (A)


The clock struck nine o'clock when Maria's graduation ceremony ended. For four hours Mike had sat and watched dozens of college students receive their degrees. Seeing Maria receive hers had left a memory forever ingrained in his head. He was so happy for Maria that it made him start to cry. It was a joyous day for the both of them, and celebration was soon to be had. Mike stood from his seat and walked to the entrance outside the building to meet Maria.

There were so many people who had showed up to see their friends and family members graduate. Mike walked through the throng of people, getting lost on one point. He soon found his way back and stood outside waiting for his beloved to exit the building. After nearly twenty minutes of waiting, she finally came into sight. Mike saw her as she slowly made her way through the crowds of attendees. She fell into Mike's arms immediately after reaching him. She looked up at her lover and saw that Mike had been crying. When questioned about his swelled and teary eyes Mike simply denied it.

He looked into his lover's eyes and softly said, "Let's go back home". Mike and Maria made their way to the car and drove home. Mike pulled up into the drive way, turned off the vehicle and turned to Maria. "We should celebrate tonight," he said. "Are you sure? Aren't you tired?" she asked him. "No. Why, are you?" he asked back. Maria's facial expression spoke volumes that she was indeed worn out.

"Let's go inside. I have surprise for you," Mike said, remembering the flowers he had ordered to be delivered inside the apartment. "I'm sorry Mike. I'm just tired from standing for four hours," Maria said as they walked to the front door of the apartment. "There is no need to explain, honey. I totally understand," he said, feeling excited for the surprise that awaited Maria on the other side of the door he was opening. With his key he unlocked the door letting Maria enter first. Her surprise was worth the deed.


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