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Topic: Confident (07/05/07)
TITLE: Rise And Shine
By Joanne Sher
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Rolling onto his stomach, he extended his left leg down off the side of the bed until it touched the floor. Turning his body, he maneuvered himself so both feet were on the ground.
With the least amount of exertion necessary, he rested his hands on the side of the bed and pushed himself up until he was standing upright. He wiped the sleep from his eyes, then begrudgingly turned off the alarm.
<I>Man, do I wish I could just go back to sleep.</I>
Alexandra wiped the sleep from her eyes and turned her head slowly toward the middle of the bed. She let out a quiet sigh of relief, finding Brian beside her, his chest moving rhythmically up and down.
She slid toward the edge of the bed as smoothly as she could, lowering her feet delicately to the floor. She lifted her body slowly from the mattress until she was standing beside it. She smiled: Brian hadn't moved.
She glanced at the clock. He'd be getting up in ten minutes, so she had to get busy.
Alexandra walked out to the kitchen and got the coffee brewing, then crept into the master bathroom, easing the door closed. She brushed her teeth, then grabbed her hairbrush and brushed out her golden tresses, working to remove every tangle. Once she was satisfied, she checked the mirror, and was turning to leave when she heard Brian's alarm.
<I>I hope it won't be one of those mornings.</I>
"Well, there's one item to cross off your to-do list." A lanky blonde in a sundress and sandals approached Alex with a smile, a large mug of coffee in her hand.
"Very funny, Brenda. Hilarious." Alex rolled his eyes, took the mug, and planted a half-hearted kiss about two inches to the right of her mouth.
Brenda moved closer, covering the top of his mug with the palm of her hand.
"Nice try, mister. I'm taking this java back unless I get a real token of your appreciation."
With a devilish smile, Alex put the mug on his dresser, grabbed Brenda by the waist and pulled her close. He brushed her hair from her face and kissed her passionately. Catching her breath, Brenda moved her head back and smiled, raising her eyebrows.
"Hey - where's my coffee?" Brian was sitting up in bed, looking about with a scowl.
"Coming right now, Brian." Alexandra shuffled toward the kitchen. "Was just getting it."
When Alexandra returned, Brian was washing his face in the sink. She placed his coffee on the counter.
"Thanks, Lexie." Brian pecked her on the cheek. "Breakfast almost ready?"
"About ten minutes. OK?"
He sighed. "I guess it'll have to be."
"I'd have brought you a ten-course meal if I'd known you'd be paying me like this." Brenda winked, playing with Alex's hair.
"That was just the appetizer, darling."
Batting her eyes, she backed off a bit. "But you, my dear, need to get moving. Your big meeting is in 45 minutes."
Alex sighed. "You're right, as usual. Rain check?"
"You got it. I'll be here." Brenda plopped down on the bed, watching Alex's every move as he walked toward the bathroom.
Alexandra lowered her eyes and lumbered back to the kitchen, putting a couple pieces of bread in the toaster and starting two eggs frying in the pan. Breakfast was assembled and on the table when Brian entered dressed for work, the morning newspaper in hand.
He sat at his spot and ate in silence, reading through the front section. Alexandra grabbed a glass of juice and sat beside him, glancing his way every minute or so.
"Well, I gotta get to work." Brian put the paper down and headed toward the door. "I'll be home at six - fried chicken on the table when I get home?"
She smiled and nodded.
Brian blew Alexandra a kiss as he walked out the door. "See you later."
Alexandra watched his car pull away, then walked toward the phone.
A familiar ringing disturbed Brenda's concentration on Alex. "I'll get it sweetie."
Brenda rolled over and grabbed the phone.
"Hi, Brenda. It's Alexandra."
"Hey, Sis! How's it going?"
"OK, I guess," Alexandra mumbled. "How about you?"
"Great," Brenda bubbled. "Just great."
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