A Little Excerpt
Brett Ingram (Rockybado) and his girlfriend, Olivia Cranston (The Magic Video Game), were spending a Friday evening at Brett’s Brooklyn apartment. It was just the two of them. Olivia’s friends and roommates spent the evening at one of the biggest parks in New York City. Brett’s friends and roommates decided to check out a blues fest. Brett and Olivia were invited to go, but they wanted to spend the evening at the apartment and watch movies.
It was around 11 o’clock in the evening, and Olivia noticed that Brett had somehow fallen asleep. They were halfway into one of their movies on the list for the night. Brett, normally a stomach sleeper, was lying on his back with his head turned to the right. He was on the outer end of the couch, and Olivia was nestled close to where the back of the couch and pillows meet.
Not thinking Brett would really care, Olivia slowly placed her head against Brett’s chest. Before she had her head on his chest where she could feel his heartbeat against her head, but she never actually listened to it.
Brett and Olivia knew they could make this relationship work, as they had both left their previous relationships of over ten years.
Olivia had been with her long-time boyfriend, Cameron Sedley, for over nine years before he took a job in Colorado. He never let Olivia listen to his heartbeat, and Olivia didn’t mind that at all. Even though they are obviously no longer seeing each other, they are still friends.
Brett had dated Olivera Slobodan for about the same time frame, and they had been incredibly serious. Olivera was ready to start a new life as she has gone back to school to get her PhD in biology. She is half Serbian and Asian Indian, and Brett has always thought that was the coolest mix ever. He planned to propose to her until one of their mutual friends brought up the subject without Brett’s consent. Even though the break-up was incredibly tough, especially for Brett, they still remain friends to this day.
Brett’s heartbeat was very pure, a little bit on the fast side, but Olivia thought that was the cutest thing. She could hear his heart beating and his breathing in the background, and she knew she could easily fall asleep to this relaxing racket.
She started crying tears of joy, for no apparent reason.
It was the next morning, and she and Brett had both fallen asleep on the couch. Around 6:30 in the morning, Olivia got up and looked at Brett. He was still sleeping soundly, and chances were that he would not get up soon. Even though Brett is a morning person, there are days when he likes to sleep in a little later, especially when he watches TV or movies until 1 or 2 o’clock in the morning.
When Brett and Olivia were watching movies together last night, Brett ended up getting so relaxed that he had fallen asleep way earlier than Olivia.
She decided to watch him sleep for a few minutes. His arms were under his head, with his pillow between his head and his hands. His breathing was really steady, and there were small sweat stains on the underarms of his shirt. Olivia also thought she could see his heart beating through his shirt, at least when he was breathing in.
Olivia thought this was the cutest thing. She though Brett was the cutest. He was so relaxed, and Olivia thought it would be okay for him to stay like this.
A few minutes later, she decided to get rainbow bagels for both of them. Brett’s roommates must have come back later in the night, but they probably were out and about earlier in the morning.
“Good morning, Brett,” Olivia gently shook her boyfriend of nearly a year.
Brett didn’t say anything. He just drew in a deep breath. He was still asleep. His shirt was pulled up so that half of his belly button was exposed. He had fallen asleep in the clothes he had worn the previous day.
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