Grateful for the full moon and the lights from the beach house, Eve easily saw Julian, underwater, a few feet from her. She reached out and grabbed him around his waist, sensually sliding her body up against his as she surfaced in his arms.

Immediately his lips settled on hers. He wrapped his arms around her as their legs kicked against each other in an effort to stay afloat. With Eve in his arms, he swam slowly toward the beach, kissing her passionately, till his feet were firmly planted on the bottom.

Eve strained against him as she stood shoulder deep in the cool refreshing water. Opening her mouth, she welcomed his kiss, as her fingers combed through his slick wet hair.

Julian’s hands roamed over her slim body, the cool water adding a sensational thrill to the passion and desire driving him, while the need to make her his was sending every other thought or care fleeing from his mind.

He released her lips, swollen from his kiss, and raised his face to hers. Under the bright moonlight, her eyes dark with passion, he saw her need was as great as his own. He groaned and captured her lips with his once more. Moving over her mouth, his tongue danced with hers as he stepped back, and the deeper water completely submerged them once more.

Underwater, their lips fused together to keep water from filling their mouths. Julian’s hands roamed her back and pressed her closer.

Eve released his lips and leaned back as far as he would allow her and let her arms and head float freely as they surfaced for air. Julian planted his feet firmly on the bottom, letting hers tread water as he held her.

Julian bent, allowing him to lean closer as he kissed her shoulders and neck. His breathing shallow, his lips moved down, roaming over her breasts, glistening wet from the warm summer water.

Eve moaned with pleasure as he caressed her body. Raising her head and arms out of the water, she stood, forcing him to return his attention to her eyes, liquid pools of deep brown.

They stared at each other, breathless, water drops running down their faces. Julian reached up and touched Eve’s face. He gently traced it from her cheeks to her nose and lips.

Eve smiled and caught his finger in her mouth, sucking it gently.

Julian groaned and picked her up out of the water, his lips replacing his finger, and carried her towards the shore.

In the shallow waters of the beach, he lay her down and settled next to her. His hands roamed her wet, glistening body, enjoying the freedom of loving her completely, freely.

Eve, her eyes glazed with desire, reached up to touch him. Lightly scratching his chin, she moved her finger along toward his bottom lip. She smiled as his lips moved in anticipation of her touch. Tracing them with her fingernail, she loved the sound it produced from his throat as he patiently let her play with his face.

Finally, he couldn’t stand it anymore. He pulled her close and placed his mouth on hers. He parted his lips and pushed against hers, encouraging her to allow him access as he drowned himself in the sweetness of her kiss.

“Eve,” he breathed against her mouth, “I want you so much.”

“I need you, Julian. Love me,” she cried against his lips, her tongue pushing into his mouth and battling with his as their bodies joined the ritual, straining to become one body and soul.

The flames flickered and lapped against each other in the cooling summer night as Julian and Eve, dressed again, relaxed by the warm fire they had built to warm up after spending nearly an hour in the cool water.

Julian sat with his back against a large bean bag that he had produced from the beach house. He smiled happily against Eve’s hair, his arms wrapped around her as she leaned against his chest, sitting between his legs.

Eve sighed; she didn’t remember the last time she was so content to just sit by a fire and do nothing at all, just enjoying the wonderful summer night and the man that she loved. She smiled and reached up with her hand and placed it against his cheek, hugging his cheek against her head.

He turned and kissed the palm of her hand and hugged her closer. “Eve,” he whispered.

“Hmmmm,” she murmured lazily.

“I think I have died and gone to Heaven,” he said.

Smiling, she turned in his arms and placed her arms against his chest so she could look at him. “Me too - this has been so perfect, so romantic. I never dreamed this day would ever come, that I would be here, in a place like this, alone with you. I am truly grateful for the chance we have been given to make things the way I believe they were meant to be,” she said as tears formed in her eyes.

“I know, my love, I am never letting you go again. Not ever!” he declared. “There is something that I want to talk to you about…” He paused.

“What?” She smiled tenderly, a hair straying and sticking to her bottom lip.

Julian reached up and smoothed it back as he exhaled loudly. His voice trembled. “You know you are my heart, that I have loved you from the moment I first laid eyes on you.” He traced a finger along her cheek.

Eve smiled gently, her eyes never leaving his as she nodded.

“You have completely redefined what I always thought about women. I used to think that women were placed on earth to satisfy the man’s sexual desires.” He chuckled when she shook her head in dismay.

His eyes held hers as he continued. “I was wrong. Your love has made me see what a perfect and beautiful creation a woman really is - how much a man needs a woman, to love and be loved, like he needs air to breathe. I need you, Eve. Without you, my life is meaningless.” Tears formed in his eyes as he gently pushed the strand of hair behind her ear again.

“Julian…” Her voice quivered at his touching words.

He placed a finger against her lips. “You gave me love when I didn’t deserve any and brought joy to my life that I never knew existed. Spend the rest of your life with me, Eve; please say you’ll be my wife.” He held his breath as he watched her eyes widen in surprise.

“Oh, Julian,” she whispered as tears ran down her cheeks. “I love you! Being apart from you has made me realize just how much I want to be with you, how much I want to be your wife, how much I want you to be my husband.”

“Eve!” he cried as he pulled her up into his arms and kissed her passionately. Sitting up, he pushed the bean bag away and lay her down on the blanket they were sitting on. His hand on her cheek, he slid it into her hair, resting against her ear.

He gently pulled on her bottom lip with his teeth, his tongue expertly darting in and out of her mouth, making her writhe with passion. He pulled up to breathe, moving his hand and placing his thumb on her swollen lips, rubbing them.

Eve parted her lips, glistening and tender from his kiss. Her tongue lightly brushed against his thumb, causing him to groan with pleasure.

Unable to control himself, he completely covered her mouth with his, assaulting not only her lips but her senses as well, leaving her breathless and squirming with desire. His tongue ravished every crevice, tasting the sweetness that was distinctly Eve.

She gasped for air when he finally released her lips and moved to her throat. The wave of passion that flooded her being caused her head to spin, dizzy with pleasure. Clinging to him for dear life, she realized she had never experienced such an incredible onslaught of passion from him. ‘I should have said ‘yes’ long ago. He’s been holding out!’ Eve thought.

Breathing hot air into her ear got the response Julian was looking for when she shivered with pleasure and arched her neck closer to his lips. He smiled and then proceeded to tease her with his tongue, kissing her lobe. Then, as he dipped his wet tongue in her ear, she groaned out loud, her hands pulling on his shirt.

There, under the stars, next to a warming fire, on the blanket in front of the towering timber frame house, Julian and Eve, with the promise of a new life together, made love once again, in a heat of passion that would make even the most seasoned lovers blush.