AN: Finally some inspiration! I hope everyone is still interested. Unfortunately I still do not own anyone or anything.
Lilly slowly made her way down to the edge of the beach. It really was quite peaceful here. She was already feeling at ease. The sound of the waves was so soothing. What a night! A job offer out of the blue, and it sounded so fun. She would be able to work and travel. Best of all it was with the WWE. What more could Lilly ask for? As she had been saying since the start of her vacation, she was tired of following the same path. It was time for a change, and here it was being handed to her on a silver platter! There was no doubt in her mind that she would take the job. She may not have any idea of the whole sports entertainment field and what that entailed, but Lilly was tough and a hard worker.
The only problem was Mark. Lilly could not believe all that had happened so quickly. She really felt bad. It was obvious that Mark was not like Lilly had accused him of being. It just seemed that each time that Lilly and Mark saw each other, they just ended up digging the hole a little bit deeper. 'How can I reverse that?' Lilly asked herself as she sat in the sand looking out at the waves.
Mark sat in the sand a little distance from Lilly. It took his breath away how beautiful she looked setting there in the sand bathed by moonlight. He felt himself drawn to her from the moment he bumped into her at the reservation desk. Mark desperately wanted to put all of the ugliness of the past two days behind them and start over, but he was not sure how to do it. Before he realized what he was doing, Mark slowly headed in Lilly's direction stopping just behind her before speaking.
"You know you look beautiful sitting there."
Lilly jumped when she heard Mark speak. She had not realized that anyone was on the beach with her, and then she momentarily cringed realizing how dangerous that was.
"Oh you scared me! I did not realize that anyone had followed me."
"I know. I saw you head out this direction, and I just wanted to make sure that you were ok." Mark explained sitting down beside Lilly in the sand.
"I'm ok. I just couldn't sleep. I had several things on my mind, and thought that this might help." Lilly said drawing her knees up to her chest and resting her chin on them.
"I understand that. I have several things on my mind as well—including you."
"Mark I don't…"
"I don't want to fight with you sweetheart." Mark said interrupting. "Just listen to me for a few minutes and be patient. I'm not always the best at explaining myself."
Lilly silently nodded.
"I'm sorry that I have let my temper get the best of me for the past few days. I admit that I could have handled the radio station situation a lot better than I did. I honestly did not mean anything by it. I just let the first thing that came to mind come out of my mouth. I generally have that problem." Mark paused glancing sideways at Lilly before continuing.
"With the whole thing that happened with Sarah, I have kind of been paranoid about things involving my personal life. I guess I'm afraid to trust anyone or anything. When I heard you talking about me in catering tonight. I guess I just reacted out of fear and hurt. I did not mean to hurt you. I just was not able to stop myself." Shaking his head, Mark admitted the biggest thing of all. "You really hit me where it hurt when you talked about me ending up all alone without a wife or family to share my life with. That is exactly what I am afraid of. I don't want to be that person." Taking a deep breath Mark fell silent.
Lilly sat there a moment totally stunned. She had seen the hurt in Mark's eyes when she had commented about him ending up alone with his bitterness, but she never expected him to admit it out loud.
"Mark the moment I said those things, I knew I didn't mean them. I guess I too have been over reacting to everything as well. I guess I have gone to the extreme after everything that happened with Rob and my father. I know in my heart that you will not end up alone. You will find the right woman and have a wonderful family some day."
"Well it seams that we both have said and done things that we regret. Why don't we just start over fresh as friends and learn from all of this."
"Sure I would like that" Lilly agreed smiling.
"Ok since we are starting over. Hi my name is Mark Calloway. What is yours?" Mark said with a grin holding his hand out for a shake.
Lilly giggled and took his hand. "Hi Mark my name is Lilly. It is very nice to meet you."
Lilly and Mark sat side by side a few moments enjoying a comfortable silence.
Mark was the first one to speak. " Forgive me for asking, but I couldn't help but overhear that Stephanie offered you a job when we were at dinner. I have to know if you have made a decision, and let me say as your friend I think that you have to take this job."
"Yes, she did offer me a job. It's a little out of my field of expertise, but Stephanie was very persuasive, and since you think that I should take the job, I don't possibly see how I could say no." Lilly laughed. "I'm just in shock. It's an awesome opportunity. I love wrestling, and this is a way for me to work with something I love. It almost seems too good to be true.
"Lilly you deserve all of these good things and I for one am very happy that you will be taking the job." Mark said as he moved in to kiss her."
Lilly let herself be swept away in Mark's kiss. The man could truly kiss! Lilly felt herself tingle from the tip of her roots to the tips of her toes. They spent several minutes on the beach entwined in each other's arms just enjoying kissing and feeling each other's bodies pressing against each other before finally coming up for air.
Realizing it was late, Lilly and Mark slowly headed back to the hotel. "I know this is moving way too fast, but I don't want to let you go back to your room. I want to keep you in my arms all night." Mark said as he held Lilly in the elevator.
"Who says you have to let me go?" Lilly asked with a mischievous look as the elevator doors opened.
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