How We Met And Fell In Love
How We Met And Fell In Love17 mins 55 17 mins 55
As I'm walking home from my night class, I look at my phone and see it's 10 pm. When I look up from my phone I see a 6-foot man walking my direction so I stop. I can tell he's hurt because he's holding his bicep and I can see blood seeping through his fingers. As he stops at a bench a foot away from where I stopped I have a 3-minute debate with myself about if I should help him or not and I finally decide to walk over to him.
"I can help you," I say with confidence once I'm in front of him.
"Why would you help me? I could be a murderer," he says as he looks up at me with a look of confusion on his face.
"You could be, but if you were I'm pretty sure you would've already killed me. Correct?" I say as I look him in his steely blue eyes with a smile.
"True. How do you think you can help me, pretty lady?" he asks as he smiles at me.
"Well, I can remove that bullet from your arm and stitch you up. Unless you want to go to the hospital." I say with a smile as I sit on his injured side.
He looks at me, with shock filled eyes, as he asks, "How did you know I'd been shot?"
"I'm not dumb. I can see the bullet hole and all the blood," I say with a smile as I point at his arm he's holding.
"No, I guess you aren't dumb are you. I'm Joseph by the way, but people call me Joe. What's your name?" he asks with a smile.
"I'm Kataleenah, but people call me Kat," I say with a blush as I smile a little.
"It's nice to meet you, Kat," he says as his smile widens.
"Nice to meet you too Joe. Now can I fix your arm?"I reply as my blush darkens and as I look at his arm. He smiles and nods so I nod back, take my backpack off to put it beside me, and take out my first aid kit. I pull out my tweezers and some napkins as I look up at him and say, "This is going to hurt so I apologize in advance."
He smiles at me, moves his hand, and nods as I take my tweezers and start to dig into his wound to catch the bullet. I hear him groan out in pain and after about 2 minutes I finally catch the bullet. I hold it up, smile triumphantly, and say, "Ha!! I got you!!" as Joe looks at me and laughs. My cheeks flame pink in a blush as I put the bullet and tweezers down as I take out my surgical needle, thread, and start to sew him up. Once I'm done, I take out my gauze and wrap his now fixed bicep. I look up at Joe with a smile and say, "All done," as I pat his back.
"How'd you learn to do that?" he asks as he looks at me with shock filled eyes.
"I'm a nursing student at N.Y.U. as well as an intern at St. Michael's hospital. Oh and I'm also really accident prone so I figured why not go to medical school and learn how to patch myself up," I say with a wide smile.
"Well thank you very much, Kat. I know we just met but as repayment for fixing my arm, can I take you on a date?" he asks with a smile.
"You're welcome Joe and there's really no need for repayment, but I'll take your offer for a date," I say with a wide smile and a blush.
Joe smiles again, takes out a piece of paper and a pen as he writes down a number. He then hands me the piece of paper and I blush as Joe smiles wider and says, "When you're ready, text that number and we'll work something out, Ok."
"I will," I say with a smile.
"I better be going. Thank you again Kat and I hope to hear from you soon," he says with a smile.
"You're welcome Joe and you will," I tell him as my smile widens.
I watch as Joe walks away and I smile wider as I take out my phone and put his number in it. Then I start to walk home with an extra pep in my step and as I'm walking I get this feeling of being watched, but it wasn't a creepy feeling it actually made me feel safe with this person watching me.
As I walk away from the bench I look back and see Kat putting my number into her phone and I can't help but smile as I watch her. From the corner of my eye, I see some movement in the shadows and my smile drops. I growl lowly when I see him slowly stalking towards Kat so I cut him off while in the shadows and shove him back as I look him directly in his eyes and say, "Don't you even think about hurting or stalking her. Don't even just think about her again or I'll cut your balls off and feed them to your family. Got it?" with malice in my voice and I can't help but smirk at the look of fear in his eyes as he nods and runs away. I look towards the bench again to see that Kat is gone so I look around frantically and see that she started walking home again completely oblivious to what just happened, so I follow after her to make sure she's safe. For some reason, I feel this overwhelming need to protect her and make sure she's happy. As I follow her, I see her approach a nice-looking house, so I hide behind a tree and watch her as she fumbles with the lock for a little before she finally gets the door open. I stand behind the tree until I see her walk inside and I see the light in what I assume is the living room turn on. Once I see that she's safe I smile as I start my walk home.
I finally make it home from school and collapse on my couch exhausted. These past 2 months all I've thought about is Joe and I couldn't help myself anymore so I take out my phone, scroll to his contact, and before I can chicken out, I text him. I take a deep breath because it's too late to take it back now so I'm going to let what happens to happen.
J: Hi beautiful-8:02pm I blush at his reply because he does remember me.
K: How are you?-8:04pm
J: I'm tired. How are you?-8:05pm
K: I'm exhausted and my brain hurts.-8:06pm
J: Why does your brain hurt?-8:07pm
K: Because I just got home from school and my last class was math.-8:08pm
J: Ouch math is the worst but it can't be all bad though, I bet you're smart and math was a breeze for you.-8:10pm
My blush darkens at his reply.
K: I hate math though. It sucks booty.-8:11pm
J: lol I agree with that. So, do you want that date now or what?-8:12 pm
K: Actually yes I do Joe. How does tomorrow sound? ☺️-8:13 pm
J: Sounds good to me. Can we hang out tomorrow as well?-8:15pm
K: Sure I have schoolwork to do, but if you want you can come over in the morning and we can make a day out of it.-8:18pm
J: Sounds like a plan. Can I have your address please?-8:19pm
K: Of course it's 371 North St. I'm the blue house on the left.-8:20pm
J: Thank you beautiful. When would you like me to show up?-8:21pm
K: You can show up around 11 am if you want.-8:22pm
J: I can do that beautiful-8:23pm
K: I look forward to your arrival then Joe-8:25pm
J: I'll be there beautiful-8:26pm
K: Good. I'm going to go to bed now because I'm exhausted. Goodnight Joe and I'll see you tomorrow.-8:28pm
J: Goodnight beautiful.-8:30pm
~End of Conversation~
After we said goodnight I take off my bra and change into my purple night shorts, black tank top, and my socks then I lay down in my bed. *I can't wait until tomorrow* is my last conscious thought before I get comfortable and fall into a peaceful oblivion with a smile on my face and peaceful dreams of Joe.
As I am walking home from my night walk, I can't help but smile as I think about Kat. In fact, she's all I've been thinking about for two months now. I haven't been rendered speechless by a woman in years. Just as I make it to the security gate my phone vibrates in my pocket, so I fish it out to see a text from an unknown number. My smile widens as I realize it's Kat because I don't give my personal number out to many people and in fact, only three people have my personal number now and two of them are already saved.
~Skip Text Conversation~
After I and Kat are done texting, I get excited for tomorrow. I walk through the compound gate, up the driveway, and through the front door with a big smile plastered on my face and as I walk in the house I'm met by Kyle, my second-in-command and best friend. He looks at me like I've grown a second head and asks, with a raised eyebrow, "How was your walk big guy?"
"It was good. How are you, man?" I reply with a laugh and a wide ass smile.
"Ok I have to ask who are you and what have you done with Joe?" he asks as he raises his eyebrow even higher.
"I am Joe, you drama queen. What am I not allowed to smile now?" I ask as my smile grows wider.
"It's just weird man because I haven't seen you smile like that in 5 years. What caused that huge ass smile, my dude?" Kyle asks as he raises his hands in mock surrender. My smile widens even more as I remember Kat and after a minute I reply, "Well that's a long story but the short version is I met the most gorgeous woman 2 months ago and she helped me," as I scratch the back of my neck nervously.
"Congratulations man. I can see by that huge ass smile on your face that she makes you happy, so I wish you good luck with that and I hope she'll accept the lifestyle. Also, how did she help you?" Kyle asks with curiosity in his voice.
"Me too man and she uh dug a bullet out of my arm and sewed me up," I reply as I scratch the back of my neck awkwardly as Kyle raises his eyebrow higher and crosses his arms. I shuffle my feet and ask, "Where's my sister and nephew?" to change the subject.
"Upstairs sleeping. I promised Sara I'd make sure you got home safely," he says with a wide smile as he takes the bait.
I sigh in relief as I reply, "She always worries doesn't she," with a laugh.
"Always man. It's just in her nature. She's a mother hen type of person," he replies with a smile as he talks about my sister.
"I'm safe Kyle, go be with your family. I'm going to lay down myself man," I say as I nod and smile at him.
"Alright man sleep well and I want the story of you being shot tomorrow," he replies with a smirk.
I nod and say, "I figured your nosy ass would," with a smirk of my own as I make my way upstairs to my room. As I enter and close my door, I take off my pants and shirt, fall face-first into my bed, and as soon as my head hits the pillow, I fall asleep and to my delight, I have peaceful dreams of Kat.
I wake up at 6 am to JoJo, my pug, licking my face. I smile and sit up as I pet her head. Once she's satisfied with her petting session I roll out of bed and rub the sleep from my eyes as I make my way to the bathroom to take a shower with a smile plastered on my face. After my shower, I throw my hair up into a bun, walk into my closet, and change into my thick black winter tights, a black tank top, my HIM sweatshirt, and some thick fuzzy socks because my house is cold, which is just the way I like it. I then check the time to see it reads 8 am so I figure I still have time to kill so I grab my backpack, laptop, and make my way downstairs to the living room. I set my stuff on the couch and walk into the kitchen to feed JoJo her breakfast. Once I feed her, I walk back into my living room and start my work for my medical coding class. I was in the middle of my school work when there was a knock on the front door that makes me jump in shock, so I look at the clock to see it reads 11 am on the dot so I know it's Joe at my door. I put my laptop and notebook down on the coffee table and walk to answer the door.
Once I open the door, I see Joe standing there in his dark blue jeans, green day band t-shirt, and white shoes as he smiles down at me, so I smile and say, "Good morning Joe."
"Good morning beautiful," he says as his smile widens.
"Come in," I say as my blush darkens and I open the door wider.
"Thank you," he says with a wide smile as he steps in. After he walks in, I close and lock the door.
"I like your sweatshirt," Joe says as his smile widens.
I blush darker and say, "Thank you. They're my favourite band."
Joe's eyes light up and his smile widens as he says, "They're my favourite too."
"Awesome. Would you like to sit down?" I ask with a wide smile.
"Yes please," Joe says as he nods so I lead Joe to my living room, gesture to the couch, and say, "Make yourself at home."
"Homework?" Joe asks as he sits down and looks at my computer.
"Yeah. I woke up early and that class is a pain in the butt so I figured I'd at least start the work," I say with a smile and as soon as I said that JoJo jumps up on Joe's lap and Joe smiles down at her and asks, "Well hello. Who are you?"
"That's my baby girl Jojo and I'm sorry about her she's just overly friendly," I say as I smile at their interaction.
"That's ok I don't mind. She is adorable," Joe says as he pets her and she's just eating up all the attention.
After about 5 minutes Joe looks up at me and asks, "So what would you like to do today, Kat?"
"Do you want to get breakfast?" I ask as I walk over to my computer, save my work, and close my computer.
"Sounds good to me," he says with another smile.
"Ok. Just let me go change and put my shoes on then." Joe nods as I go upstairs to change my outfit.
As I watch Kat walk up the stairs my phone vibrates so I fish it out of my pocket and look at the caller ID to see it's Sara.
"Good morning sis. How are you?" I say as I answer.
"Where the hell are you?" she replies with a scoff.
"I'm hanging out and then I'm going on a date. Why?" I ask as I roll my eyes.
Sara squeals and yells, "WHAT!!"
I roll my eyes again and say, "One, stop yelling or I'll hang up on you and two, why are you yelling?"
"Sorry it's just been 3 years since you've even mentioned going on a date, I got excited that's why I'm yelling and is she cute?" Sara asks excitedly.
"No Sara she's absolutely gorgeous. If she wants, I'll bring her by later to meet you and Scotty OK?" I reply with a third eye roll.
Sara squeals again and says, "Yes please. Have fun bro and tell me all about it when you come home please."
"Yeah. OK bye now," I say as I roll my eyes for the fourth time and hang up.
Just as I put my phone back in my pocket Kat appears at the bottom step and says, "I'm ready."
I look up and see she's wearing black skinny jeans with holes in the knees, black combat boots, a black and red HIM t-shirt, and her hair is tied up into two neat buns.
"You look beautiful. Where would you like to go for breakfast?" I ask as I smile at her.
I see her blush as she says, "There's a diner 2 blocks from here if you don't mind walking."
"Sounds like a plan to me. Shall we go then?" I say with a smile.
As I make my way upstairs, I hear Joe answer his phone. It was his sister and she sounded excited that he has a date. I blush at that and as I make it to my room to change, I hear Joe tell his sister that if I was comfortable enough, he would take me to meet her and someone named Scotty. *We'll see how our day and date goes first* I think to myself as I go to my closet to get my black skinny jeans with the holes in the knees, my black and red HIM t-shirt, and my black combat boots. I like black sue me. I make my way to my bathroom and tie my hair up into two, neat low buns. I walk back down the stairs and as I get to the bottom I say, "I'm ready." "You look beautiful. Where would you like to go for breakfast?" Joe says as he looks at me with a wide smile.
"There's a diner 2 blocks from here if you don't mind walking," I say with a blush.
He smiles and says, "Sounds like a plan to me. Shall we go then?" I smile and grab my wallet, keys, and my glucose meter pouch with my insulin inside from the kitchen counter. I put my pouch and wallet in my back pocket, and I hold my keys as I walk to the front door to see Joe standing there with a smile on his face as he holds the door open for me.
"Ladies first," he says as I blush dark red and nod.
As we walk down the steps I ask, "How old are you?" "I'm 25 you?" he replies with a laugh.
"I'm 22. Do you have any family?" I ask with a smile.
"I have a sister named Sara, a nephew named Scotty, and Kyle, who has been my best friend since we were 5 who also married my sister. What about you?" he says as his smile widens.
I frown a little and say, "I'm an only child, but my aunt Karol and her 3 sons raised and took care of me."
"What happened to your parents, if you don't mind me asking?"
"They passed away 5 years ago," Joe says with a frown and I got sad as I say, "I'm sorry Joe. My parents passed away when I was 6 years old."
His eyes soften when he sees a tear escape my eyes, so he stops me, turns me to face him, wipes my eyes and says, "Don't cry Kat you're too beautiful to cry, love. I'm here now and I know the pain you're feeling."
I smile through my tears and whisper, "Thank you, Joe."
"You're very welcome beautiful. You're all I've thought about these past 2 months and I know it sounds crazy, but I like you a lot Kat and I'd like you to be my girlfriend," he replies with a smile.
I stare into his eyes and see nothing but sincerity and honesty, so I smile and say, "It's not crazy Joe. I feel like I can trust you with anything. I don't talk about my parents to anyone, but I feel like I can share anything with you. And to answer your question lets have our date day first and I'll give you my answer tonight OK?" "Fair enough beautiful. I have some information to give you before you give me your answer," Joe says as his smile widens.
"OK," I reply with a smile as I blush.
Joe nods, grabs my hand, and says, "Let's get to the diner."
I smile wide and nod as he remains holding my hand the rest of the way to the diner and I love every second of it.