It took a lot of pleading but somehow I managed to convince Detective Martin (or Frank as he asked to call him) to come to my improvised prom. He showed up right on time in his sharp solid black suit and the first thing I did was drag him to our makeshift photo studio to get our picture taken together. “I’ll make sure you get a copy before you go home. Then you can put it in your wallet and think of me every time you see it.” I winked at him.
Then I showed him off to my friends and we tore up the dance floor for a bit. I was surprised to learn how good of a dancer Frank was. After a few more songs, we took a short break and I brought him over to meet my dad, who was in charge of the refreshments. Dad actually seemed to like Frank. He even joked about us getting married one day. It was pretty embarrassing for him to say it out loud like that but who knows…it could happen.
A little while later I caught Frank trying to slip away unnoticed. “Hey, were you going to leave without saying goodbye?” I put my hands on hips and tried to look stern. “No…I was just going out for some air.” He shrugged nonchalantly. “The party is over anyways.” I slipped my hand in his and whispered into his ear. “So…should we go back to your place now?” His reaction was the opposite of what I expected though. “Miranda, stop.” He grunted and pulled away. “You need to put all these fantasies about me to rest. I was doing you a favor by coming here tonight but instead I just made it worse.”
“A favor?” I huffed. “How can you say that? You can’t deny that there is a connection between us.” I crossed my arms and glared at him. His eyes were still hidden behind his sunglasses. “I’m not sure if it’s a good thing but I’ve never had anyone else get under my skin the way you do.” Frank mumbled. “Quit trying to get rid of me then…because it’s not going to happen. I need you in my life.” I smiled sweetly. “Maybe I need you too.” He admitted finally as he leaned down to kiss me. He sighed and offered his arm to me. “Let’s get out of here.” My heart was full of hope as he led me to his police cruiser and along with that was the realization that I’d never be afraid of the dark again.