Chapter 6

When the bright light dissipated, Arieh and Nestor found themselves back in Arieh's car driving down Willow Street in the rain dressed the way they were that night, Nestor soaking wet from the bus stop.

"What's going on?" Nestor asked.

Arieh pulled the car over to the side of the road, the windshield wipers brushing away the falling rain drops. She pulled her cell phone out of her pocket and looked at the date and time on the screen.

"It's that night again," she said with amazement.

"What night?"

"The night I drove you home from Denny's in the rain."

"That's not tonight?" Nestor asked, trying to play dumb.

"Don't tell me you don't remember," Arieh said suspiciously.

"Remember what?" He tested.

"Remember what I look like naked for one," she said with annoyance.

Nestor blushed slightly. "I remember," he whispered. He gave her a funny look. "Are you telling me we were accosted by a nudity UFO?"

"I'd like to think of it as a Romantic UFO," Arieh replied. "Just like your Mom said. Fate." She looked at him victoriously. "It was the kiss!"

"The kiss?" He asked doubtfully.

"How many spells have been broken by a romantic kiss!?"

"Does this mean we're together now?" Nestor asked with amazement.

"I hope so," Arieh smiled.

"What about the quarterback?" Nestor sighed. "He won't be with Freda Fontaine yet."

"He's as fake as you said he was," Arieh decided.

"What about your image?" Nestor worried.

"I think I stopped worrying about my image when I lost my existence," Arieh let him know. "When you walk around naked for a month you kind of stop worrying about what people think of you," she added.

"I suppose," Nestor agreed.

"So," Arieh said after a moment's pause. "Where were we?"

"At Denny's?" Nestor guessed.

"No, you silly boy," she laughed. "We were on your couch."

"We were," he said.

"And what were we doing?" Arieh smirked.

Nestor blushed.

"Are you going to kiss me again?" She wanted to know.

"What if we see light again?"

She grinned. "It will be the good kind," she assured him.

Nestor gave her a long look before leaning over the console and kissing her again, but with even more passion and meaning than before.

"When did you know?" Arieh asked when they broke from the kiss.

"The first time I ever saw you," he admitted sheepishly. "When did you know?"

"When I saw the way you looked at me when you woke up from your coma and saw me sitting there," she answered confidently.

"It just wasn't because you were naked," he assured her.

"I know," she blushed.

"It was because I knew you existed," he explained. "That you were real to me. I could see you and feel your presence." He kissed her again. "I liked having you all to myself," he admitted.

"I was your Invisible Romance," she smiled happily.

"I think I'm rather have you as my Visible Romance," he said.

"Me too," Ariel laughed, kissing him happily.

Then she broke the kiss. "I want to go home and see my parents, Nestor," she admitted. "Tell them I love them."

"I understand," he said, slumping back in his seat.

"I'll take you home," she said.

"Okay," he agreed, sounding a little sad.

"What's wrong?" She asked with concern.

"I'm just wondering if I'll ever see you naked again," he admitted honestly.

She burst out laughing and then gave him a look. "Well," she said with a sly grin. "I haven't seen you naked yet!"