“Oh come on, Tom. Aren’t you going to tell me where we’re going on vacation?” It was Saturday morning. Tom and Ben had plenty of vacation time banked between them. Ben remembered getting e-mail from Tom at work one afternoon, simply stating to put in for vacation for the last week in May, and that was all he said. He’d been pretty mum about where they were going, and it was driving Ben crazy.
Tom left some vague clues. The latest was this photo of a surfer in a magazine.
“We’re going to Hawaii? Is that it?”
Tom smiled as he took a sip of coffee. They were sitting at the breakfast bar at the kitchen counter, enjoying eggs Tom skillfully made for them.
“Nope, although we’ll have to keep it in mind for the future.”
“Come on, Tom.” Ben reached out and rubbed Tom’s arms up and down, trying to entice his man to let him in on the big secret. “Tell me where we’re going.” He leaned over and planted a kiss on his firefighter husband.
“Mmm, that is tasty, honey, but it’s not going to get me to reveal my surprise.”
“Oh poo.” Ben sat back and sulked. His mood didn’t stop him from finishing up his eggs. He wouldn’t let good food go to waste.
“Don’t worry, it’ll be worth the wait to find out.”
Their vacation was going to start in a few days, and Tom hadn’t let the cat out of the bag once. If it didn’t go against the trust that Tom and Ben had built up over their years together, Ben might have been tempted to look at Tom’s e-mails and see if there were any clues there.
Tom was very good at keeping secrets. One morning, Tom had left for work. And Ben was working from home. He picked up the phone. “Hello? No, Tom isn’t home. Who—” Ben listened to the man on the other end of the phone. “You have a cancellation on the flight and you want to know if we want an upgrade to first class? Where’si this flight going again?” Just as the man mentioned the destination, the caller ID beep went off. Ben glanced at the phone and saw it was Tom calling. “Um, hold on I have another call.” He pressed the flash key and was transferred to Tom. “Hi, honey, talk about timing. I have the airline on the other line. They said they have a last minute cancellation and would we want to be moved up to first class.”
“Really? Did they tell you where we’re going?” Tom inquired.
“No, you called just as they were about to…darn it.”
“Good. You tell that man NOT to tell you about the flight, get his number and I’ll call him. Please, Ben, don’t spoil the surprise for me.”
“I won’t, honey, I promise. “ Ben went to the other line and got the information for Tom and relayed it.
“It won’t be long now, baby. You’ll love it.”
It was a few days later when Tom and Ben packed up their suitcases. They made sure they only packed enough into a carry on so they wouldn’t have to pay the fees for checking bags in.
They made it to the airport. Tom had printed out their boarding passes the night before, and checked on the airline to make sure they were going to be leaving on time.
Just before they got to security, Tom stopped Ben. “I wanted to let you know our destination now.” Tom reached into his suitcase and pulled out a bag and handed it to Ben. Ben opened it carefully, a big smile stretched out on his face. “You’re kidding?” He pulled out two Mickey Mouse ear hats from Disney.
“Nope, Ben, we’re going to“Disney World!”
Ben put the hats on each of them, then wrapped his arms around Tom’s neck and kissed him. They headed for security and then boarded a plane for the happiest place on Earth.
TBC (I’ll weave in my trip to Disney, Hey these guys deserve to enjoy their own version of the Magic Kingdom)
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