Staying Home
Staying Home sway stories

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A cute romance story based around the prompt 'sway' from @museofmine. If you have a prompt you'd like a story written about just message it to me and I'll add it to my list!

Staying Home


Her hair swayed in the breeze, tickling the back of her neck

She was lounging in the hammock, under the tall beach tree

I could only see her back from where I was standing, but by the curvature of her neck I guessed she was reading

It had been 175 days since I'd last seen my wife

And now I was frozen, unable to move

She looked so peaceful, so beautiful

So soft and distinctly different from the active war zone I'd just left

And she didn't know I was home


I spent most of my evenings in the hammock, enjoying the late August sun

Today I was reading, but sometimes I'd knit, or draw, or just watch the birds

I was trying to take my mind off the fact that it was my second wedding anniversary today, and I had no wife to spend it with

But all of a sudden I head a sound behind me, and turned my head

"Jasmine!" I cried, all but falling out of the hammock

She gave me the biggest grin I'd ever seen as she ran to steady me

I threw my arms around her, burying my face in her neck

And I started to sob with relief

"You're here. You're home. You're okay." I whispered into her ear

And she held me tighter


Having my wife in my arms was the most amazing thing I'd felt in a long time

We must have just held each other for ten, twenty minutes

And I never wanted to let go

But eventually, she let me go long enough to kiss me

And my soul felt like it became whole again

After a long time, we stumbled back to the hammock, still unwilling to let one another go

She climbed in on top of me, and I winced

"What is it, what's wrong? She asked, eyes wide with concern

I sighed, and began to tell her the story


" then the bomb threw shrapnel into my arm and ribs, that's why I'm home. I'm okay though, just a bit sore. I do have to work on my arm a bit, though. Therapy and stuff." She finished

"Oh my god." Was all I could say in response, so I held her instead, being careful of her injuries

"I'm okay baby." She answered, "And I'm home now. For good."

I gasped at that. "For good?" I couldn't believe it. Having her home was all I wanted

"Yeah, they discharged me, so I get some money and I get to stay home." She said, a huge smile on her face

I just kissed her over and over again, the smiles never leaving either of our faces

The next day, we'd invited all of our friends and family over for a celebration

And when we announced that Jasmine was home for good, I wasn't the only one beaming from ear to ear

We laughed and talked late through the night, nobody wanting the happy moment to end

But at last, everyone else returned home


After our friends and family left, it was down to the two of us again

Layla started to clean up, but I grabbed her hand to stop her

"We have all the time in the world to clean. Dance with me." I said

She smiled, filling me with warmth, before wrapping her arms around me

I placed my hands on her waist and she set her hands on my shoulders

And we swayed to the music drifting faintly from the speakers.

"I'm so happy you're home." She whispered

And as I looked at the love of my life, in our home, smiling up at me, I couldn't think of anywhere else in the world I'd rather be.

"I'm happy I'm home, too." I answered, looking at her

And for the rest of our lives, that's where I stayed

Not in that house, for it was much too small for our three children

But with my wife, because my home was wherever she was

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