Dean Owen

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The Blindfold

The Blindfold

I’d searched everywhere for a decent one. It had to be soft, and comfortable, and not overly conspicuous. It was time to get creative. I headed for the red-light district of Shibuya in downtown Tokyo. Surely they would have what I needed.

Bulking up the courage to step in, whilst avoiding the judging eyes of the hoards of kogals chatting away on the street corner, I swiftly entered the tiny shopfront door. Awestruck at the leather garments and chains that confronted me I steadily proceeded into a world unknown. What the heck was I doing in a sex shop a week before my big day? 

I guess it must have been love.

At the back of the store they appeared, right next to the fluffy handcuffs.


I reached out and took a black velvet one. It was soft as silk. Slipping it over my head to cover my eyes, I could see nothing. The edges were frilled enough to serve a purpose. 

That was the most romantic thirty bucks I would ever spend.

Then came our big day.

It had been her dream to get married at the church of her college. The weather was obliging and, all in, it was the perfect day. 

Our cars took us back to Tokyo for the nightly celebrations, and just past midnight we bade farewell to our guests and headed for our suite in the sky. I poured a bubble bath in the huge round tub, and we toasted champagne and strawberries whilst soaking in the suds.

The blindfold slept snuggly in the suitcase that night, patiently waiting for first light.

“Good morning Mr. Owen, this is your wake-up call”

It was time. A quick room service of coffee and pastries and we were off.

In my pocket, the velvet blindfold.

A car was waiting for us at the entrance, and the porters lined up and bowed us off. No need to tip. This is Japan.

At the airport we headed toward the check-in counter. My hand reached into my pocket.

“Really?” she said once she noticed.

“Really” I replied. “Now put on your iPod, and slip this on”. From here on in, Skunk Anansie would be her partner.

We approached the counter. On seeing my blindfolded bride, the check-in girl looked puzzled.

“We are going on our honeymoon but I haven’t told her where we are going” I said in Japanese.

She smiled, and processed our boarding passes.

I truly hadn’t.

“Well what do I pack?” she had asked a few days earlier.

“Pack anything you want!”

“Well is it going to be cold, hot? Are we going skiing, or the beach?”

“We are going somewhere magical”

Fortunately she did, by chance, pack appropriately. It would have been costly buying her a new wardrobe if she’d packed for a ski holiday.

Through security the blindfold and headphones came off. I had to chance it.

As we closed in on the boarding gate, the blindfold came out again. The frills were a blatant giveaway that we were not a cause for concern – we hoped. And magically, we boarded the plane without her discovering our destination.

During take-off, I covered her ears when the in-flight announcement started. Did she hear? Eventually during the inflight meal she spotted the boarding pass of a passenger nearby.

“Paris!” she screamed. “Oh darling! I love you”

I could tell she was disappointed. She’d been to Paris so many times. It was nothing new. 

I said nothing.

For the rest of the flight she talked excitedly about what we could do in Paris. Hotel Costes, Buddha Bar … Perhaps Paris might have been a good idea.

When we arrived she started for the baggage claim and I pulled her back.

“Not that way babe, this way”

We had another plane to catch.

I couldn’t pull the blindfold stunt in Charles de Gaulle. There were short men with guns everywhere. So there and then I handed her the boarding pass.

“Marrakesh!” she screamed.

This time I knew I had nailed it.

Dean Owen is Co-Founder of Quimojo, a revolutionary new concept in Global Campus Recruitment.

The Blindfold

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Javier 🐝 CR

4 years ago #17

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Debasish Majumder

4 years ago #16

Dean Owen, i am missing the lovely buzz you usually share. wish you may soon share with your stunning buzzes.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #15

Ahhh Dean Owen I miss reading your stuff and interacting with you.Hope you are well. You are the most magical romantic partner your girl could 've ever asked for. I was as excited as her to know the destination. We need someone to go that extra mile just to make us feel special, the destination doesn't matter, The person next to us does.

Paul Walters

5 years ago #14

You be such a romantic Mr Owen !!!

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #13

Oh that's sad that they would separate a couple! Glad they didn't have to divert and we would have seen you on the news LOL.

Dean Owen

5 years ago #12

Yes Lisa Gallagher, a pretty darned perfect honeymoon save for the flight to Italy where they could not seat us together. I raised such a ruckus at the airport that they almost stopped us from flying altogether. I mean, why couldn't they rearrange a few seats so that newly weds can sit together? Thanks for reading!

Dean Owen

5 years ago #11

Thanks all, it really means lot to me that you took the time to know me more. As with everyone here I suspect, life is not all roses and we have a tendency to portray only the perfect memories on social media. I am guilty in that regard, but getting to know you all makes me more comfortable in sharing the not so rosy life experiences in the future. Much appreciated.

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #10

I had no idea Dean Owen, what a romantic you are! I love learning bits and pieces about others on here. Thank you for sharing something so personal and beautiful. You had me for a sec when you walked in the sex shop. No tipping in Japan, really? I bet that was one great honeymoon!!

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

5 years ago #9

Such a touching story Dean Owen, thanks so much for sharing it!!

mohammed khalaf

5 years ago #8

nice engagement and lovely story

Dean Owen

5 years ago #7

lol, I thought it was a spin on revolting and riveting! Thanks , much appreciate you taking the time to read this one. Kind of special for me.

Dean Owen

5 years ago #6

Thanks James McElearney, this one was kind of special for me.

Javier 🐝 CR

5 years ago #5

a great story !!!! thanks Dean Owen for sharing it !!!

Teagan Geneviene

5 years ago #4

Charming story Dean Owen. Thanks for a marvelous Monday morning break. Cheers.

Dean Owen

5 years ago #3

Glad you enjoyed it Jeffrey Boxer.

Dean Owen

5 years ago #2

Thank you Laurent BOSCHERINI, much appreciate you dropping by!

Laurent Boscherini

5 years ago #1

Thank you Dean Owen for sharing your beautiful slice of life.

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