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Bailey looks out her plane window as she sees the blue sky and white fluffy clouds, her mind is racing and full of possibilities.
Could Jimmy actually want to get back together?
Her life hasn’t been the same without him.
Even the miles in between them, hasn’t changed the fact that she loves him. Loves him more than she could ever fully put into words. More than bees love honey, more than horses love hay. She’s a country girl, she would know.
“We will be landing shortly in Oklahoma. Please remain in your seats and fasten your seat belts,” the pilot says, his voice echoing over the speaker.
Suddenly Bailey’s heart begins to race, she looks down at her twitching and sweaty palms.
Bailey steps off the plane, her brown cowgirl boots clicking against the white tiled floor. She makes her way toward baggage claim, as she approaches she sees the smiling faces of her mom, dad and older sister Keegan waiting with her bags.
Her face lights up as she rushes over.
“Welcome Home!” Keegan screams.
“Hi!” Bailey screams running into the open arms of her family as they fall into a group hug.
“I’ve missed you all so much! It’s so good to be home.”
“We’ve missed you too, you’re not allowed to go back, sorry,” Keegan says in mock seriousness.
Bailey lets out a sweet laugh. Keegan has always been more than a sister to her, but a best friend.
“By the way. Word around town is a certain someone is rather excited to see this little blonde bombshell back home in Everdale,” Keegan whispers, wrapping her arm around her sister’s shoulders and walking off with her toward the exit.
Bailey smiles to herself as her heart flutters at the thought of seeing Jimmy after all this time.
The ride from the airport creates an anxiousness within Bailey, as they drive past the sign for Everdale, her stomach fills with butterflies.
What will she say? What will he say? Will it be awkward? Or just like old times?
“So shall we take the scenic route for old times’ sake?” her father asks looking up at her through the review mirror with a smile.
Suddenly Bailey is jolted from her racing thoughts of Jimmy and brought back to reality.
“Absolutely,” she says looking out the window as familiar storefronts and houses come into view.
She sees Jimmy’s old pickup truck alongside Frank’s Fix It– a mechanics shop where he works. Bailey’s heart beat quickens.
“Hey dad, um… can we stop here for just a second?”
Her dad and mom exchange sweet knowing looks. With a slight nod from her mom, her dad pulls the car over to a stop.
“You’re not going to waste any time are you?” Keegan says smiling over at her younger sister, proudly.
“Not a minute,” she says hopping out of the car and walking toward the garage.
She saunters in noticing the muscular arm behind the hood of an old Chevy.
“Hey cowboy,” she says.
Jimmy straightens up behind the hood of the car, he’d know that voice anywhere.
Closing the hood quickly, his eyes meet hers.
She smiles seeing his face, and the rest of his body covered in dirt and grease, evidence of a hard day at work.
He rushes over to her and pulls her into a hug, lifting her up slightly.
She squeals and hugs him back tightly.
Setting her down, he cups her face and stares into her eyes.
“You’re home. You’re really home.”
“I told you, you’d be my first stop. I don’t break promises,” she smiles.
He gives her his knowing look, and as he’s about to lean in for a kiss, the owner Frank comes in from the back of the shop with a car part. He spots Bailey.
“Why little Ms. Bailey, I heard you were coming home, but now I finally believe it! How are you cupcake?”
“Hi Frank, I’m good. How are you? Business seems to be well.”
“Well you know them cowboys and their cars, always racing them and getting into trouble. Come over and give old Frank a hug.”
Bailey and Jimmy untangle from each other and Bailey makes her way over to Frank to be greeted with a bear hug.
“I’ll give you two a minute. He’s off at 5, just so you know.” Frank says raising his eyebrow, smiling, he walks off to the back again.
“Subtlety…there’s a shortage in this town,” Jimmy says looking down, feeling his nerves kick into overdrive.
Jimmy and Bailey laugh.
“Hi,” she says turning back toward him.
“Hi,” he says walking over to her and wrapping his arms around her waist.
He remembers he’s a mess and pulls back. Bailey looks on confused.
“Sorry. I’m a bit of a filthy mess,” he laughs.
“That’s ok. I think it’s kinda sexy.” She smiles looking up at him, as she reaches for his hand, her fingers lacing through his.
Jimmy sighs, his heart pounding.
“Oh girl, don’t say things like that to me,” he says looking down at their hands.
Bailey smiles and inching toward him she pulls him to her by his white t-shirt.
“Where were we?” she says.
Jimmy smiles at her, but pulls away.
“What is with you?” she laughs.
Bailey’s heart begins to sink, as the wheels in her anxious little mind turn and turn spinning into confusion.
“Are you seeing someone else?” Bailey says coming to a new realization.
Jimmy looks at her sternly.
“Oh my god, you are. Your- seeing someone else. Its Casey Fields isn’t it? God, she’s always had a thing for you. It was only a matter of time I guess…as soon as I left I’m sure she just couldn’t wait to sink her claws into you.”
“Hey, stop it,” Jimmy says with a laugh as his hands grab her shoulders, cutting into her overthinking-rambling session.
Bailey looks up at him, with worried eyes.
“I am not seeing anyone else. I never could,” Jimmy says. “No one’s claws are getting anywhere near me, well …unless they’re yours of course,” he says his eyebrow raising up.
Bailey looks at him, a blush creeping onto her cheeks.
“Oh my god, then why are you letting me hit crazy overload? You know my wheels turn a mile a minute. You have to shut it down quickly.”
“Hey you jumped to conclusions first little Miss,” he smirks taking her hands in his.
“Maybe so. So why is it that a guy like you, doesn’t wanna kiss a girl like me?” she says her eyes smiling up at him.
“I’ve waited a long time to see you face to face. I just want it to be perfect. Not while I’m covered in car grease,” he says laughing.
“Ah ok. I mean, I get it. I probably still have plane hair and I- didn’t think this through. I just, we were driving through town and I saw your car and I just didn’t really have time to think, I just kinda went for it, well because I miss you. And I wanted to see you and-”
Jimmy watches her in rapid dialogue mode, as he laughs, he sighs, and rolls his eyes, grabbing her face, he kisses her.
Catching her off guard Bailey falls into it, as her hands wrap over his.
Pulling away Jimmy smiles at the mystical look on Bailey’s face.
Her eyes flutter open.
“Wow. That was so much better than I remember it. I mean of course I remember you always being a good kisser. I just meant that ya know this was just-”
Jimmy laughs again and pulls her into another kiss.
Bailey melts into his arms, feeling like everything is finally right in her world.
“Anybody ever tell you, you talk too much,” he says with a smirk.
“That was always our problem.”
“It’s not a problem,” he smiles, kissing her quickly one more time.
“Ok!” she laughs, slightly out of breath. “I should probably go, my family is waiting for me. And you have to get back to work. But I’ll see you later? For the carnival?”
“I’ll be there with bells on.”
“I’ll be the one in these leather brown boots,” she says pointing to her feet.
“Oh I noticed. Throw on your daisy dukes, and you may just have to sweep me up off the floor.”
“I’ll bring a broom,” she smiles and winks at him as she turns on her heel, her skirt ruffling in the breeze.
Jimmy looks after her, his eyes transfixed, his heart pounding, his knees buckling.
She always had a way of blowing into his world and changing everything, in the best possible way.
To be continued…
Working on Part 3 as we speak (posts this week are intended to stick to the Monday/Thursday schedule)
**BIG NEWS after that I am going to be giving my other short story series
On The Run
some much needed attention.
I’M BACK! 😀 #TakeThatWritersBlock
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