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Author Topic: An Apple a Day  (Read 866 times)

Offline James Hendricks

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Re: An Apple a Day
« Reply #30 on: May 02, 2017, 03:36:34 PM »
8 is perfect

James couldn't help smiling at that. To be fair, he was shocked he agreed to it. Dress code? The fuck did she think he was taking her to? Wait a second. He knew the question was likely bait. She enjoyed getting all dolled up and being taken to a fancy place.

Wear something fancy. And be prepared to speak Italian.He sent it back, hoping she caught the hint. He knew her favorite restaurant around here was Luigi's, a little bistro in Fayetteville.

The last time they had been there, together, was the night she'd told him she was pregnant - they'd celebrated there. He suddenly hoped she didn't have bad memories of that place, else his plan would be fucked.
« Last Edit: May 02, 2017, 04:29:56 PM by James Hendricks »

Offline Elizabeth Clark

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Re: An Apple a Day
« Reply #31 on: May 02, 2017, 11:09:29 PM »
Elizabeth knew full well that James was not the sort of man to enjoy getting dressed up for a date. It had never bothered her, but effort was attractive. The question may have been bait, but she hadn't meant it in exactly that sort of way. His response was actually not what she had expected and that alone made her excited.

He was trying and she was loving it.

Lainey had returned to her perch and glanced over to read the texts. "So, what are you going to wear?"

Ellie smiled slyly. "Something that will make his jaw drop."

"I'd love to see his face when that happens."

No expectations, right?"

"And there you go ruining it." Lainey scowled at her over the rim of her glass.

Ellie shook her head. "That man needs boundaries. Even you know that."

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Re: An Apple a Day
« Reply #32 on: May 03, 2017, 01:58:33 AM »
No expectations..

James smirked. She was playing smart. His momma raised him right, but after a few drinks and staring at her in whatever no doubt stunning number she'd be in, even the stoutest of self control would falter. He thought about his response for a minute before sending it.

Red, I'm just glad you agreed to have a dinner with me. You know me, I don't expect shit.

As much as he hated being dressed up, he was excited for this. He didn't realize how much he'd truly missed her until the opportunity to have her back presented itself. This was turning out to be a much better day than he'd originally thought.

Offline Elizabeth Clark

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Re: An Apple a Day
« Reply #33 on: May 04, 2017, 11:16:03 AM »
I know you better than you think.

It was meant as a joke. As in, she knew very well where his mind was capable of wandering. For the time being, Elizabeth knew that they needed to only talk. Anything physical would cloud her mind and leave her making stupid decisions.

This time, she didn't mind him using his personal nickname for her. This time it made her grin.

But good. 8 on Friday. Dinner and talking.

Offline James Hendricks

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Re: An Apple a Day
« Reply #34 on: May 04, 2017, 09:03:02 PM »
Sully smirked at her quip. She did, indeed, know him all too well. He took a moment and texted back:
Sounds good. Unless you want to be dolled up at work, you need to send me your address.

He sent the text and reclined back. He looked at his watch. It was nearly 10. He had an early day tomorrow and the shine was suddenly starting to hit him like a sledgehammer. I'm about to hit the hay, but I'll text when I wake up.
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Friday came all too quickly, but he was glad for it. It was 19:30, and he was already getting ready. The time off had made him run out of things to do, so he figured he might as well be early.

He grabbed a shower, and got dressed - a simple pair of gray dress pants, black shoes, and a gray sports coat. He had a button up blue dress shirt underneath that. Before he headed out the door, he slipped his folding knife into his pocket, clipping it to the edge. He also made sure to slide his Smith&Wesson M&P Shield chambered in 9mm into his paddle holster and then clipped that onto his belt.

The drive to her house wasn't far - she was in the city limits, so the quick jaunt from his house near base in Spring Lake.
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Offline Elizabeth Clark

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Re: An Apple a Day
« Reply #35 on: May 10, 2017, 07:22:56 PM »
For Ellie, the week dragged on. She was pulled for Deployment Health and got the joy of having children and families as patients again. It was a nice change from crabby soldiers. Yet, it did nothing to speed up time. Friday finally came and now she felt as if she was counting down minutes. Lainey made sure to bug her and joke about her teenage giddiness, but it was obvious the woman felt as if she had played fate.

"Play nice and for the love of God, don't fight." Lainey was grinning as they were walking to their cars. "Give the guy the benefit of the doubt and let him fix his shit."

"I got it, Lainey." Elizabeth pulled her keys out of her pocket. "Should I expect a call from you when I get home."

Lainey looked as if she was thinking about the question for a moment. "How about you call me. Never know what might happen. I would t want to interrupt a moment of reconnection." She winked and ran to her car.

"I think you want this more than me!"

"I've seen that dreamy look in your eye. You want it. Bad." Lainey was soon pulling out and Ellie was on her way home within a few seconds.

***

It had taken her far too long to figure out what to wear - nevermind that she had already decided earlier in the week. Three outfits changes later, she was taking one last good look in the mirror when she heard his truck pull into her driveway. There was no mistaking the rev of that engine. Butterflies came to life in her belly, reminding her of the first few times he had returned home from training or deployments. The excitement had faded away, but she never forgot how she felt in the beginning.

She was nervous and excited and it was then that Elizabeth realized that this was what she missed the most - being excited and anticipating his returns and presence. Not all the fault rested on him. She had allowed herself to let that fade.

Standing in the small foyer, she waited for his knock while she gathered her senses and smoothed her dress and hair.

Offline James Hendricks

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Re: An Apple a Day
« Reply #36 on: May 11, 2017, 03:37:00 PM »
Sully left the engine running and made the quick walk up the walk to her front door. He made sure his jacket was straight and knocked on the door firmly. He had to admit he was slightly nervous, which was an odd sensation for him.

When the door opened, he smiled. "Hey there." He said as she greeted him. "You about ready to head out?"


Offline Elizabeth Clark

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Re: An Apple a Day
« Reply #37 on: May 19, 2017, 02:45:32 AM »
If she thought seeing him would make all her nervousness go away, Ellie was sadly mistaken. He was always so rough around the edges and it had been what she had initially fallen in love with. He was unpredictable and so unlike her. Somehow, for most of their marriage, it had worked. Even now, dressed up a bit stiffer than normal, she still saw the roughened man she had adored.

She grinned at him after she'd opened the door and gathered her purse. The black dress she had chosen clung to soft curves and the heels made her only slightly taller, but still below his height. Her hair was curled and pinned away from her face and she had forgone the glasses and opted for contacts.

Ellie was grateful that he was showing effort and her smile showed that.

"I am." She replied. "I won't keep you waiting tonight."

Offline James Hendricks

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Re: An Apple a Day
« Reply #38 on: May 20, 2017, 04:09:05 PM »
Sully felt his breath catch in his chest when she opened the door. The entire childhood, he'd never viewed her in that way. But as they'd grown older, their relationship had changed, and he still remembered the first time he took her out. The same tight chest that he'd felt when she opened the door, they were in high school, but even still he saw that same girl who'd saw through his bluster.

He finally caught his breath. "Red, I'd wait for you all night long if you asked nice." He said as he saw that sweet smile that meant she was genuinely happy.  "You look so amazing, by the way." He mentioned as he offered her his arm and then escorted her down the walkway after she locked up.

When they got to the truck, he opened the door for her and helped her climb up into the cab. It wasn't that high up, but still, in a dress that tight she'd need some assistance.

He got back in the driver's seat and pulled down the driveway. "Did you have a good day at work?" he asked.

 



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