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He didn't know what he was expecting. But truth be told, Cori as always happened to surprise him. She was calm about it and even understood. [b "Wasn't silly darkin'.. I led you into that. Should have told you about her before this happened. So for that.. I'm sorry."] Travos said quietly. And he really was.
The moment her head was on his shoulder, the man visibly relaxed. Only she could calm him down in such a way. And gently, Travis' heas rested on hers. [b "I love you too, Cori."] He whispered, his hand moving into hers.
Not long after they sat, a waitress had come over with menus and asked what she could get them to drink
Cori smiled softly as Travis slide into the booth beside her. [b "You okay?"] she asked. She could sense that he was a little over the edge right now. [b "Whatever that was... Don't worry about it. She's obviously just pissed because you brought me here, instead of coming here to meet up with her."]
She nodded as she listened to Travis finally speak about the redhead. [b "Travis, it's really okay. It was stupid of me to think that there hadn't been anyone else since me. Travis."] she told him [b "It's really okay.."]
She smiled weakly and scooted closer to him, resting her head on his shoulder. [b "I love you."]
Usually he was so much better about his mouth and the cursing. But he had not taken lightly to Veronica and her going for Cori like that. When it came to Cori, Travis wasn't also the most controlled in temper. But that was only because he cared about her. He had not lied when he said she was his home and the only an he had ever really wanted and would want.
When they got to the booth and she pat the seat beside her, the man sighed and took it. It took him a moment to calm enough to get his thoughts together. A moment to figure out what exactly to tell Cori. God did he hope to hell she wouldn't be hating him.
[b "That was Veronica. A girl I dated when I moved here. She..for lack of better words was my rebound when we broke up. And to make this clear I never slept with her. She was just saying that to get to you. And the cursing like that.. I'm sorry, darlin'...but she came at you and when it comes to you I get protective. Always have."]
Cori just glared at the red head as she spat out all this stuff about statistics and movies. [b “Oh so you live in a world where you base your life on movies? Sounds like you need to get out and get your own, and stay the hell out of ours.”] she said.
She bit her lip once more as the woman started going on and on about god sex. [b “Oh so that’s why you can’t keep a man? You aren’t good in bed! Maybe you should try a little harder darlin.”] She straightened up when’s a Travis started talking, when he defended her. She mostly definitely wasn’t that type of her, and if anyone knew that, it was Travis. [b “Bye, V!”] she said when Travis tugged her away. She looked up at Travis. She had no idea what just happened, but boy. Was she curious as hell. [b “I’ve never heard you curse like before..”]
She slid into the booth and patted the spot beside her, glancing up st Travis. [b “Come here.”] she muttered softly. [b “Travis.. what was that?”]
Veronica was in shock as Cori said that she and Travis had dated in high school. She didn't even know anything really about his past. Just that he came here for college. "So he and you dated before and now are going to be moving in together. Good luck with that. Statistics say things like that don't always work and so does movies." The readhead said.
"For the record honey, I'm not easy. Only when I want the man do I let them have it. Keeps them wanting and keeps them with you. If you didn't put out, no wonder he didn't stay. Men usually want two things, one of which is good sex. Maybe you can learn something." Veronica said with a smirk and then looked up at Travis. She wanted the man to have her back.
[b "First off I'm not the man you think I am. And Cori sure as hell isn't the girl you think she is. She was and is my first love. This time I mean to keep her. So fuck the movies and the statistics. Second I respect her a hell of a lot for not putting it out there. That was one problem you and I had. So I thank god we didn't work."] He muttered, his arm tightening in Cori.
His look to her was one that was so broken. He needed her to know that this was NOT him. That she was who and what she wanted. He then looked to Veronica and gave a bow of his head. [b "Thanks, but I came to enjoy a night with my girl. So goin' to have to pass."] And with that, Travis gently tugged Cori with him and to an empty booth. He had a hell of a lot to explain. After that he owed it to her.
Cori smiled at the woman. She could kill her with the country charm and she probably wouldn’t even know what hit her. She looked at Travis, a hint of pain in her green eyes. [b “Yes Ma’am. That’s right.”] she simply said.
Her body stiffened when the woman said she must be a good piece of ass. She smirked slightly. [b “Well maybe he just likes that he was to work for it. You know, we all can’t be easy like you.”] She glanced up at Travis once more as she bit her lip. [b “I’m think I’m something special. After all. Travis is moving in with me after Graduation, I guess our story isn’t going to end in High School.”] she could see the surprise wash upon the redheads face. [b “Like yours ended in College.”]
[b “Travis and I dated all through high school.”] she said once and for all. She heard the one say the old booth was open, and she simply laughed. [b “Darlin, If you think you’re going to be sitting with us, you have another thing coming.”] Her body shivered slightly when she felt Travis”’ arm tighten around her body.
She glanced to up at Travis, silently praying that he would have her back.
Travis cursed under his breath. This was EXACTLY what he had been afraid of. But before he could even speak, Cori had wrappes her arm around his waist and her hand was on his chest. He could tell this wouldn't be good.
Piercing blue gaze went over the blonde and she smirked faintly. "Oh girlfriend, is that right? Well I'll let you in on a little secret. He's not dated anyone since me. So for him to date you, must be something special. Or give good sex." Veronica said, flipping her hair over her shoulder.
The woman KNEW that Travis wasn't the type to go for a piece of ass. But she was trying to keep this Cori girl away from HER man. They may not have been dating anymore but she still called claim to him.
"The booth with our old friends is still open. Why not come aot and bring your little toy with you? I'm sure the guys would just love her."
Travis there unfroze and his arm was around Cori. [b "Veronica enough."] He muttered and glanced nervously to Cori. God he hoped to hell she didn't take Veronica's words to heart. Cori was the ONLY girl for him. Everything he said back in the hotel he had absolutely meant. Now she would just have to trust him
[b “Well I hope I get to meet them before we leave after the ceremony!”] she said. [b “I understand. My sorority was crazy with ages.”] She looked around trying to find an open table, or even a booth. A booth would give them more privacy.
Her curiosity struck when Travis said he was hoping they didn’t run into someone, because he didn’t want her to meet said person. Why wouldn’t he want her to meet a friend? Maybe it was a weird not so good friend.
She stepped back after almost being knocked down by a redhead that had on too much eyeshadow, trying to get to Travis. [b “Wait. What... Trav??”] she muttered. She glanced at Travis and then back to the redhead. She stepped closer to Travis and rested one arm around his waist, and the other on his chest. [b “I’m Cori. His girlfriend.”]
[b "A couple of us are graduating in the same ceremony but some have a couple more semesters to go. The group ranges a bit in our ages but it's kind of fun when not all being children. And no..I never got up to sing. You were my partner or always there. So without you I kinda gave up on it."] He admitted being called out of his thoughts.
[b "Yeah, darlin'. I'm good but a little worried we'll be runnin' into someone here rhat I don't want you to meet."] Travis muttered as he had.opened the door for her and smiled when she thanked him and walked in.
It was when he entered behind her did Trav stiffen. For a redhead with bright blue eyes came running over and hugged him. "Trav!" She squealed and then pulled back to look at Cori. "Oh who's this?" The young woman, Veronica asked as her arms crossed. She and Travis weren't a thing but she still liked to act like she has claim on him.
The woman couldnt help but smile as she felt Travis pull her closer to him. They didn't have to hide here, they could be however they wanted to be... They could be in love.
[b "That's kind of exciting. Back in High School, we had the same friend group.. I'm interested to see what kind of friends you have now. Are they all graduating in a few days too?"] she asked. [b "Did you ever get up and sing?"] She had flashbacks of them singing when they were just driving around. She noticed her had gone quiet after that. [b "Sweetie, are you alright?"] she asked.
She looked up when he held the door open. [b "Thank you."] she said as she walked inside. This was definielty a happening place.
As soon as her arm draped into his, Travis drew her closer. Here they didn't have to be afraid of letting anyone know what they were. They didn't have to hide. Hell he wanted it known that he and Cori were together.
[b "You know, we might neet a few of them. I'm not exactly sure. But yeah it is a place popular among the college students. I think the have special little dance nights, singing competions and stuff three times a week."] Travis said with a chuckle as they walked.
But he did fall silent as he was thoughtful too. Her reminding him what a hot spot it was made him hope to hell Veronica wouldn't be there. She had been the girl he had tried to date after Cori. And she had been..well he just hoped she wouldn't be.
When they got there, Travis held the door open for her. [b "After you."]
Cori smiled softly as she looked up at him. He had been watching her then. Her eyes sparkled slightly. [b "You're so sweet."]
She nodded as he spoke after what she had told him, about following him anywhere. [b "You wouldn't be making me do anything that I don't already want to do, love."] she said softly. [b "You're right... We will figure it out... Together."]
She looked down when he offered her his arm and she grinned. [b "A fun night out is just what we need."] she said as she wrapped her arm through his own. [b "Do you think we will be running into any of your friends tonight? The way you spoke, I kind of figured that this bar is the happening place for students?"]
He had not wanted her to hear her because he had wanted to take those moments to admire and to appreciate her. And when she glanced up and his words and said she didn't hear him, Trav chuckled and nodded. [b "Didn't want you to because I wanted to admire you, darlin'."] The man said and then shook his head. [b "Thank ya. But you are the one who look amazing in anything she wears."] God he had missed her and this. Why the hell had he been so stupid and stubborn those years back?
And he gave her a nod about being ready to go when she asked. But she began with her words and he couldn't help the tears from stinging his eyes. Yup, he was definitely fighting for her this time and never ketting go. [b "I'm not going to make you move. And I would go anywhere with you. We will figure it out, Cors."]
She was the only thing he was sure he wanted and would ever need. And when she looked up at him with that soft smile, Travis gently kissed her. [b "Enough of the heavy. Lets go and have a fun time."] He whispered and offered his arm. The bar/steakhouse he had told her about wasn't that far and it was a nice evening.
Cori glanced up when she heard Travis' voice. [b "I didn't even hear you!"] she said as she stood up with a grin. [b "Thank you sweetheart. You look so handsome... Though you look good in just about anything."] she told him with a twinkle in her eyes. [b "You ready to head out?"] She grabbed her purse and slung it over her shoulder.
[b "Before we go.. Can I say something?"] she asked. [b "I meant what I said eariler. I will follow you wherever you go, Travis. I love my school, but there are first graders that need teaching every where.. It's easier for me to find a postion than you finding a law firm that would benefit you."] she said. [b "I will go wherever you want to go. I'm not running anymore. You are all that I will EVER need."]
She looked up at him, smiling softly. [b "Okay... Enough with the heavy."] she spoke softly [b "Lets go out?"]
Even he couldn't help the sting of tears to his own eyes at her words. He wasn't one to cry much and so the tears didn't fall, just had a sparkle to his eyes that normally wasn't there. And from her wirds, Travis knew she meant them. Both of them were determined to not let what they had die this time around.
[b "I was about to ask if you were seriously. Even if you were it wouldn't have bothered me."] The man said with a chuckle as he kissed her cheek.
Travis was always quick with showers. Maybe ten minutes later he came out wearing black slacks and a blue button up with his favourite cowboy boots. As he stood in the doorway if the bathroom and watched her, the man smiled. [b "Lookin' as beautiful as ever darlin'."]
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