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[b "I won't stop ya in giving him a black eye. He'd deserve it if he eats your sandwhich. Though we'll just have to tell my mama what he did this time."] The man said, chuckling. It really did amuse him that Cori had threatened that considering he knew that MOST the time she didn't have a violent bone in her body.
And after her spoken words did Travis gently tug her into the house with him. He knew that for a little while they would have to endure his nosy cousin and all the questions that would be coming their way. But he also knew that that night he intended to sneak out and take her out on Misty again. He found he enjoyed those nights and the true quiet alone time they got to spend together.
[#81e66b "Took the two of you love birds long enough. Was gettin' hungry and almost ate the sandwhiches on my own."] John said, chuckling when the two came in. Oh he was going to be asking them TONS of questions. Cori said not to tell but she didn't say he could not ask.
Cori smiled when Travis chuckled. No doubt that he had caught wind of her hidden saying. She'd never forget the day that John sulked back into Mrs. Chamberlins kitchen with a black eye and apolgized to her, with Travis right behind him. Poor Mrs. Chamberlin didn't know what to do. She never condoned violence, but she was also proud of Travis for sticking up for his girl all at the same time.
Her eyes fluttered as she listened to him speak of the road trip. [b "I cannot wait to see you walk across that stage. I'm just so darn proud of you, Travis.."] she said. [b "But yes. Not having to hide for at least a few days will be amazin'."]
She couldn't help but blush as she felt Travis' lift her hand to his lips. It sent shivers down her spine. She loved it when he did that. [b "If he eats my sandwich, he'll not only have gotten a black eye from you, but now from me as well. I'm hungry."] she said, grinning.
A chuckle slipped the man's lips at her explanation of why his cousin actually listened. But she did have a point. The last time John had upset Cori was their junior year of high school and his first year of college. He had teased the girl and made her cry which in turn earned him a bruised shoulder and black eye from Travis. Now being older and stronger, the man could do way more damage if it came to it. Though most the time his nature was more easy going and he didn't like to hurt people.
[b "The road trip and alone time will be nice. Lord knows this is drivin' me crazy. At least then we won't have to hide."] He whispered, hands on her hips and lips still pressed to hers. God he didn't want to let go but knew he had to.
He sighed as he did pull back just enough so he could look into her eyes. [b "I know, darlin'. But like you said.. right now the time still doesn't feel right. But we will soon."] And with that, his hand moved once more to take hers and brought it to his lips. [b "Maybe we really should get inside. John's already at the table and we both know he will eat it all if we're not careful."] Yup he was trying to lighten things and see that beautiful smile he loved
Cori couldn't help but smirk as John walked into the house carrying one of the bags with food in it. [b "We need to get in there or he is going to eat all the sandwiches."] she said. She nodded when she heard Travis' statement about John. [b "Eh.. I think it's partially because he's afraid of me, mixed with a little he's wrapped around my finger, AND that he's afraid of what you would do if he upset me that bad."] she explained.
She couldn't help but blush as she felt herself being pulled closer to Travis. [b "Mhm. I can't wait for our road trip. At least we'll have a little bit of privacy."] she said. She grinned against his lips. After the kiss, she wrapped her arms around Travis' neck and just stood there, against him. She didn't want to let go. She sighed before speaking. [b "We need to tell everyone, y'know? It's just going to get harder, keeping all this a secret."]
It was funny to Travis how easily Cori seemed to get John to listen to her. He had been trying for an HOUR and his cousin had been giving him grief the whole time. But then, the young woman had ALWAYS been able to get his cousin to listen or at least get him to promise to keep his mouth shut. Should that have him worried? Maybe a little but he didn't and was just glad she did manage it.
[b "You know you still got it when it comes to him."] Travis said, the smile growing even wider as he saw the smile on her face. What could he say? She had an amazing smile and it was contagious.
Her next words made him chuckle and he pulled her close to him, kissing her. Since his cousin knew, there was no harm or foul. [b "Yes, ma'am..and I've missed you too."] He whispered against her lips before he pulled back and once more smiled to her.
Cori watched John intently, studying his facial expression as it was like he was thinking every single word that she had just said, over. She was praying that he would keep their secret, a secret. It wasn't his to tell by any means, but John sometimes had a big mouth.
She felt like she could breathe again when she heard his responce. [b "Thank you."] she mumbled, glancing to Travis as John took one of the bags. [b "We'll tell everyone soon.. We just have to figure out what the best way is... This is still a difficult time. We don't want to overwhelm anybody.."]
She glanced down when she felt Travis' hand take ahold of her own. She couldn't wipe the smile off her face even if she had wanted too. [b "Now. Since that's taken care off.."] she said [b "How about you give your girlfriend a proper greeting? I missed you."]
The man looked between Cori and Travis as the two spoke. In his mind he was picturing them in their teen years and how this seemed so very much the same. Seemed even now the pair had the others back. Funny when he thought about it because there were some couples who did do better the second time around.
John held up his hands and smirked. [#81e66b "Alright, alright. I won't be sayin' a word. But this is on the two of you. Best thing though is don't wait too long and don't play with fire."] And he left it at that as he reached for one of the bags that Cori still had in hand.
Travis shot his cousin a look. But he couldn't help a faint smile. [b "We're not planning to wait too long. Just we want an idea of where we stand and how this will go. After all..like Cori said IF something should happen this time no one else should be hurt but is."] He said quietly.
Slowly his hand moved into hers and gave a squeeze. It was his silent promise that he would try this time. Even fight her on it if things became to tough. He wanted this and he wanted her. It was like he said a few weeks back, the girl held his heart.
Cori was looking around, wondering if Travis would be up in the house or out on the farm with Misty. [b "Maybe I should've called first.."] she mumbled to herself.
She glanced up when she seen something move out of the corner of her eye. Her heart felt like it was about to beat out of her chest when she realized it was Travis. [b "Hi, sweetheart."] she said with a huge smile on her face. [b "How are you?"] She was about to take one step forward and wrap her arms around him, when she froze, seeing John. She glanced at Travis. He was getting "what the heck is going on" look.
[b "Oh.. Uh. Hi, John.. Ho- How've you been? It's defniielty been a long time."] she said. She looked over at Travis and smiled weakly. [b "I bought sandwiches and sweet tea from Maggie's... Are we hungry?"] She glanced over at John.
[b "So. Here's how it needs to go down. Travis and I are trying this again.. We don't want the family getting their hopes up right now. Not with everything that has happened.. No one else needs to get hurt. We're going to tell them all eventually, just haven't figured out when and how.."] she explained [b "Please, John. I don't want anyone else getting hurt this summer.."]
[#81e66b "Travis why don't you want anyone to know? You know your mama would be happy to hear that you and Cori FINALLY patched things up. We all always did figure the two of you would end up together as it was."] John said as he was working just on the otjer side of his cousin.
[b "Cori and I wanted to keep it to ourselves for now. We're not even sure how this will go but are prayin' that it will go better than the last time. Just we figured not telling anyone would be better in case it ends like the last time. No reason to be gettin' everyone's hopes up and to have them crash back down."] Travos admitted and prayed to god that his cousin would drop it. But of course it was not dropped and the man of twenty-seven had the slightly older man grilling him with all sorts of questions. Now he really wished he would have gone with his mama or sent John to work on another part of the farm. Maybe even to clean the horses' stalls. ANYTHING would have been better.
He was not sure how long it had been but soon Cori's voice rang out as she called out to him. Without much thought, the man rested the shovel he had against the fense and nearly ran to meet her. Almost did he pull her into an embrace and kiss her. BUT before he could, John was close behind.
[#81e66b "Howdy there, Cori. Been a long time since seeing you here like this."] The man said, a sly smile slipping to his lips. It was his 'I know and you better start talking' smile.
Travis sighed and gave an apologetic look to Cori. [b "He knows...and now I need your help getting him to keep his mouth shut.."]
The young woman heard her phone ding as she was walking back out to her rental car. She loaded all her bags into the trunk of the car before she pulled her phone out. Her eyes scanned the messaged and simply smiled. She didn't text back, she was planning on stopping by by Maggie's and getting a quick bite, for herself and Travis. She wasn't sure what his Mother would be up to, so she would just get a few extra sandwhiches just in case.
The next thirty minutes, the woman drove back to her little hometown. She was growing more and more anxious with her relationship with Travis. She wasn't sure how it would work out, but she was excited to see where things would go for them.
It didn't help her stess level that the other day, after she had come home from Dinner with Travis, her Mother basically interegated her. The older woman meant well, she knew that. But she didn't want anyone getting hurt if she and Travis didn't work out. She had yet to tell Travis about it.
She hummed along with the Radio as she pulled into the side street parking lot of Maggie's. She quickly placed her order and thanked the older woman at the counter. She grabbed the bag of sandwiches and the gallon of ice tea before heading back out to her car.
Soon enough, she was pulling into Travis' dirt road of a driveway, they lived a bit off the road. She seen that Mrs. Chamberlin's truck was gone, which told her that she wasn't home. [b "Travis?"] she called as she stepped out of her car.
Three weeks. It had been three weeks since he could not sleep and he had taken Cori out just like he used to in high school. None of what came to pass he had expected but it had actually been the happiest night of his life. Well aside from the first time he had asked her to be his girl and she had said yes. The two had decided to try again, which was a VERY big decision on both of their parts. They even decided the best way to go was keeping it from their parents this time around. There was no need to bring them in and have them hurt IF things didn't work out this time. It would be one hell of a heartbreak if it happened again..but it was one he would be willing to suffer because he wanted this..wanted her.
He had talked to both Cori and his mama in how they had wanted to work the rides to Idaho for his graduation since it was quickly approaching. And it turned out his mama had talked to his uncle and cousins just that week and set up riding with them. And it was decided that Cori would ride with him himself. A little nervous was what it had him, but overly Travis could admit that he was looking forward to the alone time. Though he did worry about how much longer they could keep the secret from their families. Already it was pretty clear that they were STARTING to get suspicious.
On this particular day, Travis was out working the farm with his cousin John and he stopped with the vibration in his pocket. The man was quick to pull out his phone to see the text he had been sent. And when he did, the same smile that used to slip to his lips was upon them. [i 'I know and I miss you too.. We pretty much have been..it's been nice and like the old days.. Can't wait to see you when you get back'] He texted her back and shoved the phone back into his pocket.
[#81e66b "So gonna tell me who it was? You only EVER smiled like that when... Wait are you and Cori?"] John asked with a sly smile as he looked at Travis.
[b "I swear to god John.. you say ANYTHING I'll kill you. Just you can 't say a word."] He grumbled. He would have to pull John and Cori both aside later and talk to them. More like get Cori's help in getting John to keep his mouth shut.
How had it already been three weeks since that night? The night that she decided to take the biggest chance of her entire life? She and Travis had been a 'thing' now for three weeks. They had tried to keep it hidden from there parents as much as they possibly could, that part was her own idea. She wasn't sure what would happen, and she didn't want to give their parents false hope, not that their relationship was doomed or anything like that. She just wanted to make sure this was one hundred percent more than likely going to work before they told everyone. She didn't want anyone else getting hurt with their business. Their parents thought they were just really good friends at this point.
It had been decided that Mrs. Chamberlin would ride down to Idaho for Travis' graduation with his uncle, aunt and cousins. They said none of them were going to miss their boy graduating from Law School. Cori would be riding down with Travis, himself. She was actually kind of nervous about the entire thing.. Would they be able to keep their relationship a secret for much longer?
While Travis was out working on his farm, Cori had decided to drive over to the next town, the one that had a mall. She needed a new dress. It wasn't every day that your boyfriend graduated from Law. She was so proud of him. [I "I miss you.. Feels weird. We've practically been inseparable these last few weeks."] she texted Travis.
A while later, she was satisfied with her shopping trip. She got a few new outfits to take with her on the trip, plus two dresses because she couldn't decide.
Oh her knew the young woman better than anyone. Or he had at a time that was. So he knew that she had not meant what she said the way it had sounded. Did that stop it from stinging? Nope, but she had been being honest. And givem it all, the man truly could not fault her. [b "No need. We were both sayin' things and in a way clearing the air. So it"s okay, really."] He said quietly as he knew Cori felt guilty for what she had said and how she had.
Travis had believed in fate or destiny for all his life. To him there was always reason behind why things happened. Nothing truly was left to chance or coincidencd. It was just the way he saw things. So..maybe his father dying was his father's last attempt at bringing them together again? Kind of funny but he would not put it past gis farher as he had ALWAYS wanted for Cori and Travis to be together. So even in death, it seemed the man was trying to help them out.
[b "You know.. It's been the same way for me. Since we were in high school no one could compare to you.. You stole my heart and well haven't given it back since... Kind of makes me think of the Ed Sheeran song 'Perfect'.."] He admitted with a faint colouring to his cheeks. The last words to that sentence he had NOT meant to say but they had slipped anyway..
It felt like her heart was shattering when she realized what she had said. She had just admitted that she had tried so hard to get over him, but she couldn't. Nothing worked. She went out with her girl friends, went on dates with other men, but none were Travis. [b "I- I'm sorry..."] she said softly. [b "I shouldn't have said it like that."]
She truly believed that everything happened for a reason, as bad as it was, maybe something great would come from Mr. Chamberlins death. Maybe he was even he was even behind this, behind herself and Travis trying again.
Cori couldn't help but grin up at Travis. [b "It's always been you. You stole my heart at seventeen, and I never got it back."] she whispered. [b "Travis.. It's you. I've always wanted you.."]
Had hearing her words hurt? Of course they had. Who in their right mind wanted to hear that the one they loved had tried to move on and tried damn hard at it? But he could not help a slight feeling of smugness when she had admitted that they weren't him and a cowboy in Seattle was nearly a no go.
[b "We both had tried and failed in that regard.. each girl I dated after you didn't last more than two weeks. They were just not you. You are the one I wanted..still do."] Oh god he again couldn't seem to keep his words locked in his head. Some of them he wished to hell he could.
Her last words were what really caught his attention and he gave her a small smile. Could this end badly? Absoultely..but was it worth the try? One hundred percent yes
[b "I was hoping you might agree.."] Travis finally whispered.
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