"I didn't say that I loved the house, I said I was glad you did. Were you listening? No, of course not. You want that bigger house, vaulted ceilings and homeowners association crap..." Iris ran a hand through her hair. "I don't want that house when we'd barely get by after that."
The girls seemed to be having fun there. "First mention divorce and now you make an offer on a house with our money!"
It was a small scene and the girls noticed.
"Mom and dad haven't been getting along. I think they might split up," Cyril said softly. "That's what our mom said, anyway, he was going to leave her for someone younger."
"Its not problem." Kane said and continued telling the girls about when he went to Canada to play a show and almost fell off the stage. They seemed to love his embarassing stories.
David looked to Iris, "We can afford the morgage payments and you said yourself that you loved the house and it would be a good place to raise the girls. Do you not want it now?"
It was puzzling why David was here, or even why to invite Kane. It was as if there was a contest. It was when it came a discussion about the houses that she understood why he was sucking up.
"Did you really make an offer on that house without asking me? And one that's above what we bring in," Iris said quietly before standing up. "Let's talk. Do you mind keeping an eye on them, Kane?"
She had lived with her parents fighting, so they did their best but sometimes she just didn't do very well.
Kane nodded, "I'll get more information about it to you so you can look it over... I need someone for that as soon as possible." Kane knew everything on the menu here and was in the mood for the country fried steak. He loved it and this was the best place for it, that and biscuits and gravy but he wasn't really in the mood for breakfast at the moment. He ordered a sweet tea when the waitress took their drink orders.
"Um, actually, we were going through old pictures two weeks ago. And he saw our prom photos and I told him about us," Iris explained before smiling. "Thanks, I can't take all the credit. I have some amazing writers, about to get two more in two weeks."
The offer was interesting and she'd need a better source of income if she did get divorced. "I'd definitely wouldn't say no." Sitting next to David who was usually chipper. He kissed her cheek before looking over the menu asking questions about what was on there.
Kane chuckled, "Her darlin', I ran into your husband in town and he said I must be Kane... I guess theres not too many tattooed biracial men in town... pretty sure I'm the only one theres ever been so I stick out like a sore thumb." He said with a smile. The girls waved to him and Kane waved back and said, 'So I read your blog... your good... really good... I'm looking for someone to run my websites and social media, would you be interested?"
David was a friendly, easy going man, there was no doubt about that. He almost seemed to forget about that conversation. He gave a nod and a smile.
"I'm sure she has your number and I'll mention it. How about tomorrow night?" David asked before his phone rang. "It's good to meet you. Sorry about your loss again. I couldn't imagine losing Iris that way."
He stepped to check out. It did all seem well.
The next night, Iris had agreed to the dinner, though was extremely confused. The girls were happy to share this time with their dad. She dressed a summer dress in sandals on, enjoying the warmth and David seemed to be appreciating it.
"Hi, Kane," Iris said giving him a one armed hug. Trying to not look too familiar in front of David.
"Let Iris know, I'm available any time. The girls too, I wouldn't want to leave them out." he said smiling to the man and scrolled through the site. He would read it later. Anything Iris did was bound to be great, she was good at things like that. Always had been, she had been the only reason he graduated, she did his homework when he as working tow jobs to keep a roof over his and his mother's heads.
"I'm sorry for your loss," David nodded before giving a small chuckle. "She's still like that. It's why she makes a better boss than an employee. Before she started the blog as a business she had actually did a lot pranks at the company in Seattle."
Pulling out his tablet he pulled up the url. "She probably didn't give this to you but you should read it. Anyway...I'm going to get his back to the hotel. Maybe we should all do dinner sometime."
Kane nodded, "Country singer and on the top of the charts but my wife passed last year and I'm taking some time off... selling the house in Nashville... I can't go back there... its hard. "he said sighing, "I'm just glad Iris found someone who loves her... yeah we caused a lot of trouble together. A lot of things we will take to the grave." Kane said thinking about the baby scare.
"We know as adults that there are exes. It's actually nice to meet you, I heard a lot of stories about the trouble she got you into. So she really was a big trouble maker then, wasn't she?" David asked picking up her favorite drinks. "She tells me that you became a country star."
Iris managed to text him at this point mostly annoyed about the condos and how long it was taking. She didn't know at all, though it would be a good surprise.
Kane nodded... "yeah I'm Kane, Kane Brown... nice to meet you... I had no idea Iris was married. I just moved back to town for awhile and ran into her yesterday. Your girls are sweet girls and they have a great step mom." he muttered not wanting to upset the man, he was shocked that he was there as Iris had said that he wasn't coming with them or to see them.
It wasn't the Portland mall they still had fun buying new items, then got wrangled into looking for condos in another chic town forty-five minutes away.
David arrived while they were gone and happened to be at the same store that Kane was in.
"Hey, I know you...you dated Iris in high school. She mentioned you when we first met," he said holding a hand out. "I'm David, the guy that somehow won her over. Either that or it was my girls."
He was a good looking guy, tall, a bit older but seemed her sort.
Kane sighed, "Call me tomorrow... please... I miss you and your girls already." It was obvious to the girls that Iris still loved Kane but they loved to see her happy even if it wasn't with their father. The next day Kane waited on her call. He had nothing better to do and she was all he could think about... and everything they had been though. He loved her.
"And being one those teenage couples from high school? What were there? Fifteen....You became a famous musician and I love my life..." Iris sighed but looked to him. It was hard to hear this when it had been rough for a few months.
"We'll see each other soon, okay?" She said before nodding to him. Starting back in, she would spend some time on her work and then tomorrow take the girls out for a shopping trip.
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