"I can't imagine what that's like. I mean, we're both busy people, he has this career in broadcasting and I have a rising blog. The idea is...scary..." Iris said taking off the boot to rub her feet. The girls seemed so happy.
"They're going back this weekend and next week I'm going back to Portand and see where the cards lie," she said playing with the ring. "So, a year...is it still hard?"
Kane sighed, "I'm sorry you have to deal with that... and if I can make a difference for ya'll on this trip then my job is done... I'm moving back home. As much as I love Nashville, I can commute the three hours there to make sure that I don't have to live in the same house and see her everywhere... I would walk into the kitchen and see her and blink and realize I was seeing things. "
"I wasn't a fan of the outfit. I had blisters for a week," she chuckled. She couldn't act too cozy or comfortable. She was still a very married woman who loved her husband and daughters. That temptation was there though and he looked so much like how she always thought he would be.
The girls seemed to enjoy their time there. Even Abby who enjoyed the city part of Portland while Cy enjoyed the woods and rivers. The owner was glad to have them back.
"I haven't seen them have this much fun in a while. Not since they went with their mom took them to L.A. She's a bitch," Iris said sitting down.
Kane nodded, “We can go, it’s no trouble plus it’s fun.” He said smirking. He would never suggest something if he didn’t think she and the girls would like it. “Bab...Iris.” He said almost slipping, “Didn’t you like going when I took you before, we got cider and petted reindeer, like I said it’s a fun time.” He said smiling. The girls seemed interested as to why her and Kane dated, they didn’t match.
They loved to hear these stories and Iris was finding it weird. They saw her as this adult when she barely considered herself as an adult when she met them.
She shook her head but loved feeling like this again. She went city before moving here.
"We should have enough time, what do you girls say?" She asked adjusting the bag.
"That sounds gross," Abby made a face.
"Let's do it. We wanted to last year but David was working," Iris said.
Kane smiled and talked to the girl, “I used to hunt not far from here, took Iris once and she almost knocked me out of the tree stand.” He said chuckling. “Never got anything that day, she kept me laughing, like always.” He smiled to the teenager, “Thefez a reindeer farm
Not far from here, have y’all ever seen a live reindeer?” Kane asked the girls. He would love to
Take them there.
After a few minutes of splashing and playing. With partially wet clothes the tour continued, the path was popular and for good reason. Iris had a lot of fun, longer than she had remembered before. She loved her husband still and had no thoughts of straying or leaving him.
Cyril lingered by Kane while Iris and Abby began talking about something else up front.
She began asking questions about the wild life here relaxing into her old self.
Iris flashed him a smile as if saying thank you.
Kane chuckled, "Alright I'll put you down." He used to trade things like that for kisses but she still had a ring on her finger and he wasn't about to kiss her in front of her girls, no matter how much he wanted to. They were just starting to like him.
Kane put her down at the edge of the river, balancing her before letting go completely. "Some things never change."
Ever the odd couple. There was the height differences, temperament and somehow it had worked for three years. Until they both had decided on different paths.
"No...no...I am not getting soaked in these clothes. Put me down," she said hitting his chest lightly, but laughed. The girls were having fun and that was a good sound.
It was fun being back out here.
Kane nodded, “we shall.” He said smirking and pulling his old truck he had in high school. “race ya!” He called or running towards the water and kicking his shoes off as he went. He fell behind just enough to scoop her up into his arms and run into the water with her laughing the entire time. He knew she was going to scream at him not to drop her like he used to but he loved hearing her voice.
"He knows better than that," Iris said knowingly. He wouldn't file yet, not until he found a good story to tell his partners. "It's been eight years, it might be easy to talk but we live on other sides of the countries. And those girls, are my life, my daughters. Blood or not..."
They were both beautiful and amazing girls and the idea scared her more than it should have scared her.
"Should we go join them?" She asked starting to take off her shoes to go splash in the water.
“He already filed didn’t he? I’m sorry but what kind of man would leave you. I always regretted breaking up but we were both leaving at the time and I didn’t want to hurt you more by being long distance...I still love you Iris.” He muttered and looked to the girls. “You can have your own kids you know...kids with your smile and those cheeks, it’s just different, I know.”
"I wonder what they think they are. It really was just pranked. I did feel bad for getting you in so much trouble in the past," Iris smiled. Soon the girls were playing by the side of the river talking and laughing normally.
That did feel good, though also a little sad knowing she still cared deeply about her husband.
"I think...I could go without David. I had to for a bit. What would kill me is not having them in my life. I want to be there for the first big boyfriend, more dances and stress about school. Even when they yell at me and say I don't understand."
Kane nodded, “Immglad I can help, like I said I don’t have any kids and getting to hang out with some even if their teenagers is helping me too, I get to pick on them and hide our secrets from them and it infuriates them but at the same time it’s funny as hell.” He took her hand like he used to and pulled it to his lips, kissing the back of it. Hoping the girls didn’t see.
"I wonder if she ever figured out that it was us," Iris laughed, she had been the prankster and he the height. Everyone knew that she had been the ringleader since they first became friends at fourteen, one year later they had been dating.
The girls were curious now, even Cyril began to engage at the end of the lunch.
At the river they set off to get pictures and look around.
"It's good to see Cy engaging with you. She's been sullen for the last month, I think it has something to do with her mom. She's a good girl and likes the woods," Iris said enjoying being back here, taking a leisure pace.
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