Kane chuckled, “I’m glad I’m the same Kane Brown, we have stories that we will take to our graves.” He muttered nudging Iris, “Right RiRi...” he said smirking.
The girls wanted to know more and Kane held his hands up, “hey girls I don’t get the honor of telling you these stories, like I said we take them to our graves.” He said chuckling. At least her girls seemed to like him.
Keeping up with Abby was not an easy task. The girl went a hundred miles a minute and took random turns. Here he was keeping up with the questions even if some of them was just silly.
She chuckled about the fries, as she had her onion rings with a feeling of satisfaction.
"It must be cool to be famous," Abby chirped. "And to know someone famous."
"He's still the same Kane Brown to me," she shrugged.
Kane chuckled, “No it’s honestly fine, I never get to talk about what I do, most people only care about the fame and the fortune but it’s more than that.” He picked at what was left of his frenchfries and built a small house with them, it was something he had did since high school and on every date that they went to the diner. It was one of his little quirks.
"Three... there are three rivers that fork outside of Portland. Sometimes we like to take a picnic at the fork," Cyril said shyly. She was a sweet girl who enjoyed this despite David and Abby having little to do with this.
"It's where they go to make out in high school," Abby added in.
Iris grimaced at that, though she had always been a girl one step ahead of the time, sometimes even two.
Despite the girl's protests, they enjoyed the food, and Iris enjoyed the taste of the past. Abby asked endless questions about his career and what it was like.
"That's probably enough questions, Ab," Iris said at the end.
Kane gave that wicked smirk of his and said, “You’ll thank me later I promise. Have y’all ever even seen a river?” He asked to the teenagers in the back. He wasn’t about to tell them everything him and Iris had done at the river but it was a great place to clear your head plus the diner had the best food in town no matter how much no one wanted to admit it. Kane loved it.
Iris looked to him startled for a moment before sending off texts to David and her second in charge before turning hers to air plane. Her life was on that phone for work and personal.
"That's not fair," Abby whined.
"She was texting her boyfriend," Cyril told in a haughty tone.
"Whoever he is can wait for later, okay?" Iris stepped in before giving Kane a look.
Kane chuckled before he started the truck, “Alright girls, I’m in charge today and I’m making a rule, phones are only for photo taking purposes today, no calls, no texting, mine is going into air plane mode too. You might not like me for it but we all need a tech detox and why not today. No one is going to call me, Iris is here with you, we’re good.”
"Well, it's great to finally be able to ride in Rex," she said ignoring how awkward that sounded. It was good to hear them enjoy themselves before the sounds of the phones came on.
Shaking her head at the nickname she smiled and shook her head. She had told her husband about this but worse was him not exactly caring. She had told him about her past relationships and he told her only some of his.
"First we're going to the local diner, every one in high school had a date there at least once," she explained after buckling up.
“Always said I would, when I finally got the money to do it, I did...and now y’all get to ride in it.” He helped the girls up and into the back seat, he could hear them giggling and heard the word hot, and then he helped Iris into the truck, “Like old times right Riri?” He hadn’t used her nick name in ten years but it felt natural to him. He hadn’t even meant to.
They thought she had gone insane. What was fun about eating at some crummy diner then going to a river? There were plenty of rivers and woods around Portland. David had chosen not to live in a nice neighborhood instead of somewhere closer to the woods.
"This will be fun. We can see the stars tonight, there's a nice walk on the river edge," she said grabbing some jackets just in case. It was nice to dress in jeans and a plaid shirt.
"Why are we spending time with your old boyfriend?" Cyril asked and she pondered that.
"We were friends when we broke up and I think we can be friends again. Let's go," she said gently urging her along.
Looking to the giant truck she had to laugh at the license plate. "Rex...you actually got a giant ass truck and called it Rex. Wow."
“Ten years and a lot has changed but we’re still the same.” He kissed her cheek again, “See you tomorrow darlin’, I’ll pick you and your girls up at nine.”
The next morning he loaded his new truck with blankets and pillows in the back as well as a toolbox full of snacks and a small cooler for drinks. Pulling into her dad’s driveway he honked the horn smiling, this felt like they were in high school again.
Looking to him curiously, she gave a thoughtful look before pondering what to say. It had been eight years and clearly, life moved in different directions.
"It's been almost ten years, Kane," she said but smiled toward him. "I'll see you tomorrow then with the girls. This should be a lot of fun. Don't worry about me...still restless and energetic as always."
Kane nodded, “Ill
Bring the blankets and the pillows and the truck, and like I said it’s on me...I hope your girls are ready.” He leaned down and kissed her cheek gently after she hugged him, “I missed your hugs too...I’d give anything to have more...but there’s still a ring on your finger and I’m no home wrecker.” Kane muttered looking to her. “If divorce does happen...just know you can come to me anytime.”
The word we sounded strange but filled her with some happiness. It was nice to feel included again and do something with the girls that wasn't her or David's work.
"At my dads' place. Now, I think I'm going to go take a day for myself, it's been a long time," Iris smiled before hugging him tightly. She had missed him and those hugs. "I missed these hugs. I'll see you tomorrow."
Kane nodded. “where are y’all staying? I can pick you up tomorrow morning and we can spend all day together and taking those girls to see everything we used to love. I mean I’ve missed this sleepy town. Nashville is a whole other world compared to here.” He sighed, “I’m sorry about your marriage and anything I can do let me know.” He wanted to kiss her because right now it felt like nothing had changed. They had been through so much and this was just another hurdle.
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