Kane chuckled, "We used to be like that you know... teenagers... its just so surreal that you have teenagers." He hugged her, "See you tomorrow darlin'..... text me or call me and I'll let you know where or I can pick you up... we can catch up."
The little girl beside him smiled, "Unca KANE!" Kane chuckled, "yes Jules." Juliet beamed, "ask daddy if I can have a milkshake." Kane nodded, "Daddddyyyy can she have a milkshake?" Ryan laughed so loud, "Never say that again Brown but yes she can."
"We've got the girls tomorrow. We were thinking about taking them to see the sights around here," Charlie smiled. Her dads loved the girls, her mom had thought her insane to marry a man seven years older than herself.
Five years later and she was just barely considering they were right.
"Oh my God, you dated him," Abby gasped, Cryril just played her phone. "Does dad know?"
"It's good to see you too. These are my girls, Abby and Cyril," she said. Abby was just as tall as she was.
"Can we go now?" Cyril complained.
"Teenagers," Iris gave a thin smile. "Tomorrow sounds good. See you then."
Kane hadn't noticed her before but he couldn't take his eyes off of her now, "Thank you sweetheart." Kane said smiling to the girl and then his attention was back on Iris, "Darlin' its been awhile.... but its great to see you again... we should catch up... coffee tomorrow? He said scribbling down his number on a napkin like a teenager again. He hadn't realized a teenager had called her mom.
"It would seem so," Iris glanced back to the group. She didn't get up or break into a near grin. That was just about ten years ago, she remembered only some parts, the rest was replaced with her everyday life.
"Whose Kane?" Abigail asked curiously. Great, there was the hornet's nest.
"Just an old friend, Abby," she answered.
"Uh huh..." She said unconvinced, that look in those eyes.
The dinner came and she had missed some country cooking. Granted she had only been in Georgia for six years, before that it had been New Hampshire.
When they stood up to leave Abby took the initiative to come up to there table. "My mom is too rushed to say hi. She's over there. She says you were friends."
Iris wanted to do a face plant right there. She would have done it with some dignity.
"Isn't that Kane?" Charlie asked knowing what Iris' high school boyfriend looked like but wasn't positive as Kane had moved to Nashville after graduation and became a country star. Juliet or Jules as she liked to be called sat beside him and across from her father, they ordered french fry baskets. Ryan's wife, Willow, took their order, one hand resting on her belly as she did. "I'm happy for you man." Kane said looking to Ryan.
"That sounds very important, dear. I'm glad that the blog is doing well," Charlie said smiling before waving to Ryan. Somehow everyone knew each other here.
"Yeah, I think we'll be taking on two new writers soon," Iris said moving back some dark hair from her face.
"I'm bored," Cyril complained playing with her food.
"It's probably jet lag...we'll go home after this and relax, okay?" She said smiling to the girl, though it wasn't returned.
Kane laughed coming into the diner with a blonde five year old girl on his shoulders. It was Ryan's daughter, "Uncle Kane put me down." kane nodded, "As you wish princess." Kane had always stayed close to Ryan as they had been best friends since kindergarden and Ryan's wife worked as a waitress in the diner, she was 5 months pregnant with their second child.
It sounded fun, in theory, to bring Abby and Cryil to see her home. Despite the fact that as of next month she might be signing divorce papers. Their mom had thrown a fit.
She ignored the fourth call from her. Was she really going to get a thirteen and eleven years old in trouble here?
After that fair, there had been one more stop before finally arriving in front of her dads' house.
"File on out and get your bags in. Charlie says we're all going to dinner," Iris said playing with the wedding ring as she watched their golden heads bob into the small house.
A chaotic hour later, Charlie, dad, she and her girls were at the local diner. Small talk about work, family, and asking the girls about Portland. Everything but the potential divorce.
Kane was walking around the fall festival in his old home town with his best friend... Ryan, it felt like he was in high school again except Ryan had a wife and a five year old daughter and Kane had only been able to let himself take off his wedding ring a couple of days ago... the tan line was still there.
"Rebecca would want you to be happy again man, she was special I know... but your 26... your still young and can date again." Ryan suggested and Kane shrugged before Ryan spoke again, "Come on I bet theres tons of women who want to date THE KANE BROWN." Kane chuckled, "Date not marry... more like have a one night stand with... trust me its not my style... tried it about a month ago and well I left before she did."
"Then we agree," David sat on the other end of the bed.
"I don't know...we have the kids to worry about," Iris bit her lip. "I'm making the trip back for my dads' anniversary. We'll talk about it then."
What an ugly word, even if she had approved many articles about it on her blogging website.
Renting a car in Georgia was strange considering she had lived on the West Coast for eight years now. She was glad to be coming back home for a month before going back to Portland.
The first thing that her step-daughters wanted to do was go to a state fair. Of course. David agreed to give her a week with them before shipping them back.
"At least call me so I know you didn't run off," Iris tried to keep up with Abigail's long legs. "And meet up by six. No butts."
"Yeah mom," Abigail rolled her eyes. Thirteen year olds, god.
Kane looked down at his watch, the plane would be landing back in Georgia soon. His break. He had been touring the world... releasing hit after hit... then he married the love of his life for it all to come crashing down. They hit a bump in the road trying to have a baby... only to find out his wife Rebecca had ovarian cancer.... she lived six more months. That was a year ago and Kane was still trying to clear his head. The country star was broken and heading home.
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