Searching for Home: Chapter 25

searching5homeTitle: Searching for Home
Authors:
Chelle and Nikki
Disclaimer:
This fictional story is hosted at Gifted Ones with permission from the author Chelle. This is a fictional story about fictional representations of real people. None of the events are true. No profit was made from this work.
Rating:
PG

Brianna had tried to figure out if Taylor was simply trying to amuse them or if he was serious with his questions. After a little while though, she had realized that he was, indeed, completely clueless about the whole story of a princess, and how she had fallen in love with a poor boy from a village and was forbidden to see him again.

Chapter 25

“Idiot.”Brianna mummbled as the driver of a blue mustang swerved into the other lane after cutting her off at the red light.

She turned at the next intersection and moved her sunglasses from the top of her head onto her face. The sun was just starting to set, and now with her facing west, it was brightly shining in her eyes. When she came to the next light, she paused and checked her hair and makeup in the mirror.

She felt her stomach began to knot up at the thought of meeting Taylor’s daughter. It seemed as though that should wait until she and Taylor were closer. But she did want to meet Trixie and Taylor had appeared anxious.

So, here she was, Saturday evening, on her way. As she turned onto his street she found herself relaxing a little bit. After all, it was just a casual dinner with Taylor and Trixie, nothing more, nothing less.

Brianna pulled into the apartment entrance and drove around to park. She saw Taylor’s car and pulled in right next to it. While she pushed her sunglasses on top of her head, she took her small purse by the strap and opened the door. As she slid out of her car and shut the door, a breeze blew into her face.

“Well thank goodness for hairspray” she uttered to herself with a shiver. October wind was chilly in Oklahoma and she hadn’t thought she’d need a jacket since she was wearing a long sleeve shirt. She straightened out her jeans and her pink top.

Brianna walked up to Taylor’s apartment and knocked. She suddenly heard a small child’s voice yell out.

“Daaaaaddddyyyyy! Someone’s here!”

Brianna grinned.

A moment later, Taylor opened the door and smiled “Hi.” he said, a little bit out of breath.

“Hi.” Brianna said.

“Are you Brianna?” Trixie asked peeking from behind Taylor.

“Come on in.” Taylor said.

“Thanks.” Brianna answered as she stepped inside.

“Are you Brianna?” The little girl asked again.

Before she could answer Taylor said, “Trix, move away from the door so I can shut it. It’s chilly.” Trixie stepped over to the side and Taylor closed the door.

“Daddy?” Trixie tugged at Taylor’s shirt.

“Please sit down. Can I get you something to drink?” Taylor asked Brianna as he picked up a small pillow from the floor and began dusting it off. “We have tea, soda, juice…” He put the pillow onto the chair.

“Daddy?” Trixie stepped in front of Taylor. He gently pushed on her shoulder and moved her to the side. “Just a minute Trixie. Soda or a drink?” Taylor asked, raising his eyebrows at Brianna.

“Daddddyyyy?” Trixie sang.

“No thank you.” Brianna answered Taylor.

Finally, Trixie put her hands on her hips and stepped between Taylor and Brianna.

“DADDY!” She said loudly, looking rather annoyed. Taylor and Brianna exchanged glances and smiles.

“What?” Taylor crossed his arms and smiled down at his daughter.

“Is she Brianna?” Taylor laughed. “Yes, Trixie, this is Brianna. Brianna, this is the most important lady in my life, my daughter Trixie.”

Brianna laughed and Taylor gently nugged Trixie over to Brianna.

“Nice to meet you Trixie.” Brianna said, lowering herself to be eye-to-eye level with the child.

She saw the same blue eyes and sandy colored hair that Taylor had. Trixie was about to turn four and Brianna could already tell that she was smart for her age.

The little girl quietly asked, “Do you want to play with my new doll house daddy bought me?”

Brianna looked up at Taylor with a wide smile. He just rolled his eyes and grinned in response.

Taylor gently put his hand on his daughter’s head causing her to look up, and said “Trixie, sweetheart, why don’t you play by yourself for a little bit and let Brainna and daddy talk?”

Trixie seemed satisfied and quietly walked over and sat down in the corner next to a pink and white doll house. Taylor motioned for Brianna to follow him into the kitchen.

“She’s adorable.” Brianna smiled.

Taylor quietly said “Thank you. Have a seat.”

Brianna pulled out a chair and she and Taylor chatted while he poured some juice in a small, plastic glass that was decorated with butterflies and flowers.

He called Trixie into the kitchen, handed her the glass and reminded her “Both hands Trix,” as she wandered back into the living room.

“So, how is it?” Taylor asked raising his eyebrows at Brianna.

“How’s what?” She questioned.

Taylor pulled out a chair to sit next to her.

“How are things going? You know, with, all that?” Taylor waved his hand in the air and Brianna caught on.

She smiled and replied “Fine. Things are going fine.”

“Good. How’s your comunications with them?”

“Umm, we wave when we see each other. I’ve talked to them a few times. We’re not best friends.”

“Well, good. That’s good. One day at a time.”

“Yep. That’s the only way I can do it.”

“Well, you know that I’m always here for you.” Taylor said, placing his hand on top of Brianna’s.

“I know.” She said, turning her hand to hold his.

“Daddy, I’m hungry.” Trixie said walking into the kitchen, both small hands clutching her glass.

Brianna suddenly took her hand away from Taylor’s, making him smile. “Me too.” Brianna said, looking over at Taylor. Trixie giggled as she drank some more of her juice.

Taylor looked from Brianna to his daughter and he suddenly had a vision of the three of them as a family. But he wasn’t going to say anything that would make Brianna uncomfortable and he did need to let Trixie have a say so in that decision.

“Well, then. What would you two ladies like to eat?” He asked.

“Shinense. Like we had with uncle Zac and aunt Stacy.” Trixie said turning her cup up to drink down the last of her juice.

Taylor and Brianna both laughed. “I think you mean Chinese, sweetheart.” Taylor said.

“Yeah, that’s what I said.” Trixie replied, putting her glass by the sink.

“All right with you?” Taylor asked Brianna with a slight laugh.

“Uh-huh. Shinese sounds good.” Brianna said with a giggle, making Trixie laugh.

“Don’t you start.” Taylor said. “It’s bad enough with this one.” He pointed beside him where Trixie was standing. He couldn’t believe how Brianna’s smile melted his heart. “All right, let’s go. Chinese food and then we’ll come back here for a couple of movies. Sound good?”

Brianna stood up and nodded.

“Yep.” Trixie answered.

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“Trixie. Look here.” Taylor said picking up a napkin. Trixie turned toward Taylor and was still while he wiped the napkin across her face.

Brianna smiled. She had sat through dinner, not only having a good time being with Taylor and Trixie but also seeing what an attentive, caring dad Taylor was. They had laughed and talked about Trixie’s ideas on her family and what Taylor did at work.

Taylor had noticed instantly how his daughter seemed to get more and more comfortable around Brianna. He was amazed at how she was able to hold a conversation with a child and it just made him like her more.

He’d keep quiet for now though, not mentioning anything about another possible advance in their relationship. He knew she’d want to take it slow for a little longer, and see how it all went after she spent some time with Trixie.

“You ready?” Taylor asked Brianna, as he glanced at the check and reached into his back pocket.

“Mm hm.” Brianna nodded, drinking down the last of her coke.

“Daddy, are we gonna get new movies?” Trixie asked.

“Sure.” Taylor handed his credit card and the check to the waiter.

“What would you like to see?” He asked, looking at Brianna.

She shrugged and answered, “Something with a princess.” Letting her eyes widen with excitement, with a wink toward Trixie.

The little girl clapped her hands and grinned. “Yes, daddy. A princess movie.”

Taylor laughed as the waiter handed him back his credit card. He slipped it into his wallet and shoved his wallet into his back pocket.

“What have I gotten myself into?” Taylor said as he reached over and brushed Trixie’s hair away from her face.

Brianna and Trixie laughed, suddenly giving Taylor butterflies in his stomach.

“All right girls, let’s head over to the video store.”

Taylor stood up, lifted Trixie out of the booth and held out his hand to help Brianna stand up.

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“I don’t get it. Why won’t the king let the princess marry the boy from the village? It’s not like he’s a mean kid or something.” Taylor took another sip of coke.

Brianna and Trixie both giggled. They had been doing that since the movie had started.

Brianna had tried to figure out if Taylor was simply trying to amuse them or if he was serious with his questions. After a little while though, she had realized that he was, indeed, completely clueless about the whole story of a princess, and how she had fallen in love with a poor boy from a village and was forbidden to see him again.

“Because the king thinks she should marry the prince from the other kingdom so they will unite the two small kingdoms into one large one.”

Brianna answered seriously as she put a few more pieces of popcorn into her mouth. Brianna and Taylor were sitting on the couch and Trixie was knelt in the floor between their legs and the coffee table. She was slowly eating popcorn as with each moment she seemed to become more and more infatuated with the movie.

“She’s very into this for such a young child.” Brianna wispered to Taylor.

“She’s always had this kind of attention with things. Playing, watching movies. It’s amazing. She finds something that catches her interest and she’s there, beginning to end.”

They sat quietly and watched the movie. It really was a nice film. A unanimated fairy tale. The fact that it was real people set in real places seemed to help hold Trixie’s interest.

“But,” Taylor said, looking at the TV with confusion, “She doesn’t love the prince. She doesn’t even like him!”

Brianna and Trixie giggled again. “Well, that’s the whole point of the story.” Brianna said.

Taylor just sighed and shook his head. They finished watching the movie and Taylor started to rewind the film before ejecting it. Brianna stretched and glanced at her watch.

“I guess I should get back home.” Brianna started to get up.

Taylor quickly looked at her and said, “No don’t go yet.”

Brianna stood and said, “I really need to. It’s getting late.”

Taylor stood and walked over to the TV to eject the film. He put it back into it’s case and turned to see Trixie holding Brianna’s hand.

“You gotta stay and watch the treasure movie with us Brianna. Please. Don’t go yet ok?” Trixie pleaded.

Brianna sighed and caught Taylor’s muffled laugh. “Hard to say ‘no’ to her isn’t it?” Brianna asked.

“Yes, very hard.” Taylor answered. “Come on,” he continued. “Just one more movie. It’s not that late.”

Brianna sighed again and smiled. “All right. One more.” She said settling back onto the couch.

“Yay.” Trixie and Taylor both said, making Brianna laugh.

“Ok, ok. Put the movie in.” She said.

Taylor smiled and slid the other movie into the player. He settled back onto the couch next to Brianna and they glanced at each other and smiled as Trixie moved to the other side of the coffee table and laid in the floor on her stomach. Taylor pushed ‘play’ on the remote control.

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By the time the film was over, it was almost 12:30. Taylor took it out of the player and placed it back into it’s case. Laying it on top of the other movie, he glanced down at Trixie.

“She’s sound asleep.” he said.

“Really? I wonder when she fell asleep.” Brianna said with a yawn.

“I don’t know but I guess I should put her in bed.”

“Here, let me help.” Brianna stood up and walked over to where Trixie was laying on the floor.

“If you could just pick up her pillow over there and that dog,” Taylor said, pointing to the stuffed animal, “I can carry her.”

Brianna picked up the small pillow and the stuffed dog and watched as Taylor carefully lifted Trixie up and onto his shoulder. She made a quiet, whinning noise but didn’t wake up. Brianna followed Taylor to the bedroom and laid the pillow on the bed.

“There you go sweet baby girl.” Taylor said as he gently laid his daughter down.

He turned to Brianna and she laid the stuffed animal down beside Trixie. Taylor pulled the blanket up around her and kissed her forehead.

“She’s a heavy sleeper.” Brianna said.

“Mmm hmm.” Taylor replied as he took Brianna’s hand and they walked out of the room.

“Well, I really should be getting home.” Brianna said, stretching.

“You sure you’re not too tired to drive?”

“No Taylor, I’m fine.”

“All right then. Thanks for coming over.”

“Thank you for inviting me and for dinner. It was fun.”

“Yes it was. She likes you.”

“I like her too.”

“Well, then, what are you doing tomorrow afternoon?”

“Ummm,” Brianna thought for a moment. “I guess nothing at all. I mean, I didn’t have anything planned.”

“Well, you want to do something with me and Trixie. I have to let her go back to Andrea’s tomorrow night so I was going to take her to the park. The weather is supposed to be warm tomorrow so I thought I’d take advantage of it.”

“Don’t you think you should spend some time alone with her before she goes back?” Brianna asked picking up her purse.

“We have, I wanted her to spend time with you this weekend. She really likes you. So tomorrow afternoon?” Taylor smiled and slowly walked toward Brianna.

“Well, ok. Ask Trixie first.”

“Brianna…” Taylor said smiling with a shake of his head.

“Taylor please.” Brianna said.

“All right. All right, I’ll call you tomorrow.”

“All right.”

Brianna smiled and she and Taylor walked toward the door and he opened it.

“I’ll talk to you tomorrow.”

“Brianna.” Taylor took her hand as she had started to walk out of the door.

She turned back and before she could stop him or say anything, Taylor leaned in and kissed her. Just for a second, Brianna’s stomach was in knots. Taylor pulled away quickly and smiled.

“I had to do that. Sorry.”

“It’s ok. It’s fine.” Brianna smiled and said, “Talk to you tomorrow.”

“Bye.” Taylor said.

Brianna walked out and Taylor watched as she walked to her car. Brianna waved as she opened her door. Taylor waved back. Brianna got into her car and drove away. Taylor slowly walked into his apartment and locked the door.

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