Searching for Home: Chapter 19

searching5homeTitle: Searching for Home
Authors:
Chelle and Nikki
Rating:
PG
Warnings: Deals a little with death, has some drinking in it. Some curse words, violence and sex, but nothing gory or graphic.

Brianna glanced at the table and saw the light on her answering machine blinking. She took off her shoes and pushed the button.

 Chapter 19

Brianna sighed heavily as she opened her door and walked inside. “Just put that stuff in the kitchen anywhere.” she said to Taylor as he walked inside and she shut the door behind him.

“Yes ma’am.” He said with a grin, carrying the bags into the kitchen.

Brianna rolled her eyes and smiled. She followed him with her arms full as well.

“Well, I think we got you covered for at least a few days.” Taylor said with a chuckle. Brianna smiled and nodded. Taylor started to put the ice cream and frozen dinners in the freezer.

Brianna glanced at the table and saw the light on her answering machine blinking. She took off her shoes and pushed the button.

Brianna, it’s Lynn. I just wanted to make sure you got back from Georgia alright. I’d like to talk to you, just um, whenever you’re ready. You know where to find me. Bye.

Taylor had walked into the living room and made Brianna twitch slightly when he placed a hand on her shoulder. He quickly removed it and they both laughed. “I’m gonna head home. I need to get unpacked.”

Brianna nodded and said “Thanks Taylor.”

“Sure, no problem.” As they walked toward the door, Taylor turned to face her. “Brianna, would you have dinner with me tonight? I really need to talk to you about something. It’s kind of important.”

“Taylor what’s wrong?” Brianna asked seeing the nervous look in his eyes.

“Nothing really.”

“Well, tell me what’s going on. You’ve been acting a little weird these last couple of days.”

“No, no not now, not here. Tonight, at dinner. I’ll pick you up at seven, okay?”

“Sure.” Brianna said, smiling. Taylor returned her smile and then said good-bye. Brianna felt her eyebrows raise as she shut the door. She leaned against it for a moment, trying to think of what was on Taylor’s mind but gave up with a shake of her head. She walked into the kitchen and finished putting the groceries away.

She then walked into the living room, sat on the couch and picked up the phone. She flipped through the pad on the table, looking for the phone number. She dialed the phone and waited with a slight hitch in her stomach. After five rings the machine picked up. Brianna listened to the short recording and then left a message.

Hi Lynn, it’s Brianna. I got your message. We got back okay. I’m gonna need a little time but I’ll talk to you soon alright? Bye.” Brianna pushed the button to end the call and then dialed another number.

“Hello?’ The voice said after two rings.

“Hi Shelby, it’s Brianna.”

“Brianna! Hi! How are you?”

“I’m fine. How’s it going with you?”

“Fine, fine. So what’s up?”

“Not a lot. We just back yesterday.”

Brianna had called Shelby from a room in Georgia and told her that she and Taylor were there trying to find out about her mother.

“Oh. Well, did you find out anything?” Shelby asked.

Brianna told her about meeting Gary and about finding her mother’s grave. She told her about Pam dying and then about Anita.

“Wow.” and “Hmm.” was all Shelby said really.

“Anyway, Taylor just left her a while ago…”

“You said you got back yesterday.”

“Yeah, he…”

“Spent the night there?!” Shelby said, shocked and partly excited.

Brianna laughed and said “No. He came back today and took me to the grocery store. I’m supposed to have dinner with him tonight. He said he needs to talk to me about something important.”

“Oh, well, I wonder what he’s going to talk to you about.”

“I’m not sure. He’s been acting a little weird lately.”

“Weird how?”

“Just weird. Like he needs to tell me something but doesn’t want to.

“Well, maybe he’s just nervous.”

“Maybe. I don’t see why though. Hopefully everything will be settled tonight.”

“Mmm hmm. I’m sure everything is alright. When you are going back to work?”

“Tomorrow.”

“Mmm. Well listen I need to get off of the phone right now but call me tonight or tomorrow afternoon, okay?”
“Okay, I will. Bye.”

“Bye Brianna.”

Brianna hung up the phone and walked into the kitchen. She started boiling some water for a dish of pasta for lunch. Then she’d put the laundry away and start getting ready for her dinner date.

Brianna slid the other earring into her ear. She stepped back, looking at herself in the mirror. She’d chosen to wear a red dress that had sleeves to just past her elbows. It was long, down to her ankles and had a curved neckline. She wore a silver and ruby necklace with the matching earrings. She used her fingers to pull some of her hair around on her shoulder and gave it a final spritz of hair spray. Just as she set the bottle down on the sink, she heard a knock. She sighed and turned her bathroom light off. She slipped her shoes on and then got her purse and jacket. She walked the living room and opened the door.

“Hi.” She said with a smile, though somewhat out of breath.

“Hi.” Taylor smiled back at her. “Ready?” He asked.

“Uh huh.” Brianna switched off the light and picked up her keys.

Taylor stepped aside, letting Brianna go out the door first. He turned the lock and shut the door quietly. They walked toward his car, both slightly shuttering from the cold air. It was the beginning of October and the air was getting colder at night. Taylor opened the door and then shut it once Brianna was inside. He then climbed into the driver side and started the car.

“So where are we going?” Brianna asked.

“There’s a place about 20 minutes from here. It’s nice but not really fancy. I thought it’d be a good place to go since they have a variety of foods.” Taylor said as he pulled out on the road.

“So, do you mind telling me what’s going on now?” Brianna asked as she and Taylor sat down at the table.

“Well, it’s not an easy thing to say.”

“Just say it. I promise not to make a scene.”

“What can I get you two to drink?” asked a waitress handing them two menus.

“Sweet tea please.” Brianna said slipping off her jacket.

“I’ll have the same, thank you.” Taylor said.

“Be right back.” Said the waitress.

“Now, tell me what’s going on with you.”

“Well, umm…”

“Taylor, just say it. whatever it is it can’t be as bad as you make it seem.”

Taylor laughed. “I guess not. It’s nothing bad it’s just that I don’t know what your reaction will be and I don’t want to mess things up for us. I consider you a good friend and I can’t stand the idea that you’ll never want to see me again after I tell you.”

“Gosh Taylor. Hmm, have you done anything that is against the law?”

“Against the law?!” Taylor looked up, surprised.

Brianna smiled. “Yeah, ya know. Have you kidnapped anyone, committed murder, robbed somebody?”

Taylor blinked. “No, no.” They both smiled. He loved her sense of humor.

“Well, are you in the witness protection program? Are you being drafted? Anything like that?” Brianna asked.

“Here you go.” said the waitress, sitting down their drinks.

“Thank you.” Taylor said.

“So, what would you like to eat?” she asked, pulling a pad of paper from her pocket.

“I think we’re gonna need a few more minutes. Please.” Taylor said.

“Sure, just wave me down when you’re ready.” she said and walked away.

“Well?” Brianna asked, raising her eyebrows.

“Well what?” Taylor asked.

“You didn’t answer my last question.”

“Which was?”

“Are you being drafted?”

“No.” Taylor smiled.

“Are you in the witness protection program?”

“No. I’m not.”

“Well, then, I’ll want to see you again. Now tell me what’s on your mind.”

Taylor sighed and seemed to be working up the nerve to tell Brianna what he wanted to tell her, what he knew he needed to tell her.

“Well, I guess the best way to start is by saying that I really like you. I mean, I have enjoyed spending time with you and I really appreciate you letting me be with you when you went to Georgia.”

Brianna smiled. She was starting to get butterflies in her stomach. “I really like you too. You have helped me a lot and I’m glad that we’re friends.”

“Why don’t we order dinner?” Taylor said, trying to hide the fact that he was once again losing his nerve to tell Brianna that he wanted more than friendship.

*Chapter 18 / Chapter 20*
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This fictional story is hosted at Gifted Ones
with permission from the author Chelle.

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