Yay! New update! This story is getting so close to its end, I'm almost sad... well, everything had its ending, right? But for now hope you still enjoy it! Hope I'll be able to post soon -school started, I wanna cry- so yep... crossing my fingers! Hear you guys, and thanks for all your lovely comments, as always!
“Well, I'm just sayin', is all. I mean, I -- I saw the way you two were lookin' at each other.” Cristi said, following her daughter outside the house.
Hayley pushed her baggage into the car, sighing frustrated “Will you just shut up about it, Mama?! I can't help the way Josh feels about me! He hasn't done anything wrong”
Cristi looked at her “He hasn't done anything right either!”
Hayley sighed deeply, shaking her head “I can’t believe we’re having this argument. I’m leaving! I’m gone! I'm marrying another man”
“Yes” Cristi said, nodding toward her “that's right, you get a second chance, so please… don't mess it up”
Hayley felt a strange feeling with this last sentence, and she looked up at her “For who? For me… or for you?”
“Don't sass me, okay?“ Cristi breathed out, staring at her “Don't you dare sass me, 'cause I have put up with an awful lot from you over the years.”
Hayley rolled her eyes, snorting amused “Like what?! Like me quitting your precious pageants?”
At these words Cristi shook her head, looking straight at her “I didn't want you to end up like me! Damn it! Now, you need to stay as far away from here as you can. That boy is quicksand.”
Hayley sighed, looking into her mother’s broken eyes “What's so wrong with being you, mama?”
Cristi looked down, not able to stand her daughter’s glance.
“I just think that you deserve better, that's all.”
Hayley nodded “I know you do…” she stepped closer to her in a hug “You always have.”
“I’ll see you in New York, alright?” her mother nodded quietly, her stare still down “You’ll like it” she said, forcing a smile to relieve her “I promise”.
She got in the car and her mother looked at her.
“Now, don't you forget to say goodbye to your daddy” Cristi said, crossing her arms on her chest, and Hayley nodded, for then starting the car and soon running along the road.
Josh was driving his truck to Taylor’s mansion, when a car ran into his same way.
“After you” he said, gesturing to the driver to go ahead, but when he started driving after that car he frowned seeing that he parked right in front of Taylor’s house, too.
A well dressed man got out of the car “Afternoon” he said, smiling toward Josh, he could hear how he surely wasn’t from his town.
“How are you?”
“Good, thanks. Yourself?” Josh chuckled at the ways this man talked “No complaints”
They both walked to the front porch “That’s a beautiful house” the man said, staring up at the huge mansion.
Josh snorted, his hands in his jeans pockets.
“Sure. Yeah. You, uh, you here to see Taylor?” he asked. Actually Taylor hadn’t told him about a ‘new friend’, but he guessed he couldn’t get to know everything.
The man frowned and shook his head “Actually, I'm, uh, hoping to surprise Hayley.”
Josh puzzled “Hayley?”
Josh felt his heart sunk, but he simply started to look around, nonchalantly “Well, you got the wrong house, don't ya?”
Chad turned to his direction “This is, uh, the Swann place, isn't it?” he asked, perplexity printed on his face.
Josh frowned, staring at him “Are we talkin' about the same girl? Hayley Williams?”
“Hayley Swann” Chad said almost in unison with Josh.
“Oh, well, that explains it.” he said, staring at Josh. He handed his hand toward him.
Josh shook it back “Josh… Josh Farro”
“Nice meeting you, Josh”
He rang the doorbell and Josh stepped next to him, confused.
The door opened, showing Taylor. He looked at Josh and then at Chad, perplexed “Hey, Josh, mh… what's goin' on?”
Josh shrugged “I'm just, uh, talkin' to Hayles's fiance here… wonder if you might know where she is.”
Chad handed his hand toward Taylor, smiling “I’m Chad Gilbert. You must be-“
“Taylor. Her… cousin” he said, gulping.
“I see you've already met Josh...her, uh-“
Josh looked at Chad “Her other cousin”
Chad smiled widely, excited “Family! Nice to meet you both”
“I think Hayley said somethin' last night about, uh, visitin' her daddy u-up at the -- up at the battlefield” Taylor mumbled.
“You know us Southerners. I mean, the minute the Confederacy died, it became a moral issue.”
Chad nodded in understanding and Josh patted his shoulder “C’mon, I'll give you a ride up there.”
Taylor’s eyes widened while Chad smiled thankful toward Josh “That's great, thank you!” he turned to Taylor “All right. Nice meeting you” Taylor stayed there puzzled and he couldn’t do otherwise than watch the two walking away, worried.
Josh’s truck was running along the way, some kind of folk music on.
“So, who's... Hayley... Williams?” Chad suddenly asked, looking at him.
Josh smiled “Local hero around here.”
“Why is that?”
Josh bit his lipring, chuckling at the memory “She blew up the bank.”
Chad’s eyes widened “And that made her a hero?!”
“Well, notorious, anyway. She was 10. Fortunately, nobody was hurt... except, maybe, the cat.”
“The one with the dynamite on its back.”
“She blew up a cat?!”
Josh shrugged “He was scheduled to die”
“The vet said it had cancer, so Eldon thought it'd be put in one of those chambers, you know, the ones that suck their lungs out. Little Hayles… she couldn't bear the thought of that. She, uh, she wanted somethin' more humane.”
“Yeah, sure” Chad chuckled, and Josh continued
“So, they were doing some blastin' out by the new highway. So, we, uh, we took old Fuzz up there, taped him up, used about 30 feet of fuse just to be on the safe side, said our prayers, and ran like hell.”
Josh smiled, he had to admit it was damn dangerous, but t was also so damn fun, most of all with Hayley by his side.
He sighed “So, there we were, sittin' in Virgie's Diner, feelin' pretty blue. When Hayles looks up and sees that damn cat, trottin' down the road, searchin' for Eldon.”
Chad looked at him surprise “No shit”
Josh nodded amused, it semmed like that yankee knew some good words.
“Yeah, and we would have caught him, too, but once that fuse hit his tail, boom, he took off like a shot.”
“And into the bank.”
Josh nodded “Well...the theory is, he probably wriggled loose from the explosive, cause, uh, people still see him from time to time, scorched tail and all” he chuckled “He's a little skittish around humans”
Chad smiled, amused “That's quite a story.”
“She was quite a girl” Josh readily said, almost without noticing.
Chad stared at him “Whatever happened to her?” he asked, still staring at him.
Josh felt his jaw tensing up, his stare got lost in the road in front of him.
“Oh, you know... wound up pregnant… married some loser right out of high school.”
Chad nodded, and the conversation died there.