“Ladies and Gentlemen this is your captain speaking, we like to welcome you onboard this Continental flight to Pine Valley, Pennsylvania. Flight duration is around 2 hours and we are expecting a fairly smooth flight today. Once again we thank you for choosing to fly with us today and we hope you enjoy your flight”
While the pilot was talking and people were settling in for the flight, Angie’s mind, heart and spirit were elsewhere but on the plane. To be honest they were on the outside of the plane, falling out of the sky. They were doing the opposite of what needed to be done and that was running. I hate this, she thought, leaning her head back against the headrest and slowly closing her eyes. Several days after receiving news that her divorce was not going to go through because Jesse had refused to sign the papers, Angie finally boarded a plane back to Pine Valley. The exact same place she vowed to not set foot in for at least 6months to a year. The exact same place where she felt that she not only buried her daughter, she buried herself.
“You okay?” Angie heard her mother ask. Along for the trip home was Patricia and her husband Jeffery. Not only did they not feel comfortable letting her go alone, she wanted them to go with her, but her mother had been over the moon excited about the fact that she would get to see her grandbabies. And Jeffery would be able to see them again after so many years. Hell, Angie was just as happy that she would be seeing her children after so long, but she still dreaded the reason for the trip.
Picking her head up, Angie looked over and nodded. “Yea, just trying to… Trying to get my mind on board,” she replied.
“You just remember you are not in this alone. You don’t have to deal with this on your own anymore, because not only do you have me and Jeff on your side, Tad, Frankie and Cassandra are there as well. Besides, look at this trip as a get away to see the children.
“I was going to have to kids come to Georgia once I got settled in my apartment. I was going to fly them out.”
“What apartment?” Pat asked, cutting her eyes at her child as if she had lost her ever loving mind. “You not going anywhere, so you might as well cut that thought out of your head right this minute,” she argued lightly.
Angie looked over and shook her head. “I can’t stay with you and Jeffery forever. You both have a life to live and—“
“And you’re not going anywhere. Point. Blank. Period!”
Back in Pine Valley as Tad prepared to leave out to take care of a few things, Dixie sat at the kitchen table and talked. “What do you think is going to happen? You think they’re going to get back together?” She asked.
Shrugging, Tad poured himself a glass of water and turned to face her. “I don’t know,” he replied. “Right now my main focus is making sure Angie is comfortable and somewhat a peace.”
Dixie sighed and dropped her shoulders. “I guess. I’m just worried about her. She’s my best friend and I would hate for her to have to deal with more. I would the for her to have to hurt.”
“Are you saying you don’t think they’re going to get back together? They are better apart?” He questioned.
“No! Never that! Jesse is a better man when he with Angie, lately he hasn’t been, but before he was. The way she spoke about him and smiled when she said his name, the way he was around her and spoke about her in the utmost respectful way lets me know he’s a better person, a better man with her. Nobody else can make Jesse smile the way she does,” she explained. “What I was trying to say was, I don’t want her to have to deal with another replay of that night. I want her… I want them to be able to move on from that. I want them to be able to focus, evolve… If that makes any sense.”
Chuckling, Tad walked over and kissed her on her forehead. “It makes a lot of sense,” he replied. “Well, let me head out. She said the plane would be landing around 2 and you know how the airport is midday.”
“Yea. You be careful.”
“Always Dixiebird!” He teased, giving her a passionate kiss and soon after walking out.
Several minutes after making sure Tad was gone, Dixie let Colby in. “I’ll be right back,” she told her, before grabbing her purse and rushing out of the door.
“Lawd, I never thought I would say this again, but it is good to be home,” Pat said as she, Angie and Jeffery went to the luggage carousel and waited for their bags to come around. “I haven’t even stepped outside yet and I already feel the hominess of this place.”
Jeff laughed and wrapped his arm around her waist and pulled her close to his side. “You thinking about leaving me for this place?” He asked teasingly.
“Maybe not this place, maybe I can get her leave you for me,” somebody teased from behind. “You know, I’m willing to bet I can get both of them.”
To Jeff this sounded like a threat and he instantly tensed up, but to Angie and even Pat who hadn’t set her eyes on this guy in years, it made them giggle. “Oh really?” Pat teased, as she turned and faced the one and only Thaddeus James Martin. “And just tell me my dear how lucky are you feeling?” She asked with a smile before going over and hugging him.
“Mama Pat!” Tad yelped and even though she initiated the hug, he took over and gave her one of his famous bear hugs. “I’ve missed you,” he whispered and before long released her and gave her a once over. “You don’t look a day over 40.”
Blushing, Pat waved him off. “Oh hush that noise,” she replied.
Laughing at the shocked and pissed off look on Jeffery’s face Angie closed the distance between them and gently put her hand on his shoulder. “Relax, he’s one of the good guys,” she whispered. “That’s Tad Martin, a very very good friend of mine. He’s one of the guys I’ve been speaking with,” she explained.
“And who is this guy that looks like he wants to kill me?” Tad asked after hugging her once more and turning to face Angie and the older man, who literally looked like he would jump over Angie just to wrap his hands around his neck.
“This is Jeffery… My husband,” Pat beamed, as she went over to him and wrapped her arm around his waist.
“Sir, I’m sorry. I did not mean to disrespect you,” Tad apologized as he extended his hand. “I’m just so happy to see her, it’s been years and years and I’ve missed her… Thaddeus Martin or just Tad.”
Giving him the once over, Jeff finally extended his hand. “Nice to meet you. I heard a lot about you from both Patty and Angie, I should have known better.”
“Oh no! That’s your wife and to be honest I don’t think I would have been able to keep my composure.” Several seconds later, Tad turned to the real woman of the hour and smiled that smile she loved so much. “Come here baby.”
“Hey Thaddeus,” Angie greeted, going into his arms. “I’ve missed you,” she whimpered, holding him tight and burying her face into his chest.
“Not as much as I’ve missed you,” he replied, kissing the top of her head full of hair. “How are you doing? I mean really doing?” he asked several seconds after he pulled away and ran his eyes over her small frame and started to notice a lot of things had changed. One huge change had been her hair! The last he saw her it was curly and had what appeared to be blond streaks, but now… Now her hair was straightened and it was more than clear that she had some long beautiful hair. Anyway, her hair now had been straightened and colored, while it was still dark brown there was also a red tinted look to it. Tad would never tell Jesse this, but it added a little spiciness to her already spicy personality.
Smiling sadly, Angie shrugged her shoulders. “I’m doing good Tad. Still taking it one day at time, but doing good,” she replied and it was true. She was a lot better than she was when she was home. “How have you been?”
“Oh, I’m great now that my favorite girl is back. And may I say I’m loving this new look, it shows an edgier side of you. Looks good, baby,” he said as she glanced over at Pat and Jeff. “And I must thank you both from the bottom of my heart for bring her back to me.”
As he sat across from his attorney and listened to what he had to say, Jesse knew in order for his plan to truly work he would have to pull out every stop. “So if she signs these papers, that’s it. That’s what you’re saying?” He asked with a sigh.
“Yes. I have spoken with her attorney as well as read over the paper work and after this petition is signed there is nothing left for us to do,” he explained.
“But…Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought you had to file and then wait so many days to step in front of a judge, get all kinds of other paper work signed, before this part even came about.”
Nodding, Cordell Lowes removed his glasses and clasped his hands together. “That is correct. But that only applies to cases that are less severe than this one. Because of all that has happened, the courts have agreed to bypass all of that. You actually gave up your right to truly fight or to have a say so in all of this period,” he explained.
“So by the courts, this whole thing, the signing of the petition isn’t really necessary? Right?”
“Yes. To be brutally honest this is just a waste of time. Whether you sign or not, whether the petition is done or not Mrs. Hubbard holds the power to everything. Mrs. Hubbard and Mr. Montgomery have the absolute last say so.”
Frowning, Jesse titled his head to the side. “But Jackson said this petition had to be done.”
“I don’t understand why he told you that, but from what I gathered with the information given to me and the conversation I had with him, the petition is just a complete waste of time. Mrs. Hubbard’s and yours.”
“What the hell?” Jesse mumbled, dropping his head and trying to figure out why Jackson would have told him that the petition had to be signed in order for the divorce to be filed officially because he wasn’t willing to sign it. “I don’t get it.”
“I don’t either,” Cordell added. “But I believe it’s a conversation that you need to have with Mr. Montgomery.”
“Are you sure this is going to work?” Jake asked Jackson as he and Dixie stepped out of his office and headed toward the elevator.
Jackson nodded and pressed the button indicating to go down. “It’s their only hope,” he replied. “I just hope Jesse doesn’t screw this up. Getting Angie on that plane was not an easy feat.”
“I believe you,” Dixie smirked. “Well we should really be going. Tad should be on his way home with Angie soon and I need to get there before he does. Please make this work.”
“I will do my best.”
A/N 1: WHAT THE WHAT!?!?!?! What is going on? What has Jackson, Jake and Dixie done? Will Jesse figure it out? Will Angie? Is Dixie, Jake and Jack doing the right thing? Do you all know what’s going to happen?
A/N 2: More updates coming, I’m just doing some editing on the others and I’m going to post as I go.