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Jason had the luxury of passing out for a few hours before getting up. He was still groggy as he drove to the set, but his acting was still good. He spent too long there for his liking, but once they were done for the day he drove home, took a nap, and then looked at flight schedules. He tapped his fingers on his table as he searched for planes, wondering what Jessica was doing. He decided to not but her. She was probably having a rough day, and he prayed it wasn't too harsh on her. But their vacation would soon take them away from work. Old friends, beers and home styles food, and possible times alone with Jessica in his arms on the lake's beach.
Jessica sighed as she pulled up to her younger sister's house, taking a moment to slouch against the driver's seat of her car. Work hadn't been too bad. They only had three patients and two had been discharged, the third was still wandering around the pediatric floor in search of a playmate. Jessica and Karen, the other nurse working with her that day had taken pity on the poor little guy and took turns playing games with him whenever they had downtime. By the time her shortened shift ended, Jessica swore if she never saw the game Candyland again, it would be too soon. She had left the hospital and stopped at the grocery store to pick up the customary chocolate cake mix, complete with chocolate icing; her and Robert's little tradition. Whenever they needed to have an important talk, Jessica would make a chocolate cake with the idea being that nothing could ruin your mood when you had chocolate.
The second that Jessica walked into her sister's house, she was practically tackled by her son. Grinning like crazy, she gave him a hug and kissed the top of his head. "What's all excitement for kiddo? I don't normally get that kind of greeting unless you win a game. Did you win the lottery or something?"
Robert, who looked like a male version of Jessica with the exception of his dark brown curls and bright green eyes shook his head. "Nah, mom. I just found out the team's going on a trip next month, and I was buttering you up for the money for it." The boy looked up at his mother, wearing an almost identical grin as the one she had given him earlier.
Jessica smirked and shook her head. "I should have known you wanted something. Tell you what, why don't we talk about it over some cake." She stared at her son with an arched brow, knowing he'd understand what she meant.
Her son groaned, and glanced around before whispering to her. "It's not like the last talk...you know, the one about girls?"
Jessica laughed and shook her head. "No, no girl talk this time. This time the shoe's on the other foot. Go grab you stuff and let's hit the road." She nudged his shoulder gently and watched him walk off to get his stuff. While he was gone she shouted up to her sister that she and Robert had something to do so she couldn't stick around to talk. Jessica was met with a curse directed at the upstairs toilet and a promise from Tracey that she'd call Jessica later.
Once Robert came back the two left the house and got into the car. Heading for home they chatted about their day, and decided what to have for dinner that night. Just as their little tradition demanded, no questions could be asked about the topic of discussion until the cake was served, and Jessica was glad she had some time to put together exactly what she was going to tell her son.
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Jason just booked his flight. Scheduled to be home at around 2 o'clock in the morning, where he won't be recognized by people until tomorrow. He picked up his phone and texted Jessica "on a flight later tonight. I'll land around 2 in the morning." He sent it and quickly charged up the stairs to collect bags of objects he will bring for the reunion and the lake house.
Jessica and Robert just sat down to their cake when she got Jason's text. Despite how nervous she was feeling about her and Robert's talk, she grinned at her phone while responding back for Jason to have a nice flight, and that she'd see him whenever he wanted to stop over.
Robert for his part managed not to show his surprise while he watched his mom texting. He had never seen her smile at her phone like that, and it had him wondering. "Hey mom." He stopped until Jessica glanced up at him. "You got a boyfriend or something, because you never smile at your phone. Usually the only thing I see you do with your phone is growl and cuss about never getting a day off work."
Like a deer caught in headlights, Jessica grinned sheepishly at her son. "Well kiddo...that's what the talk was about." Sitting back in her chair, Jessica clasped her hands together and set them on the table top. "Do you remember how when we had the old girl talk, I mentioned my boyfriend form high school?" Jessica waited for Robert to nod his head before she continued. "Well, I sort of left something out." Casting a glance at her son, Jessica shift nervously in her chair, deciding to just spit out what she wanted to say. "Well, you know our local celebrity, Jason Hunt? Well....he was the boyfriend I was talking about, and...." Pulling in a deep breath, she gathered her courage again, wondering why she was afraid of her teenage son when it should be the other way around. "He's coming here for our high school reunion and....for me." She cringed, knowing that wasn't exactly how she wanted to tell him, but she hadn't dated anyone since her divorce and she wasn't sure how Robert would take it.
Robert for his part managed to look completely dumbfounded. "Wait...you dated a celebrity, and didn't tell me?" Jessica nodded and was about to explain, but Robert beat her to it. "And you're going to start dating him again?" Mouth opening for a second, Jessica gave up and nodded instead. She was about to start explaining everything when her son started to laugh. "And you thought I was going to get upset because you're going to start dating him? Mom, are you nuts? Do you know how cool that's going to be? I can tell everyone Jason Hunt's been at my house."
It was Jessica's turn to look dumbfounded this time, her brow lifting in confusion. "Wait..." She said quietly, a look of bewilderment still plastered on her face. "You're okay with it?"
"Duh, mom." Robert rolled his eyes at her. "You already told me he was a good guy, so why should it bother me? Besides, do you have any idea how many girls will be all over me when I tell them I know him?" He added the last part with a smirk that made Jessica burst into laughter.
"Kid, if you try it, I'll kick your butt." Feeling more relaxed than she had before, she reached over and ruffled Robert's brown curls, which earned her a growl of frustration from the teen. Unable to help herself she got up from her chair and hugged him. "Eat your cake, brat. Then go do something with that pigsty of a room." She said jokingly, earning her another growl. Laughing, she added quietly. "Well, if you want to impress the girls, you should at least be able to have said celebrity enter your room without killing himself with all the junk on the floor."
The two chatted for a few minutes with Jessica explaining that if he wasn't okay with her relationship she'd understand and for him to tell her if he had any problems. By the time they left the kitchen Jessica was relieved and Robert was practically bursting with excitement. When he rushed up to go clean his room, Jessica reached for her phone and texted Jason. 'Everything's good. Robert and I are looking forward to seeing you.'
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Jay packed all he thought he would need for the trip. For the trip he wore some comfortable clothes. A dark purple V-neck, comfortable jeans with basketball shoes, and a leather jacket. He put all suit cases near his pent house door when he felt his phone vibrate. He looked at the text, relieved that Robert wasn't mad at him dating Jessica again. "Sweet! I'll stop by your house in the morning. I'll bring donuts from the old bakery we went to." He sent with a smile, putting his phone down to get another suitcase when he phone rang. He picked it up, a number he hadn't recognized... He answered it and put it up to his ear. "Hello?"
"It took you twenty long years for me to hear from you, you hot headed celebrity dick!" Someone yelled in the phone. It took Jason only a few seconds to recognize the voice. "How have you been, Jay?!" The voice changed mood with a laugh. It was the voice of Jason Hunt's best friend since kindergarten. Charlie Burns was a tall, well built man(not as built as Jason at this age), with incredibly lively, energetic eyes, jet black hair, and a smile of a champ. He met Jason when they were partnered up in school PE. Ever since that day they were on the same team, working like clockwork. On the highschool football team Charlie was the tight end, being able to defend, catch, and run the ball. They did all these crazy things together, and had each other's backs no matter what.
"Charlie! Why the hell didn't you pick up last night?" Jason yelled in a laugh. "I was treating my lady to a night on the town. I didn't know your number so I threw it aside until I listened to the voice mail! Christ Mr. big shot, you got a name for yourself! My kids love your movies. Three of 'em. Twins who are 16, and a 14 year old." He said.
"Looks like I got some gifts to send to you guys... So are you in for the lake house? Everyone's gonna be there." Jason said, smiling. "Are you kidding? I'm always up for the lake house, Jay! I can't wait to show the kids our childhood! We can even show them how to make bridges up in the trees, how to fire a slingshot with precise shooting, how to take a leak in the lake without anyone knowing, all of it!" Charlie yelled.
Jason laughed loudly at his excitement. "You haven't changed a bit, Burns..."
"Yeah yeah... how about you, Baby Jay?" "Just making movies and doing my own stunts..." Jason admitted. "What, no hot celebrities? How many have you kissed? Knowing you you probably kissed all of 'em!"
Jason shook his head with a laugh. "No, Charlie... Just by myself for twenty years..." Charlie went quiet. "Jessie still has it, doesn't she? Your heart I mean."
Charlie was good. He was the first person Jason told when Jess and him decided to split for academic pursuits. Jason didn't take it too well. "Yeah... I talked to her all night yesterday... literally all night. She has a kid, divorced, and is coming to the Lake with us... and we might be a thing again..." He said quickly but with a smile. "Jason Hunt has still got it, ladies and gents! Good job, Buddy. Don't let her out of your sight again. She's a keeper... So when are you coming home? We got here a few days ago to visit family."
"Flying in tonight, to get away from the paparazzi." Jason said. "Good, good! We need to chill with a few beers on the water tower, tell me all the glamor of Hollywood... after you spend time with Jessica, of course." He added, knowing him too well even after twenty years. "Its a date, Charlie... I gotta head to the airport. Tell your kids Uncle Jay is coming. and brag you know me. I might even throw in a few autographed pictures of myself just for you."
"Okay, lets not get too carried away, Big Shot. As much as I love that cute face of yours I'll be glad with just to see it in person. See ya soon, Jay." He said before hanging up. Jason smiled, thinking about the amazing time he will have this week. He grabbed his luggage, took the elevator down, and drove to the airport to make his flight.
Finished cleaning the kitchen, Jessica yawned into her hand, her eyes darting to glance at the clock. The bright green letters stared back at her, and Jessica groaned at the realization that it was only eight o'clock. Just as she was about to pour herself a glass of wine to help her fall asleep faster, her cell phone went off. Digging the device out of her back pocket, she swiped her finger across the talk option on the screen. "Yes, dearest, darling best friend. How might this lowly nurse aid you this evening?" She replied with a dramatic flare that made the other woman laugh.
"I was calling because tomorrow's girls' night in, and it's your turn to pick the movie." Diana replied, then pulled the phone away from her mouth to yell at her husband. "Get Rocky off the couch! He's getting dog hair everywhere!"
Dropping into her chair at the kitchen table, Jessica rolled her eyes. "Stop yelling at that man, woman! You're gonna make him go deaf." Jessica giggled, causing Diana to laugh in return. "Oh, and tell Flinstone I said hi." Jessica added, knowing that Diana's husband despised the nickname she had made up for him, but hey, his name was Fred, what else should she call him?
"So, movie?" Diana demanded, but barely gave Jessica time to answer before she started talking again. "I got a phone call last night, from a certain celebrity ex of yours, said something about the lake house. You coming? Did he call?"
Jessica could feel Diana's curiosity through the phone, and she was glad Diana wasn't there to see her. Jessica had a horrible poker face. "I am coming, and he did call." It was all she would say, at least for now. It wasn't that she didn't want to tell Diana, she wanted to see Jason before she told anyone. He wasn't the only one that needed reassurance.
Diana snickered. "Honey, we're gonna have to get a mop and bucket to clean up the drool after that man sees you again."
Jessica rolled her eyes and snickered. "Whatever Di." She tried to think of something to change the subject, but Diana continued.
"Are you kidding? Do you remember how he used to stare at you in high school? I swear it's like you were a magnet and his eyes were metal. It was so cute!" Diana laughed quietly. "Anyway, I can see someone doesn't want to talk about it, so tell me what movie we're watching tomorrow so I know what drinks to bring."
"No chick flicks!" Jessica insisted. "I want something funny, no romantic comedies, just something stupid enough to make my IQ drop a few levels." Tapping a finger to her lips, Jessica thought for a few seconds before giggling like a school girl. "I know! You're going to hate me...."
Diana groaned loudly. "I swear if you say Monty Python and the Holy Grail, I'm coming over there and smacking you."
Jessica grinned. "Okay, I won't say it since you already did. See you tomorrow!" Jessica hit end, knowing that she was about to hear a mouthful. It happened every week. They would argue about what to watch, neither one liking the others choice. When it actually came time to watch the movie, they'd push play and spend the next two to three hours gossiping and downing mixed drinks. 'There's going to be plenty of gossip tomorrow.' Jessica thought.
Her phone chirping pulled her from her thoughts, and she glanced down to see a text from Jason. Smiling as she read his words, she replied back that she couldn't wait, and that she was going to get some sleep so she wouldn't pass out on him when he showed up.
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Jason looked at her text, giving a smile. "What? you don't want to talk all night again? I think I can get away with it on the plane bathroom." He said jokingly, driving to the LA airport. He made it, taking care of his luggage, and calling his parents to tell him when he will be coming in. He got onto his plane, which was very empty... Their home town wasn't that popular he thought as he curled up against the wall, drifting to sleep even before the plan took off. A few hours passed and he landed. He stumbled out of the plan, grabbed his luggage, and rented a car. As he drove the looked around the city he called home for so long. Most of it was exactly the same, but there were new neighborhoods, buildings, and businesses. He found his old house with ease, smiling at the sight of it. He climbed out of the car after parking it, and walked to the hiding spot for the key. He opened the door to see his old man and his mom standing there, eyes bright and a huge smile was there.
"Hey mom, dad..." He said with a smile, hugging his mom tight and shaking his father's hand firmly before going into a huge bear hug. "You must be so tired, Jayjay... Your room is where it always was." His mother said. "Thanks Mom... We'll catch up tomorrow." He kissed her on the cheek. "But I have to visit Jessica in the morning. Night." He said quickly as he climbed up the stairs to the startled parents. He found his old room exactly how he left it. sports posters, a guitar in the corner, a TV, a stereo system, and his old bed. He dropped his suit cases and texted Jessica. "Arrived safe and sound. Be prepared for an early morning donut call." He tossed the phone on the bed and changed into nothing but pajama shorts. After a few seconds in his bed he fell asleep.
Jessica was startled awake by the sound of her phone going off. Shooting upright in her bed, she fumbled around her night stand till her fingers brushed against her phone. Snatching it up, she read Jason's message and smirked. 'Early morning? If he thinks he's getting me out of this bed before nine a.m, he's lost his mind.' Putting her phone back on the night stand, Jessica pulled the covers up over her head and fell back asleep.
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Jason woke up rather early for a man who went to bed at around 3 in the morning. His clock read 830 as he got up and stretched. He walked down the stairs in his favorite football team, the Seattle Seahawks, hoodie, some jeans and basketball shoes he wore the night before. His brown hair was messy yet perfect as always, and his dark green eyes sparkling with excitement. His parents were up and before he could head out he had to hug and kiss them again, and talk for a few minutes, telling them a little bit about his career, and how bad he felt about only calling them on holidays. They asked about his comment about Jessica, and he told them part of the story, not really wanting to break it out just yet. Charlie only found out because he could sense it. After one more hug and kiss goodbye. He got into his rental car, and drove to the bakery he knew and loved when he was a kid. Always keeping him from morning starvation when he was running late in school.
As soon as he got in he saw the owner of the place was still around. Craig Smith. He was much older, but still had that vibe he had way back when. "A dozen donuts, please. Jelly filled, glazed, chocolate cover, sprinkles, surprise me..." The baker nodded and went around, then stopped in his tracks, looking back up. "Well I'd be a monkey's uncle! THE Jason Hunt! My favorite customer!" He yelled with a smile, reaching his hand out for it to be shaken.
"Always a charmer, Aren't you Craig!" Jason said with a smile, shaking his hand. He had a small conversation, and once he was done, told craig to keep his presence a secret for now. He promised he would, but doubted it. He always had a huge mouth. He took the donuts and his car to the address he wrote down a couple days ago, seeing the nice looking house, his heart beating loudly in his ears. He coughed a bit as he climbed out, walked up to the front step, and knocked on the door then standing back, quickly making sure his hair was okay and that his teeth were clean. He waited Twenty years to see Jessica again. Now was the time.
Hearing the knocking on the front door, Jessica groaned and called out to her son. "Robert, be an absolutely wonderful son and see who that is, please." Snuggling beneath the blankets, Jessica was just barely awake and fighting it the best she could. Eyes shut, she buried her face into the pillow and pulled the blankets back over her head. She heard Robert's foot steps going down the hall, then down the stairs and dozed off just as he reached the bottom step.
Robert following his mother's request yanked the front door open, and stared at the man on his front step. He was well aware of what his mother told him, but he hadn't really expected the guy to show up at their door, and holding donuts. The boy could only grin when he thought how freaked out his mom. "Uh..hi. Come on in, mom's upstairs still asleep. She told me you were coming last night." Stepping away from the door, Robert made room for Jason to come through. "I don't know if you want to wake her up. She's not exactly a morning person."