The Ride Home
They got into Tommy’s Mustang and drove quietly to The Coffee Shop a few blocks away.
I just can’t get over how beautiful she looks. Tommy thought to himself as she watched Jude through his peripheral vision. Jude saw him and smiled. She sat there lost in thought, just looking out the window ahead.
Tom finally broke the silence when he asked, “So, penny for your thoughts?”
Jude looked at him and smiled, “I was just was thinking about the past and stuff.”
“So,” Jude said “How long have you been interested in music?”
“For as long as I can remember, it’s been my escape.” He replied.
“Troubled past? Seems like we got something in common.” Jude replied.
Then they pulled into The Coffee Shop ands went inside and sat in a corner booth in the back.
“How did you get your start in music?” Tom asked Jude once they had ordered and were seated.
“Well, I started singing when I was younger, but that was mostly at home in front of my parents.” Jude answered, “I did an open mic night, against my parent’s wishes, and was discovered by Darius after that. When I took the deal my parents kicked me out, so I lived on my own since I was seventeen. I love it though; I just gave it my all made it all the way.” Jude felt a connection to him. It was so easy to just talk.
“Wow, sounds kinda harsh them just kicking you out like that.” Tom said, “Why did they do it?”
“They never approved of it. It was supposed to be a hobby, not a career. I wanted something more out of it. They just couldn’t see it.” She said sadly. “I always wanted them to approve, but they didn’t.”
“Why’d you quit Jude, you were the best. That can’t be said about many people.” Tom asked.
“It just seemed right, you know; time to try something new and to get away from the stress, among other things.”
When they finally got there coffee Jude said, “Well enough about me, tell me about you, why did you do the contest?”
“I actually did it in a spur of the moment kind of thing. It was like one of those things you just do and see where they go, I mean what do ya gotta lose?” Tom answered. “It was something I always wanted to do, the singing thing, so here I am.”
“Well I am glad you won and not that girl, I couldn’t stand her and her snobbery, what a witch!” Jude said laughing.
“Thanks for the compliment.” Tom said smiling. I love the sound of her laugh.
“Anytime.” Jude said looking at her watch. “Wow, it’s already midnight, we better get going if we want to make it to the studio on time tomorrow.”
“Yeah, I can give you a ride home it you want.” Tommy offered. “Then I can pick you up since your car will still be at the studio.”
“Sure that would be great, Thanks.”
In the car…
“I was wondering, if this is too personal let me know and I will shut up, but what inspired Skips, I was wondering ever since I heard it for the first time.” Tom asked.
“Well, it’s about this guy I was going out with for a long time and I found out he was cheating on me, so I did the best thing I could, I wrote a song. It isn’t an ‘I am so totally pissed’ type of song, it shows the emotion I was feeling at the time. Wanting to forgive and forget, but I just couldn’t, I couldn’t bring myself to do it, especially when it was with my best friend.” Jude explained. “But it was like four years ago.”
“Sorry, he sounds like a jerk.” Tom said.
“He kinda was now that I actually think of it.”
“Then you are better of without him.”
“Yeah, that’s for sure.”
“So what about you, in a relationship?” Jude asked.
“Nope.” Tom replied with a grin.
Jude smiled, drawn in by his blue eyes.
“Take a left up here and my house is the third house on the left.” Jude told him. “Thanks for the ride.”
“It was no trouble, really. I actually live two blocks away.” Tom said.
“Bye, thanks again.” Jude waved as she walked into her house.
He is so cute. Jude thought to herself. I am so lucky to get to work with him, he has major potential and he is so easy to talk to, it’s like we’ve been friends for a long time. It’s strange.