Fan Favourite ~ Part Four of Tour Series

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Chapter Six

I was looking at Jasper staring me down, now asking if I wanted him to leave. That wasn’t the case at all, I was just a little overwhelmed with it all. Plus I was trying to be polite and respectful in not taking up too much of his time, even if he had said it was fine. When he said my name, an idea struck me. “Ahh, yeah sorry. I don’t really know how to say this. . . ”

“Oh! No, it’s ok. I understand. I am sorry. You want me to leave. I just didn’t want you to feel like you had to, you know, because you were promised a week of my time in the competition. I didn’t want you to feel we hadn’t delivered on what was promised.”

By this stage I was finding it difficult to contain my laughter, even though I desperately tried not to look up at him. I couldn’t hold it back any longer and when I started chuckling out loud he lifted my head up. That was all it took for me to burst into hysterics. “Ooo that was payback wasn’t it, for the contract?”

Shaking my head “No but damn I wish I had thought of that, because it would have been a great excuse.”

“You’re an evil woman Lucy Mills, I like it.”

“I just saw your face and then listened to you trying to stumble over your words. I’m sorry, it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.”

“I am still maintaining you are evil, but I will pay that. It is something I would have done myself.”

“Come on Jasper.” I opened the car and started to step out.

“Oh so now you want to invite me in huh? Create a scandal?”

“Get over yourself.” I laughed. “No, there is in fact a walking track just behind my apartments that leads down to a nice park. I thought we could go sit there and talk if you wanted to continue tonight and get to know each other. Plus, it affords you the privacy of not being mauled by fans, should we have gone to the city as an alternative option.”

“Look at you being all considerate Luce!” When I said someone had to we both laughed and started walking down the path. I saw Jasper having a look around, taking everything in as we started walking slower.I had to ask what had him so intrigued. “I was just thinking about what you said earlier. You mentioned how my song made you realise you needed to step back and focus on yourself first. I haven’t known this much silence and peace since I wrote that song. I almost feel like a hypocrite.”

I was quick to tell him he shouldn’t, and he asked why. “Why should you feel bad about how you felt in that particular moment? Wasn’t that the whole purpose of the song to begin with? To stop apologising for doing what is best for you?”

I looked over and saw his sweet smile directed at me before we continued walking down in quiet comfort. As we made our way across the park we found an empty bench and I sat down, with Jasper sitting across from me. We looked at each other for an awkward moment, before we both chuckled lightly. “You don’t have to be shy, you know.”

“I’m not.”

“Then speak, I am just a normal person, like you are Lucy. I promise.”

“I understand what you are trying to say, but you’re not really, are you Jasper?” Naturally he went back to the argument that we have been speaking for three years. I explained to him I have had friends for less time than that who I see more regularly. Jasper asked what that had to do with the price of eggs in China and I cracked up, being taken back to my mother’s favourite phrase during our childhood.

When I went to say something else, he held his hand up. “Hang on, I will prove my point.” I watched in amusement as he pulled out his phone and typed something. Shortly after I heard my own phone go off and I took it out of my pocket, seeing a message from Jasper.

So, it’s Friday night. I want to talk with my friend, but she’s being weird, what do I do? When I shook my head and asked if he was serious, turning my screen around, he just told me to answer him.

He nodded towards the screen, so I lifted my eyebrows at him and started typing. Are you being serious right now? You are sat across from me!

I heard his phone go and he read it before he looked at me. Before I could register he snatched my phone out of my hands. “Hey!”

“See! There you go, now we are having a conversation. All I did was remove the phones, what’s the big deal?”

“Has anyone ever told you that you are a stranger person Jasper Peters?”

“You want me to speak in Computer language or a first person?” I laughed at computer language. “Lucy Mills, can we kick it IRL?” When he asked if that was good, I smirked and said it was perfect. “Great, so you’ll stop being a weirdo now?”

It was crazy, after just that little bit of a pep talk, we were able to have such a relaxed conversation following. So easy in fact, it shocked me when I looked at my watch and saw it was already Twelve Thirty in the morning. “Shit!”

“Woah! That’s a bit of information overload.”

“Gross! No, I just realised the time.” He had a look agreeing it was late. “I am so sorry I kept you so long.”

“Ok, stop.” I looked at him confused. “If we are going to spend the week together then I need you to do one thing for me.” I was quick to add it depended what it was. “Stop apologising for everything. Especially to me. I enjoyed your company tonight, believe me, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t. I like to think I am a pretty straight shooter, with no filter at the best of times.”

“Well, this is true.”

He smiled broadly at me. “It’s no problem. I had a great night with you Lucy, and I am happy to walk you back to your door safely.”

“Thank you.” As we walked back up and headed into my apartment building, Jasper held the door open for me to go in as I thanked him again. He followed me down the hallway to my apartment and waited as I unlocked the door. “Thank you for today Jasper, I appreciate your time.”

“Come here already you clown, do not be so formal with me.” He pulled me in for a tight hug as I laughed at his continuation to give me shit on my nerves. When he pulled back he looked at me for a second and before I could see what he was doing, he quickly leaned in and kissed me on the cheek. “Goodnight Lucy Mills.”

I watched as he walked down the hallway towards the exit. Rubbing my cheek softly, I felt the tingle on my skin that his lips had left behind.

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