“Do you always do this?” Kayla asked.
Chris seemed to laugh as it brought back some memories of them being 13 when Kayla tagged along with Chris as he took pictures of books for the website. “You should know the answer. You asked the same question when we were 13.” Chris replied.
Kayla knew that Chris meant yes. She had known that Chris was always doing the small things for the book store before he became a regular worker at the Harts bookstore. She remembered the time when a conversation that Chris had with his parents turned into an argument over the fact that the bookstore didn't have a website. It was a pretty big deal but when you have two parents who arent tech savvy like Chris was, Kayla could understand why. It always seemed like Chris wanted to use every resource that was available to not only them but their costumers as well.
“So you're taking the day off from writing today?” Chris asked.
“Wouldn't call it taking a day off. More like taking a day for inspiration. You know how persistent my mother is. I wouldnt have gotten any writing done today anyways. Think it was just better to come check out what the town did and get some inspiration.” Kayla stated.
Kayla was in fact curious about how the town did the 4th of July celebrations. Even though she might have grown up in Lakehart it didnt mean that things were the same. Plus she knew that a day of inspiration could in fact be good for her. There were parts of her book that she was still stuck on even though she knew all the big points she would like to happen. Kayla also knew that she would like it to be in a small town and knew that if she wanted it to take place in a small town she had to use the inspiration around her. Taking in the scenery was one of Kaylas favorite things about growing up. Especially around the Christmas time when things seemed to be even more beautiful in their own special way. As much as she loathed growing up in a small town, Kayla was almost joyful to be back living in a small town now. She felt like she could put herself in her work which is something that Kayla felt like she couldnt do for the better part of 6 years.
“Well I'm more than happy to help. I know that we are still getting use to being around each other again but that doesnt mean that things have to be weird between us.” Chris suggested.
“Hey what if i added some photos about the 4th. I dont know if I will add them to my story or not but I think its worth a shot. I mean you were the one to suggest to add a small town in my story so what better than to add photos.” Kayla stated.
“The ones Im currently taking are going to take a while to go threw and get processed. But I think I have some from previous years that you are more than welcome to look at. No promises they are any good for your standards.” Chris stated in almost a joking manner at the end.
“We can go throw them later. Yes, I want you to help me because you have eyes for things that I dont. Today i just want to enjoy the 4th of July. The first one Ive attended in almost a decade.” Kayla spoke.
Chris shook his head as he continued to take pictures of the 4ths activities. There was something different about Kayla. It had seemed like she was enjoying the small town life that she took for granted. There were things that Kayla didnt know that she would miss. Even though there were things that she hated like the Texas heat of summer, Kayla couldn't help but enjoy what the summer brought to Texas. There were things about the summer in Lakehart that she liked growing up that she liked even more now. Things like the 4th, their summer carnival, etc. It was things like this that made Kayla want to come back for good.
Kayla didn't want anything to ruin her day. She would more than likely start dealing with things again tomorrow when it wasn't the 4th of July. Kayla just wanted to enjoy the fried pickles, the funnel cakes, the deep fried food and somehow drinks that can send anyone into a food coma. Today, Kayla wanted to enjoy the 4th without having to worry about anything. Not her publisher, not her agent, no one. Kayla decided to worry about what happened in the coming days starting on July 5th. Today she wanted to enjoy the 4th with no stress or anything of that nature.