Macy listened to Caitlin and Rico talk about their trip. They were going to the Texas Coast this summer. He was going to run a taco truck, and Caitlin was going to help.
"And you'll meet my old friends." He grinned from ear to ear as he held Caitlin's hands.
Macy was full of envy. They did look perfect together. Which was something she couldn't say about herself. Even things with Oz and Chandler were starting to look perfect.
Why hadn't she gotten the memo on this?
She felt stuck with Gage, who was constantly working. As if he was afraid the grocery store might forget about him while he was on his trip.
He was not that laid back dude, she recalled on first meeting. She kind of missed that guy.
Of course, he really knew how to get to her..when he wanted too. But he didn't seem to want it as much, these days.
Naturally, there love life was a work in progress. Yes, he could kiss with the natural magic touch, but then he'd start talking about meeting Alec and how that was going to go. He was sure Halie would hate to see him. It would be toxic. He just wasn't sure he could handle it.
She didn't want to hear about that. She wanted to keep Dustin off her radar, too. She hadn't text him in so long. In fact, she'd blocked him.
And then the chance to meet him....
Oh God, it was a nightmare in her head. What if? What was going to happen if they met?
Trouble was stewing even if the weather was practically summer.
She longed for the beach, and a summer adventure that she was certain she wouldn't get with Gage.
1. where did we meet?
Gage: Obviously, at work. The Grocery Store.
Macy: I had watched you all summer and you didn't even notice me. (Macy blinks as if he didn't notice her first. She hugs herself as if he's already blown the questions)
Gage: Not true. I just didn't want you to know that I had noticed you. (He gives her a look that she hasn't won this yet.)
2. what was our first date?
Gage: Was that a first date? (He winces hard as he looks at her) OK, we might not have gotten off to a great start. We just went out with some friends and it was this OPEN MIC night and she got up to DO her thing.
Macy: My thing? (Macy is in a pout)
Gage: Actually, it wasn't very funny, but then again, she did have a gay guy writing jokes for her. (He grits with a smile) OK..she was funny. Macy can be funny. (Macy sighs and hits him on the arm. He fakes an OW.)
3. where was our first kiss and how was it?
Gage: Well, it was a great kiss. I knew it would be. I mean, the first time I ever saw her I knew I wanted to kiss her. It was just..I didn't know if..if I deserved somebody as amazing as Macy. I dunno, if I could even tell you where it was now. I mean..all I remember how glad I was that her lips had found mine.
Macy: (Macy smiles, even if she wants to hold back. She leans in..as if he's finally gotten something right)
4. did u know that i was the one
Gage: Well..how could I not know? (He smiles giving her the eye and wraps his arms around her) It was right there in my gut..all along. But, sometimes..I can be my own worst enemy.
Macy: He's really a big teddy bear. He just doesn't want anyone to know. (She smiles)
5. first impression?
Gage: Macy is very chatty. And, she can be bossy. (He lightly laughs as he looks at her) But that didn't stop me from wanting to be in her life.
Macy: (she sighs, wanting him to be more serious. maybe.)
6. when did u meet the family
Gage: Well, I met her grandmother first. And that was really..really scary. I thought she might kill me. I mean, Macy was dealing a lot with her. Her parents weren't exactly in town. And well, I'm glad met her grandmother. I got to see all these little girl pictures of hers. So adorable. (he looks at Macy who only makes a face trying to concur his observation) Anyway, I finally did get to meet her parents and they actually like me. (Gage lightly laughs)
Macy: It was really tough for me, then. (She wraps an arm around Gage's arm) He did a lot for me. I mean, I was so ready to leave home, be on my own. There were times, she didn't even know me. And it was..really really scary, but Gage came through for me.
7. do we have a tradition
Gage: Not exactly. (Gage looks at Macy) I mean, I hope we always celebrate Halloween. Because, well..maybe that's our holiday. Still, I think we have a tradition everyday. I love getting a good night Text from her, every night. I like that the first Text I see in the morning is from her, too. Its the little things that mean a lot.
Macy: We just like hanging out. (Macy shrugs as if she doesn't need anything fancy)
8. what was our first roadtrip
Gage: Have we had one of those? (He looks at her) I mean, we want to travel this summer. See England. I..I hope we get a chance to do a few things on her own, but I dunno..with family and all there.
Macy: I dunno..If..if I even have to go anywhere with Gage. I just like doing nothing, you know. (She looks at him and gives him a quick smile)
9. who said i love u first and where were we
Gage: Oh man (He grins) It was me. I just thought I'd lost her for good, back on Halloween. I had to be honest, you know. I really think she makes me a better person, And she really makes me think, you know. About real love and well..she makes everything better in my life.
Macy: (Macy bites her bottom lip as if she might cry. Gage pulls a strand of her hair behind her ear and kisses her cheek. All is quiet)
10. what do we argue about the most
Gage: Well, this trip we have planned.
Macy: I just don't know if..if I should go or not. I mean, this is something he needs to do on his own.
Gage: But, Mace (He looks at her troubled) You know, I can't do this without you. I need you with me, to see my son. (Gage explains he has an almost year old son in England) His mother is with someone else now. I mean, I just don't want to get into IT with her, you know. And well, it'll be more balanced. I think. You know, She has her partner. I have mine. I want it to work, but I'm just afraid SOMEONE is not going to be open to this. I don't want to fight with Halie. I mean, that's the last thing the kid needs to know about his OLD MAN. He liked to pick fights with his mother. (He sighs as if it will be no vacation for him in England)
(Macy apologizes and wants to move on to the next question.)
11. who wears the pants in the relationship
Gage: She does.
Macy: He does.
12. if im sitting in front of the tv what am i watching
Gage: The Inbetweeners. She claims she only watches crime shows, but its British humor that gets to her every-time.
Macy: (She nods.)
13. what dressing do i get on my salad
Gage: Dorthy Lynch which is this mid-western salad dressing ..that's like pouring sugar on your salad. Except it orange but not French dressing.
Macy: (Macy makes a face of disgusts but agrees)
14. whats the one food dont i like
Gage: Cantaloupe. She got sick on it when she was like Five and now it just makes her want to throw up.
Macy: I ate like the whole thing at this family reunion. It was awful (She snarls her nose.)
15. we go out to eat what do i get to drink
Macy: I have to have my water. (Claims its the best thing for her complexion)
16. what size shoe do i wear
Gage: Actually, her feet are big, Size 8
Macy: You're feet are small.
17. if i was collecting anything what would it be
Gage: Trolls. She has like a room full of them.
Macy: I'm going through a lot of them to get rid of.
18. what is my favorite type of sandwich
Gage: Peanut-butter and bananas on toast
19. what would i eat everyday if i could
Gage: Cold ravioli from a can.
Macy: I was raised on that stuff. (She gives him the eye)
20. what's my fav cereal
Macy: Sometimes, Rice Chex
21. what is my fav music
Gage: She likes these old singers like Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn
Macy: My grandmother knows all her songs by heart
22. whats my fav sports team
23. what is my eye color
Macy: (She shrugs)
24. who is my best friend
Gage: I am.
Macy: Of course. (She hugs herself)
25. what is something that I do that you don`t like
Gage: I love everything about you. (He smiles)
Macy: Good answer. (She pinches his cheek)
Gage: That might be one of the things I don't like about you. (He fakes a moment of pain)