Hello darling love's of my life. Chapter 6 is just below waiting for you.
Disclaimer: I do not own Zoey 101.
This chapter is dedicated to Kristin! As I think are most of these chapters actually… funny how that works out.
Oh gosh you must all hate me. I've been in limbo for so long. I'd hate me. Geez I must have serious commitment issues.
Okay. Well let's get this going! Before I get murdered in cold blood for procrastinating.
Recap: "So about Dana…" And she revealed her daughter's location to the one person she was desperately trying to hide from.
Mrs. Cruz watched Logan hop into his car and drive off into the morning. She walked through the hall and into her daughters room. It was empty, all except her bed frame, dresser and garbage bin. Which she had forgotten to empty before she left. Mrs. Cruz opened the drawer and touched the object she'd pulled out of the garbage bin months earlier. She smiled sadly as the silent object began to light up and then dim as it went into its automatic answering system. And she watched as it blinked a 'Missed Call: Logan Reese" banner appeared. She tucked the phone into her pocket. She'd return it to its owner.
Dana smiled at her new boss and thanked her for the opportunity. She promised to work hard. She turned her head to look at the young lady who she'd seen at the store front earlier.
"Thanks, you really helped me out."
"No Problem, and welcome to Maine."
Standing: Chapter Six
"Jason, I'm going to be out of town for a little while. Cover for me." Logan said into his phone. He heard Jason's confused tone but ignored it. "I just need to get away for a bit. I'm fine. No I'm not taking a plane. I'm going to drive. Just hold down the fort, I'll be back." He hung up the phone and sighed.
He'd left Dana's house a few hours ago and wasn't even a fraction closer to his destination than he'd been that morning. Destination being Dana. And Dana wasn't in California anymore. No of course not, she couldn't make this easy for him, she had to run off to Maine! Which according to his GPS was a 2 day, 4 hour drive from Los Angeles. He looked at the road ahead, this was going to be a long trip.
"Morning Jess!" Dana smiled as she entered the store.
"Hey, how was the drive in?" Jess asked from behind the counter. Dana shrugged.
"It wasn't bad. It only takes 20 minutes to get from Cape Elizabeth to Portland." Dana put on the green apron and stuck her hair up in a messy bun. "Time to water my babies." Jessica laughed as Dana snapped her gardening gloves on and walked into the green house.
"Careful! Deborah is grouchy today!" Jess called after her.
"Nonsense! She just needs some lovin'!" Dana's words floated back into the store. Dana breathed in the sweet scent of nature and moved around automatically. There were some new flowers to plant and she'd need to feed everyone and the roses needed to be pruned, if she was lucky she'd be back there all day and not have to worry about talking to any customers. People skills were not a part of her resume.
She grinned at a particularly naughty looking rose bush. "Now, now Deborah," She said to it. "You're scaring Jess away, you're going to have to let me love you today." Humming she started on with her work.
Logan laid down exhausted in a hotel off the I-70E in Utah. 11 hours later and he felt like he hadn't even scratched the surface. Why had he decided to drive again? A plane would have been quicker. Oh right, because he was in the car already and couldn't be bothered to take a plane. Stupid, stupid, stupid. He sat up slowly and let out a deep sign. He hadn't even packed anything. He reached into his back pocket and pulled out his wallet.
"Luckily I have my credit card." Raising to his feet he went out in search of a Target or Wal-Mart or anything else that would be open and have some clothes that he could wear. He let out another breath. And a toothbrush and some toothpaste too.
Dana fell onto her bed and heaved a sigh of exhaustion. She frowned, if only the store was open longer. Yes she loved her job and yes she was extremely tired and no she didn't really want to work but the more she worked the less she had to think.
She looked around her room. It wasn't huge or extravagant but it was interesting. The walls were this awful pale blue color and her bed sheets were this weird plum purple and all the furniture was white or yellow depending on which way you're looking at it. Basically her entire apartment was butt ugly... but it made her smile every time she walked through the door.
Dana opened her laptop and pulled up her online bank account. It was practically empty even after being in Maine for over a month and a half and having a job she was surprisingly in love with, she'd spent a good majority of her money and there was no way she was going to ask her mom for more. She looked at her house phone, after she moved she refused to buy another cell phone, she was leaving her old life behind and she was going to live independently without help and without the temptation to call Logan.
"Damn." She cursed out loud. There it was. His name popping out of everywhere and nowhere like a ghost. She exited the tab and opened a new one, well if he was going to try and creep into her mind again tonight she'd just have to push him out again.
"Ivy – Innocence and purity. Lily of the Valley – return to happiness, Hycinth – constancy." She worked her way through the list of flower names and their symbols.
"Hydrangea – Vanity." She laughed out loud. "I'll have to remember to get some of those for him next time."
"Damn" She cussed again.
Dana woke up to the sound of her door bell being rung. Groggily she pulled herself out of bed and over to the door.
"Mm…?" Was the brilliant noise the made when she opened the door with her eyes half shut.
"Hi." The voice said. She looked up at the face and her eyes sprung open. My god he is so good looking.
"Hi." She responded, trying to make herself look and sound a little less like she'd just rolled out of bed - which she had, literally.
"For you." He handed her a brown package. Dana looked at it for half a second and then tucked it under her arm.
"Thanks." She said.
"No problem. Nice apartment you've got here." He commented casually.
"Yeah. It's hideously perfect." She laughed. "Seriously nothing in the place matches."
"I can see that." He smiled. "Anyway, sorry to wake you up this early, but I know you work later and I wanted to get that to you before you went in."
Dana smiled, "It's no problem. I need to get up and get ready anyways."
"It's 5 in the morning."
Dana gave him a look, "Uhg, go away." He laughed.
"I'll see you around."
"Mm…" She replied as she closed the door and locked it. Stupid delivery guy... She looked at the package and saw her mom's address on it.
"Oh." She said happily. She tore the package open.
"Oh." She groaned. Absently she stuck the item on her night stand before crawling back into bed.
Logan woke up two days later in a hotel in Illinois and after driving all day today he'd finally reach Cape Elizabeth. Not that he'd get there at an earthly hour, it was going to take him all day just to get to Cape Elizabeth. He felt like death itself, he felt like he'd hardly slept since he left home and that he was insane and in some way, somehow he was going to have a near death experience before he was able to make it home again.
"On the way home." He said to himself. "I'm stopping in every major state and sleeping." He made the vow as he slipped into his car and blasted the music. "Something has got to keep me awake for this drive. I'm making it there tonight."
"If you keep sticking your hand in your pocket like that you're going to create all these misunderstandings." Jess joked. Dana's hand flew out of her pocket and she turned towards Jess looking slightly guilty.
"I don't want to know." Jess held her hands up in an almost defensive way.
"Shut up." Dana rolled her eyes, "It's just my cell phone."
"Oh." Jess lowered her hands, "Why are you fingering your cell phone?"
Dana pulled out the little black object, "I left it at home" - on purpose, she added to herself silently - "And I just got it in the mail today, my mom sent it."
"Well that was awfully nice of her." Jess smiled. Yeah, so incredibly nice of her to send me things I left in the trash. Dana sighed.
"Or not?" Jess asked.
"No, it was nice of her. She probably saw it" - in my trash can - "and though that I'd still want it." That or she's just trying to make me miserable. Dana felt a stab. Of course, I did say that I deserved to be miserable... guess I'm getting what I asked for.
"I'm going to go check on Deborah." Dana said to Jess with an off smile. "She looks like she needs some lovin'"
"You look like you need some lovin'" Jess waggled her eye brows.
Dana laughed, "ew, don't ever do that again."
Dana pulled into her drive way and nearly had a heart attack. Sitting across the road was a familiar silver car. She shook her head 'not possible' and then she rushed inside and hid behind a curtain. Cautiously she opened the curtain and peeked at the car, it definitely looked like his car. But what are the odds that he would drive to Maine, that's a pretty treacherous drive not to mention he could definitely afford to get on a plane. There's no way he would drive to Cape Elizabeth when he could take a plane, not possible. Not to mention that he doesn't even know that she lives there. It's just a coincidence. Her mind is messed up from thinking about him all the time, that's not his car and he's not in it. It's just a similar looking car in Cape Elizabeth parked outside her apartment. Nothing to freak out about.
She closed the curtain and backed away from it. She reached into her pocket and pulled out her cell phone. She stared at the screen and then she took a breath and started scrolling.
"Missed Call: Logan Reese." She scrolled down "Missed Call: Logan Reese. Missed Call: Logan Reese. Oh my god...!" She dialed her voice mail and the sound of his voice echoed through her like a drug after a lifetime of withdrawal. She listened as his voice got more and more desperate with each call. Finally she heard 'before I show up at your house in 20 minutes'. She looked towards the curtain again. Hesitantly she opened her curtain again and looked at the silver car.
"It's not possible." She whispered. Slowly she left her apartment and made her way to the vehicle, it looked empty. She looked around a few times to see if anyone was walking around aimlessly but there was nobody outside. She wasn't entirely sure if the car being there and nobody being inside of it was a good thing, or a bad thing. She took another few steps and that's when she saw him. Passed out in the backseat of his convertible.
"It's not possible." She repeated, even though it was obvious that the celebrity was clearly parked outside of her apartment passed out and looking downright perfect. This is definitely mom's fault. Dana felt like she was going to have a heart attack, what else did she tell him?
"What's not possible." His voice grumbled. Dana clutched her heart and jumped back in surprise, she took a small step forward and looked down as Logan rubbed his eyes and blinked.
"What are you even doing here?" She asked him. He opened his eyes and looked at her messy appearance. She was covered in dirt and her hair was messy and she looked like she'd been out running. Odd appearance for a Goddess, he thought. But beautiful.
"You didn't return any of my calls." He said dumbly. He started to sit up, "Did you know it takes 52 hours to drive to Maine? I have been driving for 3 days trying to get to you."
Dana's heart jumped. This was not good for her, not one bit."You need to leave."
Logan stared at her like she was insane, "I just drove 3 days. I am not leaving after being here not even an hour." He turned his head to check the stereo clock. "Okay so it's been a little more than an hour. I'm tired." He pouted.
"Well you can't stay here, and you can't sleep in your car." She told him. "I don't want to see you." A lie.
Logan laid his head back down on his seat.
"What are you doing?"
"I'm sleeping, what does it look like?" Logan said.
Dana stood her ground "I just told you that you can't sleep in your car."
"Does this look like something I want to be doing?" He shouted. "Do I look like the kind of person who drives 3 days to see one girl? And sleeps in his car? Do I look like the kind of guy who just does things like that? I don't even know why I needed to see you, but I did okay. I do. And I'm tired and I'm grouchy. I haven't slept in what feels like forever and I have this severe cramp in my leg from driving so long. So unless you're going to invite me up and give me a cough to lay on, shut up, and leave me alone!"
Dana was stunned into silence. She shifted her weight uncomfortably. What was she supposed to do? She couldn't invite him up but she couldn't leave him here either and she couldn't see him driving to the inn up the road right now. She looked down at him, his arm was covering his face and he had this attractive frown on his face... I can't leave him like this...
"Fine!" She relented. "Come upstairs with me." She turned around and walked to the front door of the building. "Hurry up!" She hissed when she turned around and he was just staring at her from the backseat of his car. He jumped out of his car almost falling in the process.
Dana rolled her eyes.
Secretly her heart was doing somersaults.
It's hard to write when it's so freaking hot inside.
Literally 40 degrees in my house. And I'm sitting here with a laptop. I can hardly move let alone think. But I've been trying!
Soundtrack for this chapter:
My Life Would Suck Without You – Kelly Clarkson
A Woman's Worth – Alicia Keys
True Beauty – Mandisa
No One – Aly &AJ
Walk Away – Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical 3)
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Samsonite Man – Alicia Keys
Doesn't mean Anything – Alicia Keys
Bit random to have a soundtrack but I dunno, just felt like it. Frack my life, I'm melting.
Hope everyone else is well!
to omggcece. I'm so pleased you like my line 'Honey, just because you're standing doesn't mean you're up.' Use it wisely :P
I'm going to go down a slushy or some ice cream or… something… It's sauna worthy in here.
LONG LIVE DL!