Don't forget to visit the Mine!!
(This is a storm from the other day...)
~ Chapter Five ~
Nina watched as the plane descended from the cloudy sky. Waves of excitement rolled through her belly. She hadn’t realized how much she missed her mom. Stepping away from the glass, she pulled her cellphone out and punched in her mom’s name. No answer yet. She shuffled back to the row of fake leather seats and plopped down, one hand rubbing her lower back. Boy, did it ever ache.
Her mind wandered to yesterday and Max. A sharp pang of disconcertment joined her roiling belly, causing a sudden bout of nausea. The look Max had given her was one she’d never received from anyone. She didn’t like it. She shrugged one still-slender shoulder and whispered under her breath, “Oh, well. Can’t change it now.”
Passengers started appearing through the hallway at her mom’s arrival door and she stood up once more, raising on tiptoe, anxious for that first glance of her mother. She hadn’t seen her in almost a year. The longest she’d ever been away.
When she spied the brilliant red head, tears of joy sprang to her eyes. Her mother was looking at her, doing the same. They both rushed forward, meeting somewhere in the middle.
Her mother wrapped long, slender arms around her and laid her head against Nina’s shoulder.
Nina couldn’t help but breathe in the fruity smell of her mother’s perfume and the aromatic scent of matching shampoo. “I missed you so much, Mom,” She cried.
“I missed you too, Sweetie. I’ve wanted to call so many times, but your dad said it was best to leave you alone.”
At the mention of her dad, Nina stepped away and looked behind her mom. “Where is he?”
Janet Moore frowned, cleared her throat. “He didn’t come, Honey.”
Nina’s happy mood diminished. “What do you mean?”
“He— doesn’t accept it yet, Nina girl.”
Her mother’s bright hair jiggled as she shook her head, her lips curving into a frown.
Nina dropped her head. “I know it’s a shock, but I was hoping he would. I miss im so much.”
Her mom pulled her back into her embrace. “I know, Honey. Give him some time.”
Raising her chin, she took the handle of her mom’s carry-on and pulled it from her grasp. “I guess I’ll have to. Come on, let’s get out of here and get some lunch.”
Her mom chuckled. “That’s the spirit.”
Nina returned the laughter. “Yeah. Believe it or not, I am growing up.”
“I believe you, Nina, but I want details on your present predicament,” He mom demanded in the tone she used when she was determined to get her way.
“I’m going to tell you everything mom, but you have to realize it’s awkward to do so. Give me time to ease into it.”
“That’s fine,” Her mom replied as she held her hand up to summon a taxi driver leaning lazily on his yellow car.
“Where do you want to eat?” Nina popped the handle back into the bag and pushed it across the seat to set in between them.
“It doesn’t really matter as long as it’s cool and they don’t rush you out the minute you take your last bite,” Her mom chuckled.
“I know just the place.”
A few minutes later the taxi pulled up in front of Williams’ Mom and Pop. Nina was secretly hoping Max might be here…
Max was standing behind the counter placing glasses on the shelf when she walked in. There was an older woman with red hair at her side.
His heart tattooed against his chest so hard he thought it might burst out of its bounds. It must be her mother. Other than the hair, they looked about the same. Her mom had about twenty years or so on her, but didn’t look a day over thirty. That’s what Nina will look like in a few years… A smile spread across his face and he tamped down the urge to strike out verbally at his woman. He grunted. His woman? If she was his woman she wouldn’t have hidden her pregnancy from him. After all, it was his child, too.
“Nina.” He grinned. Liking how warm the name sounded slipping off his tongue.
The smile she returned slammed into his already pounding chest. She was beautiful… He gulped, trying to catch his breath and missed what she said.
“Huh? His face grew warm and humiliation spread through him. He must sound like a first class idiot. So much for impressing her mother…
Her tinkling laughter danced upon his nerve endings and he imagined what his silly smile must look like to someone seeing him for the first time.
“I said this is my mom, Janet Moore.”
Janet stuck out her hand and he took it.
“You’re almost as beautiful as your daughter, Mrs. Moore.”
Her laugh was so similar to Nina’s he glanced her way to make sure it wasn’t her.
“Well aren’t you a delight?” She shook his hand and dropped it, letting hers fall to her side.
“This is my fiancé Max Williams, Mom.”
Max gulped. What!!?
The sent him a look full of warning.
He gulped again and stood up straight, smiling like a fool.
So many emotions crossed Janet Moore’s face he didn’t have time to recognize them all. Her mouth opened and shut like a fish out of water.
“Oh really?” Her tone was scary as she pinned him with narrowed green orbs.
Nina gave him another thousand watt smile and nodded. “Oh yes.”