Save Me - Part 2 - Chapter 7
Once I got to the airport and all checked in, I sat down and got comfortable. I had a bit of a wait until it would be time to board so I pulled out my phone. I still needed to get back to Jared and I knew he would be waiting for me to let him know what was going on.
At the airport I had cell reception so I thought I would send Jared a text instead of an email. This way, no matter what he was doing and knowing his phone was pretty much attached to his hand, he’d get it right away.
Going into my contacts, I pulled up his name and opened a new text message.
- Good Morning, Sir! ☀️ Got your email just as I was told my taxi arrived, that’s why it took me so long to respond. I’m at the airport now, checked in and waiting to board, right on schedule.. Can’t wait to see you! 😚 -
Short and sweet. Perfect.
I was so not hungry earlier, honestly, my stomach was in knots, but at least I was smart enough to throw a banana in my bag just in case that changed. Which it did, now that the rush was over. Reaching in my bag I grabbed it and sat back eating as I scrolled through the news. Being away, I felt so disconnected from the rest of the world.
It had been about ten minutes and I got a notification that I had a new text message from Jared. Wow, that was fast! I must have caught him during his downtime.
- I’m happy to hear that baby girl. I’m on my way to do some press. Text me before before you take off. Then once you land at Heathrow. Have a safe flight baby! See you soon!! Xo -
Hearing from him put a smile on my face. I finished my banana then tossed my trash in the bin. Just as I was walked by back to my seat, they called for us to begin boarding. So far, the day was moving right along just as planned.
I was now one step closer.
Jared wanted me to text him right before I took off so I did that as soon as I sat in my seat on the plane.
- 🛫 Taking off! 💗 -
After watching to make sure the text went through, I turned my phone off.
As the plane took off, I laid my head against the headrest and tried to relax. Flying wasn’t ever my favorite activity but since it was a large part of my job I just dealt with it. Closing my eyes, I couldn’t help but smile as Jared’s image became clear as day behind my eyelids.
Flying into Heathrow again brought back memories of our good-bye just a few weeks ago. I remember thinking back then about where our relationship was and scared that things would change. And they did, but not in a negative way. We really seemed stronger and even closer despite being so far apart.
It was a test, I suppose, much like it’ll be a test to see how things go when we’re together again. That made me nervous all over again. If we were going to meet and spend time together like we did in Chicago, away from our lives and in our own little world, I wouldn’t be scared. But in this case, if I’m being honest with myself, I was. If only just a little bit.
I was nervous because I would be trying to mesh into HIS real life. Not that I know all that much but I did see a bit of that life already. And it’s crazy. Jared or probably more so Emma, runs his life like a tightly controlled ship. Every ounce of time was managed. I guess I wasn’t sure how I could see myself fitting in. To an outsider, his world is intimidating.
As the announcement was made we would be landing shortly, I grabbed my make-up bag from my purse and freshened up. Once I got off the plane, I would have enough time to hit the bathroom then would need to go through customs. My bags would be transferred to my connecting flight. Hopefully. Customs could take awhile and knowing my flight schedule was tight I knew I had to move quickly. The sooner I was in line the better.
When the doors opened, I bolted off the plane. I hate the pressure of being in a time crunch and although my schedule is often rushed, I will never get used to it. I fly so much, at least I know exactly where I need to go.
Sure enough, the line for customs was long but thankfully I knew that they usually moved pretty fast. Hopefully today would be no different. Remembering Jared wanted me to text him when I arrived, I pulled my phone out to text him.
- 🛬 I’m at Heathrow! Just waiting in line for customs. It’s moving pretty quick. I hope you’re having a good day! See you soon! 😘 -
Watching the clock count down and the like be not move, I started to stress a bit. Things were moving but slower than normal. Looking around, I hoped other agents would see the build up and call for help to get things moving again. I simply could not miss this flight! I was so preoccupied, I didn’t notice that Jared texted back.
- Got your text during an interview. Thank you for the update. Have a safe flight! Remember, Robert will be there waiting for you by baggage. See you soon baby girl! Xo -
Jared must have been a good luck charm for me because rights after that, things got moving along again and before I knew it, I was passing through the terminal to my gate. My panic at bay, I relaxed as I sat down at my gate and was again waiting to board. Looking at my flight information, this flight would be relatively quick which I was happy about. You don’t realize how exhausting a full day of travel is until you do it. No doubt once I landed in Norway, I’d be energized though.
Once we boarded it literally felt like we just took off and were already preparing to land again. Not that I was complaining! The flight was only a little over an hour. Once again, I quickly took a minute to freshen up before we landed. I wanted to not look like I’ve just spent all day running from one flight to another. Especially since I’ve never met Robert before.
Yet again, as soon as the doors to the airplane opened, I bolted out of them and quickly made my way towards baggage. Robert would be there already and I didn’t want to keep him waiting.
Emma had sent me a picture of Robert so I knew what he looked like. That was a great idea. As I came around the bend to Baggage Claim number seven I quickly looked around there he was.
Robert was very tall with sandy blonde hair. He must have seen my picture too because as our eyes connected, he held his hand up and waved with a big smile. I returned the wave and the smile as I approached him.
“Hi Robert!” I cheerfully said.
“Vivie, hi!”, he said opening his arms to give me a hug, “Nice to finally meet you.”
“Nice to meet you too, Robert.” I said.
“Baggage is starting to come down now, let’s stand over there so I can grab it as it comes down the belt.” He said as he started to walk to where the baggage dropped onto the belt from the back.
“Have you been waiting long?” I asked.
“No, not too long. We’re just going to take a taxi to the venue.” Robert told me.
“I told Jared I could have done this myself..” I said shaking no my head with a little laugh.
“Well, he cares about ya.” He said shyly which made me wonder what Jared told him about me.
In total, we only had to wait about ten minutes for my luggage which was nice. It gave me time to chit chat. Providing traffic wasn’t bad, Robert said I would make it to the venue in plenty of time for the show. I was happy I though ahead then.
Knowing I probably wouldn’t have time to change before I saw Jared, I dressed in black jeans and a cute tee that I could throw a blazer on top of. For all the travel, I wore my favorite All-Stars and packed my heels in the outer pocket of my bag so I could change them quickly. I wanted to look nice when I saw him for the first time in all these weeks.
Robert laughed as he watched my dig in my bag and to change my shoes.
“What are you doing?”
“Changing my shoes! Don’t judge.” I laughed back.
Robert just shook his head. “You women..”
Robert was very sweet and so easy to get along with. I was so glad he was the one Jared sent for me. Our conversations were light and relaxed. He was so easy and comfortable to be around. He definitely put my nerves to ease and kept my mind occupied.
“I have to ask, are you family? You look like you could be brothers.” I asked as we rode in the taxi.
“Not brothers, cousins.”
“I figured, you look like a mix of both Jared and Shannon.” I said as he laughed. “So, what do you?”
Robert went on to tell me that he’s a photographer and does short films. Right now though, he’s working on the tour as a cameraman, not just visiting like I initially thought. Showing me some of his work, it was clear he was talented but knowing how hard it is to break into any part of show business, it was nice that Jared was giving him work experience.
My nervousness pretty much subsided and by the time we pulled up to the venue, I was ready to jump out of the car and find my Sir. I was just so excited to see Jared that I didn’t even care about the luggage. All of my feelings towards him were rushing to the surface and I just felt like I was going to burst.
The taxi pulled to a stop and I jumped out. As I walked to the back of the car to grab my things, Emma popped her head out the back door. When she saw me, she stepped out.
“Hey Vivie!” She said, giving me a hug, “You made it! Jared is going to be happy. He’s been driving me nuts all day.” She rolled her eyes as she spoke about Jared and I laughed. He’s definitely got a way about him that I’m sure could drive anyone mad.
“Jared?! Nah…” I giggled. Over the course of countless emails, her and I developed a friendship which was nice.
“Come on, they’re still in the meet and greet. Robert will take care of your bags.” Emma said as we quickly walked to the doors.
“Thank you, Robert! Nice to meet you!!” I shouted waving to him.
“Nice to meet you too, Vivie!” He shouted back as he continued to pull my bags out of the trunk. “See ya later..”
“He doesn’t know you’re here yet. I got the text from Robert just after the meet and greet started.” Emma said handing me my all access pass.
My stomach was full of butterflies again. They only got worse with each step closer to the door but no amount of nerves were going to hold me back now.
“We’ll sneak in the back here.” She said as she quietly opened the door.
Jared was standing as Tomo and Shannon stood on either side of him against a table. Where we came in from was behind them so Jared didn’t see me right away. As we walked around towards the back, I watched Shannon tap Jared on the leg. As Jared turned to look at Shannon, he saw me and did a double take, stopping mid sentence when his eyes caught mine.
My breath caught in the throat and I smiled, biting my lip. I WANTED to run to him, to jump in his arms and kiss his face but of course, I refrained. Instead, I gave him a little wave as we continued to make our way to the back. Jared smiled back, continuing with his answer without skipping another beat. Not knowing any better, his audience probably thought he stopped to gather his thoughts which was good. The last thing I wanted was to draw attention to myself.
The meet and greet ended not to long after I arrived. I was just able to catch the last few questions. As everyone stood up, the guys were caught talking to everyone.
Emma leaned over, whispering in my ear, “Let’s make our way back while everyone is moving around. They’ll be lining up for pictures after this so the guys have about ten minute and I’m sure Jared is going to want a few minutes alone with you.”
I smiled and nodded whispering, “Okay, I’ll follow your lead.”
Jared watched my every move as I made my way to the doors. As soon as I was through them, Emma told me to wait. Her and I just stood there waiting and chatting. Apparently it had been quite a busy day. I heard Jared say they’d see everyone for pictures and cheering followed as Jared, Shannon and Tomo stepped from the room and into the hallway.
Shannon and Tomo walked out first, both said ‘hello’ and giving me hugs then continued down the hallway to their own dressing rooms for a bit of quiet before the next part of the night. Jared was the last one out. I was standing against the wall waiting, my heart beating so hard I thought it was going to beat out of my chest.
'Come on already!!!’ I thought to myself..
A minute later, Jared stepped over the threshold and into the hallway. With one quick step, he was finally in front of me. His wide smile matched mine as he pulled me into his arms for a tight embrace. My arms wrapped around his waist and I pressed my nose against his neck, inhaling his scent for the first time in what felt like forever.
“My god, I’ve missed you, baby girl.” He whispered against my ear.
Pulling back, Jared cupped my face in his hands as he brought his lips to mine, kissing me softly at first. I could feel his heart beating just as hard as mine through the thin fabric of his skirt. Jared licked my lip and I parted them so he could slip his soft tongue gently into my mouth. Savoring his taste, I completely forgot where we were. Everything just melted away and it was just him and I in this moment.
“Get a room..” Shannon shouted from down the hallway and that brought us both back to our senses.
Breaking apart, we both laughed as Jared turned around to give Shannon the finger. Everyone else had disappeared.
“Come on…” Jared whispered against my lips, kissing me one more time. Wrapping his arm around my shoulder and pulling me into him, we walked down the hall to his dressing room. “I only have about ten minutes…”