It's been a long time, I know. Might as well figure that I'll only be updating every other week or so. Things are not slowing down for me, and now the holidays are coming up. Please don't hate me!
I pulled up behind Sidney’s car in the driveway. I’d had a permanent smile on my face ever since we’d gotten to the outskirts of Halifax. I took a moment to take in the sight of the house that was about to be my home for the next few months. Somehow my smile grew as I got out of the car and opened the door to let Bauer out of the back.
“It’s so good to be home,” Sidney said, walking over and putting his arm around me.
“Yes, it is,” I responded. He looked over at me, that crooked smile of his on his face.
“Still think it feels like home?” he asked.
“Even more so now.” He gave me a quick kiss and we turned to begin to unpack the cars.
When Sidney and I had met up for dinner on the night of the last party, I’d been trying to figure out how to word that I’d gotten a job in Cole Harbour so that he’d ask me to move there with him. I didn’t want to just invite myself in case he didn’t want me there. We sat around a table with the rest of the team, and it was nearly impossible to find a way to bring it up. That was until he did.
“Please don’t lecture me for asking what I’m going to ask. I realize that you’re going to say no, but I just have to ask,” he’d started.
“Ask what?” I questioned, confused.
“Move in with me this summer.” It took me a moment to respond because I was so surprised. Was it really going to be that easy?
“Yes.” Sidney sighed and shrugged at my answer.
“Misty, I know I said I don’t want a lecture, but can you at least explain to me why?” he wondered. Then his eyebrows shot up as he realized what I'd said. “Wait, what?” I bit back a laugh.
“I said yes,” I repeated.
“I don’t understand.” He looked genuinely confused, like he’d been ready to fight about it. This time I did laugh.
“I talked to Zara today. She said Walker’s family will give me a job,” I explained. A grin spread over his face.
“So you’re coming home with me this summer?” he checked.
“I’m coming home with you this summer,” I confirmed.
Sidney’s family showed up not long after our arrival and helped us bring our stuff inside while Sam and Bauer reunited and ran around outside. Trina and Taylor were overjoyed that I was going to be there all summer again, while Troy seemed to be avoiding me. I didn’t understand that since I thought we’d cleared everything up last summer and come to some sort of understanding. Apparently that understanding only lasted until I actually started dating his son.
Once everything was in the house and we’d sat out by the water talking for a bit, his family headed back home to start preparing for dinner while we continued to unpack. Sidney made room for me in the master bedroom and bathroom and I combined my stuff with his. We had to work out a compromise as far as how much space I got in the closet compared to his.
“Geez, I give an inch, you take a mile!” he complained after a 10 minute argument about how much of the closet was filled with my stuff.
“You won’t even use all the space I left for you!” I argued. He laughed and pulled me into him.
“This is the best argument we’ve ever had,” he joked. I knew exactly what he meant.
“If you’re not careful, I’ll move all my stuff into one of the guest rooms and we can just be roommates,” I teased.
“Roommates that sleep together though, right?” I punched him lightly on the arm with a laugh before getting back to putting my stuff away.
We spent the rest of the night with his family, which mostly consisted of Troy talking only to people with the last name of Crosby, and me trying to find a way to join in the conversation every chance I got. By the time we’d left I’d come to the conclusion that Troy, once again, hated me.
“He doesn’t hate you,” Sidney told me as we walked into the house. I just gave him a look that said ‘are you kidding me’? “He’s just worried that we’re moving too fast.”
“I’m not going to fight about your father. He’ll feel how he feels no matter what I do or say, so I’m just going to suck it up and deal with it. It still would have been nice to know ahead of time…..” I said, letting my voice trail off at the end.
“I’m sorry I didn’t warn you. I was afraid you wouldn’t come if you knew,” Sid explained.
“From now on, we’re going to have a full disclosure agreement. No secrets because we’re scared of consequences. There’s been enough of that with us since last summer, don’t you think?” I asked. Sidney agreed and we went to bed, exhausted from the trip.
The next morning we were awoken to an incessantly ringing doorbell. I smiled over at Sidney as he groaned while he got out of bed. I laughed as he cursed whoever was brave enough to be the one to ring it. We both knew who was going to be standing there when the door was opened. We walked downstairs and opened the door together.
We were met with Walker, Zara, Valerie, Caden, and Wes standing on the porch all trying to talk to us over each other. We let them in and I started some coffee with the girls following me into the kitchen as the boys made themselves comfortable in the living room. Both Zara and Valerie gave me hugs as they gushed about how happy they were to see me again.
“This is the first time we’ve seen you since you and Sidney finally figured it out!” Zara exclaimed.
“I know, I’m so happy to see you guys!” Just as I said that, Valerie began to cough.
“What the hell is this shit?” she asked, pointing at the coffee mug she was holding. I laughed and started another pot.
We ate the breakfast that they’d brought with them and hung out talking before deciding to head out on the boat for the day. We lugged a bunch of beer on board, headed out to the middle of the lake, put down anchor, and spent the day catching up. I’d missed this. This place really did feel like home to me.
We headed back to Sidney’s for dinner and then, to no one’s surprise, people began to show up for an impromptu party. Texts had been sent, and then forwarded until we had a lot of people welcoming Sidney back home next to the lake and a fire. Everything was going great until I looked up and saw a familiar blonde walking towards me.
“So much for not trying to land Sidney,” Callie said to me. I rolled my eyes at her.
“I don’t have to explain myself or my relationship with Sid to you,” I told her.
“Don’t worry, it’s self-explanatory.”
“I can’t believe you are ballsy enough to walk back into Sidney’s house after he kicked you out last summer just to talk shit to his girlfriend.”
“I don’t know why you insist on arguing with me. You’re just like me.”
“No, Callie, there’s a big difference between the two of us. I will never be a flavor of the month and that’s all you’ll ever be,” I shot at her.
“What the hell are you doing here?” I heard Sidney ask, not allowing Callie to respond.
“I heard you were home and wanted to stop by and say hi,” she told him, putting on that fake sweet smile of hers.
“And talk shit to my girlfriend?” he asked.
“I didn’t…..” she started. He put a hand up to stop her.
“I told you that you weren’t welcome back here if you couldn’t accept Misty. I heard what you said. Get out. Don’t come back. Ever.” I noticed that a great majority of the people at the party were watching us. So did Callie.
“Don’t come crying to me when she fucks the next great superstar,” Callie called out before turning her back on us and leaving.
“Sid…..” I began, turning to look at him. He shut me up with a kiss.
“It’s over. She’s gone. I love you.” I smiled up at him and walked back over to the fire with him.
The night ended much like the rest did. Sidney and I headed to bed with a few stragglers crashing wherever they could find a spot. With the exception of the incident with Callie, it had been a great night back with friends. If this was any indication of what the summer was going to be like, I was never going to want it to end.