As much as he doesn’t want to admit it, James finds himself having a rather good time. He’s finding it much easier then he thought to pretend to be in a relationship with Autumn, in fact he feels comfortable doing it. But he refuses to let these thoughts stay in his mind for long, and distracts himself from the fact that he likes being here by talking to Autumns mother a lot. After all, Autumn is his best friend, and that’s all. Nothing else. Just his friend.

“James?…Earth to James”, Autumn’s voice pulls him out of his train of thought and he turns to face Autumn, “Wanna help me take the things out to the kitchen?” James nods and gets up carrying the left over chicken into the kitchen. He can’t help but over hear the conversation coming from the other room.

“He’s nice darling, I’m so glad you’re not alone anymore. And to be with someone so gorgeous, I’m impressed”, he chuckles to himself.

“I know, he really is amazing.”, he’s sure he hears a slight sigh at the end of that, but ignores it and continues to listen.

“So should I be expecting any grandchildren soon?”

“Muuuuuuuum! Could you just stop nagging for once, pleasee”

“Okay, okayy. I was just saying”, he can hear her get up and realises she must be making her way to the kitchen. He makes himself look busy, suddenly feeling guilty for listening in. As soon as he places the chicken in the fridge Autumn’s mother comes in and smiles at him. Returning her smile he goes to leave when she grabs his arm. He turns to look at her, confusion written all over his face.

“Look, I don’t want to scare you off, but I want to know that you’re going to look after Autumn. She deserves nothing but the best”, James can’t help but feel guilty for lying to her, however what he’s about to say is nothing but the truth.

“I will look after her, I care a lot about your daughter. The last thing I want to do is hurt her”

“Good, that’s what I like to hear”, smiling she leaves the kitchen and James can hear her tell Autumn that she should go as she was getting tired, a couple of seconds later he hears the door shut. Smiling to himself at the success of the evening he turns to make his way back to the other room. Only to be pounced on by Autumn.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you”, she says grinning up at him with her arms round his neck.

“You’re more then welcome kitten”, he tells her returning her smile.

“It was perfect James, and I actually had fun, that’s not something I ever thought would happen while having dinner with my mum”

“I had fun too, you’re mums not so bad…”, they both laugh at this and he’s not quite sure why but he finds it hard to pull his eyes away from her face. So they just stand there, grinning at each other. He realises, that for once, Autumn doesn’t look away.

The End

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