Jason stood there straightening his perfect Windsor knot yet again as he waited. He couldn’t help but think on the last they were face-to-face in person.
We could have been partners. You chose adversaries remember that.
That was the very last thing Taylor said to him before she walked out of his life.
No, that was not fair; she did not walk out. His pride had forced her, forced her out of a six-year romantic relationship. They had started to butt heads too often in their office lives and the animosity spilled over into their personal lives. He pushed one time too many nearly destroying his career and losing her altogether in the process.
Was that really nine years ago?
Jason slowly rebuilt his career and was now on the fast track to being a global player. When the company he worked finally decided to break into the European markets, they chose Jason to spearhead the project. His team was weeks into it when the Europe contact for the project changed hands to new group. He blinked when he read the name given and first chalked it up to coincidence. To be sure, he sent an email, just one sentence.
So, we’re going to be partners after all, huh?
Imagine his surprise and delight when that coincidence replied with one line.
It’s better than adversaries, huh?
He had heard she moved to Avignon not too long after their break up. His pride had got in the way again back then, as he cut off any contact regarding her. He had no clue she had moved to London. Still,, what were the odds?
He sees her as she emerges from customs and his heart clutches. Hard.
He finds himself slowing gasping for air at the sight of her. He had not felt anything like that since…
…nine years ago.
Taylor is on her cell phone when she looks up, sees him and stops cold. Jason is sure she had not properly ended the call when the hand holding the cell phone lowers slowly. Her expression unfathomable as she stands there staring as if in a trance, disembarking passengers forced to mill around the both of them. He instinctively knows she feels this, whatever this is, too.
God knows there was so much past was between them; did they have a future?
He takes a couple of steps towards her and the next thing he knows she is in his arms and it feels so, so…
He’ll take that as a yes.