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from Desires of the Heart by Tiffany Doran

Copyright © 2017–2020 Tiffany S. Doran

Chapter Four
Joe's Place

The next day Katie awoke unsure of how to feel. Her emotions were everywhere. She wanted to feel normal again. She wanted to be happy again. "Men always complicate the simple." she said to herself as she got dressed for the day. She put on her most comfortable teal blue shirt with a pair of light wash skinny jeans and her light brown cowgirl boots. She did her make-up and put on her new burgundy shade of lipstick, tied her hair up with a white bandana and headed downstairs for some coffee. Randy met her at the table. It's almost the big day girl!" Randy said with a smile. Katie was so frustrated last night she had forgotten that the fair is two days away. "Buck is on his way over, he called already to let me know he was feeling better." Randy said. " Well, my chicken noodle soup must've worked. she said bragging. Just then, Buck walked into the kitchen with dozen roses in hand smiling. " Buck!" Katie exclaimed, You shouldn't have." He looked down at the roses and pulled out a card and handed it to her. " I actually wished I would have but I didn't." He said. "The door was open when I got here that's why I didn't knock, I just assumed you were expecting me and left it open. When I walked in, these were lying on the chair by the door and I assumed they were for you." Buck said as he glanced back up at her. That's funny she thought, when she walked downstairs this morning she didn't see anything in the chair. She must've forgotten to lock the front door last night after she rushed inside after her and Matt's angry exchange. "What does the card say?" Randy asked. Katie read the card to herself first then out loud "To my dearest Kat, I never meant to hurt you with the words that I said, Please let me make it up to you. Dinner tonight? Our old spot. Sincerely Matt. Their old spot was a little diner in town named Joe's Place. He had the best food for miles around. The pies were delicious and actually where she had gotten some of her recipes from. After the fire, Joe, the owner, donated meals to them to try and be a help. She then began being taught by Joe himself how to make each pie perfectly. "Well Randy, I'm going to head on out and get to work," Buck said in frustration, "I have to make up for yesterday." He walked past her, looked back at her and walked out the back door and headed to the hay bales. Katie took the flowers and put them in a vase and carried them to her room and sat them by the window. She held the card in her hand and tapped it gently on her chin as she looked out the front window. Randy sat in the kitchen wondering how this all happened. "A love triangle," he chuckled and got up to go help Buck.

Buck was out pulling hay and loading hay. He was frustrated and he couldn't stop thinking of the kiss that almost happened. Randy walked out as he was tossing hay in the bed of the truck to take to the barn. "Well then," Randy said, "I should have her frustrate you more often, look at all that's been done this morning." he smiled. "Yeah, well, it's alright, I'll get over it. Buck said in reply as he continued working. "Look Buck, It's obvious you care for her, I can see it in you just as I see it in her." Randy said. Buck stopped fast in his tracks looked up at the house and then back at Randy. She cared for him the way he did for her? Why didn't she ever say anything, he wondered and what is up with this Matt fellow? He thought. "I'm not blind said Randy. "I can read her like a book and I have been really close friends with you for years. I can tell from both of you." He went on. "Now look, she's going through a rough time right now and what I need from you and what I am asking from you is that you be patient with her. " Randy said sweetly as he put his hand on Buck's shoulder. "Tomorrow, we'll go to the fair and have a great time, that's what she needs." Randy said. Buck nodded in agreement and finished loading the hay, jumped in the truck, and drove to the barn to unload. Inside, Katie was cleaning up the house. Normally, Saturday's were her normal chore days but seeing as how the fair was coming, she didn't want to have any part of a bucket and a mop tomorrow. She made her way downstairs after changing all the beds and cleaning the bathrooms and began in the kitchen as her first step was to open all the windows and let the fresh air in. She turned the radio on and began dancing around the kitchen ...

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