A Million Love Songs Later
A/N: Oh my Days!! People I love you guys!!! Thank you so much for all the comments on the last chapter. I love you all you have all given me so much more confidence now and I feel so much more motivated to write these now. Sorry for bugging you all about it but it paid off right? Anyway I hope you enjoyed it. Anyway my exams are nearly over, got three to go then it's SUMMER!! Woo hoo! We've been going to the beach so much lately I think I went four times in the last week. It's just so gorgeous weather here! Anyway enjoy this chapter and please comment, thank you I really appreciate it, and if you could what do you think of the story overall so far? Is it going okay? Was there one part you didn't like or I wrote wrong? I really would love some feedback about the story overall. Thank you xoxo
Chapter 14: No words Necessary
Three days after her flowers were delivered they were still alive. Blair thought they wouldn't last much longer which was a shame since they were so beautiful. But had to be done sooner or later. Probably the latter.
The day after Chuck had, had the flowers delivered for Blair Nate had noticed them. That pretty much summed him up.
He had pondered about who they were from before, but not coming up with anything he asked Blair himself.
“The roses are nice. Who are they from?”
She panicked, what if she put her foot in it and blurted out the truth, she said the first name that came to mind. Her best friend.
That was stupid! What if Nate was to ask Serena about the roses and she would say she knew nothing about it. Then she would be rumbled. Nate would be annoyed again and all over flowers. But that's what Blair did she had to think everything out, think of the consequences but it would be okay. They were only flowers and Nate had no reason to doubt her word.
“That was nice of her”
Nate smiled over at Blair before hurrying out the door to work.
“Yeah, it really was”
Blair tried to keep the smile off her face but she couldn't. In fact everytime she walked past the roses or smelt them or saw them in the corner of her eye, she would smile. But that's what was puzzling about about it she had no idea why.
Nate wasn't the only one to notice the flowers. Blair alibi for them had noticed them too when she was round at the apartment.
“Who are the flowers from? They're gorgeous, they from Nate?”
Serena made that classic mistake of assuming they were from Nate.
Blair wasn't going to lie to Serena.
“No...Um just a friend”
But she wasn't going to tell the truth either.
“Oh they're so pretty, they're your favourite too, pink roses. You don't tell everyone that”
It was true. Serena's statement. Blair never told people her favourite things only the people she felt closest too.
“Your friend must know you pretty well”
“Yeah...I guess so”
Serena could tell by her tone she wasn't being totally honest. She was hiding something. But Serena wasn't going to get into anything at that moment. She might just be reading to much into it. If there was anything to say Blair would tell her.
Another mistake Serena made. Blair never revealed her secrets.
_ _ _
Later on that afternoon.
Blair had just been visiting Katie. She was getting bigger by the day and Dan getting more nervous by the day, by the way he was acting people would think he was the one having twins.
Then the winter weather decided to show. The rain came pouring down. Blair had to make a quick dash for the nearest place to hide from the raindrops.
She found a Starbucks on her left and ran in. Obviously it was full, mostly with business men and women on their way back to the office from lunch. There was one she didn't expect to see. Sitting in a corner booth alone going over some papers. Chuck.
Alone with just a mug of coffee for company.
Blair sat down opposite him and they began chatting one thing lead to another and the topic turned to Blair's birthday gift.
“Did you like the flowers?”
Chuck worried for a second if he had got the right ones.
“They're still your favourite right?”
“Yeah they are. I loved them. Thank you”
Blair reassured him of that fact.
“It was your birthday”
“Well thank you all the same”
“I only wish I could have gotten you something better”
Just a card would have been wonderful but her favourite flowers. They were more than enough.
“They were more than enough Chuck”
“It wasn't quite your seventeenth though was it?”
Again like most of their recent conversations it lead back to the past.
“Nothing can top that”
“Do you still have it?”
“The necklace? Are you kidding? I'll never get rid of it”
That reminded Blair she would have to get that necklace out of the storage box. It deserved something better than that. She hadn't worn it in so long, maybe it was time to bring it out again?
That very same night. Nate returned home with news, and not good news. For Blair anyway.
“What? You're kidding right?”
“I'm sorry but I have too”
“But it's Christmas”
“I'll be back on the twenty third”
Like that makes it better Blair thought.
“But it's still the Christmas holidays”
“I know but it's work Blair I have too”
“But you wont know anyone”
Blair said worried for her fiancée.
“Of course I will Serena's there”
“Oh yeah I forgot she's going back to California”
Even thought New York was her birth place. California was Serena's home now, she had a wonderful house in Beverly Hills on the hill top looking over the valley. From the photos it seemed beautiful.
“But you'll be okay wont you, I mean Dan and Katie are here so you wont be too lonely right?”
Nate wanted to make sure his girl would be okay alone for three weeks.
“Yeah I'll be fine. Look I'm just overreacting, you go to California”
Blair said before stepping into his arms and holding him tight.
He appreciated her approval. It was very important to get or he would be in the dog house for months. But Blair wasn't about to let him get off without consequences.
“Oh and remember Nate, Rodeo Drive wont be far away”
“Is that a hint?”
Blair giggled pressing her head against his chest and he pressed his lips onto her head. It left Blair thinking, what was she going to do for the next three weeks?
_ _ _
It was few days later.
Nate was packed and ready to leave for California. Serena was going to pick him up at the airport and drop him off at his hotel where they would have a drink or two. Blair was as always her cautious self. She wanted to make sure Nate had everything before he got on the plane. Even at the airport, which was a bit late to start asking.
“Are you sure you have everything?”
Blair couldn't help but patronise him a little, he had a tenancy to be a little forgetful but they were just him having his blond moments.
“Blair I have everything. I've got to go”
He pushed on her. Bring home the issue to Blair that she would be spending the weeks building up to Christmas alone.
“Okay but I'll miss you”
“Come here.” Nate grinned and took a hold of Blair in his arms. “I love you”
There. That one second. It was only a split second but it happened and could not be undone. Blair paused and thought what to say back. It puzzled her but she was used to saying it now, she replied back.
“...I love you too”
She said. Not without hesitation.
Nate responded walking away from her towards the check in desk.
Blair waved to him before turning around and leaving JFK. She was going to have some alone time now. Do some Blair things. If only she could remember what those things were, it had been so long since the last time she did something Blair like.
_ _ _
Blair was rather proud of herself. It had been four days since Nate had been away and she was doing fine. Of course she was missing him but it couldn't be helped. She had been shopping, written a few more pages for the book, hanged out with Dan and Katie. It was fine.
She was having lunch with Eleanor and Cyrus and of course Dorota was around when she received a telephone call.
She gazed down at the caller ID, it was Chuck. Even though her mother hated interruptions she answered none the less.
Eleanor brought her head up from her plate fast than the speed of light. She had no idea that Blair and Chuck were in contact
“Chuck? Why are you calling me?”
She said puzzled.
“Look I wouldn't ask usually but your here so... I need your help”
“What is it?”
Blair was intrigued by his statement, Chuck actually seemed worried about something.
“I have this business meeting which I'm not nearly prepared enough for can you just listen over my pitch and tell me what you think?”
Blair instantly thought what about his girlfriend.
“What about Gabby?”
“She doesn't really get Bass Industries”
That was a plain lie. She knew Gabby was a business woman, he had met her in London at a business convention. So why not Gabby?
“And you think I do?”
“You know me so...?”
That made her smile. Knowing that Chuck thought of her as his first port of call when he was in need of a friend and she would be there for him.
“Sure. I'll be over in half an hour”
Just as Blair hung up and put her cell back in her purse. She was greeted by Eleanor's beaming eyes from across the table.
Blair slowly looked up from the table and replied,
A second past. Eleanor glanced at Cyrus expecting him to say something in her favour. He did nothing. Eleanor spoke again.
Blair repeated in a more pressing tone. Dorota kept pouring the tea into Eleanor's cup when she caught Blair's eye sight and smiled at her. Blair smiled back because she knew exactly what she was smiling at.
Dorota was always a big fan of Mr. Chuck.
Blair made her way over to the Bass Industries building and up to Chuck's sky high office. He seemed so relived to see her but wasted no time in getting on with the matter in hand he didn't want Blair to think he had lured her there under false pretences.
“So what do you think?”
Blair smiled at him for a second before responding,
“Great. Seriously perfect. If I was thinking of investing, after that I would”
Chuck was relived, if he could win over Blair he could win over anyone.
“Yeah. It was great Chuck.” She smiled at him again. She didn't know what it was. There must be something in the winter air that made her smile so much. “You know I never thought you could make this work. I'm ashamed to say this but I thought you'd fail. But I am so glad you've proved me wrong. I'm so proud of you”
“You are my toughest critic”
That short conversation reminded Blair of the old days. He had used the same line all those years ago however he had added,
But now she was. Bart was gone. Chuck had no one to live up too any longer.
Just as they had finished talking about the business and Blair was talking about Nate being away. Chuck decided to do something about that fact or just take advantage of it. However you want to put it.
“Blair if you ever want to do something while Nate's away...”
As soon as the words left his lips, he regretted it. Blair would probably assume the worst and fly off the handle.
“What? You and me?”
Once they were out, he could not stop.
“Yeah, like old times”
He said with a cheeky, devilish grin on his face.
“Well not too much like old times”
Blair protested to Chuck, and to herself.
Chuck asked. He picked those words so carefully. He knew what they meant to Blair and he knew what she would think of the moment he said them.
Blair wasn't sure weather to take that as a joke or seriously. But for the moment, Nate was away and she was having fun. It was probably meant as a joke but to be on the safe side she thought that was the right time to leave.
She said. As she did Chuck saw in her smile the old Blair returning back to the surface. The Blair he had fallen in love with she was back. If only it was for the next three weeks, she was back.
TO BE CONTINUED...
A/N: Okay so if you haven't guessed already the next episode will pretty much be all Chuck and Blair because everyone is away and I will reveal what happened in Palm Springs but I think most you must know by now right?! Anyway let me know what you think. Appreciate it so much. Thank you xoxo