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[story] Adventures of Hannah episode 6

Episode 6

Ruby was so excited about the shopping

trip

that Joe had to send her back to bed three

times on Friday night. She was almost

jumping

out of her skin Saturday morning as he

made

pancakes for her and Ben.

“Can I wear a tiara in the parade, like my

Barbie

doll? ” Ruby asked.

“Sure. If that’s what you want and we can

find

one. Remember, though, that you and

Hannah

need to complement each other in some

way.”

They’d gone over the guidelines for the

parade

when they filled out their entrance form the

previous night, but Ruby was caught up in

the

prospect of shopping to remember the rules.

“There’s no way Hannah ‘s going to wear a

tiara, ” Ben said.

Ruby shot him a dirty look. “How would you

know? She’s my friend, not yours. You

hardly

know her.”

Ben sq££zed a maple syrup onto his

pancakes.

“I don’t need to know her. She rides a

motorbike. There’s no way you’re going to

get

her to wear some silly tiara.”

Even though Joe privately agree with his

son,

he had the good sense not to say so aloud.

“I think we should wait until we see what

we

can find at the mall before we start

worrying

about stuff like that,” he said

diplomatically.

“I’m going to wait out front for Hannah, ”

Ruby

said, her chair legs scraping across the

floor as

she pushed her chair back.

It was still only a quarter to ten, but he

figured

there was no harm letting her wait outside.

Kicking her heels for a few minutes might

even

calm her down a little.

He should have known better. He’d just

finished

rinsing the fry pan when Ruby b@nged her

way

back into the house.

“Daddy, we’re ready to go now. Hurry up,

slowpoke.”

He turned to find Ruby had dragged

Hannah

into the house behind her. His gaze ran

over

Hannah’s damp hair, pulled back into a

ponytail.

“Ruby, I hope you didn’t hassle Hannah to

come early, ” he said.

Ruby closed her eyes for a long blink before

shaking her head, a sure sign. “No. Hannah

was

already up and dressed, weren’t you,

Hannah? ”

Hannah smiled. “Barely. But its okay, I’m

ready

to go now.”

Her gaze flicked around the kitchen, and he

was immediately aware that the room

needed

to be painted.

“I guess we should go, then,” he said.

There was a moment of awkwardness as

they

sorted out the seating arrangements in the

car.

Ruby automatically moved to one of the

rear

doors when they exited the house but

Hannah

quicklyintervened.

“No, sweetie, you should sit up front with

your

dad. ” she said.

“I don’t mind, ” Ruby said. She slipped into

the

back of the car and buckled her seat belt.

Joe met Hannah’s eyes over the roof of the

car

for a brief second before she opened the

front

passengers door. He was acutely aware of

her

sitting beside him as he started the SUV

and

backed into the street. He could see her

long,

jeans clad legs out of the corner of his eyes,

her

hands resting on her thighs.

It was until they had entered the first

clothing

store that he realized how tense Hannah

was.

She was frowning as Ruby circled the racks

pulling out frilly dress. Hannah ‘s eyebrows

rose

when she saw how short the skirt was on

one of

the dresses and she flinched.

“Um. Is this the sort of thing you were

thinking

of? ” Hannah asked.

“Yep, ” Ruby said. She started walking

towards

the change rooms. “We have to hurry

because

we’ve only got three hours. ”

Hannah closed her eyes for a second and

he

heard her say something under her breath.

Then she followed Ruby to the change

rooms.

“I’ll wait out front, ” he said.

“No, Daddy, you have to stay with us. We

need

a boy’s opinion, ” Ruby said bossily.

“I don’t know how much help I’ll be, Rubes.

This

isn’t my area of expertise. ”

Hannah gave him a dark look.

He gave in partly because Ruby was

watching

him with big, expectant eyes and partly

because he was curious to see what

Hannah

looked like in a miniskirt.

Spectacular. That was how she looked. Her

legs

were long with well defined muscles. Her

waist

was small. Her b0s0ms… Well, he’d already

done his fair share of staring at them. She

filled

out the minidress like a supermodel.

“I don’t think this one is a gore, ” Hannah

said.

She slipped back into the change room and

whisked the curtain closed.

Ruby sighed. “All right then. But remember,

we’ve only got three hours. Now get

changed

and we’ll go to Myer’s. They have lots of

nice

things.”

Ruby started gathering dresses at the speed

of

light when they hit the big department

stores.

Hannah accepted the hangers and

disappeared

into the change room with Ruby’s

selections, he

caught his daughter’s elbow before she

could

follow Hannah inside.

“Rubes, wait a minute. I don’t think Hannah

‘s

very comfortable in the dresses you’re

choosing

for her ”

“But she looks so good in them. She looks

like a

supermodel.”

“Yeah, but you’ve got to remember she’s

used

to wearing jeans and T shirts most of the

time.

Ruby nodded. “Okay. If you think it will

make

her more comfortable.”

“I do.”

A martial light in her eyes, Ruby

disappeared

into the change rooms. A few seconds later,

she

reappeared with a pile of dresses in her

arms.

Hannah trailed after her, looking both

confused

and relieved.

“You don’t want me to try them on

anymore? ”

“I’ve decided that maybe you should pick

something. So I know what you like, maybe

we

should look at the trousers, ” Ruby said.

Joe hung back for a moment, smiling at his

daughter’s handling of the situation. Just

before

they disappeared amongst the clothing

racks,

Hannah glanced over her shoulder. For a

second their gazes met and held. Then the

moment was gone and he’d lost sight of

her

behind a display of coats.

Hands shoved into the back pockets of his

jeans, he started after them.

“What about these? You’d look great in

these, ”

Ruby said.

Hannah surveyed the embroidery glittering

jeans the girl was holding up. They were

the

kind of jeans Mariah Carey might wear,

dripping

with bling and s*x appeal.

Dear God. Was this morning never going to

end? She felt as though she’d been ushered

into her own version of hell.

“Wow. They’re great, ” Hannah said.

She’d hesitated just a moment too long.

Ruby ‘s

bottom lip pouted. “You don’t like them. ” it

wasn’t a question.

“But you do, sweetie, and I ‘m happy to

wear

them if you love them, ” Hannah said.

“No, you have to be comfortable. Come on,

lets

look around some more.” Ruby said.

They found a navy linen trouser in the

corner.

Hannah pulled them from the rack and

considered them briefly before putting them

back. They were way too plain for. Ruby ‘s

flamboyant taste.

Ruby stepped forward and took it off the

rack.

“Lets try it on, ” she said

Even Hannah was surprised by how good

she

looked and felt in the beautifully tailored

p@nts.

They made her butt look high and firm. She

stepped out of the changing room feeling

good,

a s£nsat!on that only intensified when she

saw

the look on Joe ‘s face. His gaze went

straight to

her legs, lingered around her hips and

thighs,

then finally made it to her face.

“Okay?” She asked, smoothing a hand down

her hip.

“Ah, yeah. You could say that.”

He could have just been polite, but she

didn’t

think so. There was something in his eyes

as he

looked at her, something dark and intense.

….

At last the trousers was given a thumbs up

by

all parties. They stepped into the children ‘s

department Ruby spotted a cute sailor

dress in

navy and white, complete with matching

hat.

Another hour was spent looking for a shirt

to

complete Hannah ‘s outfit, then matching

shoes

for both her and Ruby. They were ready to

pay.

“This shopping business is exhausting, ” she

said to

Joe aside as they were waiting to be served.

“Tell me about it . And she’s not even a

teenager yet. ”

His tone was wry but the expression on his

face

was indulgent. Hannah felt an old sq££ze

in

her chest as she looked at him.

They settled the cashier and left for home.

****?******?********?************?*****?

The day of the parade

“Hannah, you need to sit still or I’ll never

get

this done. ”

Joe hid a smile at the frustrated note in

Robyn’s

voice. She ‘d volunteered to help both

Hannah

and Ruby with their hair for the fashion

parade,

but he figured she ‘d planned on working on

a

serene, calm model and not the nervous,

fidgety one in the chair.

“You’ve been at it for hours. Surely its done

now? You didn’t spend this long on Ruby’s

hair,

” Hannah said.

“That’s because I didn’t move around so

much,

” Ruby said.

In the week since there shopping expedition,

Ruby had disappeared before dinner most

nights. Each time he ‘d had to collect her

from

Hannah ‘s.

“All right. That’s your hair done, Robyn

announced.

“Thank God.

Hannah stood shaking her head as though

she

could shake off the last few minutes.

Can we go now?

“How about we start loading up the car?

Joe

suggested.

An hour later they arrived, Hannah and

Ruby

dashed to the ladies room for make up.

Ben shuffled restlessly at Joe ‘s side. “How

long

is this going to take? Do we have to stay

for the

whole thing? ” Joe took pity on him and

gave

him some money to buy a drink and

something

to eat from the refreshments table at the

rear of

the school gym. When he turned back to

the

runway, he noticed Robyn was twisting and

turning the bracelet on her wrist, her gaze

darting back and forth between the clock on

the wall and the door to the ladies room.

“They’re running late, aren’t they? She

sounded

worried.

“I ‘m no expert, but am guessing with that

many women and only a limited number of

mirrors there’s a pileup.”

Robyn didn’t so much as crack a smile at

his

small joke.

“I hope everything goes okay. Hannah

needs

something to boost her confidence, she took

such a blow when the wedding was called

off. .

.. ”

Joe couldn ‘t hide his surprise. “Hannah

was

engaged?”

Robyn bit her lip, obviously debating

whether

she should say more or not.

“Its okay. I don’t want to pry, ” even though

he

did. Big time.

“Oh, its not like its a state secret or

anything.

Everyone knows. I guess that’s part of the

problem. Lucas swept her off her feet,

romanced her till she was so dizzy she

didn’t

know which way was up. She was so happy

….

and then Kelley came and everything went

bad

from there.”

Joe wanted to ask who Kelly was, but he

was

afraid to interrupt Robyn ‘s train of thought.

Hannah’s mother shook her head as she

remembered something.

“I should have seen it coming. I mean,

Lucas

and Kelly had so much more in common.

They

both worked in the IT industry, they shared

so

many opinions and dreams and ambitions.

If

only they had handled things better, told

Hannah how they felt sooner rather than

leaving it so late. . . Robyn was tearing up.

He reached into his back pocket for the

handkerchief he always carried.

“Here ”

“Thanks.” Robyn dabbed her cheeks.

Before he and Robyn could talk any

further,music blasted out of the speakers

and

the lights dimmed.

“Welcome, ladies and gentlemen.

Promqueen

Primary wants to thank you all for your

time

and for your generous donations tonight.

We’ve

got lots of excited models backstage, so I

‘m

going to dive straight into things. We hope

you

enjoy our parade as much as we enjoyed

putting this night together for you.”

She turned toward the stage, then consulted

a

sheet of paper in her hands.

“Our first models are Melinda and Liana.

Lets

give them a big welcome. ”

The crowd dutifully clapped as the first

mother

and daughter stepped onto the stage. Joe

was

too busy thinking about what he ‘d just

learned

to pay attention as they walked to the top

of

the runway to pose and turn and pose some

more while the MC described their outfits.

He could only imagine how humiliated

Hannah

must have felt to be rejected by her lover in

favour of her younger friend. And from what

Robyn had intimidated, the rejection had

come

late in the day. He stared blindly at the

stage as

he wondered how late? Had Hannah bought

her

dress? Chosen the menu for the reception?

Booked the honeymoon?

What kind of an a—–e would do that to a

woman he ‘d prepared to marry? What man

could claim to have ever loved her, only to

hurt

her so badly? As for Hannah ‘s friend …….

“Our next models are Hannah and Ruby.

Don’t

they look great? ”

Joe lifted up his camera, yet could do

nothing

but stare. Something warm expanded in him

as

he stared at the woman holding his little

girl ‘s

hand. She looked amazing. With her hair

piled

on top of her head and her eyes done in

makeup, Hannah ‘s beauty was undeniable.

The

navy trousers clung to her long legs as she

and

Ruby began walking, the fine fabric of her

sleeveless white blouse betraying the sway

of

her b0s0ms.

Realizing he had yet to take a single shot,

Joe

lifted the camera and hit the shutter button.

Hannah and Ruby got to the end of the

runway

and performed a little crossover he ‘d seen

them practicing the past week. Ruby stuck

her

left hip out and propped her left hand on it,

then Hannah followed suit. Then,

unexpectedly,

they saluted one another with their right

hands.

Joe was surprised into laughter, as was the

rest

of the audience. Then she and Ruby strutted

their way back up the runaway, Ruby

clearly

having the time of her life. One last wave,

and

they disappeared behind the curtains.

The next mother and daughter stepped onto

the stage. Joe consulted his program. There

were twenty entries in all, and they weren’t

even a quarter of the way through. He

checked

his watch, then made a decision. He leaned

towards Robyn.

“I ‘m going to go backstage and check on

Ruby. If Ben comes back would you mind

keeping an eye on him?”

“Sure. ”

He flashed her a grateful smile and angling

his

way through the audience towards the back

of

the hall. Ruby leaped out of her seat when

she

saw him and practically bounced into his

arms.

“Did you see, did you see? ”

“I did. You were wonderful, the stars of the

show.

One of the organizers stepped into the area.

“Ruby, we need you to come line up with

the

other students now ”

“Oh, okay. She turned to Joe, daddy take

lots of

pictures.

She ran off, curls bouncing. When he turned

to

talk to Hannah, her chair was empty. He

frowned. Then he caught sight of her

disappearing through a side door.

He followed her, finding himself in a dimly

lit

corridor.

“Hey. Wait up. Where are you going? ” he

asked

when he reached her side.

“Outside. It’s too hot in there. ”

She fanned her shirt and something sweet

and

spicy hit him. With her high heels they were

eye to eye and his gaze was drawn to her

mouth. She was wearing gloss and her lip

looked very full and soft.

“Did you want something? ”

“I just wanted to say thanks. You did a

great job

out there. Ruby loved every minute of it ”

She shrugged. “Honestly, it was no big deal.

And it was fun ”

He felt her warm body so close to him.

“Hannah, ” he said, but words failed him as

he

caught another waft of her perfume. Hot

desire

exploded in his belly and thighs and chest.

He

crowded her against the wall, his body

pressing

against her, hip to hip, chest to chest, as

his

arms wrapped around her. He seized her

lips

with hunger. Her hands grabbed his

shoulders

as her tongue met his, stroking and

challenging

and tasting him. Her hips pressed forward

and

he could feel her breadth coming in fast p@

nts.

He was so hard it hurt. He wanted anything,

anywhere, as long as he could satisfy the

need

building in his body.

The door to the hall opened. Two women

approached, talking and laughing. Joe

jerked

his hand from inside Hannah ‘s skirt. They

moved apart and she angled her body

towards

the wall as she fumbled with her shirt

buttons.

Joe pasted on a polite smile and nodded as

the

women passed, aware he and Hannah

probably

looked as guilty as hell.

Before he could say anything, Hannah

walked

away, heading for the exit. He knew it was

going to be a long time before he was able

to

forget the feel of her b0s0m in his hand

and the

sound of her breadth in his ear and the feel

of

her long, strong body against his.

The door swung shut, throwing him in

darkness

. After a long moment, he turned and

walked

the other way.

Posted by on February 15, 2019.

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