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Genre: Modern day AU/AU. Fluffy fun with no angst. Ennis and Jack meet when Jack goes into a store to buy a phone for his mother. His mother insists on playing cupid. Sparks fly :)
Words: c1000
Warnings: None
Comments: Yes please!!



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“He was lovely, wasn’t he?” my mom said as we sat down with two peppermint Mochas. Her treat. I was buying her a phone after all.

“Who?” I said vaguely.

She gave me a knowing look. “Don’t play innocent with me. The phone boy. Ennis.”

“Maybe.”

“You liked him, Jack. I would too if I were twenty years younger.”

“Mom!” I waved my hand up and down in our unspoken language for ‘turn the volume down’. My mom only operates on two levels – loud and off.

She obediently tried to lower her voice and leaned in closer to me. “You did though, didn’t you? He got you all hot under the collar.”

Oh boy, what did I do in a previous life to deserve this? I sighed and took a sip of my minty chocolaty goodness. I may as well confess. She wasn’t going to let it lie until I did. “Yeah, I liked him. He was cute. Ok, so he may have made my hormones go a little crazy. Doesn’t mean anything.”

She smiled in happiness, “but of course it does, honey! You haven’t been the same since you split up with what’s his name–”

“–Wyatt–”

“¬–yes, him. It’s the first time I’ve seen a spark in your eyes for months.”

True. Wyatt had hurt me pretty bad. Didn’t mean that I wanted anything else - or anybody else - right now. I was happy just being me on my own.

“He liked you too.”

I almost dropped my coffee and my eyes snapped up to meet hers. “What?”

She nodded and tapped her nose. “A mother knows these things.”

I was almost dreading going back into the shop to pick up the phone. I eyed her warily. “You’re not going to say anything to him, are you?”

She smiled, “I just want to see you happy, Jack.”

***

I thought I had gotten away with it. I handed over my credit card and signed the slip without a comment. I had even managed to avoid looking at Ennis directly as he packaged everything up.

I should have known better.

“Thank you, Ennis.” My mom said brightly. “It’s been our pleasure.”

I saw Ennis nod out of the corner of my eye. He pulled a business card from his top pocket and slid it across the counter. “Do call me, please, if you have any trouble or any questions.”

My mom picked up the card and handed it to me. “I think you’ll be wanting this, won’t you?”

I did, but I wasn’t going to give her the satisfaction. I blindly pushed the card into the back pocket of my jeans. I did look up at Ennis then and caught him watching me, an expectant look on his face. “Thanks,” I said, as casually as possible, trying to ignore the way my heart was attempting to leap out of my throat.

“You’re welcome,” Ennis replied.

Damn, but that sexy drawl curled through my body. I feel my face begin to flush again. I hung my head forward so that my dark hair covered my reddening cheeks.

“Hormones,” my mom said, actually managing to lower her voice as she leaned towards Ennis.

Ennis blinked. “I’m sorry.”

“Hormones. Unpredictable, aren’t they?”

“I… er… I guess?” Ennis clearly didn’t know what to say.

“Mom!” I almost growled at her. “It’s time we left.”

But she wasn’t having any of it. She patted my arm in a soothing gesture. “Jack says you’ve had an effect on his. In a good way.”

Oh no she didn’t.

I groaned in embarrassment and resisted the urge to hide my face in my hands. I didn’t want to look at Ennis, but I had to do something. “Please, just ignore her, I’m so sorry. She doesn’t know what she’s saying.”

Ennis cleared his throat and I braved a look at him. He was staring at me and his cheeks had flushed a most becoming rosy pink. He rubbed his hand nervously over his chest, sliding it between two shirt buttons in an unconscious gesture. “I… I did?”

“Did what?” I couldn’t take my eyes off the hand caressing his chest under that god awful shirt.

“Oh... nothing.” Ennis withdrew his hand and stepped backwards.

Fuck. Oh! Hormones. Of course. “Well, maybe,” I admitted. “Maybe a little.”

Ennis looked at me again and I swear I saw a gleam in his eye. I also swear that his lips curled up a little at the corners.

He was so cute it was almost painful. I bet he had a whole string of girls – and guys – crazy about him. I wanted to say more, but it wasn’t the time or place. He also remained silent, so I pushed my hair back off my face and picked up the bag with my mom’s phone in it. “Yeah, well I guess we should be going.”

Ennis’ eyes flicked towards the door and nodded. “Guess so. It was… nice to meet you, Jack.”

“You too.” I held out my hand and Ennis quickly grasped it. “Thanks for your help, Ennis.”

“Anytime.”

I moved aside to let my mom say her goodbyes, but she didn’t appear. I turned around to see that I was alone at the counter with Ennis. She had left me there.

Goddamn it.

I shook my head and couldn’t help but smile. I knew I’d find an excuse to come back.



TBC

Date: 2012-10-06 02:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lara-pinta.livejournal.com
Mums! What would we do without them?

I smiled the whole time reading this.

Thank you it was terrific.

Lorna

Date: 2012-10-06 12:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Thanks Lorna! Jack's mum is kind of based around my mum - who also doesn't know when to keep her nose out!!
Glad you enjoyed it!
A x

Date: 2012-10-06 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joetheone.livejournal.com
OH my this was wonderful and exciting and well I want to go to the back room of that phone store and heat things up. Joe

Date: 2012-10-06 12:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Thanks Joe! Who knows what will happen in that back room? WIll have to see!
Thanks for reading :)
A x

Date: 2012-10-06 03:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ennisjackdean.livejournal.com
I really like that mother is she available? Maybe looking for someone
to adopt? Oh right, the other two, terrific.

Date: 2012-10-06 12:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
LOL! Yeah she can adopt me too!!
Thanks so much for reading.
A x

Date: 2012-10-06 05:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eandj.livejournal.com
oh my- she means well but this was awkward ROFL
Paula

Date: 2012-10-06 12:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Yeah, that's mothers for you - meaning well but can be soooo embarrassing at times (I know this all too well....)
A x

Date: 2012-10-06 07:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] noreins.livejournal.com
Ha ha - I love Jack's mom in this! He may be embarrassed now, but I bet Jack will have cause to thank her for interfering long term...

More soon, right?

Date: 2012-10-06 12:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
I think you might be right - although I'm sure she'll never let him forget about it!!
Yep, more soon. Thanks for reading!
A x

Date: 2012-10-06 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trekfan.livejournal.com
mom's know! you can't pull one over on her Jack. just be glad she played match maker, you'll thank her in the end.

more please Anna, I'm hooked!

Date: 2012-10-08 02:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Thanks Linda! Nope, I think it's tricky to get one over on a lot os mums - they know what they're doing!
More soon :)
A x

Date: 2012-10-06 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ramona4jake.livejournal.com
thank you, this was very funny !! poor Jack... his mom is priceless !! ;o)

Date: 2012-10-08 02:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Thanks so much! Yeah, his mum is fun to write - and reminds me a bit of my mum!!!
A x

Date: 2012-10-06 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jacks-key.livejournal.com
Typical mom - LOL. These two are cute; can't wait to read more. :)

Date: 2012-10-08 02:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Thanks! More soon :)
A x

Date: 2012-10-07 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bbmgirlfan.livejournal.com
Cute! Can't wait to see what happens next.

Date: 2012-10-08 02:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Thanks for reading! I'll try to post more over the next week,
A x

Date: 2012-10-08 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sandscrit.livejournal.com
OMG, poor Jack! lol! How embarrassing! Hey, but mom was right...

Date: 2012-10-08 02:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
You know, I think mums exist purely to embarrass their kids - I know mine did!! And I'm kind of looking forward to embarrassing my own kids one day...
A x

Date: 2012-10-08 06:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roby100.livejournal.com
Jack's mom is great! The story is great! You are great!

I felt like I was in the store with them, so well written.
Thanks so much for this treat.

A big hug
Roby

Date: 2012-10-10 03:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Aw, thanks so much, Roby!! So pleased you are liking it!
Hugs and smoochies
Anna x

Date: 2012-10-09 04:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] two-blue-stars.livejournal.com
Yeesh! Sounds a lot like my Mum. She has a booming voice so there was no escape when I was younger. Poor Jack. He'll thank her in the end though. Maybe. :D

Date: 2012-10-10 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Oh I hear you when it comes to loud voiced mothers - plus mine used to flirt with everyone - too embarrassing!!
Thanks for reading!
A x

Date: 2012-10-10 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gwylliondream.livejournal.com
This is totally adorable!

Date: 2012-10-10 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Why thank you m'dear :)
Hugs atcha!
A x

Date: 2012-10-10 05:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentine65.livejournal.com
Whenever I liked someone, my mother said: I need this for my little child! Of course, I was taller than her. But I wish she were here to keep embarrasing me. Thank you so much for this joyfull story. Martha

Date: 2012-10-11 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Thanks Martha. I never told my mother who I liked as I knew she would embarrass me! Both me and my sister are WAY taller than our mum too. It doesn't stop her embarrassing us either!
A x

Date: 2012-11-02 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blackbird-y.livejournal.com
Oh god... Groan indeed. ><

Nev
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