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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 (and embarrassing Jack no end in the process)

Words: c1000
Warnings: None
Comments: Yes please!!




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The following weekend my mom gave me the perfect excuse to return to the store, when she dropped her phone on the floor in Macy’s and smashed a corner off the cover.

I picked it up and ran my finger over the jagged edge.

My mom leaned into my shoulder. “Oh dear, how silly of me. Go and see Ennis, he’ll help you out.” She gazed around the store, “I’ll meet you later… in lingerie.”

I rolled my eyes and pocketed the phone as my mom headed towards the escalators. She’d be hours poking about in all that lace and frilly stuff.

I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about Ennis at least fifty times a day since last weekend. The business card sat on my bedside table and I’d considered texting him a billion times, but didn’t have the nerve. I had to wonder if I was reading more into our little exchange than had actually been there.

My heart sped up as I turned the corner next to the phone store. I immediately saw Ennis inside, helping a customer. I closed my eyes and told myself to calm down. This was plain stupid. The guy probably wouldn’t even remember me.

I was wrong.

Ennis saw me the second I stepped into the store. He couldn’t approach me as he was still dealing with the previous customer, but his eyes followed me around as I pretended to look at all of the displays. I turned my back so as not to disturb him too much. A few moments later I felt a presence behind me and knew at once that Ennis was there.

“Hi Jack,” he said. “Can I help you?”

I felt that sexy rumble all the way down my spine. I turned to face him. He was struggling to look me in the face and was definitely blushing. I knew the feeling.

“Hey. Uh... yeah. My mom dropped it.” I held the iPhone up to show him. “She needs a new cover.”

“Sure.” Ennis nodded. “Same one again?”

“I don’t know… I guess so… she didn’t say.”

“Come with me, let’s take a look.”

I followed Ennis back over to his desk. He sat down and pulled out a box of phone covers.

“How about this one?” He handed me a pink one with sparkly polka dots on it.

It’s wasn’t quite the same as before - a bit brighter than the last one, but I figured it would do. It was only a cover after all and would probably last about a month, knowing my mom.

“Yeah. That’s good,” I said. I dug into the tight pocket of my jeans and handed my credit card over to Ennis.

Ennis smiled and rang up the sale, dropping the new cover into a bag for me. He automatically reached up to the pocket in his shirt to pull out a business card. He hesitated for a moment, catching my eye as he dropped it into the bag too. “Um… just in case you need to call. Ok?”

I should have told him that I didn’t need it, that the one from last week was still burning a hole on my bedside table, getting dog-eared around the edges where I had fingered it so much. But I didn’t.

“Thanks.” I took the bag and pulled out the card, looking over it again before sliding it into the back pocket of my jeans.

Ennis watched my movements like a hawk, his eyes lingering on my ass.

I wanted to say more, but didn’t. For some reason he made me edgy and nervous and I couldn’t find the words I wanted to say. Maybe he was just being polite and I was building this up to be more than what it was? Maybe he flirted with all of the people he sold phones to? Great sales technique that would be - I’d buy anything off this guy.

Ennis was watching me expectantly and I realized I had been staring at him in a stupor. Nice one, Jack. “I… uh… I’d better get going, I guess.”

“Ok.”

“Thanks again.”

“Any time,” Ennis said faintly as he shoved his hands into his pockets and watched me leave the store.

****

“Did you get it?” my mom’s face lit up as I found her browsing the panty isle, numerous scraps of material dangling across her arm.

“Mom, are you really going to buy all that?” I gestured at her clothes mountain.

She looked down at the lingerie and shrugged, “why not? I have to wear something, don’t I?”

I shuddered, not wanting to think of my mom in underwear. Who does?

“So, did you get it? Did you see him?” My mom repeated.

I showed her the bag from Ennis’ store. “Yeah.”

“And?”

“And nothing. He sold me a cover and I left. End of story.”

“Oh, Jack,” she sighed. “Didn’t you ask him out?”

“Me? Well no. He might not be single, Mom. He might not even like me.”

She gave me a look and then turned away, muttering to herself. I struggled to hear what she said although I’m sure I caught the words “blind” and “stupid”.

Ok, so maybe I’m stupid sometimes, but I’m sure not blind. I knew that Ennis was a god in a blue shirt, but that didn’t mean I could hit on him while he worked. I just needed the perfect time – and perfect excuse – to get in touch.


TBC

Date: 2012-10-11 07:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gwylliondream.livejournal.com
OMG! Jack's mother is a stitch!!

Date: 2012-10-12 12:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Thanks Donna! She sure is a fun one to write!
A x

Date: 2012-10-11 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabuffy.livejournal.com
Annnnna, I missed the last chapter. I don't know how that happened, but it has been rectified. The boys are cute but Jack is just clueless. I bet if Ennis had Jack's number, he would call him. But since Ennis keeps giving Jack his number, maybe Jack will get the hint. Perhaps Mrs. Twist (who I love in this story) could accidently IMessage Ennis Jack's contact info. ;p Can't wait to read more.

Date: 2012-10-12 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Hey you :)
Am glad you found your way here eventually! I think Jack feels Ennis likes him, but isn't sure he should get in touch - it could all be a good sales technique as far as Jack knows!
I wonder how often Ennis will have to give Jack his number...?
A x

Date: 2012-10-11 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lougenessis.livejournal.com
Look behind the card Jack, maybe Ennis wrote down his home number on the back. I'm liking this story a whole lot. Thanks

Date: 2012-10-12 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Thanks so much! Maybe there is a hidden message re. the card - just not so obvious!!
A x

Date: 2012-10-12 04:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trekfan.livejournal.com
gosh Jack you're mom is trying to help you out, (she's a great mom) And Ennis wants you to give him the green light. you better make a move next time or ELSE(don't make me come over there Jack :P)

more please

Date: 2012-10-12 12:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Thanks Linda! I think Jack might need a bit of a push to make him move - perhaps you'd better get over there!
A x

Date: 2012-10-12 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eandj.livejournal.com
tongue-tied and nervous- oh I so know the feeling
Paula

Date: 2012-10-12 12:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Oh me too!! *sigh* those were the days...
Thanks for reading!
A x

Date: 2012-10-12 07:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roby100.livejournal.com
I just needed the perfect time – and perfect excuse – to get in touch.

And I am sure that the great author will help to find the perfect time and excuse!
Thanks so much for the new update. I love it.
A big hug
Roby

Date: 2012-10-12 12:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Thanks Roby! I'm working on it, I promise!! I have a rough idea, but the boys need to get their act together!!
Hugs
A x

Date: 2012-10-12 10:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joetheone.livejournal.com
Oh I love it. I wonder how many other problems his mother is going to have with that phone before the two of them decide to contact one another. I also love how Mom is pushing this thing along for her boy. Hmm should make a mighty fine thanksgiving the three of them. Joe

Date: 2012-10-12 12:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Thans Joe! Thanksgiving, huh? Is that a hint...?? Heh. I'm hoping I should have it done by then!! Yeah, his mum sure seems to be having some problems with that new phone...
A x

Date: 2012-10-12 12:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sandscrit.livejournal.com
So cute! Can't wait to see what happens. Thanks so much for continuing.

Date: 2012-10-12 12:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Thanks so much for continuing to read! I'm glad you are enjoying my fluff :)
A x

Date: 2012-10-12 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ramona4jake.livejournal.com
oh, c'mon, Jaaaack !!! sorry, but his mom is right !! well, Ennis is not much better ! ;o)

thank you, Anna, more !!

Date: 2012-10-13 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Thanks so much!! More coming soon - watch this space :)
A x

Date: 2012-10-12 06:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] two-blue-stars.livejournal.com
Jack's mother is so funny. This is really fun to read.

Date: 2012-10-13 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Thanks so much - Mrs Twist is fun to write in this!!
A x

Date: 2012-10-12 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lara-pinta.livejournal.com
Building the tension nicely.

Love your story.
Lorna

Date: 2012-10-14 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Thanks Lorna - you know I love me a bit of tension (and clueless boys...)
A x

Date: 2012-10-12 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jacks-key.livejournal.com
This is such a cute story. Jack's mom is great. LOL

Date: 2012-10-14 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Thanks - so glad you are liking it!
A x

Date: 2012-10-15 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bbmgirlfan.livejournal.com
That was fun! But I hope Jack gets Ennis's hint & gives him a call soon.

Jeanine

Date: 2012-10-15 12:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Thanks Jeanine! I'm think Jack will get the hint soon - Ennis will make sure of it!
A x

Date: 2012-10-15 07:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tizi17.livejournal.com
now is that sweet... i love your little story..! thank you!

Date: 2012-10-15 12:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Thanks so much! Really pleased you are enjoying it :)
A x

Date: 2012-10-17 05:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentine65.livejournal.com
I guess that after this chapter, Jack's mother should imagine another time how to break his phone and then she should go to see Ennis. I imagine Jack is too shy. Thank you so much for this wonderful story. Martha

Date: 2012-10-18 01:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Thanks Martha. I can guarantee that Jack and Ennis are going to speak again, and yes, Jack's mom will have a hand in it!!
More soon :)
A x

Date: 2012-10-17 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] noreins.livejournal.com
Just got back from a few days away...and this is the first place I came! But...OMG...Jack needs to find that excuse asap 'cos the UST (unresolved sexual tension) here is killing me!! Ennis would NOT keep giving you his number if he didn't want you to call, Jack...

Date: 2012-10-18 01:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annabirmingham.livejournal.com
Oh yes, Ennis might not be able to say much but he's definitely dropping lots of hints in Jack's direction!
I can feel an excuse coming on...
Thanks for reading!
A x
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