He hadn't seen Autumn in six years, she left and never looked back. And he was honestly heart broken about it-- they were best friends and almost inseparable. That is, until she left. But now he was standing here, looking at her while clinging onto a reckless kid and it seemed like everything stopped. "I-- uh..." Michael was at a loss for words. What could he say to someone who left him, and everything, after six years? "Daddy! Can I have Coke?" Snapping him back into reality, he snapped his head down to look at Kennedy before looking back up at Autumn. "Not right now, kid." Taking her in for a split second, she looked so much older and so much more beautiful.
"When did you get back? Um..." trailing off, he continued to struggle with his daughter until her swiftly picked her up and held her against his side. "I'd hug you but, y'know," he motioned his head toward the four-year-old now observing the conversation and finding an interest in Autumn. It was then that it hit him that she didn't know that he had a daughter. There were a lot of things that she didn't know.
Autumn was at a loss of words. No calls, texts, visits or emails and she knew that she was the one to blame for that but she couldn’t believe it. She couldn’t believe that Micheal was standing right in front of her now. If it wasn’t for everything else she would of come back in a heartbeat, he was the only thing that made her want to come back. She couldn’t help but keep looking into those dreamy eyes that in school all the girls fell in love with. She breathed out a shocked expression on her face, she didn’t know what to say. What could she say to the boy that she left behind?
”Like yesterday.” She raised her eyebrows and breathed out a smile with a small giggled attached. How she wished everything could go back to the way it was. Just then she quickly noticed the adorable child attached to him, that was so his child. She tucked a strand of hair behind her ear. ”Hi sweetheart. I’m Autumn, whats your name?” She gave her one of her signature smiles that honestly she hadn’t shown in a while. The one thing she didn’t expect to come back to was Micheal with a child.
"Kennedy! Can you please not open the Oreo's before we actually buy them? Thanks." Michael exasperatedly took the package of cookies from his four-year-old daughter's grasp and tossed them into the cart. Grocery shopping wasn't something he enjoyed doing, especially when he had a child running around trying their best to destroy everything in sight, but his babysitter flaked on him and they were running low on food so he didn't have much of a choice. As he stood in the middle of the produce section, bagging up some tomatoes, he watched Kennedy from the corner of his eye as she stood in front of the broccoli while staring at her reflection in the fogged, moist mirror. She was an odd kid, making faces and silly voices, but it was only more proof that she was, in fact, his child. There wasn't a single trace of her mother in her-- he didn't know whether to be thankful for that or upset.
Things were rough without her around, but it was her fault. Nicky was always getting into stuff she shouldn't and he tried to keep her straight but it got to a point where he was drained from trying to keep her out of trouble. Shaking his thoughts away from his troubled ex, he threw the tomatoes into the cart before deciding it was time to check out. "Alright, kid. Let's go..." Turning the cart, he was too busy watching his child to notice someone standing pretty close to him and before he could stop, his cart slammed right into theirs. "Shit-- I'm so sorry," quickly grabbing Kennedy by the back of her dirty t-shirt, he then turned to look at the innocent bystander of the chaos to give them a proper apology. The wind was nearly knocked from his chest when he saw who it was, he didn't know whether to run or cry. "Autumn? Jesus Christ."
Autumn didn’t really know how to feel being back in town. She had been gone for almost 6 years and walking around she felt like a stranger in her own home town. That might possibly be because she hadn’t talked to a single soul here in 6 years either. Not her old friends, not her family not even her parents. All those ties were cut when she walked out that door and headed to the big city. But people change and plans had changed and the big city wasn’t for her, being lonely wasn’t for her and she missed the homely feeling her small town gave her. Whether or not anyone would want to talk to her after she left, well she would just have to wait and see on that one.
The grocery store wasn’t too busy and she was thankful for that, every time she turned a corner she didn’t want someone to ask her how she had been and where she went. After a week she came to the conclusion that she couldn’t live on coffee and toast anymore. Autumn was just picking up some vegetables when she felt a cart slam into hers nudging her a little bit in the hip. She began to look up and her eyes meet those striking blue ones that she had said goodbye to 6 years ago. ”Oh my gosh.” She stuttered out not sure what to say. ”Hey.” She breathed out.