** Alright guys, this is my second story! But don't worry all
you Mess of Love fans, that is my first priority… I will probably
publish a chapter or two a week of this one until Mess of Love is
over! Hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think =]**
Cloud Nine in Calera
Auden sighed as she got off the miniature plane, taking in the
scene around her. "Good 'ole Alabama," she mumbled to herself,
"Did you grab your bags Dawson?" she asked her twin brother.
"Yeah, yeah" me muttered, "When are Nene and Granddad going to be
here?" he asked her.
"They said when the plane landed they'd be getting our bags," she
said shrugging her shoulders.
Auden still couldn't believe her parents were forcing them to
leave Orlando, Florida, the town where her and Dawson grew up.
The town where all their friends were. But no, they were sent
back to Calera, Alabama to live with their grandparents. Their
parents were well off. They both went to Highland Preparatory
School in Calera, which is actually a really great school even
though it's in the middle of nowhere, and graduated from
Princeton University. Her mom was a psychiatrist and her father
was into marketing. There family believed in tradition and always
wanted their children to attend HPS so they could also get into
an Ivy League college.
The whole ordeal sounds complicated, but really it's not. Auden
and Dawson along with everyone in their family were born in
Calera, Alabama, but when they were 4 her father got a job in
Orlando, hence them moving down to Florida. Her parents wanted
Auden and Dawson to go to HPS for all of high school, but there
was no way her father could do his job from Alabama and her
family was to close to be shipping their children away for 4
years. Instead, their parents said they would be staying with
their grandparents until Christmas and then they would fly out
and live the rest of the semester with them until college.
Auden and Dawson had fought tooth and nail about having to move
back to Calera. For Christ's sake it was Alabama. Not only did
everyone and their mother have a country accent, they knew no
one. "You know your grandparents," her mother had told them.
"Awesome. Clabber on Friday nights," Dawson said rolling his
They knew their parents had their best intentions in heart, but
it didn't make them like it anymore. Oh and to top it all off,
they both needed to find a job. Auden and Dawson both had jobs in
Orlando even though they weren't needed. Both her parents were
making well over enough to get by, but they also believed in
working for what you've got. Auden was in no way spoiled and was
totally okay with working in Orlando. But the fact that she had
to move to a different state, go to a different school, meet new
people, and get a job… that set her over the edge.
So here they were, in a terminal in a dinky airport in Alabama
waiting for their grandparents to pick them up. After about
thirty minutes of waiting, they finally showed up.
Her Nene walked to them with a huge smile plastered on her face,
"Oh my sweet grandbabies!" she exclaimed in her thick accent.
"Hey Nene, good to see you," Auden said hugging her. As much as
she did not want to live here, she did miss her grandparents like
crazy. She only saw them during Christmas and a week out of the
summer when they visited.
"Suga!" her granddad exclaimed, pulling her into a hug. He had
always called her 'Suga,' she couldn't remember a time when he
ever called her by her first name.
"Missed you Granddaddy," she said, hugging him back.
"Hazelbug, did you get your luggage okay? Dawson? Sorry we were
late, lost track of time!" her Nene said.
Auden rolled her eyes at 'Hazelbug' Hazel was her middle name,
yet her Nene always called her that. It was like her grandparents
never knew her first name to begin with.
"Well we know who the favorite is," Dawson whispered nudging her,
"Miss Hazelbug Suga" he mocked
She elbowed him in the side, "Oh shut up… I don't know why they
still haven't learned my first name,"
"Now we have ya'lls rooms set up and Dawson, honey, I talked with
my friend Mr. Lott, Gregory Lott, and he said he had a position
at the realtor company here in town, now wouldn't that be nice?
You know the dealership on highway 43?" she rambled on in her
"Nene, it's the only realtor company in Calera… and yeah that
sounds good, thanks," he said
After making it through the airport and the insufferable drive
answering a thousand questions their grandparents had, they were
finally to their new home. "Dawson, why don't you help your
Granddad with the bags and me and Hazelbug will go make some
sweet tea, sound nice?"
"Sure Nene," Dawson replied.
"Nene, you know you can call me Auden, right?"
Nene laughed her off, "Of course honey, but you'll always be my
little Hazelbug… now have you called your parents yet? You better
get on that, they're probably worried sick!"
"No I will now," she said getting up and calling her parents on
the house phone. After the first ring her mother picked up.
"Hello? Auden? Dawson?… is that you?" she said sounding frantic.
"It's me mom, calm down," she told her.
"Oh Auden! I was worried sick about you! Your father and me! How
was the flight? I take it everything went okay? Oh, I miss you
two already!" she sauntered on.
"Mom, take a deep breath. We're fine. You're the one who sent us
out here anyways," she told her mom.
"I know, sweetie, but it's for the best… you'll see. How's
Dawson? Is he there?"
"He's helping Granddaddy with the bags… I'll tell him to call you
"Alright sweetie, just promise me you'll be careful… and call me
everyday! I miss you already and daddy says he misses and loves
"Love and miss you both too, talk to you later… bye!" she said
then hung up the phone.
"Your momma can talk a mile a minute, I swear that girl keeps
going and going like the energizer bunny," her Nene said smiling
and shaking her head.
"Wonder who she learned it from, Nene," Auden said raising her
"I know, I know… so what do you want to do today… you're first
day in Calera since you were 4! Oh how the years fly."
"Actually, I think I'm going to go in town and look for a job
since we have a month left of summer… hopefully someone is
"I'm sure they are… just keep your cell phone thingy on you! Love
you Hazelbug and I'm glad you're here," her Nene said pulling her
into a hug.
"Love you too, Nene," she said but couldn't admit to the other
part… not yet at least.
Auden rode her mom's old bike into town, since it was only a mile
away. She really had no idea what kind of job she was looking for
so she went to the first store she found that said 'Help Wanted'.
It was Hank's Auto Life. A car-part store. 'Perfect' she thought
to herself. She really knew nothing about cars but she had to
try. She walked up to the counter where an older guy was working,
"Excuse me? I was looking to talk with the manager or someone?"
she said politely.
"Well you've found him sweetheart, I'm Hank," he said sticking
out his hand to shake hers.
"Oh! Hi! I'm Auden Wildenbaum, I just moved out here and saw your
'Help Wanted' sign outside and came to see if I could apply,"
"Wildenbaum, eh? You don't happen to be Samuel and Mindy's
granddaughter, now do yah?" he asked smiling.
"As a matter of fact I am,"
"Well, we I am still lookin' for someone and no one else has come
by lookin' for a job… you got a resume?" he asked her.
"Actually, I do," she said reaching inside her bag to pull one
"Alright hun, let me run back to my office and you just stay put
I'll be back in a few minutes," he said then turned around,
"Dex!" he yelled out to the store, "I need you to cover the
counter for a few… Dexter!"
"I'm comin', I'm comin'!" he yelled back. Hank smiled at her once
more then turned his back and went to his office.
She finally turned around to see the guy 'Dex' walk back to the
front counter. She almost dropped her jaw. He was gorgeous. Short
blonde her, tan skin, and muscles that looked like they were from
doing actual labor.
Dex looked her up and down when he got to the counter. Even
though it wasn't in a sexual way, she still blushed. She was just
your average girl. Long, wavy brown hair, green eyes, and curves
in all the wrong places or at least she thought so. She was
athletic and ran everyday, so there was no doubt she was in
shape… but she could never get rid of her round bottom or shapely
"Can I help you with somethin'?" the guy asked.
"Oh," she said, snapping out of her daydream, "Um no, I'm just
waiting on Hank,"
He continued to star at her, "You're not from around here? Who
are you?" he asked bluntly.
"I'm Auden Wildenbaum… I just moved here," she said shyly.
"Wildenbaum? I know your grandparents," he said… almost making it
sound like a bad thing, "I'm Dexter Anderson, Dex," he said
extending his hand.
She shook it but didn't say anything, "So," he started again,
"where are you going to school?"
"Highland… you?" she asked timidly.
He snorted, "Of course you are… I go to Richardson High… the
public school," he said, annunciating the word 'public'.
"Cool…" she said dazing off.
"So what is someone with Daddy's money doing in a store like
this?" he asked raising his eyebrows.
What an asshole, "What the hell is that suppose to mean?"
"Well you're a Wildenbaum and going to Highland… I'm not stupid,"
he said rolling his eyes.
Before she could reply Hank came out of his office, "Well little
lady, we would definitely love to have you here. No need to
continue looking if no ones going to show up… Just be here
Wednesday at 9 am and we can go over everything… sound good?" he
"Sounds great! Thank you!" she said as Hank turned back to his
office. Auden turned her cool glaze back to Dex, "Well," she
started smugly, "looks like I'm your new co-worker," she said
then turned and left the store, leaving Dex speechless.