Trust in Me(10)

By: Samantha Chase

Their captain announced their turn for take off and Jason watched Maggie’s response. Her white knuckled grip on the seat told him that flying was definitely not her thing. While most of their travels were going to require flying, there were going to be some shorter legs that he had planned a rental car for. He was sure that Maggie would be relieved on those days.

“Not a fan of flying, huh?” he asked, hoping to distract her.

“No, not really.”

“It’s not so bad,” he said in a soothing tone. “The key is to just relax.”

“Easy for you to say,” she mumbled and heard Jason laugh.

“Look, don’t focus on what you’re feeling, focus on me.”

Maggie’s eyes went wide. “Excuse me?” she said, indignant.

“I mean, talk to me about this meeting today. Talk to me about the weather. Talk to me about what you think of my tie,” he suggested.

“Your tie?”

“Sure. Whatever you need to talk about, we’ll talk about,” he said and smiled at her confused look. “So what do you think? Stripes? Is it a good look?”

He was teasing her and for that Maggie was relieved. In their time working together they had gotten along much better than she had expected and they had always kept things on a business level, this light side of him was a pleasant surprise. His dark eyes twinkled and she felt herself relax. “I’m not normally a fan of stripes but they aren’t overly obnoxious.”

“Stripes are obnoxious?” he asked.

“They can be. Think of prison stripes.”

That made Jason laugh again. “Well, I can guarantee you that I will not be going for the prison stripe look. Ever.”

“Good to know,” Maggie said and realized that her stomach no longer felt so queasy and that they were no longer climbing. She loosened her grip on her seat and looked out the window. “Is that it? We’re done with take off?”

Jason smiled at her. “See? A little distraction always works.” He made a mental note to remember that on the next leg of their trip to help Maggie avoid any kind of distress. For all of the ways she had helped him, it was the least he could do for her.

The next hour passed quickly and soon they were in the car and heading for their hotel. Check in went like clockwork and they were handed their room keys and Jason was glad that they had adjoining rooms. They were only going to be in Chicago for two days but it would make things easier if Maggie was close by when he needed her help.

No sooner were they settled in their rooms than lunch was being delivered. While Jason had been checking them in, Maggie had been taking care of ordering their food. Jason knocked on the door dividing their rooms and Maggie unlocked it and let him in.

“That was fast,” she commented as she reached for her briefcase.

Jason stopped her. “Whoa, we’re going to eat lunch like normal people and not talk business for the next fifteen minutes, okay?”

Maggie more than readily agreed. They had been talking business for weeks and she felt like if Jason were to fall ill, she would be able to handle any and all of his meetings because she knew the details so intimately. To be able to have a few minutes reprieve to eat and relax sounded like heaven.

Jason had set up their food at the table in his room and waited for Maggie to sit down before he joined her. “I hope that you had enough time to get at least a little settled into your room.”

Maggie waved him off. “I don’t plan on getting too comfortable. It makes it easier when it’s time to leave if I haven’t taken everything out.”

“That makes sense. Did you have time to call home?”

“What for?” she asked without thinking.

Jason arched a dark eyebrow at her. “I thought you would check in with your husband and let him know we arrived safely.”

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