Author's note: I wrote this story back in 2012. However, I am revising it again in order to write the sequel Rougher Tides. Some of the dialogue will be changed although I'm doing my best to keep it to the original story line. If you are interested in this story, you can read the full version by clicking on the following link and purchasing it. However, the story will be updated once this revision is complete.
A few days later they were both in Honey's apartment. Honey was packing their belongings in separate boxes and Jackie was helping her with the endeavor. It was a long and grueling process since they had collected more than they had intended to collect over the past few months.
“Do you want these?” Honey asked Jackie and held up a pair of blue bunny slippers that looked worn out and that possibly belonged to a five year old.
Jackie chuckled. It was the slippers she wore as a kid. It was a Christmas gift from her parents. She walked everywhere in the mansion with those. Bringing them as a memento, she decided she no longer wanted them. If her parents didn't want to acknowledge her, she'd return the favor. So much for being the stronger person.
“No,” Jackie replied and shook head.
Honey sighed knowing the history behind the slippers. Still, she threw them in a garbage bag and when Jackie wasn't looking she quickly took them out and packed them in one of the boxes. Eventually, her lover would regret getting rid of the slippers and Honey wasn't going to let her go down that path.
Jean walked into the apartment with boxes of her own. After they had discussed moving, Jean had looked for a new apartment as well. Her area was a bit more tidy and she had less to pack.
“Where's your new apartment?” Honey asked from her bedroom.
“Downtown,”Jean replied from the living room. “Away from most people.”
“Ah, I see,” Honey said.
Jackie couldn't tell if Honey wasn't picking up on Jean's sarcasm or just blatantly ignoring it. She was relieved either way and didn't want a fight breaking out. Especially not a fight between her and Jean, that would be most cumbersome. It was no secret that Jean still had a crush on Honey and that it was growing into resentment. It certainly wasn't healthy to obsess over someone for such a long period of time and there had been arguments in the past months between them. Today was not turning towards drama and Jackie was okay with that. She just hoped that Jean would eventually come to her senses, whatever it took.
After Honey and Jackie had their possessions packed, Honey stood up and stretched. She put her hand over her mouth and yawned. Jackie did the same and got into bed. That was the one thing they would pack last. Honey smiled at her lover and went to grade her student's papers before getting into bed and snuggling next to Jackie.
On moving day, Honey had called her friend Tom to help move the items she didn't think she could lift herself. Jackie was okay with this as extra muscle was always appreciated. Tom had short cropped dark blond hair and a swimmer's physique and he was driving the U-haul truck that Honey had rented. Jackie and Tom got along extremely well and Honey was grateful for this.
They had managed to fit everything into one truck and Elena had come to help them to. Elena and Tom also got along and it was obvious to both Honey and Jackie that there was an attraction between the two.
At their new house, Honey had grabbed a box and brought it inside. She was placing each box she carried on the living room floor for now. It would be a matter of time before they were unpacked. Smiling Honey kept looking around the house as she brought in each new box. She was followed by Jackie, also bringing in boxes to the living room.
“Honey, where you want the desk?” Tom asked as he carried the desk inside with Elena's help.
“Just put it in the den for now,” Honey replied. “Thanks.”
Tom and Elena followed her directions. Honey still had no idea where she wanted to put the desk so she thought that was the best place for it, for the time being. Jackie was bringing in more boxes. Once that was done, they all took corners of the bed.
“The bedroom's upstairs,” Jackie told everyone.
They walked carefully up the steps with the bed in their hands. Slowly but surely they carried each piece and assembled it in the master bedroom. Once it was put together Tom looked at Honey.
“You can christen your house now,” Tom joked.
Honey blushed with embarrassment. She should have been used to this by now. Tom was quite liberal but still liked to joke. Jackie laughed lightheartedly. After everything was brought inside, everyone stood in the kitchen.
“I can treat you all to dinner,” Honey said and was about to take money out to pay them but Tom put his hand on her wrist.
“No need for that Honey,” He explained. “Elena and I will be taking care of our own dinner. You enjoy your new home.”
He turned to look at Jackie.
“It was nice meeting you,” Tom said. “Take care of her.”
Jackie nodded not sure how else to respond to that. Honey was quite capable of taking care of herself, but she also loved Honey and would do anything for her. Tom and Elena left together through the front door. Honey and Jackie looked at each other in amusement, knowing the next step between Tom and Elena or so they guessed.
“Welcome home Honey,” Jackie said and spread her arms out.
“No place would be home without you,” Honey said and kissed Jackie's cheek.
“Some people would claim that an unhealthy attitude,” Jackie smirked.
Honey laughed and playfully slapped Jackie's shoulder. She walked away from her to begin unpacking the boxes. Jackie walked up to her and hugged her from behind.
“Why don't we go christen our new place?” Jackie whispered in Honey's ear.
Laughing again, Honey turned around to face Jackie. She looked up into her lover's blue eyes. Jackie just stood there smiling back.
“We have a lot of unpacking to do first,” Honey responded.
“I know,” Jackie said. “It's just so exciting having our own place together.”
“You're cute baby,” Honey said and took Jackie into her arms and kissed her.