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The snow was coming down in blankets covering the ground as quickly as it fell. Rachel Connors sat there in her window sill looking out. The tears rolled down her face, as the thought of going back home haunted her. She hadn't seen her parents in five years, and wasn't completely positive she was making the right decision in going back now. She needed to be near family that year more than ever. Rachel made the decision to keep her medical problems to herself as she needed a break from reality. She knew there was no sense making her parents worry about her. She would tell them nothing.
The sound of the cab's horn jarred her out of her thoughts. She wiped the tears away and grabbed her bags. She would be staying with her parents until after the holidays. The doctors didn't need to see her until January. How was she supposed to forget everything and enjoy a vacation at a time like that? Rachel sat in the back seat of the cab as it headed to the airport. It would be a long plane ride from Colorado to her parents Ranch in Tennessee. It was always beautiful at her parents' ranch, which was about an hour and a half outside of Nashville. They always teased her growing up about being a singer, but she never had any interest in singing. She always wanted to be a talent agent. She wanted to be the one who found the talent, which was exactly what she did. She was very successful at it, until she received a job offer from a ski resort in Aspen. She moved there to be the manager of her friends resort. It was a great escape from reality, and in the process she grew to love her new life. Rachel took a long nap on the plane ride to her parent's house. She had been under a lot ofstress lately. It seemed like only minutes after her head hit the pillow when the flight attendant was saying they were landing. She looked around and saw that they were coming onto the runway. She rubbed her eyes and stretched her arms before standing up.
Kyle Landers stood there holding a sign for a woman who he had never met before. How did he get himself into situations like that? He couldn't tell Sue and Tom that he wouldn't go pick up their daughter for them even though he knew he wouldn't like her. He couldn't understand how she could stay gone as many years as she did knowing her parent's missed her. Kyle would do anything for Sue and Tom. They took him in four years ago when he didn't have anywhere else to go. He had no family and no place to go until he got the job on the ranch. He looked back and forth for Rachel. He had never met her but he had seen many pictures over the years. Kyle decided he didn't want to give some stuck up, too good to come home to her family, up tight woman a ride. He dropped the sign into the trash can and walked out. He would tell Sue and Tom the flight must have been delayed. He felt a little bad lying to them, but he knew that their daughter could use a good lesson on how you treat people. She hadn't treated her parents very well not even visiting over the year. He turned and walked away.
While walking down the aisle, Rachel saw her name written on a sign lying in the trash can. That was strange since her plane was right on time. Her parents told her a man named Kyle would be picking her up. Where was he? Why didn't he wait?
She walked out of the airport and tried to catch a cab, but there weren't any in sight. Rachel walked up and down on the side walk with no luck. All the cabs were busy and she wanted to go home. She grabbed her bag and started to walk. Surely somebody would give her a ride within an hour and a half she thought. She made it down to the end of the parking lot when she saw a man getting ready to get into his truck. "Excuse me sir. My name is Rachel Connors. Can you please give me a ride to my family's ranch? I'll pay for the gas and if you can't take me all the way there, I would be happy with anywhere close. My ride didn't show up to pick me up and I can't seem to get a cab."
Kyle shot her a look that let her know he wasn't in the mood to talk. He couldn't believe his luck. Of all the people wanting a ride it had to be the one person he wanted to leave at the airport. "Let's go. I have a lot of work to get done back at the ranch."
Rachel didn't know what to think. "Okay" she said, as she glanced down at the ground.
She jumped up into his truck not saying a word. Rachel felt a little uncomfortable being with him. Once she got buckled into his truck she looked over at him. "Excuse me, but you haven't even told me you name."
"Kyle. My name's Kyle." He said as he continued to drive.
"Have I done something to offend you? I don't even know you, but you seem to dislike me for some reason." She said, as she played with her hands nervously. "Wait a minute. Are you Kyle Landers? The same Kyle Landers that works for my father. Why were you just going to leave me here at the airport? I wasn't late."
Kyle really didn't want to get into it with her right then, but it was going to be an hour and half ride back to the ranch. He knew he would have to talk to her at some point in time. "Why don't we stop to eat? I haven't had lunch yet."
Rachel wasn't sure if he was trying to be nice now or if he was just hungry. "That sounds good to me." She said even though she was still angry at him for leaving her there.
They drove for another thirty minutes in silence before turning into the parking lot of a small restaurant. Rachel had eaten at that place before and remembered them having good food. Although she hadn't been eating much of anything lately. She hoped the trip back home would take her mind off her problems, but not bring up bad memories in the process. They walked into the restaurant and found a table in the back away from everyone.
Kyle sat down and picked up a menu without speaking. When the waitress walked by he waved her over to him. "I'll take a cheeseburger, fries and a coke please."
Rachel saw the waitress look over at her. "I'll take the same. Thanks." She looked over at Kyle. "How long have you worked for my father?"
"Four years." He said without adding anything more.
"That's great. My father really needed help after Bobby.... Well never mind. I'm glad my father has you." She took a sip of her soda trying to hold back the tears as she thought about her brother.
Kyle looked surprised to hear that Tom had somebody else work for him. He hadn't ever heard them talk about anyone else. "Who's Bobby? I've never heard the name before."