December 30, 2017 – No Name, Colorado
With a marathon set on Netflix, Chase and Sarina were all cuddled up on the couch, set for a fun quiet day together. After all, another round of snowboarding was out of the question.
After yesterday’s morning meeting with Dale, the trip on the hills started off solid as Chase showed off, and Sarina was able to make it down a couple times cleanly, continuing to get better. However, the fourth trip down saw her fall, landing awkwardly and twisting her ankle.
She had insisted that morning that Chase continue the vacation as planned with some snowboarding or skiing of his own while she did some things alone around the cabin, but he didn’t want to leave her alone. So after deciding on a marathon of House of Cards, the pair were all cuddled up together.
Of course, they thought it’d be a quiet day until they heard a knock at the door.
“Were you expecting anyone?” Chase wonders as he gets himself out from underneath her and she shakes her head no.
“Did you forget some promise to the boys?” She asks and he shakes his head no as he goes to the door. He opens it, set on telling the person to simply disappear, but instead his jaw drops immediately.
“What are you doing here?”
“Chase, who’s there?” Chase stood confused as he backed up a little, letting him in.
“I thought you were damn well away somewhere warm…”
“I just got back today actually,” Ryan comments as Sarina rolls her eyes, flopping back.
“Of course,” she muses to herself as she fights against chucking the remote across the room. She had been enjoying their quiet day together. Considering how chaotic the past couple months had been, it was nice to just chill by themselves.
“Is there a problem?” He then glances between the pair as he sets his bag down. “Oh..Oh my…Okay, I can go. I can ask Dale and Amy if I can bunk with the-”
“It’s fine,” Chase cuts him off with a sigh. “We weren’t about to do that. We were actually having a nice quiet day with a marathon of movies and TV shows so we could relax after someone twisted their ankle yesterday.” Ryan glances between them, and immediately realizes it is Sarina who was still lying on the couch. “So you get back from Cuba, and decide to just drop in here. You don’t even give me a heads-up, text, phone call, warning at all. You just figure that you’re set to come to Colorado without warning?”
“Any other time, you wouldn’t have said anything so I apologize,” Ryan offers, actually caught off-guard by the hostility from Chase. “Dude, I’m sorry. Like I said, I can go.” Chase shakes his head no once again as he goes to the kitchen.
“It’s fine. You can stay here. Besides, you’ll have the whole place to yourself tomorrow.” Ryan then glances between them confused, before following Chase to the kitchen.
“I thought you were going to spend New Year’s here…” Chase shakes his head no as he grabs a drink from the fridge.
“Samantha and Kyle are hosting a New Years/Anniversary party, and invited us both to come. I accepted the invite.” Ryan then looks at him a little confused. “Don’t be confused about this, Ryan. I really want to go. Kyle isn’t as bad as you’re thinking.”
“Do I know you?” Chase gives him a ‘really’ glance as Ryan lets out a sigh. “I just thought I’d spend New Years with my best friend. I mean, I didn’t get to see you all of December so I thought this was perfect. But it’s fine, I get it. We can hang some other time.” Chase gives him a simple smile in response.
“We’re just going back to North Carolina for the party, and then flying back out here on the 2nd. So why don’t you hold down the fort, maybe even meet a girl on the slopes for some company, and we’ll hang out when I get back? Besides, Lindsay will be here on the 5th.” Ryan’s curiosity was instantly raised as Sarina watched the pair carefully from her vantage point on the couch.
“That’s a deal. By the way, Dale and Amy still here, too?” Chase nods his head.
“We had dinner at Jimmie’s cabin two nights ago. Dale is already learning how to ski relatively quickly.” Ryan nods his head, impressed. “Oh, but if you have any dark chocolate, hide it. Amy is having one of those pregnancy cravings…”
“No chocolate here.” Chase then goes into the fridge once again, grabbing Ryan a drink as he sets it on the counter before him.
“Alright, what did I miss on your great grand old adventure?” Ryan just smiles as he sits down.
“Let me tell you what Bubba did…..”
Chase comes down the stairs, bags in hand, but instantly drops them as he sees Sarina making her way across the room.
“What did I tell you about moving around with that ankle, missy?” He instantly questions as she glances over at him.
“I don’t need a babysitter, Elliott,” she snaps back, catching him off-guard. “For your information, I just got back from the bathroom and was getting myself a drink before getting back comfortable. Besides, you’re supposed to move around a little so that way you can help the healing.”
“Just be careful, okay?” She then lets out a sigh as she sits down on the couch.
“Yes, Nurse Elliott.” He could only roll his eyes in response of her bit of attitude as he leans over the back of the couch, wrapping his arms around her neck.
“I love you, and I care about you. I just don’t want you to make it worse. Is that a crime?” She lets out a sigh as she relaxes in his arms, shaking her head. “I know you’re frustrated, but it’s okay. You’ll be fine.” He then kisses her cheek. “You just may want to avoid wearing heels tomorrow night.”
“I hate wearing them anyway. To have an excuse to avoid them is welcoming.” He smiles, rubbing her shoulders. “Besides, I was thinking of wearing my cowboy boots…”
“Do you still have the shorts and jean jacket that go with it?” She nods her head yes, knowing how much he loved that outfit. Hence why she had chosen to wear it to his birthday party. “What’s the dress code for tomorrow night, anyway?”
“Samantha said just wear whatever you feel comfortable in to party – so yes, I can wear the outfit if you want.” He smiles, giving her another kiss. “Just promise that you’ll keep me nice and warm.”
“Maybe we’ll forego the shorts till later when we’re alone. Maybe a nice pair of jeans instead…” She smiles, nodding her head in agreement. “But don’t worry, I’ll keep you nice and warm. I have a great way to ring in a new year.”
“That doesn’t surprise me, because I know how much you love those times…”
“Can you both get a room please?” They hear as Ryan enters the room, sitting in the chair.
“Who invited himself to our cabin without even a warning, again?” Sarina questions back in response, grabbing Chase’s arms with her hands so he wouldn’t move away. “Get used to it, Blaney….”
“Who knew you two would turn into that gushy over adorable couple.”
“What can I say? He brings out the sweetness in me.” Ryan then laughs. “What?”
“I don’t think I could mention sweet and Sarina in the same sentence to anybody – well, except Chase – and get a good response.” She then picks up a pillow and chucks it at him. “See what I mean?”
“Sore ankle or not, I can kick your ass.” Ryan smiles back in response.
“I wouldn’t doubt that in a second.” She then glances up at Chase.
“Why don’t you go get a couple more runs down the hill in with Ryan before we head out so it’s out of your system? I’ll be fine by myself. I’m just going to curl up and enjoy some more of this book I’m reading.” Chase looks at her surprised, before a glance towards Ryan, and then back to her.
“I couldn’t lea-” He starts.
“Go on,” she cuts him off. “I’ll be fine. I’m a big girl. You deserve to have some fun with your bestie. Besides, Chandra said that Lydia wanted to come by with some cookies to make me feel better. I wouldn’t want Ryan stealing them from me.”
“Hey!” Ryan lets out as she just sticks her tongue out.
“As long as you save one for me,” Chase tells her and she nods her head. “Love you.” He then gives her a kiss before going to get ready.
“Love you too,” she replies. “Be careful – both of you.”