I usually hate to do 2 stories at once, but I was beginning to fear the Daisy/Enos fans, and I've been tossing this one around for a while, now.
The Boars' Nest was fairly crowded, as it usually was on a Friday night. Daisy took a moment to survey the crowd. She knew every face that sat at the numerous tables, including Ernie, with his latest date and a few other people in his crowd. Over in the far corner was Bobby, whom she'd actually dated once or twice, and, oddly enough, Enos. It wasn't unusual for him to come in on his nights off, especially when he knew Bo and Luke weren't going to be there. Not because he was avoiding them, but because he felt someone should be there to be sure make sure none of the customers forgot their manners with her in her cousin's absence. But Enos usually sat at the end of the bar, pretending to be there on a casual visit. Tonight he'd gotten caught up in some conversation with Bobby.
Startled out of her evaluation of the crowd, she turned to the bartender. "Yeah?"
"See anythin' we need to keep an eye on tonight?" He meant any customer or crowd that seemed to be putting away an excessive amount of alcohol, which could mean trouble.
"Not yet. But it's only 11. Give 'em time, honey." Flashing a smile at him, she moved to make another round of the tables.
As she moved to Bobby's table, Enos looked up at her. "Hey, Daisy!"
"Hey, Enos. Y'all need anything?" She put her hand on the Deputy's shoulder, and was surprised when he reached up and placed his hand over hers.
"Bring us another pitcher and another round of 'shine, babe." Bobby grinned at her and waved to the other 3 men sitting with them. The way they all actually giggled told Daisy that they would need watching shortly.
"How about you, Enos? Another buttermilk?"
"Sure thing, Daisy."
The way he said it made her stop for a moment. Something was off, and the way the men around them giggled again confirmed it. "What are y'all up to?" She asked the table, but stared at Bobby when she said it.
"Nothin', babe." But he dissolved into a fit of giggles again and she stared at them.
"Bobby, for some reason, maybe 'cause I KNOW you, I reckon that ain't the whole story." Daisy stared at him.
"We're just having fun, right Enos?" Bobby slapped the deputy's shoulder.
"Yep. Fun." The way he looked up at Daisy and grinned told her everything.
"Enos, honey, why don't you come on over here with me for a spell."
All she had to do was ask. Immediately, Enos got to his feet. As he took a step, he lost his balance and the only thing that kept him from falling was Daisy. Slowly she moved him to a bar stool in the corner of the bar. After making sure he wasn't going to try to get up again, Daisy went back to Bobby's table.
The men were laughing, but stopped when Daisy stood behind Bobby with her hands on her hips. "Really funny, guys."
"Come on, Daisy-." Bobby started, but she cut him off.
"Don't you 'come on', me, Bobby! You know he don't drink. What, slip him some shine and watch the fun?"
"He IS havin' fun, look!" Standing beside her, he pointed to the grinning deputy. "We just wanted him to lighten up some."
"His fun ain't your problem!" Shaking her head, she pointed to the bar. "Just go settle up and git out of here. You're cut off for tonight."
"What!" Bobby moved closer to her and met her angry glare. "You can't just kick us outta here like that."
"I just did. Y'all think you're funny, but that was just downright mean. And I've had my fill of the lot of ya. Git."
"Come on, Bobby." One of the other guys grabbed his arm. "Don't get into it with her. She'll cut us off for a month and we'll be drivin' all the way up to Capital City for a beer." Stepping between Bobby and Daisy, he turned to her. "We didn't mean no harm, Daisy, We was just funnin'." Before Daisy could answer, he dragged Bobby back a few feet. "We're leaving." Pushing Bobby out the door, he went to pay the bartender.
Moving back to Enos, Daisy watched him carefully. He was definitely feeling no pain, but that didn't mean the guys had given him enough to do any harm. Wouldn't take much to hit him hard. His eyes met hers and he grinned again.
In spite of herself, she laughed. "Hey, Enos." She leaned against the bar beside him. "You're so cute."
"Thank ya, Daisy." He moved to lean against the bar facing her, but missed the bar with his elbow and almost fell off his bar stool.
Grabbing his arm, Daisy shook her head. "I think it's about time for you to be gettin' home, honey."
When he started to stand, she pushed him back down on the barstool. "Wait here." Daisy turned to the bartender, who couldn't decide if it was safe to laugh or not. "Don't let him move."
Quickly, Daisy went to the phone at the other end of the bar and called the farm. It was late, so one of the guys would hopefully be home.
Sure enough, Bo answered. "Duke farm."
"Bo, I'm so glad to hear your voice, honey. I need a big favor."
"Anything for you, darlin'." Bo thought about that for a second. "What did I just
say I'd do for ya?"
She explained the situation to him, making sure he knew that she would take Enos home herself when she got off work, but she didn't think it was a good idea for him to be stuck there for another 2 or 3 hours.
"So, you want me to drive all the way there and then take Enos home, then drive all the way back?"
"Yes." Daisy sighed. "I'll owe you-"
His laughter cut her off. "Do you think me, or Luke would pass up the chance to see this one? We'll be there."
She realized he'd been teasing her and smiled. "Thanks."
"DAISY!" The bartender's voice carried across the bar.
Turning she saw Enos moving towards the door. "I got him, thanks."
In the parking lot, Enos headed for his squad car.
"No you don't, Enos!" Her arm took his and she directed him to lean against the front fender. "You ain't driving tonight, sugar. The boys are on their way for ya."
She leaned against the car beside him.
About 3 minutes passed.
"I gotta be goin' Daisy." As he started to walk past her to his car door, she reached out and grabbed his hand.
He lost his balance and ended up leaning towards her with his hands on either side of her on the car. They both laughed.
"You sure are pretty, Daisy." He grinned at her and leaned in to kiss her before she could reply.
The kiss was gentle, and over almost before she realized what he was doing. He pulled back from her and she stared at him in shock.
"That's the first time you've ever kissed me." It was true. In all the times she'd kissed him for various reasons, he'd never even returned her kiss before.
"I reckon it was. You want me to do it again?"
Nodding, she smiled at him. "Yeah."
He did. At first this kiss was just as gentle, but when Daisy returned the kiss, he stepped closer to her and gained more confidence.
She was enjoying the kiss, but part of her felt guilty. Enos would have never been this bold with her if Bobby and his friends hadn't been 'funnin'. Just as she was about to convince herself to stop, strong arms circled her waist and pulled her against him. Instead of pushing him away, she found herself wrapping her arms around his neck.
Her actions encouraged Enos, and he held her tighter. His hand slid up her back and entwined gently in her hair. Daisy shivered under his touch and he smiled at her before gently deepening the kiss.
"You're kiddin', right? Drunk?" Luke shook his head while Bo laughed.
"Yep.To hear Daisy tell it Bobby spiked the buttermilk and Enos is feelin' no pain."
"I'm glad I got home when I did. I gotta see this." Both boys were still laughing when they pulled into the Boar's Nest parking lot.
Bo turned off the General's engine, but instead of getting out of the car, Luke just smacked Bo's shoulder. "Are you seein' what I'm seein'?"
Turning his head, Bo was as shocked as Luke. Quickly, he jumped up and sat out the window for a better view of the deputy and their cousin.
Luke climbed out and turned to Bo. "Are you sure Daisy wanted us to come get him? Don't look to me like she wants him to leave."
Both of them moved towards Daisy and Enos. Trying to stifle his laugh, Bo reached out and grabbed Enos's shoulder. "Enos, buddy! How ya doin'?"
Breaking their kiss, Enos answered without moving away from Daisy. "Hey, Bo."
"We heard you was needin' a ride home."
"I guess so." He kissed Daisy again and both boys doubled over laughing.
"Alright, Cassanova." Luke pulled him away from Daisy. "Bo, you drive the squad car and I'll follow in the General."
As Bo led the grinning deputy to the passenger side, Luke stared at Daisy, who still hadn't said a word. "Daisy?"
After a few seconds, Daisy replied in a low voice. "Whoa." Reaching out, she grabbed a handful of Luke's shirt. "Honey, if I'd known he kissed like that I'd a spiked his buttermilk myself years ago."
Luke burst out laughing. "That good, huh?"
"I'll just have to take your word for it."
She thought about what he said. "Good to hear."
"Ya think?" They both laughed.
Having put Enos in the passenger side, Bo walked around the front by Daisy and Luke to get in the driver's door. He wrapped his arm around Daisy. "Now Luke, who's virtue was bein' attacked by who, here?"
After Daisy smacked Bo, Luke moved away from her before answering. "I think Enos just might be the one who needed protectin' tonight, cuz."
Daisy moved toward Luke, but he ran and jumped into the driver's window of the General. "You boys just take him home and make sure he's okay."
"Sure thing, sweetheart." Bo opened the driver's door. "Put your seatbelt on, buddy. I don't get to play police much!"
Within seconds the squad car sped out of the lot as if being chased, which is was. Luke was trying to pass Bo before they hit the road.
Daisy watched them and laughed softly. Then her mind went back to Enos kissing her. Slowly, she moved her finger along the edge of her own lips to catch any lipstick that might have smeared, but all she could think about was the way his lips had felt on hers.
The next morning, Bo, Luke, and Uncle Jesse gathered in the kitchen for coffee.
"So who called last night?"
Jesse's question stopped Bo and Luke in their steps.
"Called?" Bo looked at Luke.
"Yeah. I heard the phone ring and then you tore outta here. What was so all fired important?" Jesse turned to the boys, instantly knowing there was something to this story.
Neither cousin knew how to tell Jesse about Bobby spiking Enos's drink and NOT tell him about Enos and Daisy. They were spared telling her business to Jesse by her entrance to the kitchen.
"Mornin'." She poured herself a cup of coffee and sat at the table.
"Mornin', Daisy." Bo sat next to her and watched her face. "Uncle Jesse wants to know what was goin' on last night."
Daisy choked on her coffee, sending Bo and Luke into a fit of laughter.
"Daisy, you okay?" Jesse stared at the three of them.
"Yes, sir." Taking a deep breath, Daisy started telling Jesse about Bobby spiking Enos's drink. She stopped after the phone call, but the way the three of them looked at each other told Jesse there was more to this.
The awkward silence was broken by the phone ringing. Jumping up, Daisy grabbed it.
After a moment, Daisy turned to Bo and Luke. "It's Cooter for you guys."
Luke was closer, so he grabbed the phone. "Hey, Cooter."
"Hey, Lukas, I have this here big box for the General care of two Duke boys. It looks like it just might have four brand new coil-over shocks for you boys to play with."
"Be there shortly." Hanging up the phone, Luke motioned to Bo. "Cooter has those new shocks we ordered for the General."
"Let's go." Grinning, Bo beat Luke to the General and started the engine.
After their hasty exit, Jesse turned to Daisy. "So, are you inclined to tell me what the boys wouldn't now that they're gone?"
Sighing, Daisy ran her hand through her hair and started to talk.
When Bo and Luke arrived at the garage, Cooter waved them inside. He already had the lift cleared and the tools ready. They jumped out of the General and ripped open the box. Pulling one out, Bo held it up. "The General's landings should be a whole lot better once we get these on him. Let's get started."
"Let's make sure they're gonna fit before we tear up the suspension." Luke watched Cooter lift the car about four feet in the air so they could work on it. "They look close to me, but we need to be sure."
They each moved to a different tire and began to remove them.
Daisy stopped talking and Uncle Jesse was quiet for a moment. "So, you figure that Enos would'a never kissed you if he hadn't been slipped a mickey, right?"
"Before you do anything, you need to figure out what you want, girl. I'm sure last night changed things for that boy, but what about you?"
She was quiet for a moment. "I don't know, Uncle Jesse. I mean, I know how he feels, I think. But the thought of spending the rest my life with anybody, even him, well, it just scares me."
Standing, Uncle Jesse patted her shoulder. "Nobody said anything about the rest of your life today. You just told me he kissed you and you liked it. I'm telling you that he's a good man, and it's time you decide if you're even going to give him, and yourself, I 'rekon, the chance to figure out if what you could have together is really good." With that, Jesse went outside and left Daisy to her thoughts.
"Let's see what these do for the General." Luke grinned at Bo as he started the engine.
"Ya comin'?" Bo gestured to Cooter.
"Nah. But I do have an errand you boys can run for me." He handed Luke a piece of paper. "That there is a list of things we need for Saturday. I don't have time, and since you are gonna be tearin' up the county anyways…."
"So no more, Cooter. We'll drop everything off at the farm before we go home." Luke turned and spotted Roscoe. "Let's get out of here before he spots us. We have too much to do to get hung up with him."
"Hey, you boys still goin' boar hunting with me tomorrow, right? Need a good sized one for the bonfire." Cooter had spent the better part of the week making sauce and getting things ready for the large and still growing crowd of people that were going to show up at his farm.
"We're there. From the sounds of people in town, we're gonna need a couple good sized ones. Later." Luke slid in the window as Bo pulled out.
Daisy knocked on Enos's door and waited for him to answer. Once the door opened, she walked right past the surprised deputy and stood in his living room to face him. The way he couldn't even meet her eyes told Daisy everything.
"I came by to see how you're feelin'." Moving to the center of the room, she turned to stare at him.
His hands fidgeted in front of him and he stared at them. "I had a bit of a headache when I first woke up, but it's passed." There was an awkward silence between them.
They both stopped. Finally Daisy stepped closer to him and grabbed his still fidgeting hands. "Enos, please stop and look at me."
"I…. I… I need to apologize to you, Daisy." He never looked up from his hands.
"Now why do you need to apologize? Seems to me Bobby is the one that owes YOU an apology, Enos."
"That don't make up for what I did." He paused and his voice dropped to a whisper. "to you."
"What you did to me?" Letting go of his hands, Daisy put her hand on the side of his face and gently forced him to look at her. "Enos, you listen up. You didn't do anything to me last night."
"Being that forward with you wasn't right. I mean, I was there to make sure none of them- did what I done to ya."
He tried to pull away, but Daisy moved closer to him. "Okay, here goes. What happened last night between us….sure took me by surprise, but……I…… I really liked it." There. She'd said it. Now it was up to him.
"You don't have to try to make me feel better. I know what I did."
"What you did was kiss me. And what I did was kiss you back, in case you forgot that part. I know you wouldn't 'a done it if Bobbie hadn't 'a done what he did. But it was nice. And I was kinda hopin' you'd do it again." Leaning up, Daisy kissed him softly. When he didn't respond to her, she backed up and stared at the floor. "I'm sorry, Enos. I mean, I knew you'd kissed me 'cause Bobbie'd spiked your drink, but I really thought you wanted to, I mean, that the shine had given you the nerve to do what you really wanted to do. Not that you just didn't want to, I mean….." Now she was embarrassed and she couldn't get around him to get out the door fast enough. As her words continued to run together she didn't hear him say her name.
Finally he took her arm to keep her from going out the door. "Daisy!"
"It's okay, Enos, I'll just go."
"Please don't. If you go now, I don't know if I'll ever have the nerve again."
"The nerve?" Before she could say anything else, Enos kissed her. This time Daisy didn't hesitate, she wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him back.
"Uncle Jesse, I'll tell ya. Those shocks Cooter got us make a whole new landing for the General." Bo had been talking non stop since they'd entered the house.
"Great. Now if he could come up with somethin' that would keep him on the ground……." Jesse smiled at the look the boys gave him.
Luke moved to the fridge. "We just came by to grab some lunch. Cooter has some stuff he needs us to help with for the big bonfire he's having Saturday night."
Any reply Jesse would have made was interrupted by Daisy running in the door. "I'm gonna be late for work if I don't hurry, but I have to say thank you." She hugged Jesse and kissed his cheek.
"I'll take that to mean things went good?"
"More then good, Uncle Jesse." Daisy headed for her bedroom to change. "Enos is tame to Cooter's bonfire Saturday night!"
Her bedroom door shut and the boys turned to Jesse. "Don't ask. She told me enough."
"The two of them work it out?" Bo grinned.
"Reckon so." Luke stared at her closed door. "I'm glad she said that. I need to get out to Mary's and make sure she's going with me Saturday." He glanced at Bo. "She has sister, ya know."
"Yeah, I know. I've seen her. No thanks. I'm gonna high-tail it over to Lisa-Sue's and get her to go with me." Both boys laughed.
They both reached for the keys to the General. Bo grinned. "Flip ya for it."
"No you won't." Daisy crossed the kitchen and took Bo's hand. "One of ya is gonna want Dixie and I don't have time to wait to see which one it is. Let's go."
Pocketing the keys to the General, Luke laughed. "See how she knew it was going to be you?"
"He was just closer to the door, Luke." Daisy smiled. "See ya."
"But I'm hungry!" Bo's voice carried back into the kitchen. "Luke and me came home to eat."
"I'll feed you at work. Now git in, I gotta go!"
Luke and Jesse shared a smile at the way Daisy handled Bo.
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