Chapter One – Meetings.
Gabriel Gray worked on a watch delicately in his quiet and empty shop. His glasses on, concentrating on the work in front of him, making sure the small pieces fit together and worked property. When Gabriel finished one he started on the next, he didn't have a lot of orders but he wanted to finish them before the store closed.
Gabriel took over Grays and Son watch shop after his father. He had a gift for fixing things, in this case watches. He could tell when they were off even by the slightest second. Even with this talent Gabriel long to be more, special, something other then the watchmaker's son.
His mind was wrapped around his work. Picking up different tools and carefully handling the time piece before him. When he placed the back plate on, he smiled with success as the piece began to work. He set it to the right time, wrapped it in tissue paper and placed it in the box to be picked up.
Getting lost in his work he didn't hear the sound of the bells as a costumer walked in. The person just watched him work, fascinated by what he was doing. He was so focused examining the small object he held in his hands. He finally looked up to see a young lady watching him.
"Sorry, I didn't mean to stair." She apologized. She wasn't like all the other girls around, her appearance was extremely different. She had long, straight dirty blond hair, blue eyes outlined in black eyeliner, black jeans, converse, a black bag hanging off her left shoulder and a peacoat that went down to her knees.
"I should be the one who's apologizing, I didn't hear anyone walk in." He said back to her. She looked too rebellious to be a place like this. "Is there something I can help you with?" Gabriel asked kindly walking closer to her. She was a tall girl, he noticed, he was only three or four inches shorter then him.
"I hope so." She said opening her bag. It took her a moment before she found what she was searching for. She pulled out a small gray box when she opened it, it help a gold watch decorated with gems and diamonds. It looked very valuable. She handed it to him. "Do you think you can fix it?"
Gabriel reassured her that he could indeed fix it for her. He brought it up to his ear, listening to it closely, it was at least twelve seconds off. He sat down and began to work on it. As he inspected it he noticed it needed a couple new parts.
"It's going to need a few new parts." He said looking up to see her curious blue eyes still watching him. "I should have it done in a couple of days if you want to leave it with me." She smiled at him.
"Of course." She said a little excited. She grabbed a pad and pencil out of her bag and wrote something down. "So I'll stop by on Wednesday?" She asked and Gabriel nodded. "Thank you so much."
"If you don't mind me asking, you don't look like the kind of girl to wear a fancy watch like that." He thought that maybe he was being rude when she didn't respond right away. "No offence."
"None taken." She answered with a slight laugh. "And you're right. It's not mine, it's my grandmothers. Her birthdays coming up, my grandfather gave her that watch on their fortieth anniversary and shortly after he died, she was heart broken when it stopped working right. So I figured for all she's done for me I owe her." She answered.
He smiled at her. She was very generous. It was sweet what she was doing for her grandmother, he thought. She seemed to be very caring, he could tell already she was special in more ways then one.
"I'm Jayden Everwood by the way, but you can call me Jade." She said extending her hand out to him.
"I'm Gabriel Gray." He said gently grabbing her cold hand. She smiled at him again. She had such a beautiful smile he thought. They realized each others hand. Gabriel smiled in return.
"It was very nice meeting you Gabriel." She said in a soft voice. "I'm looking forward to Wednesday."
"Me too." He answered. She waved goodbye as she left the shop, he wave back at her. When she was out of sight he sat down looking at the watch, the back had something written on it. It read 'To my love.' It was cute, he thought, even after all the years they spent together they were still madly in love.
Gabriel shook his head smiling and began to work on the watch. He wanted to make sure he got it finished for Jade to pick it up. He put his glasses on, grabbed the tools he needed and the parts he was going to use.
Wednesday came quicker then he expected. Gabriel had finished the watch and it was ready for Jade to give it to her grandmother. It hadn't taken long for him to finish it. He didn't notice that the bell rang as the door opened, Jade walked in to see him lost in his thoughts.
"Whatcha thinking about?" She asked knocking him out of his thought. He shook his head and looked up at Jade.
"Sorry, I didn't hear anybody come in." He answered, embarrassed that he let himself get distracted from the work he should be doing. He picked up the gray box and handed it to Jade. She opened the box and her face light up at the sight of the properly working watch.
"It's amazing." She said in awe. She took it out and listened to it tick. "Thanks. How much do I owe you?" She asked looking up at him.
"Don't worry about it." He smiled. She looked a little confused at first but then she nodded her head.
"There has to be someway I can repay you." She said. She thought for a moment. "Can I buy you a cup of coffee?" She asked. "There's a nice little diner down the street from here. It won't take long."
"You don't have to." Gabriel tried to convince her but she wasn't leaving with out doing something for him.
"I know I don't have to, but, I want to." Jade insisted. Gabriel finally agreed. He figured he could use a brake, it wouldn't take too long. He closed up the shop, grabbed his coat and followed her to the diner down the street. As they walked Gabriel snuck a glance at Jade. When she caught his eyes he quickly turned away, but, Jades eyes were always going back to Gabriel.