Chapter 4

Once Tyra and Tim had left the Taylor's, Eric turned his eyes towards his daughter. She was sitting on the couch reading a novel. She appeared to be very caught up in what she was reading. Eric took a seat next to her on the couch while Tami cleaned the kitchen.

"Julie, I had a talk with Tim today," Eric started as he took Julie's book from her hands.

"That should have been enlightening," Julie rolled her eyes, reaching for the book.

"I'm serious… What's going on between the two of you?"

Tami looked on from the kitchen, curiously.

"There isn't anything. Tim should have told you that."

"Actually, he told me something different. Do you have feelings for that boy?" Eric asked, not wanting to hear the truth.

"Why would I tell you that? It's personal and private," Julie screamed, standing to leave.

"Tim likes you. He wants my permission to be with you…" Eric sighed.

"W-what did you say?" Julie asked in shock.

"I said I would talk to you first… I don't have to tell you he's bad news and you're probably gonna have a broken heart…"

"It's fine. I can deal with it. Thank you, dad!" Julie squealed as she ran and hugged her mom before running to her room.

"You never cease to amaze me," Tami grinned from the kitchen.

"You don't think I made a mistake?" Eric asked.

"Tim has had a tough life… Maybe Julie could do some good," Tami smiled.

"Tim moves fast… I should have said no," Eric shook his head.

"Julie is a smart girl. We raised her well… Have some faith that she will make the right decisions…"

"Alright," Eric gave in not looking forward to the next morning.

The next morning came quicker than Eric hoped for. When he walked up to his office, he saw Tim already waiting for him.

"Morning, Coach," Tim stood as Eric entered.

"Riggins," Coach replied. "I didn't know you were capable of being early for anything…"

"Yes sir. I mean I can when it's important to me," Tim replied nervously.

"You can date my daughter," Eric announced. Tim broke into a smile. Eric held up his finger.

"However, there are a few ground rules."

"I'll do anything…" Tim agreed.

"Your dates will be at my house to start out with… And well, that's all I came up with so far, but I'm sure I will come up with more…"

"Alright," Tim grinned anxious to find Julie.

"Alright, get out of here," Eric smiled uneasily.

Tim darted out the door. He didn't see Julie until lunch time. He thought he knew where her classes were but for some reason he never seemed to find her. He was going crazy. She sat at her usual table. Tyra was next to her and Lois across from them.

"Julie," he smiled as he walked towards her. Julie smiled at him.

"Can I sit with you guys?"

"Sure," Julie grinned.

"I needed to ask you something," Tim spoke as he took a bite of his lunch. Tyra rolled her eyes as Lois sat there with her mouth wide open.

"Sure," Julie replied again.

"I was wondering if you would like to hang out tonight?" Tim asked.

"Sure," Julie replied again.

"Your dad said we had to stay at your house to hang out…"

"He did?" Julie asked with embarrassment.

"It's cool though, I don't mind," Tim continued eating.

"How's Celeste?" Tyra asked coldly.

"I don't know, and I don't care," Tim shrugged.

"Who's Celeste?" Lois asked oblivious of what was going on.

"Doesn't matter," Julie replied. Tim reached for her hand next to his.

"I think I'm gonna be sick," Tyra stood up, picked up her tray and walked over to where Landry was sitting with the football players.

"What's going on with Riggins and Julie?" Smash asked.

"Apparently they are dating now," Tyra rolled her eyes.

"What? Does Coach know?" Matt asked.

"Yep," Tyra replied.

The lunch bell rang and the football team watched in shock as Tim Riggins and Julie Taylor walked from the lunch room, hand in hand.

"I hate these stupid, sappy movies," Julie laughed as she and Tim watched t.v. in the living room.

"What?" Tim asked in shock.

"I thought all girls liked this crap. That's the reason I got it."

"Nope, not me…"

"Well what do you like?" Tim asked as he slid closer to her.

"I like you," Julie grinned.

Tim smiled back at her as leaned down to kiss her. Eric cleared his throat from the kitchen. Julie and Tim jumped a part. Eric walked back to his room.

"I'm really sorry about all this," Julie whispered in embarrassment.

"No, it's cool. I think it's cool that your dad cares about you so much."

"Grass is always greener on the other side, huh?" Julie laughed.

"I kind of like the side I'm on right now," Tim winked at her as she playfully nudged him.

"There's a game tomorrow," Julie brought up.

"Yeah… Will you be there?" Tim asked.

"I'm always at the games. You should know that by now."

"We usually have parties after…"

"I know. I usually come to those too," Julie laughed.

"Go with me?"

"Of course."

The next day at school, the news had spread rapidly. Everyone knew Tim and Julie were together. Everyone was shocked. The Panthers went on to play an amazing game. They won by 3. After the game, Tim waited for Coach. He was walking to his car with his wife.

"Coach! Ms. Coach," Tim called out. They turned around.

"Good game tonight," Tami congratulated him.

"Shouldn't you be getting to that party?" Eric asked.

"That's what I wanted to talk to you about… I wanted to see if Julie could come with me.."

"I don't think…" Eric started only to be cut off by his wife.

"That would be great Tim. You can ask her… She went to eat at Applebees with Lois…"

"Thanks," Tim grinned before turning towards his truck.

"I've changed my mind. I don't want them to date…" Eric muttered under his breath.