A/N Hey there! Here's my fourth collaboration with my fabulous co-author H6p8gv..I'd like to thank him for all of the help he's been in writing this story (even though we have only begun)... I don't own any of the characters, movies or songs/singers that you recognize in this story...I hope that you enjoy!
Nineteen year old Tracy Turnblad sat on the couch waiting for Link Larkin to pick her up for their date. They had been dating for three years and both were just as happy as when they had begun dating. Tracy worked as Corny's assistant and Link worked at the record station after recording two albums. Tracy loved Link more than she could ever imagine and she knew that he loved her back. Her mom had helped her pack a picnic basket full of chicken sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, apples, brownies for dessert and a couple bottles of coke to drink. A smile crept on her face as she heard a knock on the door. She stood and smoothed down her white blouse and blue skirt as she opened it.
He smiled at her. "Hey doll ready for our picnic?"
"Let me get the basket and I will be."
Link came in and kissed her. "Allow me."
He walked into the kitchen. "Good afternoon Mrs. Turnblad."
"Oh hello Link. Are you here to take Tracy out for your picnic?"
Edna smiled. "The picnic basket is on the table. Have a good time."
Link smiled. "We will thank you."
He grabbed the basket and turned. Tracy had followed him to the kitchen and was saying goodbye to her mom. He walked over to them and took Tracy's hand.
"Have fun you lovebirds," Edna said as they left.
Tracy and Link walked out to his car. He put the picnic basket in the backseat before allowing Tracy to slide into the passenger seat. He walked over and got into the driver's side. Tracy leaned over and seized his lips in a passionate kiss as soon as he turned towards her. After several minutes the need for oxygen ended the kiss.
Link smiled at Tracy. "If you kiss me like that again we'll never make it to the lake."
Tracy grinned. "How about after we get to the lake?"
"Then we might never leave it."
Tracy giggled. She moved over slightly so Link could start the car. They soon arrived at the lake. Tracy took out the towel while Link carried the basket. There were several other couples and a few families at the lake that day as well.
"Oh boy. I just love your chicken sandwiches," Link said as he stuffed the sandwich in his mouth.
Tracy giggled. "I know and that's why I packed them."
They talked and ate as the afternoon wore on. Soon it was sunset. The sun reflected off of the lapping water.
"Oh Linky, isn't this sunset beautiful?"
"Not nearly as beautiful as the woman I'm staring at," Link answered as he leaned over and captured her lips in a fiery kiss.
Tracy smiled as she responded. She still couldn't believe how incredible Link was. They parted slightly for need of air. Link cupped her cheek, rubbing his thumb across her soft skin. Tracy smiled as she leaned into his palm. Her left hand went to his arms. She could feel his muscles flex under her touch. Their eyes were locked on each other. The others around them melted away as Tracy gently grabbed Link's arm tighter and pulled him into a passionate kiss. Their tongues mingled for a few minutes before Link started placing sweet kisses down her cheek and her neck. Tracy giggled as his hot breath tickled her skin. He looked at her and smiled. He was about to kiss her neck again when Tracy pushed him away.
"Linky behave! We're in public."
Link had a devilish grin on his face. "How about we get out of here and go back to my place where we can pick up where we left off?"
Tracy nodded. "I'd love to."
As the stars came out Link drove Tracy to his apartment. The next day she was walking down the street that had many different stores on it. As she passed by this one store she stopped. A cute Labrador puppy was staring at her through the window. He woofed at her as his sad brown eyes pleaded with hers as if they were saying "take me home". Tracy went inside the store and went straight for the puppy. He bounced over to her, wagging his tail.
"Aren't you a cute guy," Tracy told him. He just wagged harder.
An older woman with dark brown hair and green eyes walked up to Tracy. "Can I help you miss?"
"This guy here is very cute," Tracy told her.
"He is. You want to buy him?"
"Can I think about it and let you know?"
The woman nodded. Tracy practically ran to Link's apartment. He was pleasantly surprised to see her.
"Linky I was walking by a pet store today and I saw the cutest dog in the world in the window."
Link smiled at her apparent enthusiasm for the puppy. "How about you take me there and show it to me?"
Tracy nodded as she took his hand and led him back to the store. When they arrived the same puppy was at the window again. He wagged his tail and barked at Tracy and Link.
Tracy looked to Link. She had a big grin on her face. "There he is."
Link looked from the puppy to Tracy. "Want to go in and play with him?"
"Do you mind?"
Link shook his head. "Not at all."
Tracy smiled again as she took his hand and led him inside. The puppy yelped happily chased his tail as Tracy giggled. He then came over and licked their hands as they both scratched his head. The puppy barked happily at the attention he was getting. Tracy hated when she and Link left the store. She wanted to take the puppy home.
A few days later, Tracy was again waiting for Link to pick her up for a date. This time he was taking her to a movie. She quickly arose from her chair at hearing the knock on the door. She smiled as his eyes looked her up and down. She was wearing a gorgeous red dress that hugged her curves in the right places. By Link's expression she knew he approved. Link was wearing a blue shirt and dark slacks. The shirt only heightened the blue in his eyes.
"Wow Trace, you look amazing!"
"You're not so bad yourself."
His eyebrow cocked. "Not so bad?"
Tracy leaned over and kissed him. "Let's go."
They linked hands as they walked to his car. Link opened the door for her and she slid inside. He then walked over to the driver's side and got in. They soon arrived at the drive-in. They were showing a new Elvis Presley movie named "Viva Las Vegas."
Tracy noticed that Link found a spot where they had a great view of the screen.
He turned to her. "Want some popcorn?"
"Ok lil darling wait here."
Link kissed her before opening the door. Tracy looked around. Several cars surrounded Link's Chevy. There were dancing hot dogs on screen advertising the food you could buy at the drive in. The car door opened and Tracy took the popcorn and coke bottle Link handed her. He got in and Tracy handed the popcorn to him. The movie started and Elvis came on screen singing. Next to Link, Elvis was one of her favorite singers. He was Link's favorite singer too.
Tracy touched Link's shoulder. "Pass the popcorn."
Link turned to her. "Here you go."
He handed the popcorn to Tracy before leaning in and capturing her lips in a French kiss. Tracy quickly placed the popcorn above the glove compartment before she dropped it. Her hands instinctively wrapped around his shoulders and his encircled her back. Their foreheads still touched as their lips parted. Link leaned in and gave her another deep kiss.
"If we keep going like this we shall miss most of the movie," Tracy told him.
Link grinned mischievously. "I can't help if my lips can't get enough of yours."
Tracy grinned as she leaned in for another kiss. "I know, mine can't get enough of yours either."
After the kiss Tracy grabbed some popcorn and took a swig of soda. Link did the same.
She smiled at the screen. "I just love love stories."
Link glanced at her and grinned. "So do I gorgeous, especially ours."
She leaned over and seized his lips.
She licked her lips after they parted. "Mmmm popcorn."
"Tastes delicious," Link agreed. He leaned over brushing her hairspray free locks away from her face as his lips gently touched hers.
A week later was their anniversary. Link was picking Tracy up for dinner. Edna opened the door and allowed Link inside. When Tracy came out of her room she saw his mouth drop. She was wearing a blue dress that fit her perfectly. Her hair framed her face. Link was wearing a nice blue suit. Tracy noticed that Link was holding a big box. The box had a bouquet of flowers and a smaller box on top.
Link smiled as he walked over and kissed her. He handed her the flowers and the smaller box.
Tracy breathed in the flowers scent. "Thank you for the flowers."
He smiled. "Wait until you see what else I have for you."
She smiled and opened up the smaller box finding chocolates.
He glanced at the bigger box. "You'd better open this now because it is too big to take to dinner."
"Alright," Tracy replied as she put her hands on top of the box.
She opened it and the puppy from the window jumps out into her arms and licks her face. A dark blue bow was placed around his neck.
"Oh Linky! The puppy from the pet store!"
Link scratched the puppy's head. "When I saw you two together I knew you were meant for each other."
Tracy put the puppy down and he ran over to Edna who was standing by the ironing board. He was wagging his tail. She reached down and he licked her hand.
Edna grinned. "Oh you're so cute! So hun what are you going to name him?"
Tracy thought for a moment. "I was thinking Jim."
Jim wagged his tail and licked Tracy's hand.
Tracy chuckled. "It seems he likes it too."
Link nodded. "It seems that way. Here's another gift," he added as he handed her an envelope.
Tracy quickly opened it revealing a gift coupon to the pet store. "Thanks Linky."
"You're welcome. You need it for stuff like a doggy bed and toys."
Tracy looked at Jim who was looking up at her. She bent down and scratched his head. "I'm going to let him sleep in bed with me."
"Jim is a real lucky dog."
Tracy smiled. She ran back to her room and soon returned holding a package. She handed it to Link.
He opened it and as the paper fell to the floor Jim jumped on it. He started shaking the paper in his mouth as he wagged his tail. Link found the new Beatles record he had wanted.
Tracy smiled at Jim then looked at Link. "You're welcome. I knew you wanted it."
Tracy turned to Edna. "Ma, will you look after him while we go to dinner?"
"Sure hun. Have a good time."
Tracy found a bowl and gave him some water and food from a small package that was in the box. "Thanks."
Link grabbed Tracy's hand and they left. After holding the car door open for her Link drove to The Italian Bistro, a fancy Italian restaurant. She took his arm as he escorted her into the restaurant.
"I have a reservation under Larkin," Link told the hostess.
She looked in her book then grabbed two menus. "Please follow me."
They followed her to a nearby table and Link held out the chair while Tracy sat. He then sat opposite her. Soft light came from a small candle in the middle of the table. A dance floor sat nearby. As the band started playing Link stood. He took her hand and smiled. Tracy grinned back and stood besides him. They wondered out on the dance floor and Link twirled Tracy before wrapping his arms around her waist. Hers rested on the nape of his neck. He leaned down and kissed her as they swayed to the music. They went back to their table as soon as the music ended and ordered two chicken parmagian dinners and cokes. As they waited for their food to arrive Tracy's hand rested on the table. Links found his way to hers and soon their fingers intertwined.
"I need to buy puppy food and chew toys and a leash and I can take him for walks in the park."
Link smiled. "You're really excited about Jim aren't you?"
Tracy nodded as the waiter brought their food. They continued talking about Jim and other topics as they ate. For dessert Tracy and Link shared a chocolate brownie sundae. After paying the check they decided to go back to Link's apartment. It was still early and Link wanted to play his new record.
As soon as they got inside the apartment Link went straight to his record player and put the record on it. John, Paul, George and Ringo's voices soon filled the room. Tracy smiled as Link put his arm around her waist and pulled her close. He kissed her nose as he took her hands and placed them behind his neck. Tracy could feel the heat on her skin as his hands ran down her arms and came to rest on her waist. She seized his lips and gladly allowed entrance as his tongue lightly grazed her bottom lip. They kept moving as they kissed. Tracy realized that they were heading towards his bedroom. Link stopped and grabbed candles before kissing her again. When they reached the bedroom he put the candles on the nightstand and lit them. He then put his hand on her zipper and looked at Tracy. She smiled and nodded. He grinned as he unzipped her dress. He planted sweet kisses on her shoulders as he pushed the dress off of them. She pushed his jacket off of his shoulders then unbuttoned his shirt. Tracy blushed at seeing his unclothed torso for the first time. He grinned as he captured her lips again.
His eyes looked her over. "You are so beautiful."
Tracy grinned and kissed him again before sitting on his bed. He took his pants off before following her. He French kissed her as he gently climbed on the bed. Tracy moved so she was lying with her head on the pillow. He moved to her cheek then paused as he nibbled her neck. Tracy giggled as he did so. She cupped his cheek making him look at her. She smiled as she seized his lips in a deep kiss. As their tongues mingled she motioned for him to turn over so that she was on top. She unhooked her bra and took it off as Link watched, desire etched in his eyes. She threw it on the floor. He leaned up and kissed her chest, nibbling her breasts as he held her close. She whimpered and Link saw surprise in her eyes as he captured her lips again.
"You like this don't you?" he asked.
Tracy nodded. She began rubbing her hands up and down his arms and chest as she kissed his neck and chest. Soon they discarded with their underwear and Link maneuvered Tracy so that he was on top. With a French kiss he covered their bodies with the comforter.
After making love they fell asleep in each others arms. Tracy awoke as the sun streamed across her face. She rubbed her eyes then noticed Link's watching her. He smiled as he kissed her.
"How did you enjoy it?" he asked of the nibbles.
Tracy smiled. "It's become my new favorite part of dating you."
"What time is it?" she added.
"I need to get home."
"You could stay."
Tracy smiled and kissed him. "I'd like to but ma will be worried."
Tracy got up and dressed. Link did the same and drove her home. Once Tracy got in the door Edna was upon her.
"Where were you last night?"
"I spent the night at Link's."
"I thought you had more sense than that."
Jim came running to her wagging his tail, Tracy picked him up and he licked her face. Later that day she went and bought him a bed, chew toys and food. Edna told her that he slept in the living room the night before.
A few weeks later, Tracy was on the phone with Penny.
"I'm so worried about Link. He's been distant lately."
"Don't worry Trace. Maybe he's just really stressed or something."
"He'll be his normal self soon just wait," Penny added.
Tracy sighed. "You're probably right thanks Pen."
The next day Tracy was sitting outside on the stoop. She heard Link's car and grinned as he pulled up to her house. Tracy noticed that he didn't smile like he normally did. He came and sat besides her.
"Trace we need to talk."
Tracy looked at him curiously. "About what?"
Link rubbed his hand through his hair. "Lil darlin I think its time for us to see other people."
Tracy looked at him shocked. "But Linky why?"
"I just think it'll be better if we were apart."
Tracy opened her mouth to tell them that it would be better if they were together but he had already stood and walked to his car. She watched as he drove away. The tears started flowing down her cheeks as she felt her heart breaking.