Starr and James walked into Capricorn and found Blair there greeting guests. "Hey mom," Starr said.
"Hey guys. What brings you two here?" Blair asked.
"We're here to celebrate. James is going to get to stay at LU, and he got a part time job," Starr said smiling.
Blair turned to James. "Good for you, James. Congratulations."
"Thanks, Ms. Cramer," James said politely.
"Alright, well go on in, you too," Blair said.
"Thanks, Mom," Starr said before she and James walked further into the club. They went over to a small table and sat down.
"Can I get you guys something?" asked a waitress, who came over to save them.
"Yeah, I'll have a coke," Starr said.
"Same here," said James.
"Coming right up."
Once the waitress was gone, James turned back to Starr and smiled. He couldn't believe how lucky he was. He'd been having feelings for Starr for awhile now, but he never actually thought he would ever get to be with her like this.
"What," Starr asked while laughing. He kept looking at her with a huge smile on his face.
"I just can't believe this is really happening. You and I are really together. I mean, I've always wanted that, but I never dreamed it would be possible," James said.
Now it was Starr's turn to smile. "Well, believe it, Mr. Ford. You and I are together now. And you something? I think we're going to work."
James leaned in and kissed Starr.
"Well well, if isn't the happy couple."
Starr and James broke apart and turned to see Cole glaring at them. "Cole, don't start, okay?" She really was not in the mood for her ex's attitude.
"You don't waste any time, do you, Starr?" Cole asked hatefully.
"You know what, just back off man," James said.
"Or what? What are you going to do about it? You think you can take me?" Cole asked.
James smiled. "In my sleep, but you know what? Unlike you, I don't have to get violent whenever I have a problem."
"You think you're better than me?"
"Yeah, I do," James said matter-of-factly. "You're nothing but a bully, Cole. Believe me, I know what a bully looks like. I grew up with one," James said. Cole reminded him of his father. Sure, he didn't hit women and children, but he bullied people in other ways. He'd seen what Starr became when she was around Cole. He'd also seen the way Cole bullied Starr when she'd come to see him in the hospital.
Cole rolled his eyes at James before turning to Starr. "So where's my daughter while you're parading around with this loser?"
"Our daughter is with the sitter. And don't you dare think that just because I took one night off to have some fun, that you can use it against me because I seem to recall you leaving her to go off and visit that lunatic in the mental hospital," Starr said.
"Don't talk about Hannah like that!" Cole yelled.
"Hey! Don't you dare yell at her," James said as he stood up.
"James, it's okay. He's not worth it," Starr said.
James glared at Cole for a minute before sitting back down.
Cole laughed at James. "Well, aren't you whipped. Or maybe you're just a wuss. So much for being able to take me in a fight."
"I have nothing to prove to you, Cole. Now get lost," he demanded.
"Or I'll have my mother throw you out," Starr threatened.
Cole laughed. "Fighting your boyfriend's battles for him?"
"What's going on here?" came Blair's voice, who had come over with Marty.
"Everything's fine. Cole here is looking for a fight, and seems to be angry that I won't give him one," James explained.
Marty grabbed her son by the arm and started pulling him away. "You come with me now.
Cole allowed his mother to lead him into a corner before pulling away. "Mom, what are you doing?"
"I'm stopping you from making an even bigger fool of yourself. What is wrong with you?" Marty asked.
"Me? I haven't done anything."
"No? What do you call trying to pick a fight with Starr's boyfriend? And I also know about your little custody thing, by the way," Marty informed him.
"If you know everything then you understand why I have to get Hope," Cole said.
"No, I don't," Marty said.
"Mom, I'm not going to let my daughter be raised by that Jackass," he said.
"The only jackass I see right now is you," Marty said. She loved her son, but was acting like a real jerk right know.
"How can you say that? Starr dumped me," Cole said. He couldn't believe that his mother was taking Starr's side over his.
"So that's what this is about. You want revenge," Marty realized. Starr had told her that that was what Cole's motives were, but she didn't want to believe it.
"No, I'm trying to protect Hope," Cole said.
"Oh, don't give me that. You know that Starr would never let anyone hurt Hope. You just want to hurt Starr," Marty said knowingly. "I thought I raised you better than that."
"Hope's my baby. She belongs with me."
"Do you really think you can win? Seriously, are you honestly deluded enough to think you will be given custody over Starr?" Marty asked. She had a hard time believing that her son was that stupid.
"Why not?" Cole asked.
"Well, lets see. Drug addict, assault, driving under the influence, attempted murder. Do I need to go on. Any judge you get is going to laugh in your face," Marty told him.
"Starr will never use that stuff against me. She loves me," Cole said confidently. He was sure that once he proved he was serious with this custody thing, Starr would come back to him. She still loved him. He just knew it.
"Cole, you're an idiot if you believe that. No mother is going to sit by and do nothing while someone tries to take her baby away," Marty warned. "You need to end this now."
"No. I'm not going to let James Ford be around my daughter. I'm going to fight," he said.
"Then be prepared to say goodbye to your daughter," Marty said before walking away. She went back over to Blair, Starr, and James. "I'm sorry, Starr. I couldn't convince him."
Starr nodded. "Thanks for trying. I guess I have to call Tea in the morning."
"I am truly sorry that this is happening," Marty said.
"It's okay, Marty. It's not your fault. And I meant what I said. You can see Hope anytime," Starr assured her.
"Thank you. I better go. I'll see you later," Marty said before walking towards the exit.
"Starr, are you alright?" Blair asked. She knew how hard this had to be for her daughter. She'd once loved Cole very much. It had to be hard to see what he was becoming.
"I'm fine, Mom," Starr said.
"Alright, I'm going to get back to work. You too have fun," Blair said before going to the bar area.
"Are you really okay?" James asked.
"Well, it saddens me that Cole is going to put Hope through this, but It'll be okay. I'm not letting Cole take Hope," Starr said firmly. "Okay, let's drop this now. I'm not going to let Cole ruin what is left of this night for us.
"Works for me," James said before standing up and holding out his hand for Starr. "Come on. Come dance with me."
Starr took his hand and let him lead her to the dance floor. She then put her arms around his neck, and they began to slow dance. Soon all her troubles seemed miles away. "You are one of a kind, James Ford."
"You too, Twinkle," James said before leaning in and kissing her passionately.