A/N: 'Ello all you wonderful people! This is my 2nd WILAU story and again it's not a Holly/Vince one, nope! It takes place a few weeks before Holly gets back from Paris with Ben, and don't worry, the 2 weeks will go by quickly, I'm not going to drag it out or anything. So there's that. Next - I know Vic doesn't come in until after the Atlantic City/Florida episode, but in my story, he's already in it, and with Val, why? Because I wanted him to be in it. Thank goodness for being AU, right? Well, enjoy this story and as always R&R peeps! Smooches!
P.S. I own NOTHING from What... I Like About You... just my OC's. Thanks!
P.P.S. Happy Easter Peeps!
It's been two an a half months since Holly left to Paris for her internship, and Vince has been doing nothing but moping around. Even though Vince misses her terribly, he's been thinking if he should just move on, because knowing that Henry is still in love with Holly, not to mention - Henry was her first love - there's no guarantee that he'd be with her when she got back. He's still going to keep that tiny shred of hope though, but it's not much.
Even Gary and Tina thinks he should just move on. Put himself out there and find someone else, because they've been noticing that Vince doesn't want to have any fun or do anything until Holly comes home, in two weeks.
Vince walked in the diner and sat down at the table with Gary and Tina. "Finally." Gary scoffed. "You rolled yourself out of bed."
"Yeah, I'm here... what?"
"We've been thinking." Tina started. "We know Holly gets back in a few weeks, but we think it's best that you just move on."
"Gary..." Vince groaned.
"Look, there's thousands of people out there in the state of New York, just pick one."
"Yeah." Tina smacked Vince on his arm. "What do you got to lose?"
Vince took a deep breath as he stood up and took Tina's burger off her plate. "I'm going home." then he walked out of the diner.
"Poor guy." Gary shook his head.
"Poor guy?" Tina looked at him incredulously. "The poor guy snatched my burger." she pointed her finger at his face. "So, you owe me another one."
Vince didn't go back home, instead he walked over to Central Park to think for a while. He walked over to the bridge, looking out at the little river, thinking about Holly, and this whole situation. A few minutes later, he heard someone crying. He was going to ignore it at first, but he realized it was a child, so he started looking around.
Within moments, he found a little girl sitting on a bench, hugging her knees to her chest. "Hey, are you okay?"
The little girl lifted up her head and looked at him. "W-what?"
"Are you okay?" he sat down next to her. "Are you lost?" she didn't say anything, she just looked at him with a blank stare. "Okay, so that we're not strangers, my name is Vince."
"Alana." she smiled.
"That's a pretty name... so are you lost?" she nodded. "How old are you?"
"I'll be five in 2 weeks and I can't find my nanny."
"Do you know where you live? I can take you home."
"We just moved in, but I remember."
"Cool." he stood up and held out his hand. "Shall we?" she stared at him for a few seconds, then nodded, grabbing his hand, and they started walking. "So, where do you live?"
Alana started tapping her finger to her chin. "It's called... Waterside Plaza - on the twentieth floor - number twenty-twenty-two."
"Okay." he nodded. "I know where to go... don't worry, it's near where I live." he smiled at her. "Alana, everything will be okay."
"You promise?" she held out her pinky finger.
"I promise." he nodded, locking his pinky with hers.
It took Vince thirty minutes to get to where Alana lived, only because they made a quick stop first. "Here it is." Alana let go of Vince's hand and knocked on the door, then a few seconds later, the door opened, and Vince came face to face with a woman with brown hair and hazel eyes, and to him, she looked beautiful. "Hi, Mommy." Alana waved, her eyes widened as Alana looked up at Vince. "This is my mommy, Melissa."
"Alana, what are you doing with this strange man?" she asked, trying not to lose her cool. "Where's your nanny?"
"Sandra left me, Mommy."
"Yeah." Vince finally spoke up. "I found Alana crying on one of the benches, all by herself, at Central Park, so I offered to bring her home safely."
"And he bought me ice cream, Mommy."
Melissa nodded, opening the door a little more. "Come in, Lana... we'll have a chat with your nanny later."
"Okay." Alana looked up at Vince. "Thank you." she smiled. "You saved my life." she tugged on the bottom of his shirt, to pull him to her level. "You totally got brownie points with my mommy." she giggled, let go of him, then skipped into the apartment.
"Um." Melissa started, rubbing her forehead. "Thanks for bringing my daughter home. I had no idea that her nanny would be so careless, but the important thing is: Alana is home safely, so for that, I thank you."
"It's no problem." Vince waved his arm. "I'm just glad I could help."
"So, later on, can I buy you a coffee or dinner? It's the least I could do."
"Nah, it's okay."
"You don't have to do that, it's fine."
"Okay." Melissa nodded. "But if you change your mind, you know where I live."
"I'll keep that in mind." he smiled. "See you around."
"I hope so... thanks again, Vince."
"Yep." he nodded, then he walked over to the elevator.
Melissa shut the door with a tiny smile on her face. "Alana." she went into the kitchen and seen her looking into the fridge.
"Are you okay? You didn't get hurt or anything, did you?"
"No, I was just scared because I was by myself, and I couldn't find Sandra anywhere." Alana shut the fridge door. "But when Vince was there, I was safe."
"Oh, he sounds like he's a good guy."
"He was Mommy."
"Good... that's good." Melissa nodded. "Finish your ice cream, then got wash up."
Vince walked into his apartment, an hour later. "Where have you been, Man?" Gary asked. "You said you were coming back here."
"I was out."
"Wow." Tina raised her eyebrow. "What are you smiling about?"
Vince sat down in the chair. "I met someone and she seems like a cool chick, but before that, I found a little girl, crying on a bench, all by herself."
"What happened? Was she okay?"
"She was fine, Tina, she just got lost from her nanny, so I took her home." Vince paused. "Her mother offered me coffee or dinner for bringing her back."
"Did you say yes?"
"Why the hell not!" Tina kind of yelled. "She basically asked you out on a date."
"You think?" both Tina and Gary looked at him incredulously, then the light bulb clicked on in his head. "So, she did... should I go?"
"Okay, okay." he held up his hands in defeat. "I don't need yelling from either of you."
"Well." Tina started. "This is your chance to finally let go of Holly. You said yourself that she seems like a cool chick, so go on that date, and go from there."
Vince stood up and nodded. "We'll see." then he went into his room.
A/N: There you have chapter one. Hope you've enjoyed so far. Thanks!