Hey everybody! I just got the new Luke Bryan CD, and I was totally inspired! So this newest project is a collection of oneshots and drabbles based on his new CD, Tanlines and Tailgates. I'm pretty sure they will all revolve around Gage and Sydney, but you never know! I'm trying to go in the order the songs are on the CD, so the first one is for my personal favorite, Country Girl (Shake It For Me). I think this will be a refreshing challenge for me, and I hope you all will enjoy it!
Title: Country Girl (Shake It For Me)
Summary: First dates and strawberry wine.
Pairing: Gage and Sydney
Disclaimer: Not mine!
Now dance, like a dandelion
In the wind on the hill underneath the pines
Yeah, move like the river flows
Feel the kick drum down deep in your toes
All I wanna do is get to holding you
Get to knowing you, get to showing you
And get to loving you 'fore the night is through
Baby, you know what to do!
Sydney Cooke never thought her life would bring her here, to this very moment, at this very place.
Beside her, her partner of two years was laughing. They were sitting on the tailgate of his beloved truck, while music floated from the cab. They were together, a bottle of wine between the two of them.
On a date.
She shivered as she remembered the circumstances that had led them to this very point. They were alone in the bull pen in front of their computers, waiting on word of the condition of Alex and her baby. Somehow their talk had led to regrets, or what they didn't want to regret. That was a week ago.
Now they were on their first official date, feeling very much like teenagers as they sat on Gage's tailgate in front of the lake. She took another sip of her wine, stealing a glance at her handsome partner. She really was lucky. He was a wonderful man, sweet and caring. And he really seemed to love her.
At that very moment, Gage was contemplating his partner as she sat beside him. How had an old boy like him gotten so lucky as to earn the affection of the woman sitting beside him? He certainly didn't think he had done anything worthy enough to deserve her.
A song that Sydney knew started, and she had just enough alcohol in her. With a grin, she set her glass aside and stood up on the tailgate.
Gage stared at her. "Syd, what are you doing?"
She swayed her hips. "What does it look like, Gage? I'm dancing!"
He laughed, full and loud.
Glaring at him, she continued to dance. "Just because you have no rhythm doesn't mean you can laugh at me, Francis."
"Oh, you're gonna get it now, Shorty." With a well practiced agility, he pulled her hand. She landed in his lap with a squeal, and he held her tight. Then he ruffled her hair with a large hand.
"Francis Gage, do you know how long it took me to do that?" she demanded, exasperated but still laughing.
"It didn't take long for me to undo it." Then he took her by surprise and kissed her deeply. It was sweet and he could taste the strawberry wine she'd already consumed.
They finally broke apart, and she stared at him with a dazed expression. He laughed and stood up, then set her on her feet.
She wavered for a moment, her expression annoyed. But her eyes were laughing, and he took that as a good sign. "Now what?"
He took her back into his strong arms. "We dance, Shorty."
A/N: These will be in no particular order or storyline, so anything goes (including an AU with Gage and Sydney as teens, since they're so close in age). Thanks for reading, and please review!