Blair had just gotten Jack back a few months ago and had vowed that she would never let them out of her sight again. And she'd kept true to that promise, until now, when Jack had just turned two she had to go out of town. One of her best friends, Serena, was hosting a wedding and that was fine except there was one problem- she was getting married in Venezuela. Normally she wouldn't even go, but this sounded like a perfect opportunity to unwind and get away and have some time to herself. The kids were a little older, and somewhat more independent of her. At first it sounded totally impractical, but the more she thought about it the more she wanted to go. After all how many chances did she get to get away?
And she had even more reason to get away than she cared to admit to. Todd, the father of her kids, had been coming around and she had even let him take the kids a time or two, and sometimes it felt like old times with him. The way he looked at her, the way he would mistakingly stroke her hand while reaching for the remote as the family sat and watched t.v. together. The way his hand would top hers as she reached for a handful of popcorn during the family movies they went to. There were so many things going on, but she wasn't quite ready to forgive the man who had stolen her baby. She didn't know if she could ever trust him again, even if there was part of her that wanted to.
Still, despite her recent concessions towards Todd, Blair had asked Dorian to watch the children. Not that she didn't trust Todd-okay, so maybe that was it. He still scared her. He was capable of so much good and so much bad- yet she felt herself drawn to him. But he would never know about that. If Todd ever found out that she still had feelings for him, there was no telling what he would do.
As she finished getting ready the doorbell rang. Not expecting anyone especially when it was this close to time to leave, Blair curiously walked to answer it. At the door stood none other than Todd, clad in a tuxedo and holding a suitcase.
"Todd," she sighed. "What do you want? It's getting late and I have to go. And why in the world are you dressed like that?"
"Can't I come in?"
"No you can't come in. Just tell me what you want."
"You really ought to be a little more gracious to someone who's here to save the day, " he commented as he looked at his more casually dressed ex.
"What do you mean? I don't have time for this," she sighed in frustration.
"You're in luck. You're going to 'an event'. I happen to be available. I know you would just hate showing up alone in front of your friends. So here we are."
"Don't push it buster. Just because we've been hanging out again-as a family- doesn't mean I need you or want your help in anything. It just so happens I am looking forward to going alone. Maybe I'll meet someone," Blair smirked.
"Where- at the kids' table where they will sit you? You know you can't stand being alone. What have you got to lose?"
As she looked carefully at her ex it became apparent to her that she had a lot to lose- she could lose her heart again, even though she swore that she would never go down that road again. He was handsome when he cleaned up. And he did have a jet.
"All right Todd you can go with me. But no funny business. I mean it. I want you on your best behavior." She tapped his chest with her finger for emphasis.
He grinned. "You know me well. I promise..no tricks. I just want you to have the week of your life, and I will do my best to make that happen."
She looked at him with a raised eyebrow. Suddenly it felt chilly in the room even though it was the middle of July. Todd took note of her reaction.
He wanted to say something smart, but instead just smiled at her, thinking about all the possibilities this week held.
"Why are you doing that? Stop that," Blair ordered. "Now let's go."
"Of course." He grinned as he followed her after she locked the door and they made their way to the limo which he had waiting for them. This was going to be one hell of a week.