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The Girl From Boston

Tyler followed his friend and teammate out of another store, his gripping his stomach dramatically. “Come on, bro! Just pick something already, I’m starving.”

Jamie sent him a glare before looking down at his phone for the next store on his list. “After I find the perfect gift for Avery! Her birthday is next week, dude, and I don’t have shit.”

“Just get her a necklace, take her to a fancy dinner, and then prepared to get laid.” Tyler grinned at him. “See? Easy. Now burgers.”

Jaime scoffed. “Yeah, not taking relationship advice from a guy who hasn’t had a girlfriend for as long as I’ve known him.”

Tyler looked at the ground, not saying anything in response. He knew Jamie wasn’t trying to push any buttons. He didn’t know that Tyler once rocked being a boyfriend, once upon a time ago. At least not fully – the fact that Tyler fucked up a relationship before he came to Dallas was pretty much common knowledge to the team, though none of them knew the extent. Jamie knew more than most – knew that Tyler had actually loved the girl and regretted whatever happened. Knew that she had disappeared from her life, and that every once in a while, Tyler called old teammates to see if they’ve seen her.

A familiar laugh made him snap his head up, his heart racing as he frantically looked for the owner of the sound. He would know that laugh anywhere, had wanted to spend the rest of his life being the cause of it. She couldn’t be here, there was no freaking way that she – there. Across the street, looking more beautiful in a black maxi dress that she did the last time he saw her, makeup smudged across her face and her running away from him forever.

He stared at her, feeling like someone punched him in the stomach. All the years he looked for her, frantically calling at the family and friends he knew, she was here. He could vaguely remember her telling him about a job offer she received after he broke her heart, though he couldn’t remember the city that wanted her, he didn’t think they got that far before she stormed out. He never in a million years thought he would see her again passing out flyers on the side of the street is Dallas.

He was thrown out of his thoughts when a blonde guy his age appeared in front of him with a smile. “Hey! You’re Tyler Seguin! And Jamie Benn!”

Tyler fought to roll his eyes, not in the mood to deal with a fan, not after he finally found what he had lost all those years ago. “Yeah, man-“

“Listen,” the blonde interrupted. “You see that girl over there?” He didn’t wait for a response as he pointed towards Haley, not that Tyler was able to form one around the lump in his throat. “She’s super talented, and she’s playing a show at Adair’s Saloon tonight. You guys should come.”

Jamie raised an eyebrow at his friend who never took his eyes off the smiling blonde girl and took the flyer the guy was holding out. “Sure man, we’ll try to come by.”

The man grinned. “Great. Hals doesn’t watch Hockey, hates it, but Noah and I are huge fans, and I know it would mean something to her to have hometown celebrities come to a show.”

Tyler watched as the man walked away from them and towards Haley. When he wrapped his arm around her waist and pulled her into his body while kissing her cheek, he felt the air leave his lungs. Jamie must of saw the pained look on his face, because he bumped his shoulder.

“Ty, what’s going on? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”

Tyler continued to watch Haley interact with the blonde, only able to whisper, “that’s her.”

“Her? Who’s-“ Jamie’s face changed into one of shock. “Oh. Oh! The girl from Boston.”

Flashback - 2011

Tyler wasn’t looking where he was going, his attention solely on his phone as he double checked his game schedule for the next couple of weeks, so when his body hit a hard surface, the unexpectedness of it threw him off his feet. He looked up at the blue sky above him in confusion, not able to comprehend what had just happened and why his forehead suddenly hurt.

“Oh my God, I am so sorry!” A feminine voice squeaked before he felt small hands grabbing his arms to pull him up. “I wasn’t looking where I was going, and didn’t even think to look before I threw the door open.”

Tyler shook his head, trying to bring himself back. He slowly blinked, rubbing his head. He was doing something… he was walking. What was he doing while he was walking? He was… his phone! He was on his phone, but where was it now?

Slowly coming to his senses, Tyler started to look for his phone, tuning out the girl who was still rambling on about something.

He startled she grabbed his arm again. “Hey, are you okay? I hit you with the door pretty hard.”

Tyler sighed, just wanting to find his phone and get going. He only had a limited amount of free days left, and he didn’t want to have to deal anyone. He looked up to politely tell her to shove off, when he got stuck in her eyes. They were unlike any that he’d ever seen before, somehow being a mix of blue, green, and grey.

She looked at him with an eyebrow raised, running a hand through her blonde hair when he didn’t say anything, just stared at her with his mouth slightly opened.

He cleared his throat. “Sorry, no, I’m fine. I’m Tyler.”

The girl smiled at him. “Haley. I don’t usually hit random strangers with doors, by the way. I was just-“

He chuckled when she shrugged instead of finishing her sentence. “Just one of those days?” He offered.

Haley nodded and let out a breath through puffed cheeks. “Yeah. I hate to hit and run, literally, but I’m late for my class. I’m so sorry for the door.”

“Yeah!” Tyler exclaimed, louder than he meant too. He silently cursed himself. Of course, he finds a girl that makes his palms sweat and he’s an idiot.

She laughed, causing a weird feeling in his stomach, and gave him a small wave before hurrying down the street, not giving him a chance to ask for her number. Sighing, he looked around for his phone, reaching down to pick it up, before looking at the sign of the business Haley was rushing out of. Not letting himself think too much, he opened the door and entered it, the smell of coffee overwhelming his senses.

“Welcome to Grind!” A perky barista called out behind the counter, her shirt matching the one Haley rushed off in.

Tyler smiled to himself. He loved Boston.

End Flashback

“Yeah,” Tyler muttered. “The girl from Boston.”
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