The band started a new song, I Cross My Heart by George Strait. "May I have this dance?" The deep timbre of Jackson's voice made Ann's heart trip. Looking up into smoky gray eyes, she couldn't form a word. She indicated her acceptance by pushing her chair back. Jackson held her elbow and guided her to a back corner of the dance floor. Placing her hand in his, she followed his lead in a slow dance.
"You look beautiful," he said, close to her ear.
"Thank you," she replied softly.
More people stepped to the floor, which forced Jackson to move closer.
The singer sang, "I cross my heart and promise to...give all I've got to give to make all your dreams come true. In all the world you'll never find a love as true as mine." Ann wanted to lay her head against Jackson's chest, but doing so would only make her look foolish. She was at least ten years older than him.
After a minute, he said, "Annie, do you remember the first time we danced?"
She nodded. He was the only person who called her Annie and it made her heart flutter. He made her feel twenty-one instead of forty-one.