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Send Me an Owl! - 16:41, July 31, 2019 (UTC)
When Melinda returned, she'd find the living room empty. Eric should have been home by now....



NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 16:50, July 31, 2019 (UTC)

It was another ten minutes later when Eric came in, with a duffel bag of his own in hand. He walked in and clearly looked surprised to see Melinda.




NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 16:55, July 31, 2019 (UTC)

He put his arms around her as well, but the emotion wasn't returned on the same level.




NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 17:00, July 31, 2019 (UTC)~

"When you didn't come back the first night, I stayed, thinking you'd be back in the morning. When you didn't, I figured you didn't want to come back to me. So a buddy from work said I could stay with him. So I've been there on his couch. I needed some new clothes."




NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 17:05, July 31, 2019 (UTC)

He shrugged. "Maybe some combination of the two. It's been days, Melinda. And I didn't hear anything from you. I went to your sister's and Charity said she hadn't seen or heard from you."

OOC: If you feel that's not accurate, let me know.




NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 17:16, July 31, 2019 (UTC)

"No, you'll just walk out without a word to me, or even your family and stay away for days before returning without notice and expect everything to be fine."




NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 17:21, July 31, 2019 (UTC)

"If you'd been gone another day, I would've reported you missing, Melinda," he said wearily, rubbing his face.




NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 17:24, July 31, 2019 (UTC)

He gave her a meaningful look, but didn't say anything further.




NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 17:35, July 31, 2019 (UTC)

He let out a long breath. "I know that comparing you to my parents wasn't kind," he said. "And it was wrong. But it felt like you were trying to get me to agree to find my brother when I'd made it clear that I thought that was risky, by your repetition of the 'I didn't want you to forget' mantra." He frowned. "I understand needing perhaps a night away. But after several... what was I supposed to think?"




NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 17:47, July 31, 2019 (UTC)

"You talk all the time about being a team and working through things together. And like I said, I could've understood one day. But it's been what? Three? Almost four? Is that how it's going to be when we're engaged or married? What would kids think if their parents argue and their mother up and leaves for three days as a result?"




NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 17:54, July 31, 2019 (UTC)

He frowned. "There is no... else?" He said confused. "You left and didn't tell me where you were going and were gone far longer than I expected with no word." He frowned. "And I guess I want to know if that's what I can expect every time we argue, or if this was a one-time thing."




NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 18:02, July 31, 2019 (UTC)

Now he was completely bewildered. "Melinda... what is going on?"




NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 18:24, July 31, 2019 (UTC)

He let out a long breath and sat down on the couch. "Melinda." He took another long pause, trying to sort out his thoughts. "I... hope that I didn't come off like I wasn't trying to take responsibility. I know that I escalated things unnecessarily by comparing you to my parents." He frowned. "All... all I wanted was to know that this isn't... something I can expect in the future. I'm not... looking for ways to... dump you. I love you, too. I want to spend the rest of my life with you."




NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 18:44, July 31, 2019 (UTC)

He squeezed her hand. It wasn't quite what he wanted, but he could deal with that compromise. "Okay, thank you."




NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 18:47, July 31, 2019 (UTC)

"I love you," he said with a little smile.



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