She'd shrug taking a deep breath. "When I was considering where to live...I realized this place might be empty. I talked to Mal and she said her family wasn't living her anymore so I talked to Ash and he gave me a good deal." She'd look around. "This place is...home. I grew up here and...when my parents died I felt like I was forcibly removed from here. It was traumatic. I don't blame Ash and Charity but...if I had been old enough I would have rather lived here alone than moved. Then after that it was being used. I...helped arrange that in part but it still hurt just a little you know? Like...watching a friend get what you'd asked for for a Birthday or Christmas and knowing they'd enjoy it but being a little jealous too." She'd shrug and shake her head. "Maybe it doesn't make sense but I guess I also feel like this is what's left of my parents and our family and...it's sort of like an heirloom that should be mine. We got money from our parents when they died and I think everyone else got...something from jewelry to books or other things but..." She'd shrug and look around not sure what else to say or how to explain. The doorbell would ring and she'd get up from the couch to get their pizza and pay for it. She'd set it on the battered coffee table and head into the kitchen to get plates. "What do you want to drink? I've got water, a few soft drinks, beer or wine..."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 22:39, February 12, 2018 (UTC)~
He'd listened to her story and wanted to ask questions, but the pizza arrival delayed that. "Beer is good," he said.
She'd nod bringing back two plastic plates and two cold bottles of beer with their tops off and offer him one putting slices of pizza on the plates and offering him one.
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 22:43, February 12, 2018 (UTC)~
"So do you see yourself living here... forever?" he asked, trying to keep his tone casual. "Or just until you... resolve whatever childhood issues you had?" he grinned at her, hoping she'd realize he was teasing.
She'd wrinkle her nose at his suggestion realizing he was kidding...but also serious and as much as she didn't like it probably also right. "For now at least. I realize when I get married my husband will have an opinion about where we live and it may not be here...but for now it'll be good and when I get to that point we'll see what happens and if I even want to stay here or not anymore."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 22:48, February 12, 2018 (UTC)~
He nodded. "So... uhm... you say husband like he's some faceless figure."
She'd give him a wry look and pointed examine her hand. "Well...considering I don't have a ring from any suitors..." She'd trail off and smile at him. "I...told you from the start I was looking for a long term relationship and marriage and we're still together so far. I'd...like to think you might be my husband some day but we're not at that point yet. So...not faceless but not set in stone either."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 22:54, February 12, 2018 (UTC)~
"And I told you that I was also looking for those same things." He paused. "And I can see those things too... but like you said, I also don't think we're there yet."
She'd nod. "Fair enough...I was just thinking work comes first for both of us right now since you're just starting." She'd pause. "I honestly don't have a good idea when the right time will be but I'm sure we'll figure it out as we go." She'd smile and finish her pizza.
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 19:10, February 14, 2018 (UTC)
He nodded, but didn't seem as content with the outcome of the conversation as she did. The job to him... was mostly just a job. If she'd let him, he would put her first, but that was challenging when she was gone for much of the time. "So... how far in advance do you find out about trips?" He asked.
She'd shrug. "Usually I have at least a week to plan and such...but sometimes trips like this one move up and I don't have more than a day's notice. I didn't expect to leave on this one until next week but the paperwork from the Japanese Ministry came through early...so I leave tomorrow."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 20:30, February 14, 2018 (UTC)
He nodded slowly. "Okay... I guess... I feel like I don't seem to hear about your trips until a day or two before you leave."
She'd frown slightly. "Sorry. I haven't really had a good reason to let anyone know I'll be gone more than a day or two out. I usually get informed or start making travel plans just about a week before I leave. Of course there's exceptions when I get a tip or something is sighted somewhere...but those are more the exception than the rule." She'd look apologetic. "I'll try to do better giving you a heads up. I just...hadn't thought about it."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 15:44, February 15, 2018 (UTC)
He nodded. "It's fine. I'm sure there's an adjustment period... I'm sure you'll let me know in the future," he said with a smile.
She'd shrug. "That and being the youngest of five and having all the older ones telling me what to do and not to do my whole life. Makes me...less inclined to share since of course they'll have a comment or helpful suggestions or advice about how something else might be better."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 03:13, February 18, 2018 (UTC)~
She'd bite her lip and nod reluctantly. She wanted him to stay but tonight had overall been sort of...awkward on both their parts and she didn't want this to be forced or awkward. "Yeah...I've got to head out early tomorrow."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 03:59, February 20, 2018 (UTC)
He nodded, feeling like he should stand... but not really wanting to. "Early Portkey?"
She'd nod. "Yeah...with time zone differences I have to go really early or really late for it to make any sense. Japan is like nine hours ahead so to have any time to actually do anything on the day I arrive I have to go early."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 17:01, February 20, 2018 (UTC)
He nodded and reluctantly stood up. "Well I hope the travel goes well."
Of course the couch hadn't been big enough and they'd found themselves on the floor. She'd be snuggled against him on the floor under a warm blanket she kept on the couch still feeling blissed out. She'd glance around the room and note the coffee table had been overturned when they'd landed on the floor along with everything that had been sitting on it. Clothes were strewn everywhere. She'd let out a slight chuckle and snuggle back in thoroughly amused and completely happy.
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 17:42, February 26, 2018 (UTC)~
He had an arm around her, a wide, contented grin on his face. He gently pressed a kiss to her forehead. "Well... we certainly had fun, didn't we?" he said, looking around at the mess.
She'd hesitate for a moment trying to figure that one out. She'd been staying in her old room in her old bed...where there really wasn't room for both of them at least not to share a bed. All the furniture from her parent's room had been gone and she'd replaced the bed there with some secondhand things though she hadn't had time (or heart) to do anything else in the room yet. The queen there would be big enough. Before she could overthink it she'd nod and slowly stand leading him in that direction.
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 19:38, February 27, 2018 (UTC)
He stood and followed her to the bedroom.
OOC: End here? Idk if there's more awkwardness to put Melinda through? :P