“5ery ell then,” he agreed. “Your order should be ready in about tenty minutes,” she told us as she collected the menus. “!ave you been back since I brought you here last#” 4uke asked as he leaned back in his chair and atched me. “6o,” I honestly told him as I gave the restaurant a $uick glance. It as the middle of the eek so it asn%t asbusy as I%m sure it could have been. In fact the place as half empty. I reached for my glass of ater and took asip. I sat there looking at him as he picked at his sleeve, looked around at odd movements that caught hisattention, and at me. !e seemed comfortable ith the silence beteen us, but I asn%t sure. It seemed odd notto be saying anything as e aited. “7mma as pleased, but upset at the same time,” 4uke started. “'ver hat#” I asked him. “That e ere getting married,” he informed me. I did this head shake and shoulder shrug movement combothat completely conveyed my confusion over hat he said.“8leased that I as “getting on ith my life” as she put it,” he started. “I%m not sure hat she thinks I%ve beendoing until no,” he said ith a smile. “9ut she as upset ith me for not introducing the to of you before."he ill be home for the 1hristmas, 6e Year%s holiday. "o I have a favor to ask you,” he told me. (i)
Just when Iwas feeling comfortable.
(*i) I as leaning back into the chair until then. 6o I leaned forard as I placed myarms on the table. “hich ould be#” I helped him along. “ould you be able, and or illing, to live ith me during 7mma%s stay#” he asked. “"orry for the ait,” the aitress said as she alked up to our table and started to unload the food that she hadon the tray. I looked in her direction and sa a male aiter alk up behind her and then around us to the otherside of table to set up the ine, that she had suggested, complete ith an ice bucket and stand. !e poured us both a glassful before putting it in the bucket and alking aay. I had speared them each adecent amount of my attention, but as soon as they left my %personal% space, 4uke as once again here myeyes settled.“:id you tell her that e ere living together#” I asked him since I didn%t see a reason to move in. “6o,” he ansered before he picked up something from his plate and put it in his mouth. “Then hy do you ant me to move in for a eek or hat have you#” I asked him as I reached for my glass of ine. “9ecause she heard you in the shoer and +umped to the conclusion that e ere living together and I as toohappy ith the idea to correct her before she hung up,” 4uke admitted. “"o that as a fishing $uestion,” I informed both of us. “"orry 4uke,” I told him as I reached for my fork. “Youill have to tell your princess %no%,” I told him before aiming my fork at the cheese covered shrimp. “9esides,” Istarted again. “I have to ork,” I informed him. “!o ould you e;plain to her hy I as orking at night and