“Look! He’s here!”
Deston looked as his sister bid him. Roland was his friend and he would be pleased to see him. He was a little less pleased with how pleased Temperance was to see him. Not that it was his business how she felt. He simply hoped that Temperance would not sadden herself with Roland’s continued lack of interest.
This had been going on for a year. At the least.
“Hey Roland, what’s up?” Temperance asked him.
Roland sat on the other side of the table, the waitress getting his regular without giving him the chance to ask. “Shields is banned from roof work.”
Temperance snickered. Deston waited for an explanation that never came.
“My parents’ house is done, despite his best efforts.”
“That’s great!” Temperance exclaimed. “We should celebrate! Deston, we have to buy a good house warming gift!”
Deston nodded. He didn’t know what would make a good house warming gift, but that didn’t mean he wouldn’t try. Roland’s mother liked flowers, so perhaps a vase? She would appreciate that.
Temperance leaned forward over the table, pressing her arm into Deston’s arm. “Did they say when their doors will be opened? Need any more help moving things?”
Roland smiled. “I know mom would say that she had everything in hand, but she would definitely appreciate it if anyone showed up to help move things in. Shields is not banned from helping with that though, so it’s not going to take very long.”
“Are we sure he’s not a workaholic?”
“You want to say that in front of your brother?”
The other two laughed. Deston wasn’t sure that was a word that described him, but perhaps relaxing was difficult sometimes. Without realizing it, he’d smiled.
Time to buy a vase.