F I N A L T O U R
chapter 15: invitation
He looks around, his gut twisting with emotions he doesn’t quite know where to place. And he had done it. The boxes with all the insurance papers are all cleaned up and tucked away into the closed closet. The dresser in the back of the room, tidied up and pushed closer to the window. The bookshelf has been sorted, some of the books removed, and a floor lamp has been added to the corner next to the door. Levi notes that the wood floor can use a new polish, some minor repair, but it’s a floor. A floor with no boxes.
“You did it.” Levi steps into the room, and his smile grows so big that it hurts his cheeks.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen you smile that big.” Erwin chuckles.
“You did a good job, Erwin.” He walks over to the bookshelf, runs his finger across the wood and rubs his thumb against it. “You even dusted.”
Puffing out his chest, Erwin returns the smile. “I’m capable sometimes.”
Levi looks back at Erwin, his teeth showing with a smile that meets his eyes. Erwin’s eyebrows upturn and he seems to deflate as his mouth drops open with a soft sigh. “Levi, I want to ask you something.”
“Sure.” Levi searches the corners of the room–he even removed the spider webs. He laughs to himself in a weird sort of delight.
“Move in with me, please.”