“I can’t believe you own a ranch and that you never told me about it.”
“It wasn’t something I tried to hide from you. When you went silent on me I figured you needed time to take care of your own stuff and I wasn’t about to just wait around for you.”
She waited for him to hand her a beer before she replied.
“What happened to the guy who told me he would wait for me forever? Guess he didn’t really mean it, did he.”
“There is a distinct difference between living my life and waiting for you.”
“Oh yeah, how are you going to spin that one.”
“There is no spin here at all. After the divorce I took my time to clear my head and get rid of all of the stuff I didn’t want or need. Part of reducing the clutter included figuring out if I could get some of the things I really wanted and not focusing solely on what I need.
I wanted a place to write. I wanted somewhere with a lot of space to roam around that wasn’t in the middle of the city but not so far away I couldn’t grab a good meal that some one else cooked for me and whomever I wanted to spend time with.
Finding the right place was something that filled want and need. I have to have a place for writing and I wanted something that met other needs. This one serves both purposes.”
She took a long sip and continued to walk around the house.
“Are you done with your inspection yet?”
“Who said I am inspecting it.”
“Me. The same guy that you told to go away more than once.”
“You don’t listen very well, do you. If you did you would have answered my question. What happened to the guy who said he wouldn’t wait?”
Dark eyes looked straight into his and he laughed. She was a good 12 feet away but it still felt like she was inches away.
“What is so funny? Don’t laugh at me.”
“I am not laughing at you. I am laughing with you. Trust me, this is a good thing. The guy who said he would wait for you was told by you not to. Took a while for me to take on that part but I did because I didn’t know if you would ever get your act together and decided I needed to take care of some stuff.”
“Yeah, you probably went around banging every chick you could find. Makes me feel so very special.”
“Woman, you jump to conclusions far too quickly. I didn’t go looking for someone to keep my bed warm. I needed time to myself and I didn’t have any interest in worrying about what anyone else wanted or needed.
So I did exactly as I said, I sold or gave away almost everything but books, music and a couple of pieces of furniture. If you haven’t noticed this place is in need of a few items.”
“Yeah, I was wondering if your idea of wide open spaces applied to the indoors as well as outdoors.”
“I sort of figured that one day you’d want to be able to go shopping and decided there wasn’t a reason to waste money on things you might not like.”
“You mean you didn’t furnish this place because you were convinced I would come running back to you and that we would ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after together.”
“I am tempted to say I have pictured you riding, but it is never a horse.”
“I didn’t know for certain what would happen. I am not going to lie and say I didn’t think this was possible but if it didn’t happen I would have eventually gotten around to getting stuff.”
She shook her head and asked him again how long he had been living there.
“I have owned it for a good 16 months but until nine months or ago I hadn’t been living in it full time.”
“You have been here for nine months and you own what, a bed, some chairs, a desk and of course a big television. Where do the kids sleep? What do they do with their stuff?”
“I moved in during the school year so they haven’t really had much time to spend here. Mostly I have gone to see them, but there are six bedrooms here so if someone wanted to have lots of family here there is plenty of room for it.”
“Hadn’t gotten around to it, had you. You do a lousy job of pretending you hadn’t thought a lot of this out. You can fool your readers, but you can’t fool me.”
He shook his head again.
“I am not trying to fool anyone. If anyone fits the bill of trying to fool someone it is you and if I was you I wouldn’t buy what you are selling.”
She rolled her eyes at him and shook her head but when he pulled her close she didn’t push him away. And when he broke their embrace she was the one who made a comment about his not being allowed to leave before he kissed her.
They ate dinner on the porch and watched the sun go down. Several drinks later they were still on the porch sitting in silence and enjoying each other’s company.
“It is late. If you want to stay tonight you can have my bedroom.”
“Where are you going and why aren’t you going to be in it?”
“I didn’t want you to think I was being too forward.”
“I kissed you on the lips. Didn’t that tell you something.”
“I didn’t think that meant that anything more would happen.”
She shook her head again.
“For a smart guy you can be really dense. Sometimes you are such a man. Take me to bed.”