Romaine realises how important El’s companionship has become to him.
El made pasta, store brought ingredients though she added a handful of fresh herbs to the mix. Romaine laid the table, poured the drinks, lit a tealight on the ceramic coaster for some added atmosphere.
It still felt odd in some ways, after being alone for so long, to have this level of companionship. It also felt, paradoxically, utterly normal. It had become usual and he didn’t want to think too hard about it ceasing to be so. It wasn’t like he was a stranger to finding himself cut out of people’s lives or needing to cut them out.
“Isn’t it good?” El asked, frowning. He looked up from his meal.
“It’s wonderful,” he said sincerely, gaining a smile from her. “I was just thinking. About how nice it is to share meals like this.”
“I enjoy it too,” she said.
He changed the subject and soon they were laughing and talking about anything and everything. What he and El had was special and he’d cherish it.