For #writingwednesday another fic snippet for this month’s theme, focussing on WiP:WRE and the relationship between friends and colleagues, El and Romaine.
El savoured the mouthful of pancake, swallowed. “I wanted to ask you something.”
Romaine nodded. “Go on, then.”
“Why do we live in separate flats when we spend so much time in each other’s places?”
Romaine chewed slowly, surprised by the question.
“It would save on the rent,” El said. “If we moved in together.”
He swallowed. “There’s only one bedroom.”
“I didn’t mean here,” El said, gesturing. “There’s not room for both of our stuff in one of these flats, not with my clothes and coffee table and your desk.”
“And only one bed,” Romaine repeated.
“That too,” El said as if it was the least of her concerns. “We’d have to look for somewhere else, a two bedroom place. Maybe three, so we could have a home office, somewhere to put the desk and our books and things.”
Romaine cut another pancake up into bitesize pieces. “Are you asking me to move in with you?”
El nodded. “I guess I’d like it if we moved in together. I mean we spend most of our time together anyway.”
“Isn’t that a concern? Don’t you ever come home from work and need alone time?”
She shrugged. “We spend more time together after work than alone. And it feels like alone time. Or something. I don’t feel you’re someone I have to stress about being with.”
While the words were coming out odd, he understood what she meant and he was touched. If he stopped to think about it, he felt the same way. Being with El wasn’t like being with other colleagues or going to a party. It was soothing and he missed her when she wasn’t there.
“And sometimes you go out or I’m out,” El said, “and we’ll have our own bedrooms to go sit in if we need quiet time. What do you think?”
Romaine let out a long exhale. At least she’d acknowledged the need for multiple bedrooms. “I think I need to think about it more.”
“Okay.” El got up to pour more coffee. “At least it’s not an outright no.”