He’s getting frustrated. I can see the little hint of
a frown beginning to form, and he’s sighed three times in the last
five minutes. Something about the picture he’s working on isn’t
cooperating. He’ll look up at me soon, and ask me some question. I’ll
need to stop watching him before he does. Need to not let him catch me with
that look on my face, or he’ll just laugh at me and call me ‘besotted’.
Not that it isn’t completely true, but it will make
him forget the picture and we’ll end up doing something else instead.
And I don’t want that. He’s close to finishing and I want to
be here watching when he does. I don’t often get to witness that moment
of ‘done’, but I’ve learned to tell when those moments
are close and that frown of frustration is usually the first sign. If he
sticks with it… he’ll work through that stumbling point soon
and then I’ll get to see that other expression.
It doesn’t last long before it fades into the one that
doubts, but for just a minute, his eyes will be full of this glow of…
accomplishment. His old confidence will be solid and alive in his expression,
a hint of that rebelliousness somehow mixed in there. Like he’s thwarted
some evil power by completing the piece. That little, secret smile of satisfaction
will be there and…
He will be beautiful. And whole…
He sighs again, a little more heavily and I look down at the
book in my lap, feigning absorption in text I haven’t paid any attention
to in over an hour.
‘Heero,’ he asks absently. ‘why the hell
do goldfish have eyes that look like marbles? Doesn’t it seem kind
of… not very safety conscious?’
‘A design flaw?’ I quip, keeping my focus on my
book, making sure he thinks I’m not at all ready to turn in for the
night. He snorts in reply and then stretches his arms wide, making his back
‘I’m gonna get a soda, do you want anything?’
he asks before standing to go to the kitchen.
‘No thanks,’ I reply. ‘I’m good.’
I turn a page while he’s gone, not caring if it’s
forward or backward, and smile to myself in anticipation.
It won’t be long now…
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