“Anytime, Leah, we’re family now, right?” I assure her. You can lean on me
“Yeah…right…family,” she almost whispers it to herself.
I sit, leaning against the wall with my knees propped up, watching her hang up
the clothes I bought Dani today. She sorts them between short sleeve, long sleeve, and
sweaters, and then color-codes them. She neatly places the shoes on the floor of the
closet and then puts the pajamas into the dresser drawer. So precise and organized it
makes me want to throw her down and kiss her senseless. Let her know it’s okay to be a
mess sometimes and see what could happen when she unwinds a little.
“Adam, this was so nice. I really could have handled her clothes, but thank you.”
She turns her head to look over her shoulder and smiles at me. My heart rate increases
simply from the happiness I brought her.
“I told you, she’s my niece, too. I could barely find something warm enough for
her to wear today in that suitcase.”
“I know, but you went to really nice stores. It must have cost you a small fortune.”
“Well, I know women like the expensive stuff.” She turns around and scrunches
her forehead, but quickly smirks.
“True, but sometimes you would be amazed what you find in a sale’s bin.” Please,
tell me I’m not what she considers some dollar store deal. She walks over to me and sits
cross-legged across from me, taking in the transformed room. “It looks like a little girl
room, right?” she asks.
“Definitely, just put a no boys sign outside, and it’s complete,” I joke, and she
“Good, it’s just when I came in here earlier, and she was putting those pictures
up, I figured she needed a space that was hers. I’m beginning to think she’s never had
her own space.” The love she feels for Dani lights up her eyes, making my heart open
even more for her.