Where it was all supposed to happen. Their lives were going to have some sort of meaning after college.
Instead, he lost his brother.
No one was really sure what had happened to cause the freak accident, but the ensuing chaos had claimed his brother's life & seriously injured a few of their classmates.
Levi heartily hugged Arthur back. "It hasn't changed a bit!" Looking down, Levi jerked his head towards the twins room. "I haven't touched it. It just didn't feel right..."
Arthur nodded wordlessly before heading down the hall to his old room.
"Arthur?" Levi called out, distracting him. "Do you want some pancakes like I made when you were little?"
Arthur smiled, picturing the funny-faced pancakes Dad used to flop onto their plates. "I'd love to Dad, but I actually have to get to work! First day of the job!"
Levi walked down the hall to his boys' room. "I'm proud of you, son. We'll celebrate this evening when you get home." Stopping to hug Arthur one more time, he said, "It's good to have you home."
Gwen smiled. "Well, I suppose it shouldn't hurt. Let me talk to your Dad about it first, though."
Levi play growled as he pulled Gwen into an embrace. "What were you saying?" he whispered in her ear.
All her thoughts flew out of her head. "Umm..."
"She was going to ask if I can go to that party this weekend AND I'm RIGHT here," Violet said from the other room.
Levi turned to look at his youngest. "Oh. There you are. I didn't see you!"
Violet rolled her eyes. "You said hi to me when you walked in, Dad."
Gwen smiled and smacked Levi on the shoulder. "You're incorrigible! Your daughter got an A+ this semester," she bragged.
Levi grumbled. "Alright, you can go!"
When the phone started ringing, she called, "It's for me!" as she rushed to answer.
Violet ran to the bathroom to put on her make-up & brush her teeth. Edwin was coming over. HERE!
"What? No!?" Violet had said, surprised.
"Paper, Rock, Scissors for it?"
"What?" she asked again.
"Come on, we'll play a game of paper-rock-scissors. If you win, I'll go home. If I win, then I get to kiss you."
Butterflies played in Violet's stomach and she tried to act a lot less interested than she truly was. Shrugging, she said, "Okay."
Edwin just smiled. "You call that a kiss?"
Violet crossed her arms, shivering in the cold air. "You didn't say what kind of kiss!"
Edwin hugged her goodbye & whispered in her ear, "Call me when you want a real kiss. Then we'll compare..."
He just hoped she didn't forget about him!
Disgruntled, he put his book to the side and huffed. "That girl gets more calls than a call center!"
Gwen patted his knee. "Calm down, Levi. She's a good girl."
Hmph, Levi thought.
"Umm... yeah, I"ll talk to you later Edwin. Yeah. I miss you, too," she whispered hurriedly before trying to scurry to her room.
Violet turned around and yelled, "That was so rude, Dad! If you were talking to a coworker, you would've been so mad at me!"
Levi sighed. "I'm sorry for that, I was just concerned..."
"Dad, I'm not Sabrina!"
"Even so... I think it's time we laid down some ground rules..."