“Hey, Vi! I’m in town. Care to drop by?”
It had been awhile since I’d gotten to see Lucifer. He’d been on tour with his band Dante’s Inferno for about 18 months so I figured I’d stop over and visit him while he was in town.
“Oh my god, you look great!” I ran over and hugged him. “Why are you here?”
“Well, I bought a house! Come in for the tour!”
“Wow! Luce, it’s lovely!” It was. Spacious, great light. The kind of house mine dreams to be.
“Move in with me, Violet.”
I turned and looked at Lucifer. “I’m sorry, what now?”
“You don’t have to move in as my girlfriend or whatever. There’s a second bedroom. Move in with me.”
“Why? Why would you ask that!?”
“I just…I hate the thought of you living in that –”
“In that what, Lucifer? That shack!? That’s my home and I’ve worked very hard to turn it into what it is today.”
“I just worry about you, Violet. We might not be together anymore but that doesn’t mean I love you any less.”
“UGH. Look, come back to my place. See that it’s a real house and I’ll make you dinner.”
“Alright. Let me change. This town is hotter than Hades, I swear.
“I have to admit, Vi, you’ve cleaned the place up nicely since I was here last!”
“I told you it was a home now! Jeez. Sometimes you gotta listen to me!” I was pulling out all the stops. Even making us Italian Meatballs for dinner. I can be Suzy Homemaker when required!
After dinner we caught up on each other’s lives. We talked about his band. Dante’s Inferno is becoming more mainstream and they’ve booked another 20 cities for the tour. I told him about my flower business and we talked about my sister and his brother and when we were ever going to become Aunt and Uncle.
And then we made a bad decision.
“Here,” Lucifer handed me a small package. “It’s the key to the house.”
“Luce, I can’t take this just because we slept together.”
“The house was always for you anyway. I have no intention of staying in it. I just wanted you to get out of here. It’s yours to do with as you please.”
“I’ll see you around, Violet. Stay safe.”
And he turned and walked out of the door.