Saturday, May 8, 2010

what comes next

It was kind of like camping out in someone else's house. They got fast food and ate out on the deck. There was still the sweet coolness of spring in the air. And it was beautiful out back. Heath looked at the back yard wishing he had a golden retriever or an Irish setter. He always wanted a dog. Even a mutt would do. Yeah, they could adopt one from the animal shelter. They could save a dog. Wouldn't that be great, thought Heath.

For the first time he was thinking about having a life other than at the school. This felt like real freedom and yet, he wasn't sure he was taking complete advantage of it.

"I wish this wouldn't cost us a fortune." He fed Nick a fry.

"Well, we'll keep it in mind. We have the night, you know." At least it wouldn't cost anything for tonight. They didn't have to pay for another night at the motel.

"Yeah, and at least we know what we want. Maybe we can find a place similar, but less money, you know. A little older, but not historically old." Heath reminded him. "And then we can get a dog!" Heath was excited.

"What about kids?" Nick asked.

"What are you talking about?" Heath looked at his burger and suddenly wasn't hungry.

"You know, we should find a place big enough for a family. Our family."

"Yeah, but its not like its gonna happen, anytime soon, right?" Heath glared at him.

"No, of course not." Nick sighed.

"Good." Heath took Nick's hand. "Because, I want you all to myself for a good long time before you start thinking like that."

"What? Are you saying you don't want kids?" Nick winced.

"Of course, some day. Just not right now." Heath told him, wondering if he were awful to admit it.

"But you want a dog?"

"Kind of." Heath almost smiled. He didn't want them to get in an argument over this. He wanted them to love this place. Even if they only might have once chance to make love in it.


natalie said...

Awww, they should totally get a dog! Then if everything works out they can start thinking about kids.

ivy's closet said...

I think a dog..most definitely.

Lauren said...

Love dogs! Get one before you get kids. :)