“The food will be here in forty-five minutes. Is there anything I can do?” asked Joey.
Lin shook her head. She still didn’t trust herself to speak.
He took the silverware from her hands and put it in place on the kitchen table. “I can see that you’ve been through a lot,” he said, softly. “Let me help.”
He didn’t realize he was making things worse, by being nice. She was barely holding herself together and all his kindness was pushing her over the top. She smiled at him and touched his arm. Midnight was circling her ankles and she picked him up.
“The animals are all healthy and fine,” he said, happily.
“I don’t know why she got so many,” said the Fairy. “That’s a lot to take care of, when you’re falling apart.”
Lin filled two glasses with ice and poured water into them. She drank one, filled it agin and put them on the table.
“Wheres mine?” asked Drew. “Or do you two want to be alone?”
“We do,” said Joey. “Thank you for understanding.”
“That was pretty smooth,” sighed the Fairy. “Save me a slice?”
“We will,” he said.
He put his hands on Lin’s shoulders and led her to the chair. Then nudged her to sit down. She felt that if she tried to say something, anything, she’d explode, so she just sat there.
“Look, it seems as if you’ve had a lot to deal with, all at once.. There’s nothing wrong with you, you’re just in the place people go to before they come down. It’s going to be okay. I promise.”
She looked at him. “How do you know?” she whispered.
“I just know. Trust me, I’m a veterinarian,” he said, smiling.
For some reason, she started laughing. “I’m so sorry about all of this. I’m actually a stable adult. I know you won’t believe that, but it’s true.”
“I do believe that. You’ve been dealing with fairies and that’s a…”
“Wait, you knew about the fairies?”
“I’ve heard stories, but I thought that’s all they were. I never met one. At least not until today.”
Both cats jumped onto the small table and curled up. Lin started to pet them and her breathing slowed to normal. She bent over, kissed Snowflake and listened to her purr.
“I feel better,” she said.
“I’m glad. It’s usually not a good thing to lay on the kitchen floor for any length of time.”
“It’s actually kind of nice down there,” she said, grinning. “Gives you a whole new perspective, when you look up.”
“I never thought about it that way,” he said. So, what about us being made for each other?”
“That’s what Drew said. She did know your name and she did stop my car from getting run over by a garbage truck.”
“She did. And you’re as cute as she said you would be,” said Lin. “She was right about that too.”
“I’m not sure what I’m supposed to say to that.”
“You don’t have to say anything, it’s just a fact. And I would never work with you because I couldn’t stand seeing an animal hurt, even if you could fix him. I’m not able to do that. You could bring in a person, who was a mess, but not an animal, and since you don’t work on people, I won’t work for you.”
“I’m glad we cleared that up,” he chuckled.
“Why did you become a vet?”
“I wanted to help animals and stop their suffering.”
“Thank you,” she said.
“For being that kind of a person.”
“You’re welcome. What kind of a person are you?”
“I’m not sure. There’s so many interesting things in the world, it’s impossible to settle for just one. Do you know what I mean? Once you learn something then you know it, so you have to move on to something new, or else you fall asleep and never wake up.”
“I get that.”
“I think the pizza person is here, I’ll be right back.”
She dropped the pizza box and bag of fries on the table. As soon as the cats were done walking on everything, they jumped down, and she opened the food.
This looks delicious and thank you for not trying to pay for dinner. I feel bad enough already.”
“You’re welcome but you have nothing to feel bad about.”
“That’s nice of you to say, but you did find me on the floor.”
“Can I have my pizza now?” asked the Fairy.
Lin put a huge slice on a plate and gave it to her. It was gone in two minutes.
“Thanks,” said the Fairy. “I’m going home now. Steve is outside waiting for me. I think you two are smart enough to know you’re a perfect fit. And Lin, best cake EVER.”
“Stop by now and then,” said Lin.
“I will. Double Dog cross my heart, pinky swear.”
Lin held out her little finger and they pinky swore. Then Drew was gone.
“That was a nice thing to do,” said Joey.
“The way you said goodbye.”
“Oh, that. Well, she’s kind of fun, so…”
“I heard her say, Oval Mice Goggles. What does that mean?”
“It means, OMG.”
“So,” he said. “How do you like life around here so far?”
“I don’t. I’m not staying. I mean I know this is a city, but it’s too small for me.”
“Yes. I’m not even unpacking. I’m renting this place and I’m moving as soon as possible, maybe in another week, if I can get on the mover’s schedule. He’s going to let me know.”
“How long have you been here?”
“Don’t you think you should give it more time?”
“No. I’ve already been here two weeks too long.”
“So, we aren’t meant for each other?”
“Not unless you’re willing to move.”
“My practice is here.”
“I just met you.”
“I don’t even know your last name.”
“What’s your middle name?”
“I don’t have one.”
“Don’t you want to know my name?”
“You’ll tell me when you’re ready,” she said.
“Don’t you think this is happening too fast?” he asked.
“Life is fast. You either run with it, or you fall behind and miss everything.”
“Stand up,” she said, knocking her chair over as she rose and walked over to him. She put her arms around his neck and kissed him.
He wrapped his arms round her, and kissed her back.
The cats each grabbed a slice of pizza and took them into the living room. The dog grabbed the fries.
The Fairy and Steve watched from outside the kitchen window. “He’s a goner,” said Drew. “He’ll move anywhere she wants to go.”
“You think so?” asked Steve.
“They’re still kissing, and his shirt just hit the floor,” laughed the fairy. “It’s time to go.”
And they all lived happily ever after, in a really big city, where Drew and Steve spent their summer vacation, along with Brad.