After that night, things did not change quite as much as either Lucas or Evelyn expected. They still spent as much time together as they could, and they spent their time doing the same activities. They listened to music together, watched movies, looked at the stars, played games, researched on the computer, and had deep conversations for hours on end.
Evelyn was happy – She’d feared more than anything that things between them would become too different, too weird. But that was not the case. They enjoyed each other’s company, just as they always had. It was the little things – like the moments when Lucas would gently hold her hand, or the times when he looked into her eyes in a way that would have made her heart flutter if it was still beating – that had changed. And for her, it was enough.
Lucas was happy too, of course. But things had not turned out quite the way he had expected. He still loved the time he spent with Evelyn, but he wished he could hold her. He wished he could kiss her. He wished he could show her off to his friends. He wished he could spend more time with her.
When he was younger, finding time to slip away at night and visit Evelyn had been so much easier.
But now he had hours of homework,
Stayed out late with his friends,
Worked long nights at the local burger joint,
And still needed some quality time to catch up on sleep.
Still, they made it work. And just knowing that Evelyn felt the same way about him made Lucas feel like the luckiest guy in the world. And that was enough, wasn’t it?