Levi slept in late today. He couldn’t bring himself to get up. When he finally did wake up, he took a steaming hot shower. He wished it could burn off the sadness he’d been feeling lately. After the shower and while getting dressed, he was putting on his belt when he heard a knock on the cottage door.
He walked through the cottage towards the door, thinking it would be Miss Stella. She’d been worried about him lately. He knew she meant well but he decided already that it was time to move on. It was time to accept that Kim would never be his. He couldn’t change that.
But when he opened the door there she was. Smiling at him brightly and as beautiful as ever.
“Hi Levi,” she said warmly.
“You’re here to sell the farm now.”
“Do you have owners yet?” he asked hesitantly.
“I have owners in mind.”
“Oh,” he said disappointed. “So when are they moving in.”
She smiled even brighter, her eyes following suit.
“They’ve already moved in.”
“What?” he said confused and looked out behind her. “Where are they?”
“Come with me.”
She made a gesture with her hand for him to follow.
Outside he saw Miss Stella at the main house’s backdoor, crying.
“Why is she crying?” he asked panicked.
“I’ll explain later,” Kim said.
“Just go with her,” Stella called.
Kim led him to the barn where two horses were settled up. She climbed on one and he followed suit.
They rode down the path towards the entrance of the farm.
“What do you want to show me?” Levi asked.
“Turn around,” she said.
He did and she did the same.
“What?” he asked confused. “You’re showing me the farm?”
He looked up at the entrance sign.
Levi and Stella’s Home of Hope.
Why does it have my...name?
She looked at him and smiled.
“Because this farm belongs to you.”
“What?” he asked incredulously.
“I’m selling it to you.”
He shook his head, still confused.
“I can’t afford it.”
“My father’s estate will still run the farm but the title deed is yours.”
He looked at her, trying to see if she was serious, but when he met her eyes he knew she was.
“Why?” he asked.
“Because I realized that this place is your home.”
“But what does it matter to you?”
She climbed off her horse and he followed.
“It matters because...you are my home.”
She closed the gap between them and standing on her toes she kissed him passionately.
When she pulled away she said breathlessly, meeting his eyes,
“Is it okay if I come home?”
He stroked her cheek tenderly.
“The lights been on for you the whole time.”
He pulled her in, lifting her from the ground and kissed her again, this time deeper and longer.
And Kim knew. The past was the past and the future was brighter than she ever imagined.
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