Two year time jump!
Campbell walked out of the classroom for the last time. He was finished with college. Because of the classes he took while still in high school, he had been able to graduate early. He was glad. He was ready to put the books away and go to work full time with his grandfather.
He made the drive home and pulled into his driveway. He smiled when he saw his house. It had taken two years to build both his home and Clare’s, but they were both finished and moved in.
He put his keys on the stand and looked through the mail. He saw the envelope from the college and knew it was the paperwork for graduation. He tossed it down beside his keys. He had already told his parents and his grandpa that he wouldn’t be going to the graduation. He would pick up his stuff another time.
His mom tried to talk him into attending the graduation ceremony but he just couldn’t. It would remind him too much of his last graduation and the party. Plus it wouldn’t be the same without Devin there with him this time. He did the ceremony for high school. He didn’t feel the need to do it again for college.
He pulled out his phone and called Rita to let her know that he was home. He smiled when she said she would be over soon. She would bring dinner with her instead of them going out this time.
He headed up to the bedroom to make sure he hadn’t left his underwear on the floor. He cleaned up really quick then went back downstairs.
He smiled seeing that Rita was already there and was unpacking the containers for their dinner. He kissed her cheek then grabbed plates for the two of them.
“How was your day?”
“My boss was an asshole today. That’s nothing new though.”
“Why don’t you just quit your job?”
“I can’t afford to. I’m barely making rent even with the roommate right now.”
Campbell frowned as he listened to her. “Honey, you know I will help you out if you need it.”
“I appreciate that, darling, but no. I don’t want to be the girlfriend that relies on her boyfriend to pay her bills.”
He did have to respect her for that.
“The offer is there if you need it.”
She kissed his cheek and smiled. “Thank you, darling. I have my review next week. The pay raise should help some.”
“Hopefully it is a big one so you can stop worrying about the bills.”
“That would be nice, but I doubt it. The boss is an asshole. He gave Jeremy a raise of only a penny an hour.”
Campbell shrugged his shoulders. “I’ve met Jeremy and seen him work. He was lucky to get that penny.”
Rita did grin and nod her head. “That is true. How was your day, darling?”
“It was a pretty good day. I only missed one question on the final.”
“That’s great. I’m proud of you. I know how hard you studied for that one.”
He nodded and grinned. “Now onto the next stage of my life.”