I looked around and couldn’t help but notice the lovely park, with swings and a slide that looked like it had just been built. There were luscious trees lining the streets, and a lot of older Victorian-style homes. I saw families outside watering their lawns and kids riding their bikes. It really was a beautiful neighborhood, as were the homes.
The house I pulled up to was all brick with black shutters and an American flag on the side. I saw Mr. Johansen sitting in a little sedan with a sticker of the real estate agency that we regularly worked with. We met in front of the house and shook hands. He asked if I was Amber, and when I nodded, he presented me with the paperwork. He told me to sign on the line and, once Mr. Brown signed them as well, it would be mine. I looked at him confused.
He told me that the house had been in Mr. Brown’s family since he was a child. It was the home that he had grown up in—after both of his parents passed on, he bought out the mortgage and has owned it for years. No one had lived in it for a while, so the weeds were high and it needed some repairs, but other than that, it was beautiful. Now, the house was mine.
I asked Mr. Johansen if I could look inside and he handed me a key. As I looked around, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The house had four large bedrooms, a fireplace, and hardwood floors. It had an antique charm that you just don’t find in new houses. I didn’t know what to think—was Mr. Brown really giving me this house? I mean, he had given me gifts since we started our office romance, but nothing like this.
Mr. Johansen told me that Mr. Brown just needed to sign the papers and then the workers would be there to start the repairs on Monday. Much to his surprise, I all of a sudden broke down in tears. Mr. Brown was my savior. I knew that this was a house made for a family, and I was really hoping that this meant we were on our way to becoming one—I, my daughters, and this man whom I never thought would become anything more than my boss. Mr. Brown truly was amazing, and in that moment, I knew that I loved him more than ever before. I knew that as long as I had him, everything would be okay.