“I hope this is okay for dinner. I didn't really know what you wanted and I didn't feel much like cooking.”
Ashley eyed him curiously at his last statement. “Yeah, I can cook.” He smiled “Mom told me a long time ago I needed to learn how to cook for myself.”
“Do you do laundry too?” Ashley quipped.
“Only when I absolutely have to.”
They ate in silence then Jack cleared the table and sat back down next to Ashley. He took her hand and brought it up to his lips, placing a soft kiss on her palm before lacing his fingers with hers.
Ashley surprised herself when she didn't pull her hand away. The warmth of his hand in hers felt right and she felt her heart racing again. “Th—thanks for fixing our computer, Jack, and thanks for sticking around. I'm gonna have to call the landlord in the morning and see if he can fix the door.”
“No problem, Ash.”
“You don't have to stay if you don't want. I can figure out a way to keep the door closed. I can prop a chair under the knob or something.”
“I'm staying.” He raised his hand when she began to protest. “I’ll sleep on the couch. I just want to make sure you're safe. This isn't the best neighborhood, you know.”