This was her third mayor to work for, but it was proving to be the most challenging. An entire platform based on the city’s youth was not up her alley, she didn’t have kids, she barely thought of kids, how could she design an entire building centered around their needs? She’d asked her sister Hazel for ideas, and had been laughed out of the room after she noticed no snacks and a lack of bathrooms on each floor.
Violet-Adele went hours between eating, how was she supposed to know that kids required regularly scheduled snacking?
She’d always focused on her work first, but it was currently a creativity drag, and so she found herself calling on Etienne more than ever. They’d gone to the ocean together, he had been her last choice, but it had turned out quite lovely.
He’d left Paris to be with her, confessed he wanted to marry her fourteen years earlier. It had seem like a defeat back then, to accept the first proposal, to suddenly become a duo, a tagalong to someone else’s dreams.
She didn’t regret saying no then. But she wasn’t sure she wanted to keep with that previous decision.
She invited him ice skating, he was just enough clumsy to be adorable. She never said that she wanted to consider a relationship, they just sort of fell back into each other.
It wasn’t like the past, it wasn’t just passion but a companionship, something Violet-Adele never knew she might crave. Nor was she entirely certain that she did now, just that it felt nice.
He had questions though, Etienne always did. He didn’t just go with the flow, he planned it, and worked around it. A trait that was fitting for an architect but troublesome when it came to her.
They were in their mid-thirties, he wanted to know if she loved him at all, if there was a chance of something more. He didn’t need a contract of love to take to court, just the hope that she wasn’t just using him.
She didn’t have answers, just that right now, in this moment, she wanted to see him as often as possible. A nagging worry that her affection was directly tethered to her aversion of working the new mayor project was at the back of her mind, but she kept her lips sealed.
And he liked her response.
He was gorgeous, and had this impish personality that he barely shared. She wondered if she were the only person to ever see it, at least here in the states.
They’d drive past the sound, and freeze on the scenic route playing in the snow. Sometimes the thought would enter her mind that she was too old for this, these were things that her niece Bea should be doing. Bea, who hadn’t even been born when she first walked in to the meeting room and met Etienne.
But when he pulled her into his warm arms, and looked into her eyes, she didn’t care about her age or if she looked absurd out there.
She could never stay out long, always requiring something more to warm her, and enjoying the freedom of having him stay over without any questions. No one knew what she was doing in her spare time, there were no expectations from family.
He began just staying all the time, his bag of clothes became a bottom dresser drawer. He even had shampoo in the shower that was just for him, there had been a sale, that was how she had wrote it off when he’d taken note of it. Just a sale, nothing more. But he didn’t believe her words.
More than a decade later, he’d known her as a young lady, barely graduated university and no resume to boast. She’d been hung up on her ex, Reed, and sad about a miscarriage that he hadn’t known of at the time. Now though, they were both clean of second and third choices. He had even tried marrying someone else, but it had fallen through.
It had always been Violet-Adele, and when she allowed her guard to drop, she knew it had always been him. No one had completed her, or was able to understand her in the way that he could. She never really wanted Reed, even during their affair, it had just been an attempt at reliving a moment in life that had shattered her more than she’d ever admitted.
People weren’t supposed to want to marry someone like her, she had been a mistress and unashamed. She was a villain; she’d flirt whenever it benefited her, and always put her career ambitions first. Despite a miscarriage, and a curiosity over how her life would have gone, she didn’t greatly desire to have a child now. She wasn’t what the traditional man wanted.
This time she said yes. Last time it would have been a mistake, but this time, she was ready.
She also felt confident that Etienne really knew her past a mere fancy, that he wouldn’t be disappointed by the woman she was.
She hoped she could make him happy, or at least at regularl intervals, because his smile warmed her rather selfish heart.
They took a few days off of work to enjoy the moment, to discuss real things like houses and where they should live.
He even had ideas for the new project, and work doesn’t seem too daunting with him by her side. They make an excellent team at work, and hopefully in marriage.
The first person she wants to share the announcement with is naturally, Hazel. They invite her and Jude to The Red Mill, and she plays it off like it’s work related.
No one expects it. Her parents will be floored, and beyond thrilled, but she can wait to tell them. They’ll want to impose their feelings and ideas, and she just wants to celebrate this moment before planning the next.
Hazel is ecstatic, it’s happened way later than she exactly wanted, but it is happening now and that is enough.
The rest of the evening, Etienne is the main attraction. Hazel needs more information if she will call him her brother-in-law, and he is happy to oblige.
He is happy to do just about anything right now, just enjoying the moment of when she said yes.
He’s also pretty excited to have an american family to call his own too. They’ve always been welcoming of him, and now he will truly find his place amongst them.
Notes: Title inspired from “Must be love” by Madness.
Etienne’s face, after Violet-Adele accepts his proposal. So cute!
Violet-Adele played video games with Isaiah at her parents house, and rolled the want to marry him! I’m sorry, but that is not how this story goes. I think it was a fluke, but she had rolled the want to marry Etienne on their island vacation, I had lost the want though. And her one is always Etienne.
This time she was rolling wants for Etienne, and seemed to really want to just be talking, flirting, and spending time with him. So they are going forward. She also rolled a wedding want right after the engagement. Etienne however has had the engagement, wedding, and baby want for pretty much ever, the previous two were always for Violet-Adele since he moved to South Port.
I think his IFS is 2, and hers is definitely 1. No date planned yet.
I just adore him. ❤
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