Paul opened his door and got out. He was no longer excited about viewing the home. If Rachel didn’t want him living here, there was no point in even looking. One of the homes in Plano would work just fine. He didn’t need a large house if Rachel didn’t want to be part of his future. The agent introduced herself as Rachel got out of the car.
“Mr. Hart? I am Sabrina Garza.”
“Nice to meet you,” Paul said automatically as he shook her hand. Rachel walked around to join them.
“Hi, Sabrina,” she said to the agent.
“Oh, hi Rachel. How are you?”
“Fine, thanks. Is Jesse feeling better?”
“Yes, he is. It was just a cold after all. I was really worried at first because his fever was so high, but the doctor said he would be fine. And he is. He really hated missing the story hour. It was Victoria’s turn to read, and he loves her.”
“All the kids love her, but I am glad he is feeling better. Victoria and I were both worried about him. Tell him that Patricia will be reading next week. I know Jesse likes her as well.”
“Yes, he does. I’ll tell him,” Sabrina replied. “Well, are you ready to view the house?”
Paul nodded and followed the two women into the house. It was a beautiful home. The front door opened into a large foyer. All the rooms had hardwood floors. There was a study just off the entryway, and the living room was directly in front of them. It had vaulted ceilings and the back wall was almost completely covered by windows. There was a glass door that opened out to an enclosed patio. The bedrooms and master suite were on the second floor.
Sabrina went into her sale’s pitch, and Paul listened absently as he looked around. He actually liked the house. It was lovely and had plenty of room for entertaining. He didn’t have a lot of large parties, but in his business, he did occasionally host a dinner party or two. The house was perfect for his needs. He wandered through the rooms on the first floor before stepping out onto the patio. Rachel followed him.
“Paul,” she said.
He turned to see her standing just inside the doorway. Sabrina was still in the living room. Rachel took a step closer. “I didn’t mean to upset you. I was just surprised. You hadn’t said anything about moving to Texas, much less Holton.”
He nodded. She was right. He had sprung it on her rather suddenly. They hadn’t spoken much about his business the past three weeks. Their time together had been so limited that they had stuck to the basics. He had mentioned to her that the office was not running as smoothly as he liked, but he hadn’t gone into any detail about the operations or the fact that he felt he needed to be here for longer than just a few months.
She took another step closer to him and reached for his hand. “I’m sorry if my reaction was negative. I would love for you to move here.” She paused a moment and then briefly looked over her shoulder at Sabrina. Rachel smiled that mischievous smile he had come to love. She stood on her toes and whispered in his ear. “I hope to get you to break Rule #4.”
Paul pulled back and looked at her, a frown on his face. He didn’t have a rule four. “What is Rule #4?”
“Relationships are only temporary,” she said saucily as she walked back into the house.
Paul grinned. Okay, maybe he had read her right. They appeared to be on the same page now.