Angela’s eyes widened.
“You… you what?” she stammered.
“I love you,” Genesis said.
“Sorry, one more time?” Angela said.
Genesis chuckled and said, “I love you, Angela Osbourne.”
Angela smiled and leaned in for a kiss.
“I love you too,” she said.
Angela rested her head on Genesis’s shoulder. Genesis stroked her hair gently.
“I suppose I probably shouldn’t have sprung that on you on the day of my grandfather’s funeral,” Genesis said. “Not exactly playing fair, was I?”
“I’m sure you’ll find a way to make it up to me,” Angela said.
“What did you have in mind?” Genesis asked.
“Well, we could start by making an appearance upstairs,” Angela replied.
“You and my parents are going to get along swimmingly,” she said. “They’re so used to me dating bad girls that they might just try to adopt you on the spot.”
“Come on,” Angela said. “Let’s not keep them waiting.”
She stood from the couch and gently pulled Genesis to her feet. They kissed again and headed out of the apartment holding hands. A few cars had already arrived while they were downstairs.
“You ready?” Angela asked as they reached the front step.
“Are you?” Genesis replied.
Angela chuckled and opened the door.
The gathering lasted late into the evening. Angela had to work in the morning so Genesis gave her a ride home a little before midnight. They sat in the car for a while before either of them spoke.
“So that was quite a day,” Genesis said.
“It certainly was,” Angela replied.
“Thanks for being there for me,” Genesis said. “Even if I was kind of a dick about it originally.”