"I wonder how Nick's doing?" Olivia asked at breakfast while they were waiting for Eric and Ian. She sipped her coffee as if that alone would help her through the day.
"He's fine, he's got Ravi." Roger held her hand as if she might get away.
"Ravi?" She'd almost forgotten about Nick's friend. "Look, Eric is fine with us. He's just fine, all right."
"I suppose," Roger sighed. "Its hard to say. He's a bit evasive."
"He's with his little brother. He's a good big brother." Olivia nodded.
Just then they arrived and Ian set across from her. She smiled at him as the waitress came over to fill their cups with coffee.
"So are you excited about school?" She asked feeling so old now. He was so mature. He just wasn't the Ian she remembered.
"I guess." He nodded. There was something formal about him. As if Eric had demanded it from him. Eric looked at his menu, ignoring her. It hurt. Thinking she was just a stranger now. He was to her. She held on to Roger's hand tighter hoping he'd never become that to her. Not after as much as they'd been through together. Even if things with Roger's mom hadn't turned out that great. It was a start. He'd figure out a way to be the son he should be. The brother he could be. She had hope in that.
Naturally, Roger just thought she was happy to see him. He was all snugly and perhaps silly. Olivia could hardly keep from bursting in laughter.
"What's the matter?" Eric looked at her seriously. Honestly, she hadn't meant to taunt him.
"Nothing," She looked at him seriously. "So where you headed next?"
"Home." He nodded. "I enrolled at your University." He then smiled.
Olivia gulped. She didn't think he would. Didn't he always stay really close to home?
"Now that is news, Eric." Roger shrugged. "Have you found a place?"
Olivia's eyes lit. Roger better not suggest he move in with them. She kicked him ever so cleverly. Roger winced slightly as if he got the point.
"Its a studio place. My mother knew of someone. The rent was cheap and well, I guess this girl has a drug problem so she moved away to Boston to be with her sister. I still have her cat, hopefully, we'll get along."
They ordered breakfast then. Olivia didn't give Eric another look. It was a big University. Didn't mean she'd run into him.