Only when she saw them walking closer to the door did she realize that they were done. But instead of hiding away and pretending that she did not hear anything, she waited for them to come out. She leaned on the window beside the entrance and crossed her arms, making do with an inscrutable expression all the while.
Then, as soon as the two of them stepped out of the flower shop, she chimed in and stole their attention.
"What's up, homies?"
Out of all the greetings that Cassidy could have said, those were the first words that she thought of telling them in a long time. They halted on their tracks and came to a still the moment they heard that. And as they turned back around, their eyes bulged wide while their mouths hanged open in utter nonplus.
They reacted in complete sync.
Cassidy remains looking enigmatic even then, not saying anything. It appears to them that she is unamused - perhaps, even displeased about something. While Charles was dumbfounded for the next seconds to come, Olivia responded the same way he did for some time until she came to a certain realization that made her brighten up all of the sudden.
She then scooted closer and smiled at her sister-in-law - her beaming eyes even looked like they were grinning out of pleasant surprise.
"Why, hello to you too, fellow homie...!" Olivia greeted blithely, taking Cassidy and Charles aback.
"It's been a long while, hasn't it? I'm glad you're calling me that. I researched the meaning of that word, you see. The first time I heard that from you was two years ago. I believe it means friend. Is that it?"
"Uhhhhh... Well..." Cassidy blurted out while blinking at her surprise and incredulity.
"What are you trying to get at here?"
"Huh? What do you mean?"
"I can call anyone homie anytime I want to. I don't get what's the big deal about that."
"O-Oh, I see."
Olivia slumped a little right then, somewhat looking like her mood had been dampened.
Charles noticed how sad her smiled turned into, and so did Cassidy. From that point on, nothing but silence weighed heavily over the three of them. As they only continued standing there in front of the entrance of the flower shop, they took time to see the little changes on each other. That's until the conversation moved forward once more.
"Long time no see, Ma'am Cassidy..." Charles started and smiled.
"To tell you the truth, we weren't really planning to get caught like this. We're more than aware that you own the restaurant across the street. But we didn't want to drop by unwelcomed. We understand that you want to start all over again."
"And you're more than aware of that because Adrian was secretly sending me flowers and making the flower shop lady cover up for him for two long years. Am I rig
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