Janine stood in the middle of the open space, only the sound of William’s expensive dress shoes tapping the hardwood floors as the sound echoed all around them.
“It’s so big,” she said, looking at the wall of mirrors in front of her.
William walked up behind her and put his hands on her shoulders. “And you’re going to fill all of this space easily,” he said, planting a kiss on her cheek. “Think of all the classes you can have here.”
“Are you sure I’m not moving too fast? I mean, this place has monthly rent I’ll need to pay, and honestly I’ve never been that good at accounting. How will I keep up with all the numbers?”
Janine had spent most of her adult life traveling the globe, teaching yoga and meditation at different retreats. This was the first time she would be the one in charge, and ultimately, the one responsible. Failure was a very big possibility in her mind, and the thought terrified her.
William turned her around and looked at her. “You’re a rockstar, honey. You need room to grow. Look at all the people you’ve already helped in the last few weeks. Yoga is your gift.”
“I wish I had as much confidence in myself as you do,” she said, grinning as she looked up at him.
Their relationship had blossomed a lot faster than she had anticipated. William, often an outsider himself, had just “gotten” her. They had an ease with each other, and it was something she hadn’t experienced with anyone else.
“Well, I do have confidence in you. And I’ll help you however I need to. This is your dream, Janine. I think the universe is giving you a sign.”
She scrunched her nose at him. “Don’t you use the universe against me. You know I fall for anything I think is universe related.”
“My woo woo girlfriend,” he said, rolling his eyes and laughing.
“Girlfriend?” They hadn’t made anything official, at least not out loud. He froze for a moment. Slowly, a slight smile spread across his face.
“Did I misread our… situation?”
“No, of course not,” she said, smiling as she closed the distance between them and put her hands on his chest. “I’ve just never heard you refer to me that way before.”
He slid his arms around her waist and pulled her closer. “My girlfriend is so cute.”
“My boyfriend is equally adorable,” she said, touching her nose to his.
“My sister is grossing me out,” Julie said from the doorway. Janine and William broke apart, each of their faces turning red.
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