Rand and Brady spent the next few evenings packing things they wouldn't need before their move. Saturday, they went shopping for curtains and rods to hang them on, and then installed them.
"They definitely make the house homier," Rand said when they finished. "All it needs is our furniture, pictures on the walls, books on the library shelves."
"All of the above," Brady agreed. "It'll happen on Monday."
They were taking Monday off from their respective jobs to be there when the movers arrived, and then at the house to tell them where they wanted everything.
Because of that, they spent much of Sunday finishing their packing, only breaking to eat lunch. By that evening they were exhausted, but happily so. With all the pots, pans, and dishes in boxes, they went out to eat.
"Twenty-four hours and we'll be cooking in our new home," Rand said as they waited for their meals to arrive.
"Or we'll be falling on our faces, because we've unpacked one too many boxes trying to get everything in order in one day."
"That, too. Then we'll order pizza to celebrate."
"Sounds like a plan to me," Brady replied.
They did exactly that Monday evening, sitting on the sofa in front of the fireplace in their new living room. They'd barely finished eating when the doorbell rang.
Figuring it had to be Ken and Carol, Brady opened the door, saying, "You're too late, we ate the whole thing."
"The whole what?" Colin asked with a bit of amusement.
"Well, damn. What are you doing here, and how did you find…? Never mind. I know how you found us. Come on in."
Colin did, pausing to look around the entryway before following Brady into the living room. He stopped in the center of the room, taking it all in.
"You did a fantastic job. I'd never know it was the same house Frank and I saw when we were looking for the gun."
"Thanks," Rand said. "Have a seat." He gestured to the armchair next to the sofa. "We have beer, if you want one. Then you can tell us why you're here."
"I'd love one, thank you." Once Colin was seated, beer in hand, he said, "I had a long talk with Dad. I wanted to tell you in person and since the store is closed today, here I am."