It was years after they had moved in together when Luke found the old shoe box in Reid’s belongings.
At first he fought with himself, but after putting the box back twice just to take it out again, he finally opened it
In it he found a pearl necklace and a scrapbook.
Luke stroked over the dark pearls once, then opened the yellowed pages, finding carefully collected articles about Reid.
Not only his winnings in chess tournaments but also articles from school. Him taking first place in a science project, a picture of Reid running in a track race.
There was also another picture falling out from the pages
A color photo of Reid standing between his parents.
“What’s so funny about my past?” a voice asked from behind Luke
“Red suspenders? Really?”
“They were all the rage when I was in second grade” Reid said sternly