Jake ran a finger over the short to-do list he had pinned to one wall of his room. A few of them had been crossed off already. Fix the roof, done. Install new gutters, done. Reseal second floor windows, done. All in all, the B&B was already looking much better than it had when he had first arrived and been convinced to help out. Of course, there was still a long way to go - almost two more pages of to-do lists that haven't even been touched yet - but for now, Jake was content with how much he had accomplished so far.
Maybe that was why he kept convincing himself that he could put off a few of his daunting tasks for a few days to do some less important work.
Initially it was only supposed to be one side-job, fixing a loose doorknob in one of the rooms. It was something that he could do between lunch and yardwork in the overgrown garden out back. Of course, that's what he had told himself at first, but then he had gotten there and somehow ended up sticking around for much longer, finding excuses to stay and converse with the girl who had settled into the room. First the doorknob needed fixing, then he was bringing his toolbox into the house to oil the hinges of the door, and then he was patching up part of the wall where the last tenant of the room had trouble hanging something heavy.
That became the way that Jake was spending his free time. If he didn't have an emergency to tend to elsewhere, he was coming up with some new renovation that Corra's room 'needed'. Today's excuse was changing the locks on the windows and replacing one of the floorboards that creaked (an almost unnoticeable sound but loud enough that Jake felt the need to fix it)
Jake buckled his toolbelt, an old dirty one that he had found in the back of the shed as he was cleaning it out to move in, around his waist and tucked the appropriate tools into the loops and pockets. Hopefully they had enough spare wood around that he could find one that was enough of a match for the other floorboards in her room.
A few minutes later, he was making his way to her side of the house, knocking on her bedroom door even though it was already open and inviting to anyone in the house already - much like her personality. "Corra? Would you mind if I worked on some things in here today?"