April kneels in front her daughter, carefully zips her white coat all the way up, before grabbing a blue beanie just big enough to fit all of Hannah’s untamed curly locks in.
“Cold outside?” The two year old asks, taking a peek at the street from the glassed hotel front doors.
“Yes, baby, it’s cold outside. It’s snowing!” April replies, with a smile. “So we need to be extra cozy today.”
“We go play?”
“Not now, sweetie.” She goes on, shaking her head much to the toddler’s disappointment. “We’ve got to go meet daddy, remember?”
“Yes, with daddy. He’s waiting for us.” They’re back in Bozeman, Montana, where Jackson was requested to perform a surgery on a little boy who got a tumor the size of Texas on his throat. This time, unlike the last, she knows he isn’t planning on meeting again with his estranged father, Robert Avery, who, by the way, still owns that little bar lost somewhere in the woods. But April felt like she needed to be here this time too, with Jackson. So, they decided to make it a family trip and Hannah came along.
“See Daddy…” Hannah quickly moves her big bright eyes back to her mother as her whole face lights up. “And have chocolate?”
“Yes, and have hot chocolate.” April says, remembering how she told her daughter they’d have pancakes and warm drinks at the nearest diner when Jackson left work. “Ready to go?”
Hannah nods and April takes the little girl’s hand, grabs her purse, sitting on the floor next to her, and stands up. As they leave the hotel behind, making their way through the light, soft snow on their path, April feels the thin air around them. It’s cold and, taking a quick down, she notices how the tip of Hannah’s little nose is starting to turn red. It makes her look adorable, like a baby deer.
As they cross the street, with Hannah’s small hand tightly wrapped around hers, April can’t help but to smile. Being here with her family, after last time, it sure brings back memories. And she couldn’t be happier now, since it feels like they finally found wonderland.