Four hours. That’s how far away the city was to their small hometown. Together they had talked about going there with each other for years. It was more Attie’s dream than Everlie’s, but she would follow Atticus anywhere, and she did. It didn’t take long for Everlie to figure out where they were going. Once Attie got on the main highway in and out of the state, she knew. Mountains and greenery was soon replaced by buildings, as far as the eye could see. And soon the sounds of a quiet suburban life were replaced by honking, construction work, and angry city dwellers. Everlie could not take it all in at once. Her mouth hung open the entire drive in, searching the skylines, sticking her head out the window, trying to see everything around her. Many times during the drive Attie found herself watching Everlie take in her surroundings instead of watching the road, almost resulting in an accident or two. Finally she decided to find a parking spot and get out to walk around. Everlie had no complaints.
“This is way too cool.” She stated, spinning around as she looked up at the tall buildings that seemed to go on forever. Atticus suck in a deep breath, taking in the polluted city air with a hearty smile, nodded over at Everlie.
“I thought you’d like it. I didn’t take you here just to site see. We can do that after. I have a reason we’re here. Follow me.” Attie walked ahead slightly as Everlie watched after her before jogging to keep up. They walked together in silence for a moment, despite Everlie wanting to ask a million and one questions. She was in the dark yet again, all on Attie’s terms as usual. As they walked together, more than once Attie’s hands brushed up against Everlie’s, a simple brush of skin that sent chills down her spine. Even with people around them, even when someone could see, Attie didn’t recoil. She kept on walking, still rubbing up against her arm. Ever found herself smiling, found herself with a skip in her step, happier than she’s been in a long time. Maybe what Attie had said a few weeks ago was true. Maybe here in the big city things would be different. Maybe things already were.