Days flew by, and the preparations for Ember and the twins to move out were in full swing. Lavender and Ember went apartment hunting and eventually they found a pretty reasonably priced place in the spice district - not the greatest of areas - but it was cheap and had character. It was taking a while to pack up stuff, but everyone member of the family helped where they could. Even Gabe would often stop by on weekends to help.
On the night before they were meant to leave, Gabe cracked open a few beers as they packed the last few items into boxes.
Gabe: Alrighty, so that’s your scary amount of records and candles all boxed up - now what are we doing?
Gabe: Em? Earth to Ember?
Ember: Hmm yeah?
She was staring at her wall of photos. Photos of her and Gabe and Lilith back in highschool. Back in Oasis Springs all together as a group…God that felt like centuries ago. She hadn’t thought back in forever - but looking at those photos - really seeing them. She felt a pang of sadness in her heart.
Gabe: Yah know I’m super offended that you printed that one super big. Tbh I think you need one of you and me plastered across a full wall.
Ember: Shut up you dumbass. I’m just feelin all sentimental n’ stuff - like look how young and wild and free we were!! We were such a great group -
Gabe: Yup, well…time happens. People ditch. People get pregnant -
Gabe: Just spitting the truth darling.
Gabe rolled his eyes and patted the ground next to him.
Gabe: We’ll pack those pics up in a sec, I think we need a break. Drink your beer! Like jeez this is the last night we’ll be able to for a looong time. The drive to the city from Windenburg is hella long.