“I wasn’t sure if you were going to come?” A young woman spoke. Her lips a wide and grateful grin. Her hazel eyes pierce him in the near dark world they were now in.
“I said I’d meet you here,” his voice trailing seconds slower than he intended. A shock and awe of being there in front of her shook him more than he imagined.
“I’ve been waiting for twenty-one years,” she says tugging at the ends of her dark curls, surprised at how reserved she’s behaving. Night after night while sleeping in the passage between the lights, granting wishes and hoping for freedom she pictured what it would be like when he was ready for their journey. Waiting is frowned upon, but she didn’t really have a choice. A destiny that is chosen and a destiny that is picked are two different adventures entirely. No, she knew what she wanted, and that’s how it would be. It didn’t matter how she had to wait.
“Well did you really want me to come any earlier?” His smile made everything snap into perspective as a lens whipped clean
“Well, no, I suppose not.” She picked at her badly chipped red-lacquered nails. “It’s been cold.”
He touches her face. “I’ve missed you terribly. It’s been too long since I’ve gotten to see your freckles.”
“My freckles? That’s what you miss?” Her nose wrinkled in a playful nature.
“I’ve missed a lot of things. Your freckles were the hook. They have a special meaning to me.” His hands are holding hers now. The last moments before seeing each other again fade into the nothing they always were. The ‘now’ and the ‘then’ weren’t thoughts that crossed their minds.
Different things matter where they were now.
A welcomed parade of stars chase their kings in the sky close enough to touch.
“Well, I guess we should get moving?” She glances at the road beyond the stars to the far left of the gully. Thousands of lavender plants grow wild causing the air to be thick this it’s calming sweetness. A bitter taste touches their tongues. Joy and sorrow meet in a line near the river but not past the mountains of the north.
“Where will we go first?” His whole face widens with excitement and wonder.
Guilt in her satisfaction tugged at her toes. “First we must go to the Forrest of Truths.”
“What happens there?”
“I don’t know. I’ve been here this whole time.”