RTN 20

“Jennie, I just can’t believe it…we finally made it.” I let out a content sigh as I took in the view from the balcony of the small apartment I now shared with Amy. It’d been three months since we left our old lives behind and came to the city. We didn’t have a penny to our names when we first arrived but luckily Amy had a cousin in San Myshuno who let us stay with her for a while. Then about a month ago, she gladly sublet her flat to us while she went traveling abroad. Amy found work as a hostess in a hip vegan restaurant and I freelanced for a fashion magazine…just like Jennie said I would. It seemed like everything was falling into place.

Rena kept us up to date on everything that happened back in Oasis Springs. Detective Tanner did eventually figure out that Jennie was murdered by Eddie but the person who killed Eddie was never found. Sid was true to his word and never sold me out. Unfortunately I was still considered a suspect or else we could’ve gone back home…if we really wanted to. I didn’t though. I’d already spent so much of my time back there merely existing and it wasn’t until recently that I started living again.

10

“It’s getting cold.” Amy stepped outside and rubbed her shoulders for warmth. “Right on time for Christmas.” I smiled. “I haven’t seen snow since I was a child. It’s going to be great!” I exclaimed cheerfully. “I love how your eyes twinkle when you get all fired up about something.” She chuckled and wrapped her arms around me which caused the butterflies in my stomach to stir. We didn’t put a label on it but we were pretty serious about each other. It was still new to me and different…and honestly, kinda perfect.

11

“What are you doing out here anyways?” She brushed her lips against my ear. “Just thinking.” I relaxed and rested my head against hers. “Come think inside where it’s nice and warm. I’ll put on some coffee and we can cuddle in front of the fireplace.” She winked at me. “Sold.” I laughed and followed her in.

12

“So are you excited about tomorrow?” She asked once we got comfortable on the couch. “A bit. But more than that, I’m nervous.” I admitted. “Don’t be! Lizzie and your mom can’t wait to see you after all this time. I’m so glad you finally talked to them.” She pat my leg. “Me too. And I’m glad Mom didn’t send the police after me when I called.” I smirked. “She actually sounded really happy to hear from me.”

“What’s bothering you then?” Amy reached for my hand. “Are you having second thoughts…telling them about us?” She appeared concerned. “Of course not! You’re already like family to them. This will just make them love you even more. There’s nothing to worry about.” I yawned and stretched my legs across her lap. “Maybe we’re just overthinking it. It’s going to be a great visit.”

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