“You miss them, don’t you?”
We’ve walked half-way to the fountain, our refuge, when I realize I’ve been ignoring Kerry-Anne since we left the Ones department lobby.
“Miss who?” I blink.
She points at my arm, where my right hand is fingering the bracelet wrapped around my left wrist. I snatch it away and straighten my shoulders. I have too much to do to be losing myself in idle thoughts.
“No,” I lie, but when Kerry-Anne scrunches her face into a knowing glare, I shrug my shoulders in submission. “Okay, fine. Yeah, a little.”
“Have you talked to them or seen…him?” We’ve reached the fountain rim, and Kerry-Anne plops herself down, taking care to spread out the skirt of her sunny dress.
“Why not?” Her lips peel back in a smile, showing the straight lines of her teeth.
I sigh, taking a seat beside her. “It’s complicated.”
“Everything’s complicated if you make it that way.”
“That should be on a bumper sticker,” I tease.
“Probably already is,” she smirks.
“When did you get so smart?”
She smiles. “Will is out on assignment. I miss him, too. But it’s not the same for you. Will and I see each other in between almost every assignment. Rush isn’t actually here. I mean, you never see him.”
I shake my head in disagreement while dipping my index finger into the fountain water. “He’s around, in a way.”
The words Rush spoke to me just before he last left the Station replay over and over in my head, and again, I reach across my lap to touch the delicate strands wrapped around my wrist with a wet hand.
We are bound together through this. Like family. If you want me to return, simply will it to be.
— Dying to Know, Coming Soon