Manda pressed her face to the glass of the train. The dark forms of the trees were whizzing by, like dull green-covered sticks in animated form. She turned back to Mum, whose nose was buried in a book. Probably one of those dirty romances, but it was too hard to see the cover properly.
“Are you cold, Ana?” Aunt Katherine leaned towards her, touching Manda’s cheek. “My goodness, your cheeks are cold! Come sit on this side, the heater must not be working there,” she fretted, reaching out for Manda.
“I’m fine, Aunt Kat. How long more until we reach Hampden?”
Aunt Kat paused to check her watch. “About five hours more.” She bit her lip, then hesitantly, “Are you okay?”
Manda said nothing, her eyes, never seeming to be capable of training themselves to stay on one object for very long.
“I’m fine, Aunt Kat. Really; I’m just a bit confused.”
Her eyes softened. “What about?”
“Like how he hasn’t told us about his being in Hampden this entire time. Why he left Mum. Why he left me.”
“I’m sure he was just confused. Maybe just as confused as you are.”
Manda bit her lip. “But why didn’t tell Mum why he left, at least?”
“I don’t know, Ana. I really don’t know. That’s what we’re going there to find out.”
“Do you think he’ll be happy to see us, Aunt Kat? I mean, we only found out where he was through blackmailing his best friend…”
Aunt Kat squeezed Manda’s shoulder, giving her a sympathetic smile. “Maybe he will be. Just pray for the best.”
I really have a way of changing up these daily prompts a lot, don’t I? It’s night time where I am, so there wasn’t much to describe. This resulted in this little story; not bad, but not the best either. Suspense! LOL, jokes jokes…
Even the smallest person can change the course of the future. -Galadriel, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring