"Two steps far from you." (5)
After Nana and Grandma told me how to wear each piece of the dresses, we all had a conversation for a while but decided to leave since Nate and I still have a party to attend. I hugged Nana for a long time, refusing to let go. She caresses my hair, and I hear my Grandma’s laughter as Grandpa talks animatedly to Nate.
“We’ll see each other again, dearie,” she says and kisses my forehead.
I nod. “Yeah,” I say, 15-year-old-me will still see her, but I treasured this moment because when I get back to the future, she won’t be there anymore. My throat aches as I force myself not to cry in front of her.
She turns to Nate and pats his hand. “Take care of my dearie, lad, or you won’t hear the end of it.”
We all laugh, and Nate and I climb in the car as they wave their goodbyes. Grandpa even calls out to Nate to visit whenever they’re in the neighbourhood so he can continue telling the travels they experienced.
While Nate is busy still calling out to my grandparents, I pull my journal and say thank you to the soul talking back to me. I didn’t wait for its reply since I felt Nate shifts next to me.
“I didn’t expect it would end that way,” says Nate with a shy smile, looking at the perfectly lined up trees as the night slowly crawls up.
I raise my eyebrows and stifle a laugh. “What the heck do you mean?”
He shrugs. “I don’t know. They were really intimidating at first.”
I couldn’t hold my laughter anymore, so I burst out laughing, remembering how tense he looked earlier. “Don’t worry! They like you because if they didn’t, they would ignore your presence! So, you can breathe now.”
He scratches the back of his neck, smiling shyly. “I’ve read your grandmother’s Guidebook to Oufa: Land of the Lost Ighas, and I loved it!”
I’m shocked. That’s absolute new info. “You should’ve brought it with you, and Grandma will be thrilled! She might have even signed it!”
Shrugging, he says, “Well, I didn’t know you guys are related.”
“Touché,” I say, eyebrows rise. “Then bring it next time.”
He smiles warmly at me, “I will.”
I gasp, “Oh! I almost forgot! Are you coming to Ian’s party tonight?”
Nate bows his head and looks at me teasingly with his crooked smile.