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IV. Bienvenue à Paris

Athena

I stepped into the airport and went through the security check before going to the counter. I gave my ticket and luggage. After getting my boarding pass I went through the immigration counter and another round of security check before entering the terminal where the duty free shops are.

I’m glad I bought a business class ticket or I would have to wait in lines for a long time. Since I had more than one hour before boarding I decided to roam around, going through the shops but didn’t buy anything as I didn’t want to spend my money. After exploring I went to the lounge and sat on the sofa adjacent to the window giving me a complete view of the airport.

I decided to have a light sandwich and coffee since I couldn’t eat my dinner properly thinking about this escape. I connected to the airport WiFi and started browsing through the internet. I heard the boarding call and I got up, picking my bag and unfinished coffee.

I left the lounge and went to the boarding gate where I saw passengers entering the aerobridge. The CSA scanned my boarding pass and wished me a pleasant flight. I walked through the aero bridge and could hear the loud noise of the aircraft. Since it’s going to be a huge flight, I get to travel a double decker flight and this is my first time boarding it.

I’m excited!

As I entered the flight, a blonde air hostess dressed in blue greeted me and led me to my seat. I kept my bag inside the compartment and got comfortable on the flat bed seat. I opened my phone, showing my lock screen which is my family photo. We looked so happy in it. I felt a pang in my heart and my eyes filled with tears. I switched off the mobile and wiped my tears. I have to do this, be strong!

The captain announced our departure and the flight started moving, after the pre flight announcement we’re soon on the runway getting ready to take off.

I could hear the engine rush with power as it thrusted forward. I looked outside and saw the place speeding away, the flight took off and the land started becoming smaller and smaller giving me the last glimpse of my home town. Bye bye New York!

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I landed half an hour ago in France and walked towards the exit carrying my luggage. I stepped outside and was greeted by the cold weather of Paris. I should’ve dressed in something warmer. It’s evening as I walk outside. My eyes scanned the crowd looking for the blonde headed girl called Ruby. I went furthermore to the exit where the cars were parked.

“ATHENA!”

I turned towards the source of the voice and saw Ruby running towards me with a huge smile, her ponytail swaying behind.

“RUBY!” I squealed and rushed towards her before bringing her into a bone crushing hug. “I missed you.” I mumbled into her shoulder.

She patted my back and pulled away holding my shoulder “Aww I missed you too sis!”

I rubbed my palm as it’s almost freezing. “Lets go inside and talk. It’s freezing out here” I shivered.

She chuckled and pulled me along with her. I grabbed my luggage and followed her towards her car. It’s a cute red mini cooper. “You bought a car?” I asked; surprised.

“Yeah” she said as she opened the hood for me to drop my baggage. I closed the hood and went over to the other side and climbed in. Thankfully the heater was on and I sighed in relief.

“So how was your flight?”

“It was fine, I slept mostly so I don’t feel that tired. Tell me about your job.”

“I’m doing an internship right now, so it’s not that interesting” she shrugged nonchalantly.

“Ohh”

We caught up over many things on the way and I have to say, she is enjoying her life. I want to do what I like. We pulled into a parking lot and I saw many buildings around. Each one had around four to five floors.

We got out and I took my luggage before following her into the beige building. We entered the lobby which wasn’t huge but not too small either. We stepped into the lift and she pressed the third button. We exited the lift and entered a hallway which had four doors. Ruby opened the first door and I stepped into a modest size flat. It was well designed and decorated, probably done by her. It was mostly white and sky blue. It had a pleasant vibe.

“Wow! Ruby! This place looks awesome” I gaped at the surroundings.

“Of course it does. It was done by me” she said flipping her ponytail. I chuckled and went over to the cream sofa, which had blue and golden pillows.

“That will be your room. Go fresh up, I’ll make dinner.” she said walking over to the open kitchen.

I nodded and went into the room. I switched on the light and unlike the hall, this room is pink in colour much to my dismay. I opened my suitcase and took out fresh clothes, underwear and my toiletries before stepping into the bathroom.

I took a warm shower and changed into sweatpants and a loose black t-shirt. I left the room and walked towards the kitchen where Ruby was busy cooking. I went over to her, and noticed the pasta boiling and on the pan there was the sauce.

“Hmmm, smells great!” I commented while taking a whiff of the sauce smell.

She chuckled “Hope it tastes good. I’m glad you came now I get to eat tasty dishes” she winked

I raised my eyebrows “Is that why you asked me to stay with you?”

She tapped her chin while thinking ” Let me see, instead of sharing rent you get to handle the kitchen expenses from now on” she said with a wicked smile

“Since you’re my best friend I’m not going to reject you” I smiled.

“Now complete the dish, I’ll set the table” she removed her apron and left it on the counter before going to the dining table.

I chuckled and started stirring the sauce.

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The dinner went well as we sat and watched Mean Girls. I washed the dishes, while Ruby left to run some errands. I heard the door open and peeked to see Ruby carrying a huge bag.

“Welcome back!” I called out wiping my hands on the towel.

I went to the hall and saw her slumped on the sofa with a frown on her face. “What happened?” I asked, taking a seat beside her.

She groaned “My in-charge gave me this pile of clothes that I have to get done by the day after tomorrow”

I noticed the huge bag lying down and nodded my head “Ohh, that’s not a lot of time.”

“Ya, I don’t think I’ll be able to show you the city tomorrow” she said, slumping her shoulders and looking at me with a pout.

“It’s okay. I can manage alone. You do your work girl! I don’t wanna be a burden” I smiled reassuringly.

She smiled back and hugged me “You’re the best Athena! I’ll make it up to you. I promise.”

I laughed “Take me to the famous pastry shop and I’ll forgive you”

“I will” she mockingly saluted, causing me to laugh.

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