I sigh, leaving the musty indoors and sit down on the front stoop of Sterling’s house. I’d gone from room to room to the back yard and back. I was met with only dust, silence and disappointment. He’d actually left. He was gone.
I don’t know why I did this to myself after yesterday at the school. He’d made it very clear he was leaving. But after being up half the night, and running mindless errands following leaving Dev and Sabrina, I found myself here. I needed this closure.
After what seemed like an eternity, five minutes or ten, I accepted the reality and stood up. It was the wind that made me reach up and wipe away a stray tear. I looked down the hill towards the way I had come wondering if I should go back to Sabrina’s. I had offered lunch, after-all.
Heading downhill, towards home I saw a group of kids in a circle, looking confused outside the old grocery store. “What’s going on?” I ask a kid leaving the circle.
“Anxious kids were headed to the high school early for the meeting when an alarm went off. They’ve decided to find Corin to deal with it.”
I rolled my eyes. Of course they were looking for Corin, town savior. I let the kid to it. I wasn’t going to find Corin. I was going to check things out for myself.