I push the brim of my sunglasses up. I chose black lenses to cover up the dark circles around my eyes from a sleepless night.
I see The McCorys waiting near the entrance for me. Natalie is wearing pure old navy. Ugh, it’s not even from this season.
I walk over to them.
“Hey Massie, you’ll be staying in my room, with me,” Natalie says brightly.
Great I think. “Perf Nat!” I file and say with fake enthusiasm.
They seem to think I’m being serious and turn to take me to their apartment.
I roll my eyes. “Um, what about my luggage?” I ask oozing faux confusion and sweetness.
“They lost your luggage,” my uncle says in a gruff voice.
Natalie slows down to walk with me. “It totally sucks that that purse is all you have besides the clothes you’re wearing. I have some clothes you could borrow if you want!”
“Hmm. Hey, I like your coat. Where’d you get it?” I pretend to be interested in her Old Navy coat.
“Oh, I got this as a Christmas present,” she says admiring the green-brown mixtured color.
“Huh… Puh-lease say you have at least one pair of skinny jeans,” I say, actually considering borrowing her clothes (As I don’t think I’ll be able to find a sewing machine).
“Um, I have one pair. They’re a little too big on me though. I think they might fit you,” she giggle-blurts out, bouncing with every step.
We take the subway (I refuse to touch anything) and then walk one block to the apartment.
Ugh. I think, slowly walking behind them and slipping quickly inside as to not touch the door.
“Natalie, take her to your room. Your father needs to get back to work and I need to start dinner,” my aunt says, hanging her coat on a rack by the door.
In her room, two cots are set up, one is hers, the other I suppose is a guest bed.
I sigh and wonder how many others slept there. “Where do you keep your clothes?” I ask her, searching the tiny room.
“In this basket under my bed,” she says pointing to a small chest.
The sun is shining brightly though the window but I feel drained. I lay on mine (the one on the left) and instantly fall asleep.
I don’t wake up until the next morning.
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