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"Alright everyone, ready to go?" Mother called from the driver's seat

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"Alright everyone, ready to go?" Mother called from the driver's seat. "Is everyone strapped in?"

A chorus of "yes"'s met her inquiry as she started the car. I turned to look behind me at the house before the minivan took off through the neighborhood, knowing that this was the last time that I would see that house with Connor by my side.

My mother and I were driving the Hall's to the airport as the final part of their trip to Sacramento for Spring Break. My mother drove, while Aria accompanied her in the passenger seat, Mr. and Mrs. Hall sat in the middle row, and Connor and I in the back, squished together by all the luggage that surrounded us. For a family of only four, the Hall's certainly did not pack lightly; I was tempted to ask if one of them if it was moving day.

Connor's hand was in mine and I had my head resting on his shoulder as we pulled onto the main road towards the airport. I wished desperately for the Halls to stay longer, but there was simply no way; Connor and Aria had to get back to school on the other side of the country.

In my head a whirlwind of activity was taking place, reflecting on the events of the night before and wondering how in the world I had gotten so lucky. The only thing I could think of that would have made the night before better was if I hadn't been bitten by so many mosquitos.

The fact was, Connor was an incredible guy. He was an amazing, sweet, intelligent guy and I couldn't honestly believe that he was sitting next to me, of all people, letting me drift off to sleep on his shoulder and holding my hand in his.

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Seventeen hours earlier

Seventeen hours earlier

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