xliii. california

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"And we have a free man," Tina cheered loudly as the doors flew open both her and River wandering out. River laughed and shook his head at the comment.

"You're acting as if I was going to take hard time," River laughed and offered Indie his hand. "You doing okay?"

"I will be, yeah," she nodded and took his hand, accepting his assistance to her feet. She took her keys out of the front pocket of her shorts and placed them in his hand. "Will you drive?"

"Yup, come on," he nodded and pulled her along.

"Where is everyone else?" Indie asked, referring to the other party involved in the hearing.

"Gwen got served with community service," he explained. "She has to sign a contract for it or something like that."

"Oh," she looked behind her as the doors flung open again. This time Hunter, Harry and Gwen coming out of the courthouse room. She felt her body slowing down when River pulled her long, keeping her from staring after them.

"It's not worth it," River nudged her.

"Did I miss it?" Clark asked, running up to the four. "Damnit, I was looking forward to seeing you in the stand."

"That didn't happen," River laughed. "It was a first offense and Hunter got it off my record. I didn't have to testify to anything."

"You couldn't have done something worse?" Clark groaned. "Okay, fine, I'll live with the fact that I missed it. What are we going to do now?"

"Call up Liam," Tina told him. "We'll meet at the diner to have lunch?"

"Sounds good to me," Indie nodded as she looped her arm with River and rested her head against his bicep. "Did you want to stop to get changed?"

"If we could, that'd be great," he nodded.

"Alright, T, we'll meet you there?" Indie asked.

"Okay, yeah, that works," Tina nodded as she wandered over to her car in the parking lot while Indie and River found hers. Indie settled into her seat after clicking the seatbelt, her head still feeling as though it was spinning. She closed her eyes tightly so as she found her balance again, even if she was sitting still.

"You sure you're doing alright?" River asked as his eyes settled on the rearview mirror, the gear shift pulled into reverse. "You seem a little upset."

"I called it off with Harry, officially," she leaned her head to the side.

"Is that what you wanted?" He asked her.

"I don't know," she inhaled. "I think I had to."

"You didn't have to do anything," he argued. "You just had to talk to him."

"No, I had to," she shook her head. "I was talking to Tina and I think I came to the conclusion of what had me in such a weird place. I don't want to be here anymore."

"What?" He asked.

"We finish the term in a few weeks," she twisted in her seat. "Let's go to California."

"California," River said. "Ind, just because that's what I want to do doesn't mean you have-."

"I'm not," she argued. "Look, it's perfect. It's what Tina said it, something just clicked inside of me. We didn't come here because we needed to, we've learned to let the world teach us and neither of us need a degree to do this either. We came to university because we didn't want to face the New York-California debacle. I didn't want you to go but you didn't want to stay, so we settled to get four more years together."

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