Episode Fifteen - Playing House

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I raced upstairs, Sat down at my computer and put a copy of the book on a pendrive before I grabbed my suitcase. After I left the bedroom I checked all the windows were closed and as I left, I locked the front door behind me.

I walked down the path, back to where Sebastian still stood, only now his parents stood with him. I could sense that sadness between the three before I had even approached.

"I'm sorry I have to leave early." Sebastian said, pulling his Mom into a hug. "I promise it won't be so long in between visits."

"I hope so darling." Anne exclaimed as she pulled back from her son and cupped his cheeks. "I've missed being able to hug you."

"Me too Mom."

Anne released Sebastian and the three gazed over at me, as I stood there with one hand on my case and one in my jeans pocket. Sebastian smiled and walked toward me. He grabbed the case and lifted it into the trunk of his car. Anne also walked toward me, pulling me into an embrace. "I'll take care of the house for you."

"Thank you." I murmured, thankful to have the worry lifted from my mind.

"Relax and have fun dear, you deserve it." She urged. I knew it wouldn't be as easy as it sounded like it should be, but I really needed this break so I had to at least give it a go.

"I'll try." I promised.

Seb and I got into his car and he started it. "Ready?" he asked.

"I've never been out of this town before." I murmured softly as the anxiety caused my heartbeat to quicken. "Part of me feels like a child wanting to cling to her security blanket."

"I think that's normal." Sebastian replied as he put the car into reverse. "I know I was the same."

I smiled and lifted my hand up to wave to Sebastian's parents. Once we were out of the driveway Sebastian beeped the horn a couple of times before driving off down the road. My heart began to race faster and faster the further we got from the house. I clung to my thigh, holding onto myself so tight my knuckles were turning white. Sebastian placed a hand over mine as he slowed to a stop at a red light on the way out of town.

"You're going to be fine."

I looked down at his hand on mine, my heart continued to race, but now it seemed to be for another reason. I tensed and looked at him, unable to speak. He pulled his hand back and placed it on the steering wheel as he turned his attention back to the lights.

"Sorry." He mumbled.

"It's okay." I whispered, except it wasn't. I needed the warmth of his touch back.

The light turned green, and the car began moving again. We were silent for a while, it wasn't until the township was behind us and we were on the open road before Sebastian broke the quiet.

"I'll take you to my apartment to settle in once we're in New York." He exclaimed. "I need to head into the office though, just for a little bit."

I nodded and looked out the window. I had expected as much anyway. "Okay." I whispered back.

The car was moving too fast for me to take in the scenery, it passed by in a blur. I frowned and closed my eyes. In many ways my life felt the same, like it was passing me by and I was letting it out of fear of the unknown. I bit my lip and relaxed into seat.

"Everything okay?" Sebastian murmured.

"For years I've lived my life in fear." I replied, opening my eyes. "Afraid to look too far ahead, afraid to take a leap of faith. I wish I was more like you."

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