thirty-seventh | cross country

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Bex arrived at seven am sharp, finding Thea still asleep and curled up in a ball on her bed. So, she did what anyone else who found their best friend still sleeping on their birthday would do—she jumped on top of her and screamed, "Happy birthday!"

Thea yelled as she crashed down on her, causing Duck to shoot up from her position lying down on the floor and bark at the two girls. Bex simply laughed as Thea groaned and rolled over, pushing Bex off of her. "Go away," she grumbled.

"No can do, amiga. We're going on a trip today!" she yanked the covers off and threw them on the floor. "Now get up! I'll grab your clothes and you get dressed The plane leaves at nine forty-five!" She started rifling through Thea's drawers pulling out clothes and stuffing them in a backpack. When Thea continued to lay in her bed, with no intention of moving, Bex stalked over to her and grabbed her arm pulling her onto the floor near Duck, who began nipping at the girls' heels.

"Ugh, fine," she grumbled, reluctantly and slowly standing up and heading to her bathroom, rubbing her eyes and letting out a huge yawn.

"You have thirty minutes!" Bex sang as she continued to pack. Thea simply stuck her middle finger up at her as she shut the door, causing the blonde to laugh. "Love you too!"

And hour later they were at O'Hare walking to their gate. Thea was still half asleep and Bex was bouncing with the energy of a two-year-old that had been given espresso. "I still don't understand how you can be a morning person," Thea mumbled annoyed at her energy. Bex simply shrugged and started dragging her down the long hallway. "And where are we going anyway?"

"You'll see," Bex told her mysteriously, chortling as she checked their tickets again for the gate number. "I'm honestly surprised you haven't figured it out yet."

"I'm too tired to use my brain," she grumbled, leaning against Bex with her eyes half open.

"Don't worry. We're almost to the gate," she informed her, leading her to an escalator and then down another busy hall to their gate. "Tada! We're here!"

"I'm just gonna sit down," she muttered, sinking into a chair and lying back against her bag wth a huge yawn.

Bex chuckled and took a seat next to her, laying her head on top of Thea's. "Okay. sleepy-head. You'll see when we get there."

She knew she had fallen asleep because the next thing Thea knew, there was a voice above her announcing: "...and thank you for flying American Airlines." She sat up groggily as the plane touched down and rolled to a stop. When they had stopped and started to disembark, Thea looked over at her best friend typing something on her phone. Bex looked up at the sudden movement and gave her a smile. "Figure out where we are yet?"

"No," she mumbled, grabbing her backpack and standing up with Bex.

The blonde shook her head at her friend and laughed. "Oh, Thea." Thea grabbed onto Bex's arm as they left the plane and made their way through the airport. "I'm gonna call an Uber to take us to where we're staying." Thea nodded and let go as she pulled out her phone. They waited outside for a few minutes before a dark car pulled up. "That's us," Bex announced. She bounced up to the car dragging Thea with her and pulled them both inside.

"How are you lovely ladies today?" the driver asked, facing forwards and they buckled their seats and set their bags in between them. There was something familiar about him but Thea was too tired to think.

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