3. Dreams

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Sky was certainly a weird kid, but not in a bad way. When I found out he was going to be my partner for the project, I thought it wasn't going to work out. I thought he was way too shy to even speak with me even though I had tried my best to be friendly to him. I was glad to find out he forgot to be shy when he started talking about nature.

He clearly, obviously loved nature. I didn't know much about animals, so in a way it was a jackpot for me to have him as my partner. Getting a high score from the project was another step towards my dream.

I turned to lie on my back. I was trying to do my homework, but it was getting late already. I had lost track of time while being at the coffee shop with Sky. We had read through the papers our biology teacher gave us, and after that, we made plans about how we were going to do the project.

I let Sky decide most of the details since I had no idea how we were going to follow a couple of owls. I really didn't care much about nature. I couldn't even remember the last time I'd been in a forest. I was more of a city person.

My biggest dream was to become an architect. I loved to create, and I loved buildings. My room was covered with posters and pictures of the greatest buildings from different eras. Some of them didn't even exist anymore. I loved both old and new buildings equally, and I wished that someday, I'd be able to create something that combined the delicate beauty of the old buildings and the modern harshness of the new ones.

To me, nature was only an interesting detail next to the buildings. Like a tree or a batch of grass or something. I did believe keeping our earth clean was the way to go, and animals were fun to watch, especially when they did something silly, but I didn't understand why it was such a big deal to Sky.

I turned my attention to the thick stack of papers we got for the project. I still wasn't sure if I liked the idea of staying the night outside. Sky had said there weren't any bears or wolfs around, but how could he be so sure about that? Also, even if it was safe to go camping, there were no toilets or showers or beds in the forest.

Usually I wasn't such a whiny bitch, and I tried everything at least once before forming an opinion, but this time, I wasn't sure if I could do it.

And yet, it wasn't my biggest concern. The more I thought about it, the stronger I felt like picking owls as our subject wasn't such a great idea after all. It sounded like a great subject, but how the hell could we study them? Even if we did find them, how were we supposed to see them in the middle of the night?

I sighed and tossed the papers on the floor. I could only hope Sky knew what he was doing.


The next morning, I woke up at six as usual. I took a quick shower before heading down to eat breakfast with my parents. They both worked at the same bank where they had met each other almost twenty years ago.

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