I waved goodbye to Tallie as I saw her drive off in her car. With a small sigh, I started walking home. I only lived a few blocks away from the bar so it wouldn't be much trouble for me to get there without spending my money on a taxi.
I had only walked for a few minutes when my ears perked up when I heard footsteps behind me. Before I could turn around, hands heavily hit my shoulder.
"Boo!" Rich's voice said.
"Wow, I'm so scared," I said in a dull, monotone voice.
Rich appeared on my left side and said with a sigh, "It never works with you does it. You're too alert."
Nate appeared at my other side with a smile on his face. "That's a good thing."
"What are you guys doing here?" I said, shaking my head.
"We're walking you home. Who knows what creeps are out there?" Rich said.
"Creeps that I can handle."
He snorted when he heard me say this. Right after that, Rich's phone started ringing. He picked up and then started talking to Tallie whose voice we could hear. Shortly after he hung up, smiled at us, and said, "Gotta go you guys. See ya later." To Nate, he added, "I believe I can trust you in keeping her safe?"
"You're telling me?"
Rich smirked, waved bye and ran off back to the bar. Nate looked at me, the smile still on his face. With his hands in his pockets, we both walked in silence. It wasn't awkward, not at all. More like comfortable. We usually had these moments where we both didn't talk but we were both okay with that. It was only after a short time he broke it.
"Do you find it that hard to believe it?"
Knowing what he was talking about, I replied, "It's not that I can't believe it. It's just to me…it's kind of a big thing. We've all been friends since birth and 22 years later we're all still together. It's believable but at the same time it's kind of a miracle for me. Lots of people have friends and something happens that breaks them up. But for us…it's different."
I stopped walking when we were in front of the apartment complex.
"Well, goodnight then," I said with a smile.
Nate leaned in and kissed me lightly on the forehead.