We'll do it all, everything, on our own... ("Chasing Cars", by Snow Patrol)
"We can run away, you know."
I almost stopped breathing. "You know we can't."
"Jenna, I'm serious," said Landen solemnly. "We've been putting up with these laws long enough. I don't know how much more of this I can take before I do something rash."
I tugged slightly on the hem of my tunic. "I can't leave. I have to take care of my brother still..."
"Your father can take care of River." He paused, looking into my eyes. Hasn't he been trying to convince you to leave?"
"I don't know why."
Landen put a hand on my shoulder. "It's because he wants the best for you. He knows you can't live your life fully here."
Warm tears started to come to my eyes. "My whole life is here though! I can't just leave it all behind."
"Jenna, come with me." Landen crouched beside me on the ground. "We can have our own life, start anew."
I wiped my eyes. "Really?"
He smiled. "We can do it all, everything, on our own."
"You mean that?"
"I do." He stood up and extended a hand to me. "Ready to go?"