Tirana airport...it was just the same as always...trash everywhere. I sighed and looked around for a taxi then realized I had no money one me. No way am I walking either I thought. I moved over to a place where there was no one around then formed a platform of air under me.
I shot up so quickly that it would have been very hard to see me. When I was high enough up that I would only appear as a dot, I stopped going up and started moving toward home. I was just landing on the grass beside my apartment when Mom came rushing out the front door of the bright blue building, "William!" she said in a hysterical voice, "You're back!"
I smiled sadly, "Yeah I guess I am."
Mom ran up to me and wrapped her arms around me, "It's so good to see you again!" The piercing sadness of leaving Lucy still left a sharp pain in my chest, but it was really nice to see mom safe and unharmed. "Come inside William, there is someone I want you to meet," Mom said after she had hugged me for a little bit.
"Who?" I asked curiously.
"You'll see...just follow me."
I shrugged and followed mom back into our apartment room. When we got there, there was a cute Albanian girl waiting sitting on our couch. She had straight, black hair and big brown eyes and looked to be about my age, "This is Alba," Mom informed me. Then she turned to the girl, Alba, "This is my son, William."
"Si je William?" Alba greeted.
"Mire, mire jam," I replied distractedly. "Mom," I said and gave her a look, I knew what she was trying to do and it wasn't going to happen, "can I talk to you for a second?"
Mom blinked once, then nodded, "Sure, I don't see why not."
She followed me into the kitchen, "Mom I know what you are trying and I can guarantee you it isn't going to work."
She looked at me pleadingly, "She's a nice girl! You barely know her yet! Why are rejecting her outright?"
"I already have a girl friend, I just need to go and get her back," I replied. The sadness at leaving Lucinda washed over me in a wave. I wanted to cry, "Mom, I am going to be gone for a while again."
"But you just got back! Where do you plan on going?" Mom asked hurriedly, a worried expression plastered on her face.
"I'm going to Russia...Luchshevo a village in Kemerovskaya Oblast’ to be exact."
"Why?" Mom spluttered.
"To pick up the best thing that ever happened to me," I replied firmly. "Bye," I waved, then jumped out the window, creating a platform of air under me and moving off toward Russia.
Just before Luke whisked me off to London I had seen the way Lucy had looked at three graves that had been there. Three, her father, her mother, and her brother. I wasn't sure but I had to try. I wanted to be there for Lucinda, I had to find her.
It was a long trip, it took me about eight hours to arrive at the city. It was cold and I was glad that I had brought a big coat with me. I landed just outside the village and started to walk around. There weren't many people on the streets, so I went into a bar. I moved up to the bartender, "Do you know Lucinda?" I asked.
He looked at me curiously then shrugged and replied in broken English, "She uzed to leev heer, I show you where she leeved."
He led me through the city streets to an old apartment, "She leev on third floor."
I nodded and thanked him for his help, the man smiled at me and then turned and left. She did live here! My spirits were soaring...it was kind of sad the way I was so happy to see her even after less than a day of separation. I drew in a deep breath then headed up the concrete steps. When I got to the third floor there was only one door up there that had been used at all recently so I assumed that it was Lucinda's, I looked at my watch...9:56...that seems like a decent time to arrive. So I knocked on the door, when no one answered I opened the door and peeked inside. As soon as I opened the door I knew this was Lucinda's room, her wonderful scent filled the room...jasmine. I inhaled deeply then opened the door widely and looked around. The room was empty, so I assumed she had gone out to eat or something. I knew she wouldn't mind me being here so I sat in one of her chairs and settled down to wait for her return.
About half an hour later I heard her foot steps on the stairs, so I got up and moved to a dark corner...I wanted to surprise her. She came in looking tired, I also read a mixture of both happiness and depression on her face. I was glad to see that she was at least not completely depressed. She went and sat down on a small couch, which happened to be directly in front of me and let out a sad sigh, "I wish William were here," she murmured to her self.
'That was it, my cue,' I thought as I moved quietly up behind her. I sent a soft breeze to caress her neck, "I am here," I whispered, sitting down next to her and lifting my hand to cup her chin.
Her eyes opened wide and she nearly jumped out of her seat, "H-how did you know where I live?" she asked incredulously.
"I have eyes you know!" I exclaimed, then I softened my voice, "I saw the way you looked at those three graves when we first got back from Atlantis." I planted a kiss on her cheek, "I didn't want you to be alone...and quite frankly, I need you." I pulled her close to me and she didn't resist. She pressed herself up against me and wrapped her slim arms around my neck. I could feel her slim, deceptively frail-seeming frame as I held her against me, not so tightly so as to be uncomfortable, but just enough to convey how much I loved her and needed her.
Lucy pressed her head against my chest, "Please don't you ever leave me again," she whispered.
I squeezed her a little, "I won't Lucinda, I won't," I whispered back as I started to stroke her hair.