"It's just me. Relax." His eyeborws arched as I let out the breath I had been holding. Outwardly, I relaxed.

 "You're Jared James, aren't you?" I stayed a cautious distance away from him, wondering how long he had been following me.

 "Yeah. You're-"


 "Elin... Nice to meet you." I took the hand he offered with a sense that he'd been working up the courage to introduce himself for a while.


Another familiar face. Again I had a sense that a spotlight had been trained on me as Russell emerged from the darkness.

We introduced ourselves and there was an awkward pause as we moved into the light.

"So how comes you guys are out here then?" I let the question hang in the air as we all sized each other up.


The End

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