I was about to walk out on her, leave her alone on the balcony but her voice caught my attention. It was soft, tamed and well...completely unlike the squeaky, overly-hyper Lea I'd always known.
"You want to know why I so badly want you at the reunion?"
Stopping mid-step, I peeked at her from over my shoulder. Her hands were balled into fists by her side, head angled downwards as she stared at the ground with an expression on her face that I couldn't interpret. Wondering if this was just another one of her acts to draw me in, I was cautious in my approach and didn't say anything. I didn't have to for her to continue.
"You must be fed up of me nagging at you about the reunion. I understand that. But have you ever once thought how much it means to me?"
She finally looked up at me, and that's when I noticed her eyes were tearing up. The normally dangerous green orbs were close to welling over. Lea Storm was about to break down into tears. Had I just broken through to her?
"This is my one shot each year of showing off my sister to the world. I know its the Storm-family reunion, but you're part of that family too Roxanne. I want to be able to hold your hand and show everyone how awesome you are. To show them the bond we share as sisters because before our parents met, I didn't have that. And the reunions sucked big time."
With a smile on her lips, she took a step forward and grabbed my hand gently. "Now, I have you though. I look forward to the reunion each year because its another adventure I get to share with you and show to people that I'm not just some crazy wildcat little girl who didn't have any friends. That's what my - our - cousins used to say about me. That I'm insane. And that's why it's a good thing that I never had siblings before, because no one could handle me."
Taking a deep and slightly shaky breath, she concluded, "But now I have you, and I'm not alone anymore."