The next morning, when I woke up, Jade was already down stairs. I stumbled down quickly, dressed only in my grey sweat pants. I knew my hair was sticking in god knows how many angles, but I didn't care. I was still tired and I wanted to just get back into bed.
"Hello, sleepy head." Jade said, as I walked into her kitchen. I winced at how bright it was and fell down into one of the kitchen chairs, resting my head on the table. I grumbled a reply, and she laughed.
"English please?" She asked me. I sat up and looked at her.
"I want to go back to bed..." I told her in between a huge yawn. She looked at me sympathetically.
"Couldn't sleep again?" She asked, walking over to me. I rested my head on her stomach as she stoked my hair.
"No." I muttered. "I don't know what it is."
"Maybe if you worked a little, you would be more tired before you went to bed." She told me, smiling.
"You know I can't. I'm not here remember. They don't keep notes on bird air." I said back. She laughed.
"Bird air." She repeated, walking back over to the counter. She poured two glasses of orange and then sat down opposite me, handing me a glass. I swallowed it down in one mouthful.
"What's the plan for today?" She asked me. I shrugged my shoulders. I was leaving today. I was going to fly home tonight. I didn't want to face it yet though.
"Where's Max?" I said to her.
"I think he stayed out last night. No doubt he'll crawl in at god knows what time today."
I laughed. Max was a fun guy. We had instantly hit it off, which was a good thing seeing as I was in love with his sister.
"Probably. You working?"
"Unfortunately." She sighed, sitting back. "Oh wait, here he comes."
I couldn't hear a thing, or see him but I knew not to doubt her. She could hear, smell, and see things a mile away. Further in fact! Just like she said, five minutes later, Max strolled in. He took one look at us, and then rushed upstairs.
"Hangover." Jade answered my questioning look. Sure enough, I heard the chain go and I realised he had been sick. I laughed.
"Great way to start the morning." I grinned. Some how, knowing some one else was having a worse morning than I was, kind of made it better.
We were silent for a while, just sitting in the morning sun, enjoying each others company. I sat back, and stretched, stroking her legs with my feet. She smiled at me, and sipped her drink. Then she placed it down and the smile fell from her face.
After a few seconds, she said,
"When are you leaving?"
"I'm going to leave around eleven or something." I said quietly. She nodded slowly.
"I'm going to miss you, you know." she whispered.
"I know. I will miss you too...."
"Promise to write to me." She said, standing up turning round. I watched her walk over to the sink and wash her plate.
I knew her too well, and so I expected the small tear, before I saw it land in the water. I stood up quickly, and moved closer to her. I wrapped my arms around her neck, and she turned to face me. Gently I moved my finger under her eye, and wiped her silent tears away.
"I'll write everyday." I mumbled. I leant forward and kissed her. Oh, how I was going to miss those.
"And.." She added, looking up at me. "If you do... If you do happen to erm, ... meet anyone-"
"No, let me say it." She said. I fell silent looking at her.
"If you do meet anyone. I won't mind. Well I will, but... I want you to be happy." She looked away, and turned around again.
"Jade, I asked you to marry me. How can you think I'd be happier with anyone else." I told her. She didn't turn round, so I twisted her round myself.
"Look at me." I asked. She moved her eyes to mine.
"I just get scared. Because your going so far, and for so long." She whispered.
"You don't need to be." I told her. "Honestly."
I leant in to kiss her again, but at Max suddenly came into the room.
"Eugh, please. I feel sick already, I don't need to see you making out with my little sister." He said sitting down at the table.
"Go away." Jade muttered and then placed her lips onto mine.