According to Max, we had to get walking otherwise we wouldn't get back in time. I questioned him after we'd packed everything up. I mean, back to where?
"Where we started" he grinned.
I rolled my eyes. "Like I've already said, your version of where we started is just ash and deb-"
"Yes yes, ash and debris. That's not the point. I have a theory"
"Oh yes?" Abbie raised an eyebrow. "And what theory would that be?"
"Well, I've been thinking. I have this thing, Sara knows about it. It's like I'm in two places at once. And I can't get out of it unless I have something to concentrate on. But last time I came out of it myself. It seems the further away I get from the cliff, the easier it is to... hmm... stay here, I suppose."
"You said you'd wake me up" I frowned, already letting it go. Holding grudges was the sort of thing that started arguments.
"I couldn't. I woke up halfway through it and I thought it was a dream until the disorientation wore off" he explained softly. "It was too late then" I could tell that he'd been thinking through things that would cause an argument, too.
"Oh" I muttered. "Sorry"
"S'OK. Anyway, so I thought that if we... I dunno, went back to where started then everything would go back to normal. It sounds stupid now" Max shook his head.
"No... no, I think that might actually work" I said, going through it in my head.
"Are you sure?" Abbie looked... well, unsure.
"Positive" me and Max nodded at the same time.
"Right then" Max grinned, pulling Abbie and I up at the same time, but keeping his hand in mine. "Let's go"
"Go let's" I grinned back.
"Betcha can't say it backwards properly" he whispered.
"I can't. I bet Abbie can, though"
"Og stel" Abbie smiled.
"Knew it" I smiled back.
Max kissed me. He kissed me properly.
I would normally say something like 'enter the boredom'. But the thing was, in this round of walking, I wasn't bored.