The last remnants of sun spilled out over the water. MK couldn’t remember the last time she’d seen the ocean. She hadn’t even thought to miss it until now.
“I could get used to this,” Beth said from her left.
Beth looked out dreamily over the ocean, her head propped up by her bag. Her car sat parked at the top of the hill behind them, forgotten.
MK dug her toes into the sand. She closed her eyes. The sound of the rolling waves seeped into her. She breathed out and let the weight of her past wash away with the tide.
She opened her eyes again. Beth had rolled to her side, watching MK’s face.
“What?” MK asked as heat rose to her cheeks.
“Nothing,” Beth said. “Just don’t think I’d seen you smile before.”
“Oh,” MK muttered. She hadn’t even realized it. But looking for it now, she felt it, the warmth taking hold in her chest. It felt something like happiness.
“Where are we going next?”
Beth turned onto her back with a contented sigh. She slipped her sunglasses down over her eyes.
“Wherever we want.”