Rosa didn’t want to go; however, the time had finally arrived. She stared at her grandfather’s pocket watch and counted along with each tick-tock.
“Come now, Rosa, we’ll be late.”
She accepted the hand offered to her and smiled in response to Patric’s pleading eyes. She’d loved him at first sight and knew without a doubt that they’d spend the rest of their lives together. Here they stood on the precipice of a life-changing choice. If even one of them hesitated, well that was something she had no desire to contemplate.
“Let’s go,” she replied. “I just needed one last look.”
“You spent your childhood here,” Patric said as he wrapped her in a supportive embrace. “We had a lot of great memories here.”
She laughed when he whispered in her ear. “Remember how you hid under the bed when my parents came home?”
“Yeah,” he said. “I can’t believe she knew I was there the entire time.”
“That was quite a revelation to announce to us during our engagement party. I thought you were going to turn purple.”
Being near him brought her comfort mixed with utter joy. She rested her head back against his chest and gazed up at her bedroom window. “You think they’re okay with this? Really.”
“Hey,” he said, turning her to face him. “They love you no matter where you live.”
“It doesn’t hurt that they love you too.”
“Eh, yeah, that doesn’t hurt.”
“I love you more though.”
“You better,” he replied through a smirk.
Rosa kissed him softly and brushed the hair from his eyes. “Always.”
“I’ll give you another minute.” He kissed her forehead and slipped his hand from hers, not before giving it a squeeze.
Memorable moments from her 30 years of life flashed before Rosa’s eyes. The peeled paint on the siding refreshed and the flowers bloomed as she recalled her father teaching how to ride a bike. She remembered the day her parents brought home the German Shepard that became her best friend. Rosa grabbed her remaining piece of luggage and rubbed her fingers over the “For Sold” sign before joining her fiancé on the beginning of their journey.