The warmth of the fire did not lessen the ice forming in the pit of my stomach. I knew to get what I wanted, I would have to temporarily abandon the woods and the bonfires I dearly loved. I knew following my dreams required me to be in the city for a few short months and then I would be back to the forest with the clear blue skies and fresh air.
But I knew the ice in my stomach came from more than just the fact I had to move back to the city. Some of it had to do with Kory. Kory, I knew, was the one I was supposed to live and spend the rest of my life with. I just wasn’t quite ready to tell him. And if I didn’t tell him now, would he still be here when I got back? Or would he marry and move off with the shell of a woman, Katrina. I knew she was not right for him – she was too boring and too safe.
I had never been good with sharing my emotions and I knew he was very free with his. I knew we were the perfect match and by watching him on the other side of the bonfire, I could tell we would fit together perfectly. I thought maybe tonight would finally be the night when we would start our forever. I straightened my shoulders as I put away my telescope and headed toward Kory’s bonfire.