And it came, quietly at first, needling into the back of my mind and tearing the tiniest hole in my consciousness. I focused everything I had on Cassie but I could feel the sides falling away like paper in water. Then it was louder and the hole was torn larger. I shut my eyes tight, but that was a poor substitute for not being able to shut your ears.
And I was in London no longer. I was there again. I am there again, the last day on campus and she was there too. Lina on that stage, singing that song: "Home". Home is wherever I'm with you. Home is wherever I'm with you. She wore a dress that day and a bright red hat. You'd never think that she'd be the kind of person do a solo performance like, no one really even knew she sang but she did. I sat at the very front just soaking it all in. She had a gleam in her green eyes that day, Lina did and she swayed with a rebellious swagger. A final stand, a final wish cast to the blowing winds of destiny and it was the finest I've ever seen.
I pulled away from Cassie. She looked at me. This song is so beautiful isn't it, she asked. She said it was a really important song to her.
We sat silently alone together.
Her breathing had slowed and her mind wasn't in London either. She blinked a few times and looked down. I tipped her chin up brought it towards me. She kept her eyes closed and I kissed her.