She must have dozed off during the movie because when she woke up the screen was full of static and her alarm clock said around 3 am. What had woken her up? Rae dimly remembered a loud noise in her quickly fading dream. She jumped as she heard it again. She sat frozen to her seat on the floor, till she heard another thump against the exterior wall of her room and muttered cussing.
Finally, curiosity beat out caution, so Rae ventured to the window. She peeked out of her light blue curtains and into a surprised upturned face. Rae almost shrieked, and just held it back when she recognized the face in the soft twilight. .
Rae sighed with relief but she was pissed because he scared the hell out of her. She returned to the window she had subconsciously backed away from, to scowl into the playfully smiling face of her best friend. He tapped childishly on the already unlocked window. She raised an eyebrow and let a small smile peak out. Sam automatically took that as his cue, raised the window and climbed inside her room.
He fell ungracefully to the floor, with a thud that shook the house. Rae’s eyes went wide and she glanced toward her brother sleeping on the bean bag and back towards Sam, sending him her message without a word. He smiled, nodded, and jerked his head towards the still open window blowing in the chill Mississippi night air. Rae followed him out her window.
Shimmying across the window sill, he jumped, and pulled himself up onto the quiet rooftop. She smiled to herself. They hadn’t done this since sixth grade year, when Sam had fallen off and broken his arm. Raising her arms, she waited to be pulled up..
When at last, she got herself over the gutters and up beside Sam, Rae sat huffing, out of breath. She really needed to go out running more. For a while they just sat there, looking up at the sky, enjoying the Mississippi winter breeze, and each other's company.
Ever the impatient one, Rae rolled over on her side to face him.
“Sam?” she whispered. She got the reaction she was expecting.
“Yes my Rae of sunshine?” Sam asked with a smirk. She grinned and rolled back over on her back.
“Why’d you come tonight?” she asked,”I mean, not like I’m not cool with it, but why at 3 am? Couldn’t it have waited till tomorrow?”
Sam laughed, and turned to her saying, “I came to borrow a ladder” smiling. She playfully hit him.
“Ya know, it probably would have been more helpful before you climbed up my roof” He flopped back into his original position and smiled, whispering “details, details” so softly the wind almost stole away the sound completely.