“You could’ve picked anyplace in the world. Paris, Rio, London. But no, no, no. You picked Seoul, South Korea.” Emily runs a hand through her straight, brown hair.
I laugh, “Come on, a whole summer away from our nagging parents. A whole summer in a city that is so pretty. And a whole summer bonding with my cousin, who last saw me fifteen years ago. When I was born.” I quickly put my curly, blonde locks up into a bun. “This is going to be great.”
We both take a small step forward as the airport security line starts to move again.
“We can’t even speak Korean,” Emily’s five foot four stature slumps a bit.
“That’s why we are going to learn,” I straighten up my five foot one stature. “Nari is going to teach us.”
“Fine,” she closes her brown eyes and takes a deep breath. “How big is her apartment again?”
“We have to share a room and a sort of small bathroom.” I scan the line in front of us and notice how close we are to finally getting through security. “It’ll be like living in a dorm, like we’ve dreamed of doing together since middle school.” I look back at Emily. Locking my hazel eyes on the freckles on her cheeks.
“That makes this whole thing slightly better,” she smiles.
I grab her arm and lightly tug her as the line starts to really move. “Glad you’re cheering up.”
“Is your cousin going to bug us the whole time? Or just like the first week or so?” Her eyes flutter open when we become within a few people of the front of the line.
“She only took a week and a half off,” I step up to the conveyer belt and place my backpack on it.
Emily steps up next and does the same. “So, we can go out on our own?”
“Pretty much.” I walk through the metal detector.
Emily follows close behind, another question passes through her lips as we sling our backpacks back on. “How is she going to teach us Korean then?”
“At dinner, and we have to teach ourselves some,” I pull my ticket out of my jean pocket to see what terminal we need to go to. “That’s why we have those school book things.”
“So, by the end of this we will be able to talk like a second grader.”
“It’s better than nothing,” I look up at a sign and figure out where we need to go.
“I guess you’re right.”
I quickly grab her elbow and pull her left so we can hurry up and get to our gate. “Enough questions for now, okay?”
“Why? Are we going to miss our flight?”
“Boarding starts in fifteen minutes, so not yet.” I grumble a string of curse words under my breath. “I told my brother we needed to leave earlier, but no.”
“We’ll make it, don’t worry,” Emily tugs her arm out of my grasp.
Regardless, we speed walk to our gate. Not willing to take the chance of missing the flight. This is one flight I am not willing to miss. It’s now or never.
“Always a line,” I pant as we step in behind some young couple.
“We have assigned seats, so we’re good,” Emily takes a deep breath.
“I know. I’m just getting nervous,” I bite my lower lip.
“Nervous? What could you possibly be nervous about, Amber?”
“Well, just focus on how we are here. Right now. The both of us. Getting ready to board a plane headed to a country we’ve only read about.”
“Yeah, yeah. Just a plane ride away. Why are you all happy now?”
She shrugs, “I guess, this is something you’ve wanted to do for some time. I’m just here to keep you company as your best friend. I realized that as we sped over here.”
“Oh, that’s very sweet of you. I promise, you’ll have so much fun. This is a trip not only for me.”
“As long as you are having fun, I’ll be happy.”
So, this is the first chapter to the new story that I'll be posting. The chapters will be a little shorter then in Out in South Park, but they'll still be packed with content. Hope you liked it, and I'd love to hear your thoughts!