Shelby kicked at the hay blocking her path with the tip of her cowboy boot. Maggie and Cheyenne droned on beside her as they made their way along the midway, gossiping and sucking cotton candy from their fingertips, but she barely paid attention to them.
Her mind was already a million miles away from the Tioga County Fair and the undeniable odor of animal shit that mixed with the sticky- sweet- stench-of- fried-everything, permeating the air.
She was so lost in the reverie of a life beyond this field that was doubling as a fairground that she almost walked right past him.
What made her turn around was the tickle of Gunnar’s stare as it snuck up her tanned legs and stopped at the frayed hem of her denim skirt. His hair needed a trim, it had that last week of summer shagginess to it and one platinum strand obscured his left eye.
“Hey Shelb…” he said as he broke away and walked toward her.
“Hey…” she answered, taking in his form fitting Levis and the freckles splayed across his nose.
It was his turn to kick at the piles of muck, “When are you leaving?”
“Can’t wait huh?”
Shelby grunted, “been waiting too long as it is Gun.”
She smiled inwardly at the boy’s universal answer to everything.
“So…” Gunnar drawled, hooking his finger through one of her belt hoops to pull her closer.
Shelby felt heat and want ripple through her midsection.
“…for old times’ sake?” he added touching his forehead to hers.
The offer was as crude as the makeshift concessions surrounding them but suddenly Shelby felt like it might be the best way to say goodbye to this life, once and for all.
She shifted and gently pressed her mouth against his, “Let’s go…” she whispered against his lips.
Gunnar stepped back and offered his hand, Shelby took it and followed him past the open gates just as the fireworks were about to start.
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