Erin hugged Riley goodbye and walked down the steps, scurrying to Chuck's truck. She got in the passenger seat and buckled her seatbelt, glancing out the window at Riley who stood at the top of the steps, holding Blake. There were tears in her eyes. Erin frowned a little and looked away. Chuck got in and started driving down the street.
"I don't know if this is right. Should I leave Riley? Right now?" Erin asked.
Chuck shrugged, "She'll be alright. She's gonna have to learn to walk again. You can't always be there to guide her." He said.
Erin sat back in her seat and shut her eyes. They were traveling through time rather quickly, but every minute felt like 10 to Erin. At the airport, she got out and unloaded her stuff. Chuck followed her into the airport, carrying a few of her bags. They checked her things and waited for their flight. Chuck sat quietly next to her, his eyes fixed on the old couple sitting across from them. Erin went through her purse looking for bubble gum.
"I ain't think you were gon come back with me." He said.
Erin shrugged, "The only way for us to work on our relationship is to be all in." She responded.
He looked over at her, "You goin back to school?" He asked.
"Nope. I've already got some jobs lined up out there." She said, looking in her compact mirror and fixing her lip gloss.
Chuck studied her face before looking back at the old couple.
"What kind of jobs?" He asked.
"Riley's friend Jordan has a gallery, and he also takes pictures, so I'm gonna work with him." She said.
Once on the flight, Erin fell asleep up against Chuck's shoulder. He took a deep breath, looking out of the window. The two of them had a long way to go. Sitting next to her, he still felt like they were miles apart.