The ride home is so silent. None of us really know exactly what to say. The sun is still shining bright in the sky hidden behind rows of trees along the road. The city of Chesapeake fades in the background as we drive east heading home. Home. The word echoes in my mind. Redon is the only home I’ve ever known. It’s where I was raised and where my mother was killed. But as the word bounces around in my skull the feeling that Redon can no longer be considered my home engulfs me.
Rain patters against the car. It hits the windshield so hard that I wonder if it will break, we can barely see. “This rain is going to slow us up.” Kellen says.
“I don’t care.” Kala mutters from the backseat. She brings her knees up to her chest and rests her chin on them. “Your car rides so smooth.” She smiles softly.
“Is sleep all you can think about today?” I say jokingly despite the weight of everything bearing down on me.
“Yeah, pretty much.” Kala giggles.
“Wait,” Kellen says. “Something is wrong.” He glares in the rearview mirror at the black car behind us that I hadn’t noticed before. It’s following way too close. I turn in my seat to get a better look.
“Are they following us?” I ask.“I think so.” Kellen says.