Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. She sighed. Five more minutes. Her hand wrapped lazily around the mug. The air smelled of cinnamon and pumpkin spice. She rolled her eyes at the amount of pumpkin spice lattes that were ordered that day. Her eyes wandered around. Empty tables. Empty chairs. The cashier slowly drifting off as he busted the tables. The soft voice of a jazz singer played in the air. It was quiet. Peaceful. But she however was not. Pushing her textbooks back into her bag she sighed in frustration.
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. She sighed. Four more minutes. She thought about her day. The countless assignments, highlighting, writing, studying. The biggest exam in her life was a few short months away, the real world. She bit her lip. She would have to make calls the day after tomorrow. More calls. More applications. Just more every day. She sipped her tea which was still slightly warm.
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. She sighed. Three more minutes. The cashier stared at her. She knew it was her time to leave but not yet. Just three more minutes. She didn’t want to be outside yet. Out in the world. Where it was cool. The breeze wrapping around the town like an embrace. The stars shining bright, smiling at the world. People lining the beach, excitement buzzing. Families, couples, friends. Everyone looking so happy.
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Two more minutes. The chair scraped against the wooden floor as she got up. She grabbed her cup and took it over to the cashier. He offered a fake smile. His eyes dead. She gave one back. He probably hated being here. Out of all the days to be working. He probably has a girl or a guy he wishes he was with. She grabbed her bag and swung it over her shoulder. Taking a deep breath she pushed open the door. The smell of the sea filling her with warmth. She headed to the beach. Taking off her shoes she dug her feet into the sand. She let the sounds of the waves overpower the cheers from people further south. She took another deep breath.
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. One more minute. She opened her eyes. Stared into the stars. “Everything will be okay,” she whispered. She smiled. It will be.
30 seconds. She wrapped an arm around her knees. It was almost time. She dug her phone from her pocket.
20 seconds. She stared at her wallpaper. Warm brown eyes looked into hers. She blocked out the flashbacks only focusing on the memory of the picture.
10 seconds. The face on her phone was smiling back. Her heart hammered. Her eyes teared up. The waves crashed louder blocking out the sound around her. Blocking her thoughts.
5 seconds. Fireworks boomed loudly about. Their colors lighting up the sky matching the wallpaper on her phone.
“Happy new years,” she said to the sea.